The China Study

Update December, 2019: After my blog post “In Defense of Low Fat” and my Ancestral Health Symposium talk, “Lessons from the Vegans,” I’ve gotten some questions (and caught wind of some rumors) that I’ve retracted my China Study conclusions and/or personally returned to veganism. Nizzope on both accounts! In fact, a professional statistician from the University of Washington—Karl Kaiyala, PhD—recently analyzed the China Study data (see the expanded “Scientific Accuracy section” in this Red Pen Reviews article) and reached the same conclusions as my critique.

Welcome to the Official Roundup Page for all my blog posts pertaining to T. Colin Campbell’s “The China Study.” If you’re interested in seeing a critical examination of the claims in this book, I encourage you to read both the original critique and the “Forks Over Knives” critique, which covers the cancer-animal protein research discussed in Campbell’s book.

1. The China Study: Fact or Fallacy? (My original critique of “The China Study” by T. Colin Campbell.)

2. The China Study: A Formal Analysis and Response (A referenced, uber-long, and cleaned-up collection of my original China Study criticisms—more academic and less colloquial, for anyone who prefers the former. This is a response to Campbell’s reply to my critique.)

3. Forks Over Knives: Is the Science Legit? (A critique of the science behind “Forks Over Knives,” a documentary heavily featuring Campbell and his work. Read this if you want to know more about Campbell’s rat research with casein, aflatoxin, and cancer.)

4. One Year Later: The China Study, Revisited and Re-Bashed (A collection of peer-reviewed studies based on the China Study data that contradict Campbell’s interpretations and claims.)

5. The China Study, Wheat, and Heart Disease: Oh My! (An in-depth statistical analysis of wheat flour and heart disease in the China Study data.)

6. The China Study: My Response to Campbell (My response to Campbell’s first reply to my critique.)

7. Tuoli: China’s Mysterious Milk Drinkers (Information on the health of a Chinese county that eats nearly two pounds of dairy, ample fat, and 134 grams of animal protein per day.)

8. A Closer Look at the China Study: Meat and Disease (Associations the “meat” variable has with various diseases in China.)

9. A Closer Look at the China Study: Fish and Disease (Associations the “fish” variable has with various diseases in China.)

10. A Closer Look at the China Study: Eggs and Disease (Associations the “eggs” variable has with various diseases in China.)

11. A Closer Look at the China Study: Dairy and Disease (Associations the “dairy” variable has with various diseases in China.)



    1. Ms. Minger, could you do some sort of correlation analysis which indicates that smoking tobacco is associated with longer life expectancy? It is not difficult to draw many correlations which support a position when one is not concerned with confounding variables. Unlike researchers that publish their work in scientific journals, your blog is unrestrained by this impedance. To help you get your tobacco blog started I’ll mention that, the Japanese live longer on average than Americans and a higher percentage of their population smokes tobacco. Why are you not seizing this opportunity to draw an audience that enjoys tobacco use and would like to hear that they are likely to outlive all the people who remind them that smoking tobacco increases the smoker’s risk for lung cancer and heart disease? Do you believe that people who like bacon cheese burgers are the only people who would by books to read about the health benefits of their vices? This is also an excellent opportunity for you to prove how much smarter you are than the researchers who led us to believe that smoking tobacco causes health problems.

      1. Beautiful ! I would love to see role reversal here. I would love to see her spend all her “useful” time & years of real, actual, dedicated (hopefully non-biased) work put in to a research career with all the constraints & potholes incurred along the way. She should obviously do much better than Dr. Campbell with all her access to the solid-scientific “truth in print” tools of the Internet today which obviously made those of Dr. Campbell’s generation imminently less qualified 🙂 And then half of America’s youthful knee-jerk; self-proclaimed intelligent “smarte than everyone” else 4.0 grade bloggers can consume her time taking routine, free shots at her work. Its a wonder Dr. Campbell took any time to respond to her at all. And he did it with total class.

        1. Her criticisms stand or fall on their merits. One doesn’t have to be a researcher or an expert to point out logical and analytical flaws in the work of other people. One only needs to be a critical reader and thinker. It does not matter who says what or who they are – it only matters whether the ideas stand up under examination or don’t.

