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(Healingtalks) The China Study began in the 1980’s and set out to find out, among other things, why such vast disease disparities existed between the US and China – and if they might somehow be related to regional and national diet differences. To look at this in more detail, what really prompted T. Colin Campbell and his associates in England and China to pursue The China Study, consider was the following:

  • HEART DISEASE  -Death rates for heart disease for males was 17x higher in the US than in China.
  • BREAST CANCER – Breast cancer death rates were 5x higher in the US than in China.
  • FOLLOW UP TO ANIMAL STUDIESDr. Campbell’s animal studies and that of others  indicated that tumor growth was turned on and off by animal protein intake, chiefly casein – and at all stages of cancer etiology. He and other researchers wondered: could cancer and other degenerative diseases be as turned on and off by the level of human animal protein intake?
  • DIETARY DIFFERENCESChinese diet was 10% protein-based with on average about 6-24% fat and 90% from plant sources. American diet was 15% protein-based with much more fat, the majority from animal sources. The Chinese diet also had 3x more fiber and 2x more iron.


The  most powerful link between lifestyle habits and chronic disease in The China Study was the type of diet. The degree of animal fat and protein was the 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 

Study the results of the single most comprehensive nutritional study ever conducted. See our other posts in the category The China Study. Don’t listen to the pervasive and misleading industry (dairy, meat, egg conglomerate) propaganda and explore a transition to a vegetarian and ultimately vegan diet.

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