Book Summary: The China Study, Part II Continued

If you only read one part of this, read the Osteoporosis section.  Shocking!


Chapter 8: Common Cancers

Breast Cancer

  • Exposure to excess amounts of female hormones leads to an increased risk of breast cancer.
  • Women who eat more animal-based foods and less plant foods reach puberty earlier and menopause later, thus exposing them to hormones for a longer period of time.
  • Breast Cancer is genetic, but about half of the women who carry these genes do not get cancer.
  • Many environmental chemicals do not metabolize when consumed, and therefore are not excreted from the  body.  90-95% of our exposure to these chemicals comes from consuming animal products.  Another group called PAHs (in auto exhaust, factory smoke, and petroleum tar products) can be excreted if ingested.  However, they produce products that react with DNA, which is the first step in causing cancer.
  • Instead of using Hormone Replacement Therapy, try eating a plant-based diet.  The following will happen:
  • Hormone levels will not be as elevated during the reproductive years.  At the end of reproductive years, hormones will drop to a base level, however the crash will not be as hard.

Large Bowel Cancer (Colon and Rectum)

  • Colorectal cancer is the 4th most common cancer in the world, and 2nd in the US.
  • Environmental factors play the most important roles in this cancer.
  • One of the strongest links between any cancer and dietary factor was between colon cancer and meat intake.
  • Fiber containing diets significantly reduce the risk and are much better than taking a fiber pill.
  • Whole, complex carbohydrates and fresh fruits and vegetables contain fiber.
  • Exercise plays a big role.
  • In rural China were calcium consumption is modest and almost no dairy is consumed, colon cancer rates are much lower.
  • Get colonoscopies at the recommended times.

Prostate Cancer (something very dear to my heart because my sweet Grandpa beat this!  Love you, Gramps!)

  • As many as half of all men seventy years and older have latent prostate cancer.
  • Diet plays a key role, and one of the most consistent links between prostate cancer and diet has been dairy consumption.  (My personal question is this:  is it the dairy?  Or is it the hormones and antibiotics that are in pumped into the cows and therefore into us?   It makes me want to go read the study…maybe I will!)
  • There is a possible link tied to calcium and phosphorus consumption.
  • The breakdown mumbo-jumbo:  Animal protein causes the body to produce IGF-1 (a growth hormone), which throws cell growth and removal out of whack, stimulating cancer development.  Animal protein suppresses the production of “supercharged” D (how the sun helps your body produce vitamin D- it’s a good thing).  Excessive calcium (in milk) also suppresses “supercharged” D.  Persistently low levels of this create an environment for different cancers, autoimmune disease, osteoporosis, etc.
  • P. 181 **”Our institutions and information providers are failing us.  Even cancer organizations, at both the national and local level, are reluctant to discuss or even believe this evidence.  Food as a key to health represents a powerful challenge to conventional medicine, which is fundamentally built on drugs and surgery.  The widespread communities of nutrition professionals, researchers and doctors are, as a whole, either unaware of this evidence or reluctant to share it.  Because of these failings, Americans are being cheated out of information that could save their lives.  There is enough evidence now that doctors should be discussing the option of pursuing dietary change as a potential path to cancer prevention and treatment.”**
Chapter 9: Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autoimmune Diseases occur when the body systems attack itself.  Ex.  Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Type I Diabetes, Rheumatic Heart Disease.
  • Autoimmune Diseases become more common the greater distance from the equator.
  • Antigens that trick our bodies into attacking itself may be in our food and remain in our bodies as undigested proteins.
Type I Diabetes
  • There is strong evidence that this is linked to dairy products.  He talks about babies being weaned too early and being fed formula made from cow’s milk, and Dr.s pushing dairy products on young babies (this was completely true with my kids.  My pediatricians hounded me about yogurt, cheese, and milk to make sure they were getting at least 3 servings).  This idea is difficult for people to accept, and is controversial, even when a person reads scientific articles on the subject.  He goes into detail on a few studies, trying to show significant links.
Multiple Sclerosis/Other Autoimmune Diseases
  • It is commonly thought these are due to genetics, viruses, and environmental factors.  Once again, cow’s milk appears to play an important role.
  • Dr. Roy Swank conducted studies on 144 MS patients over a 34 year period.  He advised them to consume a diet low in saturated fat (less than 20 g daily).  He found that in those 34 years, 80% of patients with early-stage MS who consumed higher fat diets died of MS.
  • Some studies have found a link to MS and cow’s milk that might be due to the presence of a virus in milk.
  • Autoimmune diseases are more common at higher geographic latitudes where there is less sunshine.
  • Today, almost no indication of the dietary connection to  autoimmune diseases has reached the public.
Chapter 10:  Wide-Ranging Effects: Bone, Kidney, Eye, and Brain Diseases
  • Americans consume more cow’s milk per person than most populations in the world, so wouldn’t it make sense that they also have the strongest bones?   No.  American women aged 50 + have one of the highest rates of hip fractures in the world!
  • Why?  Animal protein increases the acid load in the body, which means blood and tissues become more acidic.  The body tries to neutralize it by releasing calcium (a base) from the bones, thus weakening them.
  • Advertising is aggressive in the dairy industry, especially pertaining to women, pregnant women, and nursing women.  However, claims are not justified.  One study showed that a higher consumption of calcium was actually associated with a higher risk of bone fracture.  Increased animal consumption increases risk of Osteoporosis.
  • To lower risk:  Stay physically active, eat a wide variety of whole plant foods, keep salt intake to a minimum.
  • Kidney stones are common in developed countries and rare in developing countries – a Western problem.
Eye Problems
  • Cataracts and Macular Degeneration can be decreased by 70-88% if the right foods are eaten.
  • Eye health can be maintained by eating broccoli, carrots, spinach, collard greens, winter squash, and sweet potatoes.
Mind-Altering Diets
  • Animal-based foods lacked antioxidant shields and tend to activate free radical production and cell damage, while plant-based foods, with abundant antioxidants, tend to prevent such damage.
  • For every 3 additional servings of fruits and vegetables a day, the risk of stroke will be reduced by 22%.
  • The food you eat can drastically affect the likelihood of mental decline.

One comment on “Book Summary: The China Study, Part II Continued

  1. Merce says:

    was anything said about consuming milk from goats?

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