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The China Study

Dr. mom, a Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.), continually researches nutrition as part of her holistic approach to preventative medicine. After years of arduous battle and painful surgeries, heart disease and cancer killed my grandparents in their 80’s. My mother began to seriously question western medicine’s approach to nutrition during their struggle, particularly when tests revealed her need for blood pressure and cholesterol medication by the age of 57.

Then she discovered The China Study, which details the longest, most extensive international nutritional study ever conducted. During a twenty year collaboration between Cornell University, Oxford University, and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine "this project eventually produced more than 8000 statistically significant associations between various dietary factors and disease". Animal Proteins, from meat, eggs, dairy products, etc, proved the predominant factor contributing to cancer, diabetes, heart disease and obesity in children and adults. "People who ate the most animal-based foods got the most chronic disease ... People who ate the most plant-based foods were the healthiest and tended to avoid chronic disease.”

After reading The China Study, my mother immediately adjusted to an organic, vegan diet. Within a few months, she was able to reduce her dosages by half. Now 59 years old, she has nearly eliminated her need for cholesterol and blood pressure medication. Without a formal study, she cannot prove that her success and return to health directly correlates with her elimination of processed food chemicals through organic nutrition or replacement of animal proteins with vegetable proteins via a vegan diet. However, she finds the coincidence uncanny and no proof that any patients’ necessity for such medications suddenly ceased without catalyst. 

*Neither my mother nor I endorse this book for financial gain. We truly believe in its medical and nutritional viability. For more information about The China Study, go to

You may also address me directly with inquiries regarding Dr. Renee Sartain’s experience or contact information.

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  1. The Flaming Vegan Crew
    The Flaming Vegan Crew
    Very cool! In the documentary "Forks over Knives" similar results are seen (people actually cured themselves of type II diabetes) and "In Defense of Food" Michael Pollen offers several other case studies of the exact same thing.
    1. Urban Fluent
      My mother just gave me a copy of 'Forks Over Knives' and I can't wait to watch it. I think The China Study author, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, was also involved in its production.
  2. SnakeWitch
    I forgot the name of the clinic, but there IS a place that cures cancer with a vegan diet, amongst other things... So there is a way to back this with clinical proof. If you're up for internet searching, go for it! Sorry, I can't do it right now because I'm up to my ears with article-writing and a book...
    1. Urban Fluent
      Interesting, I know many are involved in current programs involving aggressive diet change to combat disease. I'll research and post the best of them when I can.
  3. Akanksha
    I am so sorry that I missed this post earlier. It is good to read and share testimonies like this.
  4. dianabart
    Great post.. I love the China Study and Forks over knives.. after my step dad came down with cancer a year ago, I had a strong passion to seek out health and healing by natural means.. the passion has only grown stronger since he past after suffering through Chemo and surgery. I highly believe in this study for its medical and nutritional viability. However it sure is hard to share it with others without attack. Guess I can only keep praying for 'eyes to see, ears to hear, and the heart to listen' "There is a cure for disease!"
    1. Urban Fluent
      I'm sorry to hear about your father. I also agree it's interesting that holistic health discussions are met with such hostility generally. Common sense suggests food free of chemicals can't be bad, if no better, for us; and animal proteins are much higher in artery clogging fats than vegetable proteins. Thus, vegetable proteins must be healthier, necessarily.
  5. SnakeWitch
  6. Arturw90
    Interesting article and a nice picture. Maybe the best ways to check your essay would be interesting for the community? I think that this is very important nowadays.


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