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What do we “know” about nutrition?

“The foods you consume can heal you faster and more profoundly than the most expensive prescription drugs, and more dramatically than the most extreme surgical interventions, with only positive side effects.”
-T. Colin Campbell

If I told you that by eating only plants you could enrich your life and your health without the help of prescription drugs or supplements, would you believe me?

Now if I told you that eating meat will give you the protein your muscles need to be big and strong, and by drinking milk your bones will be close to unbreakable?

The later sounds like a statement we’ve heard many times throughout our lives, am I right? And most likely they are ideas you have long accepted to be true.

I know I haven’t been spared from this sermon either.

But I’m curious…

If you agreed with the sentence about a plant-based diet, you’ve probably already done some research on your own about the subject. But if you agreed with the sentence on meat and dairy, I want to ask you something:

What is the source of this information?


Unfortunately for us, we live in a time when food is made in labs rather than kitchens, when health comes from the “medicine” we’re prescribed rather than the nutrients we put in our bodies. We live in a world that we accept destroying to support our daily lives and conveniences, a world where we would rather use up our natural resources, cut down all of the trees, and slaughter all of its creatures because some government official wearing a lab coat and holding a clipboard says it’s good for us.

And we believe them.

We believed them when they told us that we must drink cows milk for strong bones, coaxing us with paid advertisements of our favorite athletes or celebrities proudly wearing their milk mustaches and asking us if we “Got Milk?”.

Yes, we “Got Milk”. Thanks for asking.

But why do we accept their “facts” as truths?

Because they created a cute little pyramid to organize food by level of importance? Or slapped a nutrition label on the back of all our “food”?

How convenient! These people know exactly what I need to be a healthy American.

If only they really cared about our health instead of their paychecks.

Fellow Americans of my generation, I don’t know about you, but I remember growing up in public school where milk in little cartons was provided at least twice a day. We had breaks during the day to drink milk that was delivered to our classrooms. Take your pick, chocolate or regular?

But why milk? How come we weren’t offered water as an option? Or any option at all for that matter?

The Dairy Industry’s Agenda

The government puts the milk in schools.

The dairy industry spent a lot of time and money getting the government to promote dairy as essential for good health, it didn’t just happen.

The money the dairy industry spends to buy political influence extends to financial support for governmental agricultural policies that drastically subsidize milk production. For schools to offer the school lunch program with its subsidized foods, they must offer milk as an option. Federal authorities don’t require children to actually drink the milk, but they don’t need to. Local school authorities do the job. They’ve been well coached to believe that milk is needed for strong bones and teeth.

-T. Colin Campbell, Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition

The product they have for sale is strong bones. If you drink cow’s milk you will get the calcium sufficient enough to grow to be big and strong, right? Not necessarily.

In fact research has been done on the effects of casein, the protein found in dairy products, on cancer. According to Campbell’s research casein has been directly linked to cancer as well as other diseases.

DISTRACTION. They’re trying to steer our eyes away from what they don’t want us to see.

And they’re everywhere, running around and hiding the dirt under a rug that says, “ZERO CALORIES, NO SUGAR, __% LESS THIS, __% LESS THAT, NO FAT, FREE TOY, __% MORE OF THIS….

The list goes on and do we understand what these things really mean? Not really, but it all sure sounds good.

We can’t continue to let them blind us by flashy celebrities adorning milk moustaches. While we are distracted by their smile and bright white evidence from their last glass of milk, we don’t look down and see the money spilling from their pockets.

Academic Dishonesty

It makes sense that most of the scientists who do the research allow results to be published that may not be accurate. Their funding depends on it. The people who fund the projects want a very specific outcome, and that is to make money from the result of the research they’re paying for. They are not donating all of that money for nothing! They want a very specific ending result, and if they do not get the one that they want, who knows if they will want to fund your next project. So this means that it is possible the data produced is tampered with. As Campbell states in his book,

[…] they also pay for academic activity that passes for “research,” producing studies that start by assuming milk’s benefits and then find increasingly creative and dishonest ways to “prove” those benefits.”

This dishonesty exists in all industries where research and funding exists. In an article titled “Confidentiality Clauses in Research Contracts and Grants: Are they Unconstitutional?” the author Peter M. Brody discusses some of the politics that go on in scientific research funding and the written and unwritten rules that apply.

The federal government is a source of substantial funding for research in the physical and social sciences. Among the “strings” that the government may seek to attach to a research grant or contract are terms restricting the researcher’s ability to publish or otherwise disseminate research results.

This means that the information and data that is published is intensely monitored, even if scientific data is found that is concrete, it does not mean that it will become published. The information shown to the public is filtered with a very tiny mesh.

It’s easy to see why that is a big problem.

The information that reaches us is contorted. How can we know what is true and what is false?

We eat up their lies. Literally.

So let me ask you, where does your knowledge of health and nutrition come from?

If you have never thought to do some research for yourself, the time is now!

Do not be bought by the media or advertisements, or what your celebrity crush eats for breakfast. Go online, pick up a book, follow a blog, and get to reading!

I recommend two books, one I quoted throughout this post which is called, Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition and the other is The China Study, both by T. Colin Campbell . They are both full to the brim with information of immeasurable value, things you don’t know and need to!

Let’s wake up guys! And when we do, let’s see if we’re still waking up with cow’s milk in our cereal.

2 Comments

    • Thank you!! 🙂 I agree, I think lack of awareness is the biggest part of the problem. How can people strive for change when they don’t realize what the problem is?

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