Quantcast Vegetarian StarDr. T. Colin Campbell

Credit: CBC Radio

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The Wall Street Journal has published a debate between Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Nancy Rodriguez over whether vegetarian diets are better for us and if meat is necessary.

Vegetarians and vegans are familiar with Dr. Campbell’s insights on how a plant-based diet can prevent dozens of diseases. His evidence for such is published in his best-selling book, The China Study. Professor of Nutritional Science at Conneticut University Rodriguez insists animal products are okay in moderation. Here’s a glimpse into the debate from WSJ.


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Dr. T. Colin Campbell, author of the best selling book about the link between diseases of affluence and meat, The China Study, was a guest on Real Time with Bill Maher to discuss the film Forks Over Knives and the idea of eating less meat for good health.

“It’s the story of one of the best kept secrets in healthcare that I can think of,” Campbell said. “It’s what food can do for us.”


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After several successful screenings in select cities, Forks over Knives, the documentary that examines how major diseases facing most Americans today can be prevented with a plant-based diet, will hit theaters officially on May 6.

The film follows Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn as they encounter several patients who make the switch to a plant-based diet and see their health improve.

Visit the film’s site to find a theater near you where Forks over Knives is playing.

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On Wednesday, April 27, Dr. Oz will share the stage with several other doctors–all known for advocating a vegan diet for good health.

Joining Oz for his special vegan episode will be Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Caldwell Esselstyn, MD, and Neal Barnard, MD. Rip Esselstyn, son of Dr. Esselstyn, author of The Engine 2 Diet and firefighter who convinced his station to go vegan to solve many of their health problems, will also be present.

Two years ago, Oz featured a meat-loving cowboy named Rocco who embarked on a 28-day vegan diet. Rocco lost 6 inches from his waist, reduced his blood sugar from dangerously high to almost completely normal and raised his good HDL cholesterol levels.

A preview of Wednesday’s show can be viewed below.


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Dr. T. Colin Campbell‘s book, “The China Study,” was named by Bill Clinton as a strong motivator for him going vegan. But in an interview with the New York Times, Dr. Campbell insists he doesn’t like using the words vegetarian or vegan. He and his family have been eating what he calls a “100% plant-based diet.”

He says his studies don’t necessarily indicate eating completely vegan is better than having a little animal products every now and then. But it couldn’t hurt to go veg all the way for future protection.

“I don’t use the word “vegan” or “vegetarian.” I don’t like those words,” Campbell said. “People who chose to eat that way chose to because of ideological reasons. I don’t want to denigrate their reasons for doing so, but I want people to talk about plant-based nutrition and to think about these ideas in a very empirical scientific sense, and not with an ideological bent to it.”


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The China Study

The China Study

“I came from a dairy farm and started my career strongly believing in the nutritional value of this food, especially for its protein content. But, in our experiments, we documented multiple times a remarkable ability of the main protein of cow’s milk, casein, to promote cancer growth and to do so by a plethora of mechanisms. For many years, animal-based protein, like casein, has been known to increase blood cholesterol and encourage early stages of heart disease.”

Dr. T. Colin Campbell, author of “The China Study,” and inspiration for Bill Clinton going vegan on how dairy products may not do a body good like those milk commercials claim. And while casein protein has been associated with heart disease, soy protein has been found to benefit cholesterol by lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and raising HDL (good) levels.

Will the new slogan for health soon be, “Soymilk. It does a body’s heart good?”

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Alicia Silverstone “Vegetarian Times” November/December 2009

Written by Vegetarian Star on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 in Actresses, Food & Drink.

Alicia Silverstone The Kind Diet Book Launch Party

Vegetarian Times magazine had the chance to do a Q & A with Alicia Silverstone for the holiday November/December 2009 issue.

As expected, Alicia had much to say about her new book, The Kind Diet, including the resources she used to provide data on the benefits of a plant based diet.

Alicia cited several well known vegetarian authors for The Kind Diet references.

“I can’t remember if it was Dr. Neal Barnard who blew my mind first or if it was John Robbins. I learned so much from Dr. Barnard’s books Food For Life and Foods That Fight Pain. John Robbins himself gave me a copy of The Food Revolution, which was his next book after Diet For a New America. I love how he lays it all out: “Here’s what they tell us and here’s the truth.” My newest hero is Dr. T. Colin Campbell, who wrote The China Study.”

You can read the entire interview with Alicia in the latest issue of Vegetarian Times on the stands now.

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Kathy Freston Celebrates Her New Book 'Quantum Wellness'

Kathy Freston interviewed Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Professor Emeritus of Cornell University and author of the The China Study, for the Huffington Post.

Kathy and Dr. Campbell discuss how plant based diets can prevent cancer, and the link between meat and dairy and developing the disease.

A few excerpts:

TCC: The chemicals that create these cancer genes are called ‘carcinogens’. Most carcinogens of years past have been those that attack normal genes to give cancer genes. These are initiating carcinogens, or initiators. But more recently, carcinogens also may be those that promote cancer growth. They are promoting carcinogens, or promoters.

Our work showed that casein is the most relevant cancer promoter ever discovered.

(Casein is a protein found in milk and cheese.)

KF: What exactly is so bad about animal protein?

TCC: I don’t choose the word “exactly” because it suggests something very specific. Rather, casein causes a broad spectrum of adverse effects.

Among other fundamental effects, it makes the body more acidic, alters the mix of hormones and modifies important enzyme activities, each of which can cause a broad array of more specific effects. One of these effects is its ability to promote cancer growth (by operating on key enzyme systems, by increasing hormone growth factors and by modifying the tissue acidity). Another is its ability to increase blood cholesterol (by modifying enzyme activities) and to enhance atherogenesis, which is the early stage of cardiovascular disease.

And finally, although these are casein-specific effects, it should be noted that other animal-based proteins are likely to have the same effect as casein.

Read the entire interview at huffingtonpost.com.

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