I was previously an advocate of Atkin's Diet because it worked , at least from a short-term weight loss perspective.
This book showed me the error of my ways, and if you read it then it will most likely change you too.
In my opinion this book should be part of school education, of course the Meat and Dairy industries would cry foul, but then that's to be expected, just like the tobacco industry still tries to derail the statistics around smoking.
One of the many things Dr Campbell is saying is that exposure to a carcinogen (like smoke) is not the most important thing in the formation of cancer. The most important thing is how you feed the cancer. He did a study with rats and a well known (at least to the medical community) carcinogen called aflatoxin (a form of mold found on peanuts). When the rats were fed with high levels of aflatoxin and very low levels of animal-based-protein the development of cancers was massively lower than when the Rats were fed with high levels of animal-based-protein in tandem with aflatoxin. In short the researchers effectively switched on and off cancer formation with diet, even in the presence of a highly carcinogenic compound.
There is much more to this book than just the study of lab rats.
This books goes on to show how consumption of animal-based foods increase all forms of chronic and degenerative diseases : cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, age-related-blindness, osteoporosis, kidney stones, autoimmune disease, alzheimer's and dementia.
The most important part about this book in comparison to others is that the conclusions are developed from numerically compelling research. It's not just opinion dressed up as fact. This book has the numbers to back it up (although he doesn't get bogged down in them) .
It also goes on to tell you how the Meat and Dairy industries unsurprisingly act just like the Tobacco industry has, and buy off governments and scientists.
All in all it is highly and complusively readable, it only took me a couple of days, I was gripped by it.
You really need to read this book, you will not regret it (well if you are young enough to benefit from a lifestyle change that is).
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