The cure for cancer. Really.
I usually pick up one or two useful or interesting ideas from a good book. And occasionally, I read a book which brings my world into focus, shifts my perspective, or causes me to change my approach to life in a meaningful and lasting way.
Then came The China Study.
I devoured this book like no other, for a variety of reasons. On a personal level, I recently made the jump to a completely raw living foods diet, and the book clearly validates my lifestyle choice. It also appeals to my scientific mind – it’s loaded with clear explanations of the studies and experiments that back up its claims. It’s a factual book that cuts through the hype about nutrition and health, delivering clear, well-founded answers.
The book is also mind-numbingly important. I’m not exaggerating when I claim that The China Study contains the cure for cancer.
My claim seems too good to be true, until you actually read the book. It summarizes the career of a renowned Cornell scientist who has met with Nobel prizewinners and testified before Congress. It’s backed up by over 700 footnotes, most of them references to peer-reviewed scientific literature or mainstream media publications. The China Study is not the idle theorizing of an oddball animal rights activist. It makes sense. It is believable and real.
Dr. Campbell’s conclusion bends conventional wisdom about diet and health. He says science indicates that eating a whole foods, plant-based diet reduces your risk of dozens of diseases – including cancer. What stunned me is the degree to which animal proteins actually contribute directly to cancer. It’s not just that fruits and vegetables are healthy. Meat, fish, eggs, and even milk are basically poisonous.
If you’re skeptical, then please read the book. You may be as surprised as I was.
The China Study shook me to the core, mostly because of my dream of grandparenthood. I treasure the wonderful memories of time spent with both my grandfathers. But my 4-year-old son lost both his grandfathers before he was born; he will never know that particular breed of joy. I’m determined that, should he ever have children, I’ll be the most involved and fun-loving grandfather ever. But first I need to avoid the same fate as my dad. For me, the idea that I have control over cancer carries great meaning and gives me hope at attaining one of the most profound dreams for my life.
Now stop reading for a moment and take a deep breath. Visualize your closest friend or relative who died of cancer, whether a parent, or a neighbor, or a coworker. Remember the fear, uncertainty, and frustration that you felt at realizing how helpless you were to stop the spread of the tumor. Remember watching the person’s decline, their spirit still alive and craving a healthy body, but their muscles and tissues slowly decaying under the pressure of chemotherapy, radiation, and the tumor itself.
Then think about yourself, and all the beautiful aspects of your life that give it meaning. Think about your children and your grandchildren, whether born yet or just hoped for. Think about the pleasures of life, the retirement you hope to have, the long friendships that you have formed, and the places you want to visit before you die.
Finally, feel in your heart that sad, depressing sensation that you get when you read the statistics. 47% of men and 37% of women in the United States will contract cancer. Your odds are chilling, frightening.
Then imagine, just for a moment, that you have control. It’s not a miracle pill, and it’s not expensive. It’s a simple change in your diet.
Then go to your refrigerator, take out the milk, pour it down the drain, and throw away the carton. Next take the eggs. Crack them into the sink. Place the carton in the recycling bin. Close the fridge and open the freezer. Take out all the chicken, all the beef, and all the fish. Every meat item you own. The cheese too. Throw them all away.
Then read The China Study. I’m completely confident that by the time you’ve finished it, you will commit to yourself never again to buy or drink milk. Never again to buy or eat beef. Never again to buy or eat any daily, egg, or meat foods. You’ll decide to make a change in your life – a change that might be hard, and for some people very painful, but one which will do the unthinkable for you.
It will dramatically reduce your chance of cancer. Place you on the other side of those percentages. Allow you to hope and dream, with great confidence, of living decades longer and dying a more natural death.
Because the evidence is clear. There’s a good chance that you have cancer cells – even if only a few – in your body. And there’s an even higher chance that, at some time in the future, you’ll be exposed to a carcinogen which will introduce cancer cells to your body. But the 30 years of highly scientific research outlined in The China Study all point to one simple and straightforward conclusion. Cancer cells feed on milk. Cancer cells feed on eggs. They feed on chicken. They feed on beef. And by making the commitment today to eliminate dairy, eggs, and meat from your diet, you starve the cancer cells. They can’t grow because they have nothing to eat.
We are so blessed in so much of the world to have access to a wide range of nutritious and delightful plant-based foods. I recognize that not everyone does, that there are places where malnourishment and its associated disorders are rampant – where a cup of milk or a piece of chicken is a valuable source of nutrition. But for most of you who are reading this, you have a choice. You have control. You can eat fresh, crisp salads. You can eat juicy, colorful fruits. You can eat nuts and raisins. You can eat grains and seeds. Think about how much the simple act of eating right mean to your body and to your future.
It’s possible that Dr. Campbell is off a little bit; he is the first to admit the shortcomings of his own research and that of others. So maybe we can’t completely eliminate cancer from our lives. Maybe we can only reduce our chance of having cancer by 20%, or even 5%. Isn’t that worth it? Or maybe he’s completely wrong, and eating vegan doesn’t reduce your chance of cancer at all. But there’s no evidence that eating meat helps your body’s health in any way. By switching to a vegan diet, there’s a really good chance you will win, and no chance at all that you will lose.
SuccessZen is a blog about the zen of success – in whatever form it takes in our lives. No matter what our goals and dreams, we can only be successful if we’re healthy and have energy. Taking care of our bodies is job one. Fortunately, with guidance like The China Study, we know how.
Does giving up meat sound challenging? Do you think you’ll have cravings for cheese? Perhaps your friends will tease you a little?