          Dr. Campbell could have ignored her completely if he thinks her not even worthy of his attention. But once he decided to respond, he should have refuted her points calmly and rationally, without resorting to personal attack – i.e., like a scientist. His non-rebuttal rebuttal is a joke – leading me to wonder if he is able to rebut her – as is yours.

          Why don’t you take a few of her points one by one and make substantive responses that directly address her criticisms? Why doesn’t he?

          My mind is open on these issues. I have no dietary axe to grind and landed here because I’m interested in learning. So far, regardless of what her background is, I have found Denise’s analysis to be the most persuasive I have read. For my own education I would love to see someone rebut her in detail with the same cogency and methodicalness that she has displayed. It ought to be Dr. Campbell, but he is sadly M.I.A.

          1. Minger apparently removes comments on her blog from scientific researchers who point out the flaws in her reasoning and in her understanding of accepted research methods.

            1. If this is true, it would certainly alter my opinion of this blog. Would you please tell us why you say this? If you have evidence, can you show it to us?

            2. The only comments I’ve ever deleted are spam and the occasional vulgar comment that has nothing to do with nutrition. The rumor that I remove criticisms came from Vegsource (, after a cancer epidemiology student/30 Bananas a Day member left a comment on my China Study critique and then couldn’t find it, and thought I had deleted it. On the 30 Bananas site, she wrote that her comment had “mysteriously disappeared” off my site, but minutes later, realized it was there after all, and posted a correction. (It’s possible her comment got snagged in my spam filter and didn’t appear until I approved it; I’m not sure.)

              Vegsource apparently saw her complaint post but not the one where she retracted her remarks about me deleting her post, so they originally wrote something about me deleting criticisms from scientists on my blog. When I sent them a link to the comment she’d written and told them I never delete anything other than spam from my blog they then wrote a weird addendum (which you can see in that Vegsource link above) that the comment was there now, but that I “did not deny that the epidemeologist’s critical comments had been yanked.”

              At any rate, her comment remains on my China Study post, and has been there since day one. If you read through the comments on that post, it should be pretty obvious that I let the criticisms stay up!

              1. As I said in another post (which appears to be on the bottom of the page?), I was downright critical of your science, but you were a good neighbor and never (so far as I could see) removed any of my posts:


                But, I wanted to translate and interpret my cryptic post from the other day: I am quite sure you don’t delete posts, and you can see from the Google seach that I’ve posted a lot of rebuttals, and none havebeen deleted.


          2. Read the book, which I just finished. Dr. Campbell makes it clear that his research needed to be able to stand up to close analysis. He does that. Some of her criticisms are already answered in the book. The larger point is being missed here. Pick it apart if you like, but the larger picture is being missed. Some of the comments she has made are being taken out of context and fails to see the objective Campbell is trying to make by explaining how he came to the conclusion. He has tryed very simply to explain, in detail I might add, how he has arrived at those conclusions. I think you have missed something and maybe should re-read the book.

          3. “Logic” without knowledge and experience is zero. That’s what many fail to comprehend. Many things might seem to be logic, yet they can be false, because you lack the expertise to examine and interpret the data. Internet these days can give you the false impression that you can know everything and you can have an opinion on anything. But not just anyone has the expertise to discern between good information and bad information. So it comes down to whom do you choose to believe.

            1. As long as you realise that such confirmation bias exists in all of us, then approach the data with the simple objective of finding the facts not a “truth” you wanted from the start…

          4. Denise: “It ought to be Dr. Campbell, but he is sadly M.I.A.”

            Dr. Campbell’s response is right here: (Below the introduction)

            In summary, a correlation does not equal an association. Without performing regression analysis confounding factors are not being appropriately accounted for. This is why Minger’s findings are not sufficient.

          5. I just read Dr. Campbell’s response to Denise’s blog. Your characterization of it is dead wrong! He DID NOT make even one person attack on her personally. She found fault with his work, he pointed out the flaws in her amateur and unscientific opinions…which he should have done. His rebuttal is anything but a joke as you insist, and your labeling it as such only serves to discredit your reply as intentionally spiteful, and thus not relevant to the dialog.

        2. googled aistotle’s and homer’s peer-reviewed qualifications and educational background as well as hippocrates, st. thomas aquinas, john locke, da vinci, michelangelo, miyamoto musashi, and sun tzu and found them sorely lacking in the criteria you mention. I guess we should ignore them as well since none of them went to harvard.

