Disclaimer: Consult with a doctor before deciding on a treatment plan for cancer or any other disease.
Note: This article was written specifically for cancer patients, but this treatment strategy can also be used as part of a protocol to cure the following diseases:
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
Quick Summary

The China Study was the largest nutritional research project ever undertaken. Scientifically, what this means is that the results of the study are likely to reflect an important truth about diet and disease. There were two important things that scientists learned from the study: 1) the consumption of animal products (meats, dairy products, etc.) can lead to the development of cancer; eating less than 5% animal products in the diet can eliminate cancer and 2) the consumption of dairy products leeches calcium from the bones causing osteoporosis (not preventing it as the dairy industry advertises).

 

The China Study diet is extremely straightforward. Patients consume a whole-foods, plant-based diet that’s excludes animal products and highly processed foods.

 

Detailed Introduction

 

The China Study was a twenty-year, collaborative project and one of the most comprehensive studies of nutrition ever conducted [1][3][4]. The research findings from The China Study revealed that:

 

  • With appropriate dietary changes, diabetic patients can go off their medications and live normal, healthy lives.

 

  • A proper diet alone can reverse heart disease. Reducing the amount of animal protein in the diet is more important than reducing saturated fats.

 

  • Breast cancer specifically is affected by female hormones circulating in the blood. These hormone levels are affected by diet.

 

  • The consumption of dairy products increases the risk of prostate cancer.

 

  • The consumption of antioxidants found in fresh fruits and vegetables are significantly correlated with better mental performance in old age.

 

  • A healthy diet can prevent kidney stones.

 

  • Type I diabetes is linked to infant feeding practices [1].

 

The China Study was undertaken in the 1980’s by T. Colin Campbell, a nutritional biochemist with a PhD from Cornell University, in tandem with researchers at Oxford University and the Chinese Academy of Preventative Medicine. The study looked closely at the diets, lifestyle, and diseases prevalent in the populations of 65 counties in rural China. Approximately 6,500 participants provided information about their lifestyle and diet to researchers. The study showed significant differences between the health profiles of populations that relied on plant-based diets in the rural Chinese counties in comparison with similar populations consuming animal-based, Western diets. The most significant finding from the China Study was that the closer a population gets to an all plant-based diet, the lower their risk of chronic disease, including cancer [2]. This information correlates with observations made by Dr. Livingston-Wheeler who observed that the cancer-causing Progenitor cryptocides mycobacterium could easily be transmitted from animals (e.g. chickens) to humans.

 

The mistaken belief that meat is the only or best source of protein for humans has led to a variety of health issues in modern society. While plants contain a different configuration of amino acids than meats and animal products, the protein configuration of plants is healthier because it allows the body to slowly and steadily produce the proteins it needs to maintain health without over-producing the proteins. Over-producing proteins can lead to health problems. An excess of protein elevates blood cholesterol which can lead to atherosclerosis, for example [1][3].

Politics

The book, The China Study, unexpectedly became one of the all time best-selling nutrition titles in history. President Bill Clinton cited the book in explaining how he lost 24 pounds to improve his heart health by converting to a plant-based diet [3]. As such, The China Study is one of few alternative anti-cancer treatments to benefit from some political support.

 

In his book, Dr. Campbell talks about how publishing companies wished to market The China Study, which provides a glimpse into how misinformation about diet often comes from the impulse of publishing companies and the media to pander to the masses. One publisher wanted for Dr. Campbell to leave out scientific information and instead include recipes in the book. Another publisher asked Dr. Campbell if he could provide a specific diet for several different chronic diseases (for example: separate dietary recommendations for cancer, heart disease, and diabetes). But Dr. Campbell insisted that science has shown that whole foods and a plant-based diet leads to general good health and the obliteration of the major chronic diseases that plague modern society. In order to publish the book complete with a summary of the research and his experiences working with food and nutrition, Dr. Campbell had to go to a small publishing company in Texas that agreed to incorporate all the scientific information into the book [1].

Safety and Effectiveness

Comprehensive research performed for The China Study has demonstrated that a diet comprised of whole, plant-based foods can treat and prevent a wide variety of diseases including:

 

  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes [3].

 

Research on cancer and diet has shown that a diet that includes less than 5% animal products can literally switch-off cancer growth while a diet with more than 5% animal products can turn it on and promote cancer growth [1].

The China Study Diet

The diet set forth in the China Study is straightforward. It is based on the consumption of whole, plant-based foods. People following the diet eat primarily (95%) fresh fruits and vegetables with less than 5% of their diet coming from animal-products including meats and dairy products. Dairy milk is replaced with milk derived from plants (soy milk, coconut milk, almond milk, and rice milk, etc.). Beans and other legumes replace meats.

 

China Study Food Principles

 

  • Nutrition is not just the study of individual nutrients, but the combined physiological response to food as a whole. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts [1][3].

 

  • Dietary supplements cannot replace the nutrients in whole foods. They are not a panacea for good health [1].

 

  • There are virtually no nutrients in animal-based foods that are not provided in a healthier format by plants [1].

 

  • Genes do not determine health. Rather, genes interact with the environment and then respond to lifestyle choices. They can be activated and expressed or they can be silent and de-activated depending on the choices we make [1].

 

  • Nutrition can help us overcome the toxicities and adverse effects of chemicals [1].

 

  • A diet that can prevent a disease like cancer before diagnosis can also halt or reverse the disease after it has been diagnosed [1].

 

  • Nutrition that prevents or treats one chronic disease will support general health as well [1].

 

  • Good nutrition leads to good health in all areas of our lives [1].

 

Dietary Supplements for Patients in Northern Climates

 

Several anti-cancer diets recommend the consumption of few or no dietary supplements. The China Study recommendations fall into this category. According to The China Study guidelines, nutrients including vitamins and minerals should come primarily from plants. Dr. Campbell recommends only daily supplements with:

 

  • vitamin B12  
  • vitamin D (if the patient spends most of their time indoors or lives in a norther climate) [1].

 

Animal-Based Foods

 

According to the research, the lower percentage of animal-based foods, the greater the health benefits. For cancer patients, cutting out animal-based foods is an important part of regaining health [1]. Individuals who stop eating all animal products must take a vitamin B12 supplement.

 

Resources

 

[1] Campbell, T. C. & Campbell, T. M. (2016). The China Study: Revised and Expanded Edition: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-Term Health. BenBella Books.

 

[2] T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies (2017). The China Study. Retrieved May 7, 2018 from https://nutritionstudies.org/the-china-study/

 

[3] Parker-Pope, T. (2011). Nutrition Advice from the China Study. Retrieved May 7, 2018 from https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/07/nutrition-advice-from-the-china-study/

 

[4] Davis, C. P. (n.d.) The China Study. Retrieved May 7, 2018 from https://www.medicinenet.com/the_china_study/views.htm