The China Study by Thomas Campbell

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thought to be related to varied dietary practices, thus providing the op-
portunity to investigate diet and disease associations comprehensively.
The China Study, of which I was director, began in 1983 and is still
In addition to these human studies, I maintained a twenty-seven-year
laboratory research program in experimental animal studies. Begun in
the late 1960s, this National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded research
investigated the link between diet and cancer in considerable depth.
Our findings, which were published in the highest quality scientific
journals, brought into question the very core principles of cancer cau-
When all was said and done, my colleagues and I were honored to
have received a total of seventy-four grant-years of funding. In other
words, because we had more than one research program being con-
ducted at once, my colleagues and I did seventy-four years' worth of
funded research in less than thirty-five years. From this research I have
authored or co-authored over 350 scientific articles. Numerous awards
were extended to me and to my students and colleagues for this long
series of studies and publications. They included, among others, the
1998 American Institute for Cancer Research award "in recognition
of a lifetime of significant accomplishments in scientific research ... in
diet, nutrition and cancer," a 1998 award as one of the "Top 25 Food
Influentials" by Self magazine and the 2004 Burton Kallman Scientific
Award by the Natural Nutrition Food Association. Moreover, invitations
to lecture at research and medical institutions in more than forty states
and several foreign countries attested to the interest in these findings
from the professional communities. My appearance before congressio-
nal committees and federal and state agencies also indicated substantial
public interest in our findings. Interviews on the McNeil-Lehrer News
Hour program, at least twenty-five other TV programs, lead stories in
USA Today, the New York Times, and the Saturday Evening Post and
widely publicized TV documentaries on our work have also been a part
of our public activities.


Through all of this, I have come to see that the benefits produced by eat-
ing a plant-based diet are far more diverse and impressive than any drug
or surgery used in medical practice. Heart diseases, cancers, diabetes,
stroke and hypertension, arthritis, cataracts, Alzheimer's disease, impo-

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