Part 2 of this series explains why you haven’t heard of a whole food, plant-based diet as a solution to your health problems. But don’t worry, The China Study has all the information you need to make educated decisions about your health!
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Disclaimer: I am not a healthcare professional. You can read about our personal experience with a plant-based diet, but please know that your experience may be different from ours. You should do your own research before making any changes to your diet or lifestyle especially if you have a health condition.
Here’s what you can expect from each post in this series:
Part 1: Overview of what Dr. Campbell learned during the biggest scientific study of his career, the China Study; what foods to eat and which ones to avoid for long-term health; which diseases and other health problems a whole food, plant-based diet can prevent, halt, and even reverse.
Part 2: Why your doctor hasn’t told you about a whole food, plant-based diet as a solution for your health problems; other reasons you haven’t heard about this research before; why you should read The China Study for your health and your family’s health.
Part 3: Helpful transition tips to get your family on board with a dietary change; resources to teach you more about the health benefits of a whole food, plant-based lifestyle; where to find new recipes.
What Your Doctor Isn’t Telling You
At this point, you may be wondering why you haven’t heard this information before. If your serious health problems can be fixed with food alone, why hasn’t your doctor told you so?
In short, most doctors don’t know. They weren’t taught nutrition in medical school, so they have no idea how food affects diseases. It’s shocking but true.
Most doctors are only taught the equivalent of 1-2 credit hours of nutrition. Even then, it’s only nutrition at the basic scientific level, not as it relates to public health.
Instead, doctors learn how to treat diseases with medicine and surgery rather than how to prevent or reverse them.
I don’t think doctors necessarily want you to stay sick. They want to help their patients, but sometimes they just don’t know the best way to do it. And the few doctors who do hear about the disease-reversing power of a whole food, plant-based diet are more than a little skeptical.
I should know. I was there myself!
The typical reaction to a plant-based diet
When my mom first introduced the concept of a plant-based diet as a solution to Josh’s ulcerative colitis, I was less than receptive. And I wasn’t very nice about it.
Let’s get personal here for a minute. I’m stubborn and hard-headed. I tend to think I know everything and that my way is the best way. It’s typical only-child syndrome at its not-so-finest.
So when my mom first suggested that Josh’s UC could be fixed with food, I lashed out. I can distinctly remember saying these words to her: “He has a DISEASE! There is NO CURE, and he will be on this medicine for the rest of his life!”
But that’s typical, isn’t it? When someone suggests a new way of thinking (or eating, in this case), we automatically get defensive or downright hostile.
People don’t want to hear that their diseases are often directly linked to the kind of food they put into their mouths. They don’t want to hear that meat may have caused their inflammatory bowel disease, or that milk may have given their child Type 1 diabetes, or that their breast cancer was almost entirely avoidable.
Who in their right mind wants to accept that kind of responsibility?
Plus, it is a stretch to think that something as simple as fruits and veggies can reverse a disease as formidable as cancer.
The typical reaction to a plant-based diet amplified by years of medical education
Doctors are just as skeptical as you and me. Only they’ve spent many, many years learning complex medical processes, perfecting surgical techniques, and staying on top of the latest treatments. They don’t want to hear that their efforts are trumped by plants. It’s a slap in the face, really.
But the evidence is there, and big egos get in the way of big health breakthroughs.
So again, why hasn’t your doctor told you about a whole food, plant-based diet as a solution to your health problems? He or she either doesn’t know, or doesn’t believe it.
But it isn’t just doctors who are (knowingly or unknowingly) keeping you in the dark.
What companies aren’t telling you
Let’s get real again. There’s big money to be made in the medical industry, pharmaceutical industry, meat industry, dairy industry, and the like.
Even when studies emerge showing that a certain drug or food is dangerous to your health, these industries are prepared to counter the evidence with slick marketing. (Have you ever watched the television show Mad Men? Don Draper’s advertising techniques with Lucky Strike cigarettes is an excellent example of this point.)
Companies stand to lose a LOT of money if consumers learn that their products are harmful.
As I mentioned earlier in the case of doctors, I don’t think companies in these industries necessarily want you to have poor health.
Or maybe some do. I can’t say for sure.
But one thing is certain: it’s just business. Companies have obligations to their shareholders, and their primary objective is to earn profits. They do this by making sure the public thinks highly of their products.
So when studies show that milk consumption actually increases the risk of osteoporosis (which is exactly what we see in The China Study), the dairy industry counters with whatever meager “evidence” it can find that shows some positive relationship between milk and our health.
The end result? A very confused public and very wealthy industries.
So what can we do about it?
Read The China Study! Buy it or borrow it from the library. Do whatever you can to get your hands on this book right now because the information contained in it can change or save your life.
The evidence is there that a whole food, plant-based diet is the best way to ensure long-term health. All you have to do is read the book, apply the information, and enjoy a life of increased health.
Don’t stay in the dark, my friend. It’s this sheep mentality of just following the herd that’s killing us.
Yes, it’s irresponsible on the part of the doctors who know about Dr. Campbell’s research and yet choose to not give us the information because they don’t believe it.
Yes, it’s also irresponsible for big industries to put profits above public health.
But in spite of all this irresponsibility, you have access to vital information. Carve out some time from your busy schedule to read The China Study. You deserve to have all the cards on the table so you can make informed decisions about your health. You need to have ALL the information, not just what the marketing departments of big industries want you to have.
Keep your family in mind, too
If you don’t want to read The China Study for your own health, then at least do it for your family.
As women, we’re intensely protective of our families. We’re willing to do whatever we can to make sure they have everything they need and that they’re well taken care of. So if you have access to information that could prevent your kids from getting Type 1 diabetes, cancer, and other terrible diseases, shouldn’t you at least check it out?
Take the time to do some research so you can give your family the best shot at a long, healthy life.
But don’t just take my word for it that a whole food, plant-based diet is the way to go. If I sway you with words, then someone else with prettier words will be able to sway you in the opposite direction. Read The China Study for yourself and then make your own decisions about what’s best for you and your family’s health.
And if you’re already following a different kind of diet (low-carb, Atkins, South Beach, Keto, Paleo, Whole30, etc.), then I especially encourage you to get your hands on The China Study. See how the science in The China Study compares to the science backing up your current diet. It’s hard to know what we should believe, so let the scientific evidence help you figure it out.
The China Study and What it Means for Your Health, Continued!
We aren’t finished yet! Head over to Part 3 for some helpful transition tips, practical advice, and resources to help you along your journey.
Other posts in this series:
Part 2 (you’re already here!)
Other posts you may enjoy
- What is a Whole Food, Plant-based Diet?
- How to Start a Plant-based Diet: The Ultimate Transition Guide for Beginners
- Plant-based Shopping List: What to Buy When You Follow a Plant-based Diet
- 3 Supplements You Need When You Follow a Plant-based Diet
- 15 Plant-based Recipes You Need to Try
- How to Afford a Healthy Lifestyle on a Budget
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