The China Study and the work of Dr Campbell’s people can be summarised by these eight principles explained in the book:
1) Nutrition is based on the COMBINED effects activities of a substance
i.e. spinach is more than just “iron”. Our body is orchestrated to derive maximal benefit from a whole food, and so we shouldn’t be focusing on a single nutrient in a food.
2) Vitamin supplements aren’t perfect
It makes no sense to isolate nutrients
3) Plants can better provide all nutrients, and do it better than animal products
Plants have more fibre, minerals and antioxidants, as well as less fat and cholesterol.
4) Genes alone do not predetermine diseases. Genes function when they are activated, and nutrition plays a critical roles in determining which genes are expressed
The origin of disease is genetic. But not all genes are expressed all of the time – they’re dormant.
5) Nutrition substantially controls the adverse effects of noxious chemicals
Huge rat studies have shown that ingesting large quantities of noxious chemicals can still remain healthy and cancer free when they are fed a low-protein diet. So eating organic beef is no more healthy than regular beef (pumped full of chemicals), as the nutritional profile is the same.
6) Nutrition can halt and reverse disease
Some diseases are irreversible. But even some of these diseases can be slowed or attenuated by diet.
7) Nutrition that is beneficial in fighting one disease will support health “across the board”
What’s good for your heart health is good for the rest of the body. You won’t be promoting one type of disease if you eat to prevent another.
8) Good nutrition creates overall health
holistic health – impacts on mental, physical health