Meat or Veggie? Your choice!

Are you a vegetarian? Are you a meat lover?

I am both. And if you are me, we are classified as omnivore.

Fancy thinking that the way we eat will lead us towards a healthy life free of illness. How ignorant can we be. As humans we are creatures of habits. Giving up meat!? Are you crazy!? I would starve half way through the day! You will fall ill and develop muscular degenerative disease without meat! My uncle died because he didn’t take meat.. the doctor said so… and loads and tons of, what I call, excuses.

Consider these facts below (the protein referred in these cases are casein protein)..

In an experiment involving liver cancer and protein consumption in two groups of laboratory rats. One group was given AF (aflatoxin, fungus produced carcinogen) and then fed with 20% protein. The second group was given the same level of AF and then fed diets containing only 5% protein. Every single rat fed 20% protein got liver cancer or its precursor lesions, but not a single animal fed a 5% protein diet got liver cancer or its precursor lesions. It was not a trivial difference; it was 100% versus 0%.

In another study, it was observed that foci development was almost entirely dependent on how much protein was consumed, regardless of how much aflatoxin was consumed.

Foci are precursor clusters of cells that grow into tumors. Although most foci do not become full-blown tumor cells, they are predictive of tumor development.

By watching foci develop and measuring how many there are and how big they become, they were able to indirectly learn how tumors also develop and what effect protein might have.

To add more weight to the theory that protein is the determinant in cancer growth, two groups of rats was given different doses of aflatoxin. The high-aflatoxin dose group was given low-protein diet and the low-aflatoxin toxin group was given high-protein diet. The results were remarkable!

Animals starting with the most cancer initiation (high-aflatoxin dose) developed substantially less foci when fed the 5% protein diet. In contrast, animals initiated with a
low-aflatoxin dose actually produced substantially more foci when subsequently fed the 20% protein diet.

The study was taken a step further by setting up a step-by-step sequence of experiment. All animals were dosed with the same amount of carcinogen, then alternatively fed either 5% to 20% dietary protein during the twelve-week promotion stage. This twelve-week promotion stage was divide into four periods of three weeks each. Period 1
represents weeks one to three, period 2 represents weeks four to six, and so on.

When animals were fed the 20% protein diet during periods 1 and 2 (20-20), foci continued to enlarge, as expected. But when animals were switched to the low-protein diet at the beginning of period 3 (20-20-5),there was a sharp decrease in foci development. And, when animals were subsequently switched back to the 20% protein diet during period 4 (20-20-5-20), foci development was turned on once again.

Several experiments were done simultaneously and they found that foci growth could be reversed, up and down, by switching the amount of protein being consumed, and at all stages of foci development.

The next question that you might be asking is, plants have protein too especially soy. Should I avoid that too?

In the experiments, the protein used was casein protein, which makes up 87%of cow’s milk protein. In another study, plant protein did not promote cancer growth even at higher
levels of intake. Gluten, protein of wheat, did not produce the same result as casein, even when fed the same 20% level! Soy protein diets also produced the same plant protein results.

Thank God for the China Study. People who read this book could look forward to better understanding of nutrition and how conventional medicine might not be the first choice when it comes to preserving your health. I am particularly taken in by the amount of effort put into this study that aims to prove that you can be healthy by eating the way you are supposed to.

I, for one, am changing to more veggies and whole food (whole food does not mean eating the whole chicken) and less on meat especially during dinner. Go get the book. It’s costs like RM61.00 but what it is about to reveal to you might save the life of you and your loved ones.

On another note … “Veggies are so boring. So tasteless.” If you are this type…. Go out and try some dishes from organic shops around your neighborhood, you will surely discover that natural plant based food can be tasty and adventurous at the same time. Remember though, if the dish comes out bland, it is the problem with the cook not the veggies…

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