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(Healingtalks) The China Study has been called, by the NY Times, the Grand Prix of nutritional studies or the largest and most comprehensive linking of diet to the prevalence of chronic disease. There are many reasons why. Here are some of the unique features of this groundbreaking study:

Holistic Approach

The China Study looked at not just a few study isolates – food nutrients found in chemical isolation – but rather approximately 1,000 different overall items of information per person gathered in its vast 1989 survey.

Whole Life Study

About 90% of Chinese have spent most of their entire lifetimes in the same region where they were born and eating similar foods for a lifetime – unlike restless Americans and Europeans whose daily dietary choices can vary with each city street residence and ethnic restaurant visited. This study thus has some ideal conditions.

Massive Data Base of The China Study

While 87% of Chinese are ethnic Hans with similar gene pools, diets in China varied dramatically in different provinces, as do the disease and death rates. An unprecedented and vast data base (commissioned by Premier Chou En Lai who was dying of cancer) was used to focus on these differences. The atlas contained detailed information on the death and disease rates of some 880 million Chinese from 2,400 counties (96% of the population)!

Large Sampling

Based on the above data, 65 Chinese counties were selected to zero in on 6500 individuals who had three-day blood samples taken – with food samples analyzed and questionnaires taken. Regions with the highest and lowest rates were chosen and the pursuit began to interrelate lifestyle factors with chronic diseases, including many forms of cancers. Researchers asked themselves: Why did men in one part of China die of esophageal cancer at rates 435X higher than in another part?

International Cooperation and the Reaching of Powerful Conclusions

Conducted by Campbell in collaboration with two Chinese and one British scientist. What did all these unique features of The China Study yield as study results? The most powerful conclusion of in The China Study was a direct link between lifestyle habits and chronic disease rates. The type of diet made all the difference. The degree of animal fat and protein was the single strongest correlate to disease rates. A one percent reduction in flesh foods was systematically tied to a 2-3% reduction in chronic ailments.

Avoiding Chronic Diseases

If you value your health, don’t listen to the misleading industry chants of the dairy, meat, egg conglomerates, propaganda that just isn’t true, especially about how much we need animal protein. Explore a transition to a more plant-based diet. Read and study the results of the single most comprehensive nutritional study ever conducted. See our other posts in the category The China Study.

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