          1. Not going to Harvard and having zero experience or qualifications in a field are two very different things. Unless you’re claiming Minger is some kind of idiot savant I fail to see your point here.

      2. Sorry, I was not familiar with this site when I first read the The China Study. Please remember your science – Correlation does not equal Cause regardless of the correlation coefficient.

        1. I don’t think that’s true. I don’t know about equals, but if the correlation coefficient is large then correlation does imply causality. You might like my blogpost on this. but it is also what is correlated. One of the things on the little bit that I know about the China Study is the correlation between populations habits and outcomes which is not useful. You have to show that the members of the population who consumed nutrient A are the ones who got disease B.

          1. How would you know that disease B doesn’t stem from a common root cause that also leads to eating more nutrient A?

          2. Imply is hardly scientific proof.
            Re. ” if the correlation coefficient is large then correlation does imply causality. ”

            While excluding ALL other variables.
            Re. “You have to show that the members of the population who consumed nutrient A are the ones who got disease B.”

          3. If indeed the correlation coefficient being sufficiently large enough to prove causality is a true statement, then we should all quit drinking water, because fully 100% of people who consume water (or breathe air for that matter) die.

      3. Beth, that is just a ridiculous statement. What you have just stated is the perfect reason to doubt Campbells research! The China study IS an epidemiological study and doesn’t remove many other factors. Smoking makes you live longer? What about consumption of omega 3 fatty acids (from seafood) which the population you speak of eat much more of? What about iodine intake? Again, the Japanese consume 58 times (if my memory serves me right) more that the RDA. Did you know that the RDA for iodine intake was based on the amount of iodine required in the diet to stop the occurence of goiter? This was the minimum amount required to stop it happening. When did it start happening? When we started processing natural sea salt down to sodium chloride! How did they fix the problem? We now get sodium chloride plus iodine! Still not enough but hey, lets keep processing the crap out of it.

        A little side tracked there, my point is that epidemiological studies have so many variables that it is extremely difficult to relate causeation and correlation. The smaller a persons feet are, the worse their reading comprehension! Should we conclude therefore that smaller feet mean you are likely to be worse at reading? It’s an easy example to fix. Young children have small feet and have not yet learnt to read. How about plotting obesity against year and comparing with the number of transistors you can fit onto a microchip? Should we conclude that obesity is caused by Moores law? Of course not! The Japanese don’t eat the processed junk most of the world do. Without separating the other confounding factors it is practially impossible to make such conclusions. If you believe Campbell is right in his ‘epidemiological findings’ then explaing to me why he made no mention of wheat in the China study? He co-authored a paper (peer reviewed by the way, unlike the China study) implicating wheat in many metabolic conditions and diseases. Why was this not mentioned? Do you really think this man is credible? I have read the paper and it really does exist! Not one word recommending that we should avoid wheat! Ask yourself why that is!

      4. FYI, I came to this blog (plus others blogs) not bcoz I love meat, but quite the opposite. I hate meat, especially red meat. I love carbs, lots of it. The reason I am here is bcoz I just want to know the Truth. Period.

      5. I agree! We can talk correlation, versus causation, all we want. But what’s the “bottom line”? These days, it seems to be whoever has the best marketing strategy.

        But I prefer the “bigger picture”, and when you step back from this so called “controversy”, I think plant-based diets are simply bound to win out, through common sense.

        1. That’s interesting; for me, common sense says that we evolved to eat meat, with our forward-facing eyes, and teeth designed for tearing into our prey, so that’s almost certainly what is healthiest for us. I am sympathetic to the vegan desire to avoid cruelty, and so try to support better animal welfare. But there’s lots of hypocrisy in veganism too, as most plant-based foods are fertilised with animal products. It may be that, from a planetary resources perspective, we have to eat less meat, but let’s not confuse that with the reality of what is best for us. Life is full of compromise.

    2. The importance of the interpretation of data is stressed in The China Study. Harvard studies among many others are based on specific nutrient intakes and not the overall nutrient value of food and its relation to diet.

  1. This is curious to me. I keep thinking why would someone write a book that could be discredited so easily and tarnish their own credibility?

    1. Never underestimate the power of moral conviction. If I am a true believer, I do what I do because I love it, even if I am misguided. Reason too often tells us what we already know, confirming deep-seated biases that we hold too near and dear to criticize seriously. This does not mean that science is worthless, but it does recommend a healthy doubt of scientists (and of ourselves), particularly when they offer simple, moralistic solutions to really complex problems.

