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 http://www.thechinastudy.com.
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