The book is broken down into 4 parts. I've had my hi-lighter in hand while reading and am amazed by what I am learning. It is very scientific, and that has helped me digest everything the author found in this study. If he didn't have statistics to back up what he's found I would have closed the book a long time ago. But, everything he suggests has multiple experiments and scientific explanations to back his claims. Therefore, I am left questioning what small changes I can make in my life.
Below I've included some of the points in Part I of the book that were "hi-lighter" worthy.
- We spend far more, per capita, on health care than any other society in the world, and yet 2/3 of Americans are overweight, and over 15 million Americans have diabetes, a number that has been rising rapidly.
- Dietary protein proved to be so powerful in its effect that we could turn on and off cancer growth simply by changing the level consumed.
- What protein consistently & strongly promoted cancer? Casein, which makes up 87% of cow's milk protein, promoted all stages of the cancer process.
- People who ate the most animal-based foods got the most chronic disease. People who ate the most plant-based foods were the healthiest and tended to avoid chronic disease.
- If you are a male in the USA, the American Cancer Society says you have a 47% chance of getting cancer. If you are female, you have a 38% chance.
- The percentage of obese people has nearly doubled in the last 30 years.
- Heart disease will kill one out of every three Americans. It can be prevented, even reversed, by a healthy diet.
- The answer to the American health crisis is the food that each of us chooses to put in our mouths each day. Simple as that.
- If we are exposed in the past to a carcinogen that initiates a bit of cancer that remains dormant, this cancer can still be "reawakened" by bad nutrition some time later.
- Cow's milk protein is an exceptionally potent cancer promoter in rats dosed with aflatoxin.
- Research showed that increasing intakes of casein (protein in cow's milk) promoted the development of breast cancer.
- Nutrients from animal-based foods increased tumor development while nutrients from plant-based foods decreased tumor development.
The quote "If you know better, you do better" is perfect for the ideas presented in the China Study. If I KNOW something is really going to hurt me, I stay away from it. I don't smoke, I don't use tanning beds, I wear my seat belt, etc... you get the point. I told myself to make a few small changes and it just may be what prevents myself from getting a disease that so many people suffer from. I'm willing to take a chance on eating healthier to decrease my chances.
If you'd like to read the The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health click on the link below.