  2. LynneC, not that it was ‘easy’, wrong word, but that it ‘could be’ discredited.
    I know someone that is meeting with Mr. Campbell in a few weeks and will be discussing this with him.

    1. the unquestioned scientists of the day not so long ago also wrote (extensively) that the world was flat and the heavens revolved around the earth….

      human thought and egotistic declarations of “correctness” are actually de rigueur in the sadly short “history” of our species (said claimed “history” hardly resembling what actually is behind us)

      Campbell is just another – and a rather boring another- old man who has dug himself a deeply entrenched path of thinking that he cannot afford to stray from – either philosophically or practically – writing a book misleading people is probably the least of his “sins” when you consider the ultimate damage he does to science by distorting, misleading or blatantly mid-interpreting what is some potentially valuable data to fit his (and his along) agenda.

      Take yourselves out of your own confirmation bias, vegans, and just for a few moments consider – unemotionally, that you may not be correct–

            1. Was this meant to be ” Were you there?”?

              If so, obviously none of us was there but there are a fair number of historical documents that make clear what the prevailing views were.
              In fact, you can’t really call those early thinkers ‘scientists’ in the way we use it now. They did not test a hypothesis and then change it to fit the data. They were greatly shaped by other views, what we would call religious. Pythagoras (mainly known for the theorem on triangle sides) led a school which was basically a spiritual cult of vegetarians. Who thought beans were very bad.

              1. actually it wasn’t the scientist it was the religo/philosphical powers that be. Go back and read your history! I was a scientist who insisted that the world was round!

        1. TJ you nailed it. Scientific inquiry with a desired, funded, foregone conclusion is NOT science, it is fraud under the COLOR OF SCIENCE.

          Dioxin study in Salmon – funded by the beef lobby.

          Is Greenpeace or some such behind the fish mercury scare?

          Are there really more Omega3 fatty acids in grass fed beef than in farm raised salmon?

          Global warming practitioners falsifying scientific data for a political agenda including a new tax structure, Climate change deniers funded by the Petrochemical industry; who then should we believe?

          Rigorous application of scientific methodology may lead to definitive answers. Distortions due to funding apparatus, ego, agenda, personal bias, or even cultural/systemic factors UNDERMINE good science.

          My two cents on meat-eating: Do not think that all land-flesh is equivalent. The consumption of Argentinean beef may in no way lead to the same health outcomes as Stockton CAFO feedlot beef. How you then cook it and serve it, what you serve it with, how often you eat what portion, these may all MATTER A GREAT DEAL.

          My own belief is that self-reporting epidemiological studies are just plain lazy, data-poor excuses for self-aggrandizement. DO THE SCIENCE; Feed 10,000+ people for 70 years and track it all, or shut up.

  3. This goes out to all of you who think China Study is wrong in any way.Prove it to your self.All you have to do is eliminate MEAT and DAIRY from your diet for a month and see what happens.You can not injure your self with this in any way,but the benefit may be what you are looking for.I dare you.If you don’t than shut up as you have no clue what you are talking about.
    My self.Vegan for a year now and counting.After a life of feeling like crap and being overweight most of my adult years even on Weston Price diet I am feeling and looking better than ever.Results speak for them selves.Denise you may even cure your allergy.

    1. Hmm, I wonder if Branko cured some long standing allergies by eliminating some foods. Cause and effect. Correlation mistaken for cause? I don’t know. Who does?

    2. Well, guess what? I did just that. Started three year ago after two heart attacks after a life-long diet of “healthy” food. Cut out three quarters of the carbs, all the vegetables oils except olive oil, and pretty much all wheat products. And replaced all this stuff with real food: butter in stead of margarine, lard in stead of vegetable oils. We eat two eggs per day and we leave the fat on the meat, because it is the best part.
      I have never felt better, my blood pressure is within better range, I am not on any drugs, no statin drugs and blood pressure drugs. My cardiologist thought I was crazy and that became angry when I did not go for a by-pass and Lipitor.
      I admit I do not support the meat industry. We get locally produced, grass fed beef, and grass fed pork, and we have our own chickens.
      After Ancel Keyes and Fredrick Stare, I think Colin Campbell is just another fraud with credentials. It should be possible to sue these people for the immense pain and damages they have done with their irresponsible behaviour.

