The China StudyBy Carol Alt / Post / August 24, 2016
Wasn’t that a movie? Okay, okay, so I’m a little slow. I’m finally reading this book called The China Study, and I really think you should to. I’ll get into that in a moment.
I suppose the reason I don’t read most books like this is because I already know a lot of what they talk about to begin with. After all, I did study under two great doctors who taught me everything I know! Because of this, I find that most books only reiterate what I’ve already been saying for the past twenty years, and writing for the past eleven. It all comes down to one point: you HAVE to provide the body with the nutrition it needs.
Once the body is given the nutrition it needs, it can fight any disease. Now I know that’s hard to hear if you’re ill. I know it’s much, much easier to blame God, the environment, stress, or even plastics. However, we all need to take responsibility for our own health, and it all comes down to us. We make choices every day. We choose what to drink, we choose what to eat, and we choose what to watch on television. We inevitably choose what goes into our bodies, whether it’s through our mouth, ears, nose, or eyes. All of these choices either pollute or clean us, and the choice we choose determines which outcome happens.
So the topic of The China Study, comparing consumption of animal products with rates of cancer, wasn’t really a surprise to me. The one interesting note, though, was that Thomas and T. Colin Campbell, the authors, advocate against eating animal proteins. Price Waterhouse and my own personal doctor, Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez, have taught me that we need to eat like our ancestors ate. The China Study doesn’t specify what kind of animal protein, however, and I think that’s a bit too ambiguous. Raw or cooked? Did it mean meats or cheeses? Both? These are the things that confuse people.
I advocate the drinking of raw milk as it’s completely different that pasteurized (cooked) milk. Raw meats, raw cheeses, raw fish… All of these things truly can be good for you. I won’t say anything about chicken other than that I don’t eat it, but I don’t want to be sued like Oprah was by beef producers. It’s crazy that in this day and age talking about what to eat can get you sued.
Anyway, it’s hard for me to read studies, diets, and health and nutrition books because no one talks about the differences between raw food and cooked foods. It’s pretty damn important, as it’s the difference between manna from heaven and straight poison. So if you’re as confused about The China Study as I am, my three suggestions are solid. No matter what diet you choose, go Mediterranean, go Paleo, and go Adkins. By this, I mean eat as much raw food as possible. Make at least 75% of your diet raw. Keep animal products at a minimum. Dr. Gonzalez told me to eat fish 3-5 times a week at the very most. And finally, eat a wide variety of foods. When I started going raw with Dr. Brantley, he talked about “eating the colors of the rainbow,” so that’s what I do.
You may ask me why I do this. Well I saw this theory in action a while back. My first book included a recipe for a particularly fabulous avocado sandwich. Someone wrote to me and said “Oh my gosh Carol, I’m gaining weight on the raw diet!”
It took several emails to finally figure out that this person was eating four or five of these avocado sandwiches a day. Oh honey, the body doesn’t know what to DO with so much avocado. That’s a LOT of fats, let me tell you.
Again, my thoughts on The China Study and every other nutrition book out there is that whatever diet you choose, incorporate as much raw into it as physically possible, keep animal proteins to a minimum, and eat a wide variety of foods. Remember, when raw, legumes like beans and lentils are proteins. Raw vegetables contain protein. If they’re cooked, you’re just eating carbohydrates. Shocking, right?
Who knew that heat could change a bean from protein-heavy to carb-heavy? If you keep that knowledge in mind, and remember that you need essential (essential meaning our bodies do not make it, and need it from an outside source) fatty acids and proteins to rebuild the body, you’ll end up making the right choices. Don’t forget, in The China Study, it’s said that the most important meal decisions come at a large breakfast, medium lunch, and small dinner. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a queen, and breakfast like a pauper, and we’ll make you healthy in no time at all!
Edited by Jake Layton