Even with no randomized studies proving that you should?
What should humans be eating? That's the question that I began studying in 2002. Six months later, I concluded---without a doubt---that we should be eating a whole foods, plant-based diet. From my "big picture" industrial engineering point of view, it just made total sense. For me, it was a blinding flash of the obvious. But, it has still never been "proven" with randomized clinical studies that WFPB is the best diet for humans.
It has also never been proven from randomized studies that we should be breathing air, drinking water and having sex. But we all do it anyway. So why is our food any different? Because there's a lot of money riding on the continuation of our love affair with meat, dairy, eggs and processed foods three meals a day. And the "experts" who want that diet-style to continue have tons of randomized studies to support their case.
Why aren't there any randomized studies supporting a whole foods, plant-based diet? Because no one has put up the money to pay for them. But like air, water and sex---I don't think we need those studies in order to be certain what we should be eating.
I think we just need to explain the WHOLE impact that the way we eat has on our health, our planet and the long-term sustainability of our species. Once people everywhere fully understand the "big picture," many of them will choose WFPB---because it's the "obvious" solution to so many of the world's problems.
Dr. Campbell says you must study the WHOLE body to understand how nutrition really works. Likewise, I say that we must study the WHOLE world to understand what we should be eating---indeed what we must be eating---if we want to ensure the long-term survival of our great-grandchildren and their great-grandchildren.
On Sunday morning, I watched two videos (provided below) featuring two separate debates between Dr. Campbell and "experts" who promote meat-based eating.
Both of the experts he debated have impressive credentials as you can see at the end of this blog. My conclusion after watching both videos was that we can't win these battles with a bunch of randomized studies. We must appeal to the common sense of the billions of humans who truly want to do the right thing.
What if I were debating? Since I am not a doctor or a scientist, I would rely on my "industrial engineering" view of the "BIG PICTURE" to make my case---and I think that I could get that done in four minutes with a dozen slides.
—J. Morris Hicks, board member, T. Colin Campbell Foundation