      1. I am writing a book and am interested in knowing specifically what you are eating. My premise is that you can keep carbs at about 40% with protein and fat at about 30% and less that 10% saturated fat. Which allows for some of that meat fat to be eaten. What do you think of that idea?

    3. Branko, I was vegan for two years. I ended up with the beginnings of arthritis at 26. I blame books like the China Study for misleading me into this “healthy” way of eating. All of the grain and sugars I was eating while vegan made me sick; left me with gluten intolerance. I did try it. It made me miserable and made my reproductive system stop functioning. B-shots and ample supplementation and avoiding processed crap and everything. Eating meat and dairy cured the arthritis that the doctor “could not figure out” and just prescribed a massive painkiller for. Eating meat and dairy has allowed me to very energetically drop the 15 sluggish pounds I gained as a vegan. If you are still doing great as a vegan, more power to you, it would be great to be something so morally sound and not have it kill your body in the process.

      1. Where in the China Study does it say you should eat lots of grain and sugars? Who are those evil vegans that are promoting this? Your way of expressing yourself sounds serious and emotional. Yet I can not imagine an even remotely intelligent person thinking that being vegan makes is ok to eat too much sugar or letting her health deteriorate without thinking that there is something wrong in the way she eats. That it is possible to be vegan without wrecking your body seems obvious.

      2. It is a known thing among most vegans that you want to keep your grains to a minimum, especially wheat. Many vegans I know today don’t eat wheat. There is even a part of a chapter in the China Study that mentions some links between wheat and disease. When I first became vegan, I acquired celiac disease and my MS went haywire. I was low in iron, potassium and b-12, and I was also pretty clumsy at first because I noticed small bruises everywhere because I kept bumping into things. But after a couple years of doing some heavy research for myself (and learning that even some vegan scientists I met personally don’t entirely agree with what some well-known vegan authors and doctors that are promoting the vegan diet), I absorbed myself in as much science and molecular biology as I could, made several changes in my vegan diet, and I was able to slowly but surely relieve my MS again. I have not had any celiac flare ups since and eat small amounts of varieties of non-wheat grains, my iron, b-12 and potassium are normal again, and I’m not clumsy anymore! 🙂 I’ve been vegan 10 years now, better than ever and have raised two vegan girls (10 years ago I was also told I’d not be able to have kids, for reproductive reasons, before my vegan diet I had 3 miscarriages). I’m not here to bash anyone’s diet (especially because in my opinion, if anything, at least those who follow paleo are much more aware of what happens to our food than the average american I would talk to).

      3. It’s an immutable law of the Universe that if someone becomes a vegan and their health deteriorates, some other vegan (ex. Lyle & Amy) will step into the breach with the battle cry, “You weren’t doing it right!”

        1. Amy,
          You had to study molecular biology before you could get the vegan diet to work for you? That tells me right there it’s a flawed concept. How many of us have the time and scientific talent to take on such an involved and technical project?

          Until you stumbled onto something that worked, how did you know you were going in the right direction? How could we know?

      4. My understanding of what you have written is that you have consumed too many gluten rich foods. I also suffered from this strange feeling of arthritis and it took more than 15 years before I found out that I was gluten intolerant. Not unlike many others! Too much protein as with any other single thing is not good for you… no extremism… simple, natural and down to earth just works…

    4. I have tried a vegan diet and as a result my health deteriorated. Short term as a kind of cleansing fast from the horrendous SAD one typically sees good results, but long term the vegan diet for most people leads to degeneration of health. A diet only of grains, legumes and vegs is not only nutrient deficient, but loaded with anti-nutrients. It is not a natural diet for man. If it was we would historically see many traditional vegan cultures. There are NONE. This should tell you something. The vegan lifestyle involves continuous animal abuse and cruelty. One has to ignore and override the 911 calls from the animal most intimate to us, our own body. Eating the nutrient dense red meat of ruminants is what made us large brained humans. Eating a diet that is contrary to our biochemistry and evolutionary history, is loaded with toxins anti nutrients for some generally abstract concepts leads me to regard the vegan lifestlye as a mental illness

      1. The vegan lifestyle involves continuous animal abuse and cruelty…..

          1. The *meat-eating* lifestyle involves continuous animal abuse and cruelty – billions of animals are treated this way annually so that you can satisfy your taste buds with a piece of meat. The number of animals (human or non-human) that are, according to you, apparently abused in some way by a vegan lifestyle is but a fraction of a fraction compared to the pain and suffering caused by the meat industry. There is no way a vegan lifestyle abuses anyone, nor causes a deterioration in health, unless you suddenly think it’s ok to eat junk foods such as processed foods and sugars but no animal products yet still think you’re going to be healthy.

