Just take a moment andimagine that: If you are on medication for diabetes, within just 2 to 3 weeksof following the China Study Solution, you-with your doctor’s okay-might beable to get off your diabetes medication forever! All it takes is giving upanimal based products. In January of 2005, T.
Colin Campbell and his son ThomasM. Campbell published a book called The China Study which they conducted asurvey on 6,500 adults in 65 countries in rural China. In their findings, theyconcluded that even in a population that consumed only small amounts of animalfoods, those who consumed more animal foods, had higher cholesterol levels,which in turn were linked to higher rates of disease more common in affluentcultures such as several types of cancer and diabetes (Campbell and Campbell).Plant -based diets are diets mostly consist of seeds, fruits, vegetables, nuts,legumes, and whole grains that contain few or no animal products. Eating aplant-based diet is a healthier in terms of reversing diseases, reducingobesity, and elongating life spans.Studiesin 2012 show that the U.
S. consumed more meat than almost any other U.S countrywith Luxembourg being number one. Just below us was Australia. “But there are fewer cowsnow than there were in the 1970’s. In the meantime, though, farmers andscientists have found ways to get more meat out of every cow. So even thoughcow inventory has dropped, the U.
S. is still producing more beef now than inthe 1970’s. In 1909, the total meat consumption in the U.S. was 9.8 billionpounds and in 2012, the total rose to a startling 52.
2 billion pounds. Withpork, it was 43 billion, chicken was about 57 billion, ans turkey was only 12billion” (Barclay). According to the USDA’s Food Pyramid, people should behaving at least two to three servings of dairy and meat products a day plusfruits and vegetables as they all help sustain daily nutritional needs. On thecontrary, according to “The Journal of Family Practice”, coronary heart diseasecould be prevented if you maintain a cholesterol level below 150. Their othergoal was to see how they can get patients to get the low reading and how itreally effects coronary heart disease. The severity of the disease in theirpatients wasn’t life threatening at all.
“Ofthe 22 participants, 5 dropped out within 2 years, and 17 maintained the diet,11 of whom completed a mean of 5.5 years of follow-up. All 11 of theseparticipants reduced their cholesterol level from a mean baseline of 246 mg/dLto below 150 mg/dL. Disease was clinically arrested in all 11 participants, andnone had new infarctions. Among the 11 remaining patients after 10 years, sixcontinued the diet and had no further coronary events, whereas the fivedropouts who resumed their prestudy diet reported 10 coronary events. Thesepatients took cholesterol-lowering drugs and followed a diet that derived nomore than 10% of its calories from fat” (Esselston Jr., Ellis and Medendorp). More than one third (36.
5%) of U.S. adults are severelyoverweight (Ogden, Carroll and Fryar). With beingoverweight or even obese, severe consequences can arise like heart disease. Heartdisease is when plaque grows in the arteries of your heart and block the bloodflow. The plaque can sometimes burst and cause blood clots to form which causesheart attacks.
Those attacks can also lead to death. More than 610,000 peopledie of this disease every year and It is also the leading cause of death inboth men and women varying by race and ethnicity (CDC.)”In2006, after reviewing data from 87 published stories, authors Berkow andBernard reported in Nutrition Reviews that a vegan or vegetarian diet is highlyeffective for weight loss.
They also found that vegetarian populations havelower rates of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity. Inaddition, their review suggests that weight loss in vegetarians is notdependent on exercise and occurs at a rate of approximately one pound per week.Vegan diet caused more calories to be burned after meals, in contrast tononvegan diets which may cause fewer calories to be burned because food isbeing stored as fat” (Berkow and Barnard). Furthermore, there have been studies that show, eatinglow to no meat can increase longevity. With the increase of diseases that goalong with being overweight or obese, it can be linked to diet choices. In onestudy, it was questioned if red or processed meat increased the risk of alonger life. There were many test subjects who consumed various amounts of thered or processed meat.
In the end, many of the subjects had died by the followup time. The results had also stated that, Red and processed meat intakes wereassociated with modest increases in total mortality, cancer mortality, and coronaryheart mortality” (Sinha, Cross and Graubard). Meat consumption seemsto lead people to their death beds more than be one of the essential foods thatwe “need” every day.
Some will argue that you can’t get the same benefits youcan while consuming meat. Connie Diekman, Director of Nutrition at WashingtonUniversity states, “Animal protein is important for human health. When youeliminate animal foods from your eating plan you run the risk of inadequateprotein content. Animal proteins provide all the amino acids that we need forcell growth, tissue repair, and overall health” (Fulkerson).
According to the manyexperiments done with meat, the results of meat consumption have proved to decreasehealth in the subjects. There are many other options than meat. Especially to gethealth benefits the body deserves. “Amino acids, some ofwhich, called essential amino acids, cannot be produced by the body thereforeit must be contained by eating food. Essential amino acids are found in meat,dairy products and eggs, as well as many plant-based foods, such as quinoa. Byeating a combination of plant-based foods, essential amino acids could beobtained. Some examples are brown rice with beans or hummus with whole wheatpita.
Therefore, a well-balanced, plant-based diet will provide adequateamounts of essential amino acids and prevent protein deficiency” (Soybeans, mature seeds, raw Nutrition Facts & Calories). In conclusion, restraining from animal based products canimprove your overall health. With obesity rates in America constantly growing,an all whole foods and plant based diet would help. Not only can this neweating style lower chances for something like heart disease or diabetes, it canreverse and even get rid of it in just a few weeks. Overall mortality rateswould be significantly higher because over the lower percentages of weight anddisease. An old Chinese proverb said, “He who takes medicine and neglects diet,wastes the time of his doctor”.
In other words, change starts with oneself.