Blogging about multivitamins yesterday reminded me of what I read in Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s Whole, one of the best books I’ve read this year.
In it, Dr. Campbell describes about his own incredible transformation:
”My doctoral dissertation, written over fifty years ago, was on the greater biological value of animal-based protein. I believed then, as firmly as any meat-loving cattle baron, that there was no better, more beneficial food than the protein we received from meat and milk.”
His perspective shifted dramatically and he went on to write The China Study, his seminal work on the preeminence of a whole-food, plant-based lifestyle. What led him to this sea change?
Scientific evidence! In his own words:
“For me, the source of that shift was evidence — the empirical, peer-reviewed evidence produced over many years by my own research group. I was bolstered in later years by the evidence produced by my colleagues in clinical medicine, who have been independently and convincingly documenting the WFPB diet’s’ ability to reverse serious diseases in ways unmatched by pills and procedures.”
His suggestion? We begin to imagine WFPB a new pill known to:
prevent 95 percent of all cancers
prevent nearly all heart attacks and strokes
reverse severe heart disease
prevent and reverse type 2 diabetes
get you to your ideal weight
eliminate most migraines and acne
So what would this life-altering pill look like?
Just like Dr. Campbell’s definition of the ideal human diet:
“Consume plant-based foods in forms as close to their natural state as possible (‘whole’ foods). Eat a variety of vegetables, fruits, raw nuts and seeds, beans and legumes and whole grains. Avoid heavy processed foods and animal products. Stay away from added salt, oil, and sugar. Aim to get 80 percent of your calories from carbohydrates, 10 percent from fat, and 10 percent from protein.”
If WFPB were a pill, imagine the lobbying and marketing money it would attract! But it’s not, so the only way people will learn about it is if its advocates spread the word:
WFPB is better than all the pills the world has to offer.
Fellow WFPB believer Dr, Michael Greger observed in his video Industry Response to Plants not Pills:
“The past 30 years have seen the development of an enormous body of evidence on the importance of plant-based foods in preventing or reducing the risk of chronic disease. But, despite broadly disseminated public information programs on how to eat healthily, it is extremely difficult to get people to change their diets.”
If only those people could understand: When you start taking the WFPB pill, you’ll have science on your side!