            If we were meant to eat meat, why is it that nearly every person finds it disgusting to eat raw meat? If you’re naturally meant to eat something, you should find it appetizing as is, without needing to change it’s very properties to make it more palatable, ie cooking it – what other animal cooks it’s freaking food before it finds it appetizing?!

            And why is it that nearly every person finds it too disgusting to kill and prepare their own meats? And not only that, but many people are downright offended when they see just pictures of meat being prepared – yet they have no problem eating it when it’s cooked, as long as they didn’t have to see how it was killed and prepared. That should be another clue that meat doesn’t form part of our natural diet. Are we even physically equipped to hunt down, outrun and bring down any sort of prey (without tools)? Another clue – we are not naturally predators. And neither are we scavengers because our bodies can’t tolerate rotten meat as we get ill from eating it.

            If anything is a mental illness, it’s people who think they’re biologically meant to eat something, BUT ONLY if it’s first cooked. Come ON.

            1. Oh dear, NaturallyMe,

              Your biases are showing.

              You say ” nearly every person finds it disgusting to eat raw meat”

              Please let me make a correction. Nearly every person who lives in the United States, Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand is revolted by raw meat. In other words, people who’ve grown up within WASP culture are revolted by raw meat.

              That’s completely untrue in other parts of the world.

              My first introduction to raw meat eating was in the Netherlands traveling with my family as a kid. I still remember our first visit to a Dutch sandwich shop, where you could get sandwiches made with just about anything: including raw shaved beef and pork products from Italy, raw fish, pickled fish, smoked fish- and the one we thought was neatest of all was the fact they were serving raw ground beef sandwiches. (Actually what we thought was coolest of all was that they served sandwiches made out of chocolate sprinkles for breakfast. Our love for the Netherlands was cemented then 🙂

              We had German neighbors who liked raw ground beef sandwiches too. Note though, that this was not hamburger meat byproduct like what we call ground beef in North America. Ground beef that’s safe to eat raw is a different product. Also, with the rise in Europe of grain-fed beef, I’m not sure if this is allowed any more. Just mentioning this so some gonzo doesn’t read this, grab a pack of burger meat from the grocery store and try making a raw sandwich with it.

              The stuff they were making sandwiches with in our store had been ground fresh daily from whole cuts of meat. It wasn’t the carcass trimming and hosed-off skeleton scraps that hamburger meat is made from in N America.

            2. Yes~ and thanks , NaturallyMe.a voice of reason. Let me add: In any foodborne illness site, we should be able to note time devoted to the meat advisements regarding preparation/handling- -“So cook it, right?” Well, 1 of the problems with meat is that when you heat it, you create chemicals such as polycyclic and heterocyclic amines (PAHs and HCAs) respectively from charring/ BBQ, and from even cooking the meat proteins at high temps. as you would in a skillet. Those chemicals are c a r c i n o g e n i c. There’s so much more. I wish people would take the time to read critically, I mean when any material is presented, really look at the sources, check it all out.

      2. Evolution is unpredictable. Although humans evolved and ate meat at one point because it was necessary does not mean that it is necessary now. As a long time vegan I’ve heard many people say, “Oh, I tried that once. It made me really sick.” Confidently, I can tell you the difference between you and I, my success in a plant-based diet and your deterioration in health, is that grains are not where you should be getting most of your caloric intake. Lazy veganism is people get fat, complacent, and they begin to blame the life style. At least 80% of daily calories should be fruits, vegetables, and legumes. Grains, starches, and nuts should only make up a small portion of your daily fair because they are, compared to fruits, vegetables, and legumes, nutritionally bare. You can beat a dead horse and claim that the diet is what did it to you and try to perpetuate the stereotype that vegans are frail, sickly bleeding hearts, but we aren’t. Healthy vegans are capable of feeding themselves properly.

        “Anti-nutrient” is just a term body building shake companies throw around to make their shakes sound better than everyone else’s.

