Reading The China Study was probably the big turning point in our family’s diet and health a little over 3 years ago.
We had big reasons to be looking for ways to be more healthy.
Here are 3 of them:
1. Tom was looking at open heart surgery to replace a congenitally defective heart valve along with replacing a section of his aorta that went past the arteries up supplying the brain = they would freeze him down and stop blood flow to the brain for a time while they fixed both problems = very scary to both of us and our 4 young children. He would then have an artificial valve that was only supposed to last 10 years or so before needing to be replaced. He also has genetically high cholesterol.
2. I had severe heartburn that had increased with each pregnancy. The GI scope showed damage and the specialist said I should increase my once a day prescription to twice a day.
“For how long?” I asked. (What do you think he said?)
“For the rest of your life,” he said. (I was in my mid-30s)
“Is there anything else I can do? Any diet or lifestyle changes?” (What do you think he said this time?)
“Nope. With a severe case like yours, you need to take 2 pills a day, for the rest of your life.”
3. Tim, our 4th, had been rushed to the hospital only able to breath by screaming non-stop. He had viral-induced asthma. So, any time he got a cold, it would move to a cough, then his airways would swell, he would have trouble breathing, we would give him Albuterol, which wouldn’t work well enough, so he would be put on steroids. After the hospital and 2 repeat episodes of the above sequence, they put him on a once a day asthma drug . . . indefinitely. The doctor said he might outgrow the condition when he was 5 or so. He was still a baby.
We switched to eating predominantly a vegan diet with an emphasis on whole foods - brown rice, whole wheat flour, fruits, and vegetables, etc.
- Tom’s cholesterol dropped significantly the first few months. His new heart valve is doing very well and we hope that on this diet it will last longer than the average of 10 years.
- I’m off ALL my heartburn prescriptions. I occasionally need an antacid after eating tomato or chocolate (or the now and then pizza)
- After being vegan for a while and a few colds without breathing trouble, I stopped giving Tim his medication and he’s never had trouble since. When I mentioned to the doctor that diet might be why he was doing so well, she said our success was probably because we hadn’t been through the cold and flu season yet. He was 1 then. He’s 4 now, and still not a single whiff of lung trouble since. That’s 3 cold and flu seasons.
A few of the things that stood out to me the first time I read The China Study:
- A study where they gave a peanut mold toxin that would cause liver cancer to 2 sets of rats. One they fed on veggie protein and one of dairy protein. The dairy group developed liver cancer while the veggie group hardly did. And even more amazing, they switched the diets and the cancer shrunk in the previously dairy group and began to develop in the previously veggie group.
- The comparison of poor versus rich diets = veggie/grain versus meat/dairy and the poor versus rich illnesses = diarrheal/infections/etc. versus heart/cancer/diabetes.
- An image in the book of a before-and-after image of a man’s artery - very clogged and then incredibly open. He was a man who didn’t accept that his heart disease diagnosis was forever and all he could do was take handfuls of pills for the rest of his life. He discovered the whole foods/vegetable based diet, stuck to it despite considerable ridicule from those around him, and reversed his heart disease. A drug doing this kind of thing would be hailed as a miracle saving millions of lives from the #1 killer in America. It’s DIET guys, NOT drugs!
- The studies. The studies. The studies.
- The results.
- The simplicity.
- The logic.
- The hope.
I know some may have objections or disagree with portions of The China Study, but really, where’s the possible harm? If it even has a tiny chance of helping with the big killers in our society, why wouldn’t you give it a try? Are we really so attached to eating meat, dairy, and eggs?
I believe the science supports eating this way. Common sense supports eating this way. Our family’s results support eating this way.
I just wanted to share and hope this would help encourage others to take the leap and see how it helps their health.