My last official week going vegetarian. I am learning new things and changing my mind daily. On this previous post, I mentioned how I was NOT feeling vegetarian. But, Justin and I finally pulled the trigger and watched Forks Over Knives. I knew all about Colin Campbell from reading The China Study, but having a visual made much more of an impact.
Of course, there is MUCH controversy over this documentary and Campbell’s work. The study they created included 367 variables, 65 counties in China, and 6,500 adults (who completed questionnaires, blood tests, etc.). They had more than 8,000 statistically significant associations between lifestyle, diet, and disease variables. I can’t say I agree 100%, but I wanted to share the two of the most striking facts I found with you. Take them or leave them, just remember NO scientific study is without flaws and there is always a way to “interpret” the data to your liking.
#1 Casein was like a light switch for cancer. Turning it on when rats consumed it and turning it off once they stopped. What is casein? Cow milk protein. Where can you find casein? In all dairy products.
Yes, rats are not human. But who wants to gamble with that statistic?
#2 Norwegians were taken over by the Germans in 1939. Germans confiscated ALL livestock from this group of people in order to feed their own troops. This forced the Norwegians to eat only plant-based foods. When they were released from the Germans in 1945, they were again able to consume animal products. Check out the graph below and see if it does not sync up with a plant vs animal-based diet.
How am I using this information? Whether you believe in Campbell’s work or not, we are officially off dairy. I still plan to research skeptics and will change should I hear otherwise, but with all the cancer prevalent in this world, I’m sold Campbell. This means switching Gentry from cow’s milk to another form, which gives her equal nutritional value without that supposed cancer switch. This also means ditching my greek yogurt every morning.
As far as ALL animal products, I plan to take my favorite author’s advice…
We will not be strict vegetarians, but we will eat MOSTLY plants. Fish, a bison burger, they will be a part of our household, just not as much as a big old plate of veggies
oops… I said veggies right?!
We are still planning a month of paleo though!