J Morris Hicks

J Morris Hicks

Posted September 25, 2012

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or to figure out what we should be eating?


With thousands working on it already; maybe we should challenge their methodology of study---because what they're telling us is not working.Three articles caught my attention this week and my immediate reaction was to blog about each one of them separately. But then I decided to focus on the overriding theme of all three---the overall confusion over clarity when it comes to what we should be eating.

The first article in Forbes was all about a new "Manhattan type project to end the obesity epidemic." And although they describe the project as "the best scientists from all corners of the country working as a team," Dr. T. Colin Campbell of Cornell University was conspicuous in his absence. Here's how they describe their mission:

The Nutrition Science Initiative (NuSI) is dedicated to dramatically reducing the economic and social burden of obesity and obesity-related diseases by significantly improving nutrition science. NuSI seeks to unambiguously clarify the relationship between diet and obesity and its related diseases as a result of a growing acceptance that nutrition science is – and historically has been – significantly substandard as compared to other scientific disciplines such as chemistry, biology, or physics.

NuSI will be successful because we are bringing together the best scientific minds and giving them the time and resources they require to find the answers we all need.”

Dr. Campbell as he appeared in the movie, "Forks over Knives," on the farm where he was raised.
Dr. T. Colin Campbell as he appeared in the Forks Over Knives movie.

The best scientific minds? Yet they make no mention of Dr. T. Colin Campbell or his world-changing book, The China Study. Then, a few days later, an article in the Wall Street Journal featured him in an article that focused on the health benefits of a vegan diet. He summarized his "pro" opinion:

When I began my experimental research program on the effects of nutrition on cancer and other diseases, I assumed it was healthy to eat plenty of meat, milk and eggs. But eventually, our evidence raised questions about some of my most-cherished beliefs and practices.

Our findings, published in top peer-reviewed journals, pointed away from meat and milk as the building blocks of a healthy diet, and toward whole, plant-based foods with little or no added oil, sugar or salt.

Dr. Nancy Rodriguez, University of Connecticut

The article then shifted to another nutritional scientist, Dr. Nancy Rodriguez of the University of Connecticut who delivered the pro meat & dairy rebuttal. After seeing her a few years ago with Dr. Campbell on Larry King Live, I knew that she would essentially disagree with everything that Dr. Campbell said. I was right. For example, she states:

There is scientific evidence that low-fat or fat-free dairy and lean meat, as part of a balanced diet, produce specific health benefits such as reducing blood pressure. Fat-free, low-fat and reduced-fat options are widely available, as are lactose-free milk and milk products. Many of the most popular beef cuts are lean, including top sirloin, tenderloin, T-bone steak and 95% lean ground beef.

Very confusing. So how is the average citizen supposed to know who is right and which PhD they should believe? Should they adopt a vegan diet or should they continue to eat meat, dairy, and eggs? Do they "need" to eat any animal products whatsoever? Even though our schools of nutrition stand strongly on the side of the meat & dairy folks, and are not likely to change anytime soon---each citizen should do their own homework and ask themselves a few questions: Click here to continue reading this article:

Blogging daily at the seaside village of Stonington, Connecticut – Be well and have a great day.

—J. Morris Hicks, board member, T. Colin Campbell Foundation



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