Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Protein Cancer Connection

T. Colin Campbell, PhD and Thomas M. Campbell II point out, in "The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted", a statistically significant finding that diets rich in animal (especially dairy) protein could stand as the primary cause of cancer in the western world. This of course goes against mainstream American sentiment that a diet rich in animal protein (steaks, burgers, cheese...) is not only "good" but essential.


Cancer proceeds through 3 stages: initiation, promotion and progression. Chemicals responsible for "initiation" are the carcinogens, they mutate normal cell genes into cancer-prone cells. The daughter cells are forever damaged, and it begins...

Promotion sets the stage for these DNA damaged cells to grow. However, like any organic being, they will not grow unless right conditions are met. This is where diet becomes critical, to either promote cancer growth or reverse it. Having a higher Anti-promoters intake, it slows or stops, it is a push-pull process.

e.g. in order for the carcinogen Aflatoxin to take effect, it must be metabolized by an enzyme Mixed Function Oxidase (MFO). An decrease in protein intake (from 20% to 5% in their study) "not only lowered enzyme activity, but did so very quickly."

Interesting lab tests

A research from India concurs with the above. 2 groups of rats, both administed the carcinogen Aflatoxin, then fed seperate diets, one with 20% protein, the other 5%. In time, EVERY rat in the 20% group displayed evidence of liver cancer; the 5% group: ZERO. This further suggests the diet to cancer connection, instead of simply focusing on carcinogens.

Another test found that dairy protein was probably the worst thing to have if you want to avoid prostate cancer.

Don't take my words for it, don't trust the mainstream, do your own research.

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