Around Thanksgiving I told you that I was going to be reading “The China Study” and asked you, dear reader, to read it along with me! How’s it going? I don’t know about you, but I have been thoroughly absorbed in this book. I would rather read it than watch a film! But I must admit that I have not been able to finish it in one day or even four! Dr. Deb (from “Red Thread”) is one amazing lady having finished this book in one day!
What can I say? Life happens! Distractions happen, but I have still been returning faithfully to its pages and been enjoying it immensely! On top of it all, I’ve been out with a sinus infection and one annoying cough for a few days! Last year I hardly got sick at all. I credit this to being on a plant-based vegan diet because the chances of me getting sick are higher than for the average person. I work in, as a friend so kindly pointed out, “a petri dish of germs” as a teacher of children, seeing almost 500 students per week! Here’s a drawing from a first grader on my first day back. This is me on the playground. They know, I love playing out there too!
However, I am on chapter 10, knowing that the last chapters will be a breeze because it’s about the diet I follow and believe in already! The research and information in this book has been truly mind blowing and inspiring! The China Study should be required reading for anyone who works in the medical industry, with nutrition or in some kind of health service! Or if you’re just interested in staying healthy and alive in today’s world. This book has truly changed some of the things that I held to believe to be true such as that cancer was in large parts caused by cancer causing chemicals. Listen to what Dr. Campbell says,
“There is a widely held perception that cancer is caused by toxic chemicals that make their way into our bodies in a sinister way. For example, people often cite health concerns to justify their opposition to pumping antibiotics and hormones into farm animals. The assumption is that the meat would be safe to eat if it didn’t have those unnatural chemicals in it. The real danger of the meat would be safe to eat if it didn’t have those unnatural chemicals in it. The real danger of meat, however, is the nutrient imbalances, regardless of the presence or absence of those nasty chemicals. Long before modern chemicals were introduced into our food, people still began to experience more cancer and more heart disease when they started to eat more animal-based foods.” (p.235 – The China Study)
That’s just a taste if you haven’t gotten your hands on it already. Trust me, this book further propelled me to get signed up for Dr. Campbell’s course in Plant-based Nutrition through e-Cornell University. “School” starts next week. It’s a six week on-line program and I am so excited to start it! Hey, here’s an idea: Why not take it along with me? It’s my Christmas/birthday gift to myself! My father always said that you should learn as long as you’re alive and as much as you possibly can! The books title can be a bit misleading, in my opinion, although I know that’s the basis for the major research they did. However, the Campbell’s do an amazing job at quoting research and providing statistical information from around the world. My favorite section is on the “Diseases of Affluence”, such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis and autoimmune diseases just to name a few.
Well, if you can’t take the course yet, at least get your hands on a copy of “The China Study”. I kept hearing about it from several of my friends and now you’re hearing about it from me, so get yourself on Amazon or to your local bookstore! I promise you that you will not regret it! The book is seriously the most important book that I have read to date and being an avid reader that says a lot! GET IT!!!
Cheers and Happy Reading! Here’s Santa with his two helpers also a gift from a first grade student! Aren’t they adorable?!