“We moved a lot and we didn’t have much money. In those days, gosh, you’d eat all this junk because it was cheap. You never heard anything about nutrition.”
And when Karen’s mother — who’d always struggled with her weight and digestion — died of colon cancer at the age of 50, Dr. Campbell had the realization that changed his life.
“It was clear to me that what happened to her had a lot to do with the relationship between diet and cancer. And I said to myself, ‘That is my future.’”
After an emotion-filled pause, he continues, “It still affects me the same today as it did then.”
In November 2011, Dr Campbell and his friend Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn presented their research on the health benefits of plant-based eating to the Kentucky state legislature.
They did so at the invitation of Representative Tom Riner. He’d met them in 2006 –and saw significant drops in his cholesterol and blood pressure after 30 days of plant-based eating.
That success let Riner to co-sponsor legislation to fund a pilot project testing whether eating plant-based for 10 days would benefit on its participants. But big-agriculture and meat-industry lobbyists killed the bill.
So Nelson Campbell started his own pilot program in North Carolina. That effort is the focus of PlantPure Nation.
The film also includes comments from doctors who integrate plant-based eating into their treatments. Take cardiologist James Marcum, director of Tennessee’s Healthwise Ministries.
He actually envisions the day when physicians who don’t discuss its benefits with their patients could be sued for malpractice!
In his words:
“As a physician, as I come across new knowledge that is evidence based, as I see my patients lives change, as I see my life change? I would feel guilty and I would feel great remorse if I didn’t try to introduce these principles into my patients lives.”
What evidence is that persuasive? Try the results one man achieved with the PlantPure Nation 10-day kickstarter. Prior to beginning, his cholesterol reading was 277. Then came the good news:
“Your total cholesterol is 150.”
“Is that accurate?”
“Is that thing working? You are kidding me?!”
“Your triglycerides are 98. They were 395.”
“Wow! This is going to be a lifestyle. This is amazing!”
When Michael McEntee, founder of biometric-testing company Impact Health, saw these results, he exclaimed “I’ve been testing for 26 years. We’ve tested millions of people and I’ve never seen results like this.”
Given that Impact Health works with the makers of LDL-lowering statins, his reaction speaks volumes!
PlantPure Nation reaches its dramatic high point when Tom Riner brings a Finding of Fact resolution to the floor of the Kentucky state legislature in 2014. Watching the assembly debate its language had me on the edge of my seat:
“Numerous scientific studies now confirm that a whole foods diet comprised primarily of vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes and nuts without added oil, sugar, and salt is optimal for human health, not only preventing a broad range of diseases and illnesses, but also reversing some of the most dangerous chronic conditions.”
Seeing people committed to the health of their community stand up and do something about it was wonderful. As Nelson Campbell observed, “The truth is a stubborn thing. It doesn’t go away, and neither did we.”
PlantPure Nation has given me hope that working together, we can create a healthier future!