Bold statements about cancer

I am reading Whole by T. Colin Campbell (of Forks over Knives fame). He makes some stunning statements about his research:

- We've discovered that cow's milk protein at reasonable levels of intake markedly promotes experimental cancer growth which is outside of the nutrition paradigm.

- We discovered that experimental cancer growth can be turned on and off by altering practical levels of nutrient intake and can be treated by nutritional means, which is outside of the cancer treatment paradigm.

- We've observed that these effects are driven by multiple mechanisms acting in concert, which is outside of the medical paradigm.

- We've found that cancer growth is controlled far more by nutrition than by genes, which is outside of the scientific paradigm.

- We've shown that the nutrient composition of foods is more of a determinant of cancer occurrence than chemical carcinogens, which is outside of the cancer-testing and regulatory agency paradigms.

Recently, a friend of mine diagnosed with prostate cancer chose Gerson Therapy over traditional cancer treatment to reverse his disease. The treatment was effective, though difficult.  Gary spent 2-3 hours each day shopping for and juicing organic produce across several months. While I'd read these types of stories online, this was the first time I'd ever known of someone personally who reversed cancer using food.

It makes sense that what we eat plays a role in disease.  After all, our bodies consume a lot of fuel each day then use those components to build (and rebuild) cells. Karen McCarville speaks of "clean burning fuel" like fruits and vegetables and "dirty burning fuel" like processed foods.

There are whole industries based on creating "dirty burning fuels" simply because of our food distribution systems.  After all, it takes a lot of chemicals to get food to sit on a shelf for months without spoiling. (And more chemicals to make it taste good.) The surprising part about T. Colin Campbell (and others) research is the role that simple animal proteins play in the process.

When I read the section on Casein (a dairy protein) I was horrified to find a big tub of it in my pantry.  (Chase has been adding it to his shakes while weight training.)

As anyone who has faced cancer knows, the treatments are as brutal as the disease and healing doesn't come in a straight line of cause and effect. It never occurred to me to wonder if the system by which we look at cancer—or for that matter disease in general—might be flawed.  Campbell takes on a lot of the assumptions that undergrid the medical industry and challenges them, but the best part about the book is that there is hope. And Campbell doesn't believe the cure is sitting in our testtubes.  His research says it is in our gardens and produce sections.

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