      3. “nutrient dense red meat” ….. Well it was not really the red meat BUT the fat. When the native americans killed Buffalo the fat is what they took (the large waddle under the neck) and left the rest for the scavengers.

        I am no longer sure of the reference for this statement … most likely may have been in Dr. Michel Eades book ‘Protein Power Lifeplan’.

    5. I did try a vegetarian diet, completely excluding meat, fish, dairy, and I gained 33 lbs of weight in one year. I then went on a low carb, high in fat and high in protein diet and lost all of that gained weight. In addition, I am a diabetic and I cut my daily consumption of fast acting insulin from 130 units to 10 units by the low carb diet. My books of inspiration were the two by Gary Taubes: Why we are fat… and Good Calories, Bad Calories along with Dr. Richard Bernstein’s Diabetic Solution.
      I consider the China Study to be the rantings of a lunatic.

    6. Branko,

      Like Denise, I’m a former vegan. Many paleos are. You’ll never convince people like me that the diet that caused my teeth to rot and my hair to fall out is healthy.

    7. Please read The Vegetarian Myth. She was a vegan for 20 years and it almost killed her. By the way you can’t grow healthy veggies without animal products fertilizing the soil. Where do you think the calcium comes from that makes plants thrive?

      1. @ Karin — (who wrote: “By the way you can’t grow healthy veggies without animal products fertilizing the soil.”) True vegetarians and vegans don’t care if animals fertilise the soil, so why would you brag about that?

        A vegan is someone who eats only fruits and veggies but doesn’t eat animal products –but whether or not the fruits/veggies are fertilised is of no import -and, as you say, fertilising the crops DOES help them grow better & make healthier food.

      2. No, Lierre Keith who wrote the fairy tale book called The Vegetarian Myth was not vegan for 20 years.

        She admitted in a radio interview Terre Verde that she binged weekly on “eggs and dairy every opportunity she could”. She even went on to claim that vegans “universally” cheat and eat steak once a week.

        The woman has mental problems. Her book is not based in reality. She has no qualifications in the area. Given some of the erroneous and contradictory statements she makes, everything she writes – and the intentions for them – is suspect.

        From what she writes, I suspect the attention seeker was on a strict macrobiotic type diet and the book title merely a cynical ploy to sell more.

        The industrial meat industry she claims to be against must love her.

    8. Where is the clinical, scientific data to back up your claims? Sorry,but I have tried both Vegan diet and all out Meat-Fest diets. I felt the same with both. Also how can you make statements like “All you have to do is eliminate MEAT and DAIRY from your diet for a month and see what happens.You can not injure your self with this in any way”. Can you prove that no one could be injured by following your course of action? If so, please post the data to back it up.

      The key to anything in life is balance and moderation. Try that for a month and see what happens…

    9. Hi,
      I believe each of us is a laboratory in which we should acquaint ourselves with our own bodies. What works for you may not work for others. I was hard core vegan for 5 years driven there by cancer scares related to red meat and being earth friendly, etc. During that time I found my digestive system not to work well, and the structural integrity of my body to be degrading to the point it was poor. I am a rancher/ farmer and having a weak back, which I did, was a real problem. Being flat out after lifiting a hay bale or two is not conducive to a sustainable situation. After giving up my vegan habits and going back to grassfed beef and pasture raised chicken, both of which are completely different than the industrial variety sold in stores, I regained my structural integrity and the health in my gut. I focus a lot on crockpot meals slow cooked with lots of beef and chicken broth so healthy for the digestive system. I recently became acquainted with the GAPS diet and have followed that to a degree. I am happy to report that my health is far superior to what it was as a vegan. That is my take and what worked for me.
      I am really intrigued by the GAPS diet and how it is helping so many. Google it and be intrigued yourself.
      aka DeyDey
      Living the good life at 64

    10. I tried it for two years. I desperately wanted to be a vegan for ethical reasons. Over two years of veganism I gained 65 lbs, had a headache literally for a year, and developed acute and chronic insomnia. In short, veganism almost killed me. I tried everything — read everything, played with the diet constantly, but nothing worked. After two years I gave up and went back to a “traditional” american diet. The insomnia went away, and (most happily) the headache disappeared. I was stuck with the 65 lbs until I stumbled on a quasi-paleo type of diet that eliminated grains, beans and dairy, and focused on loads of leafy greens, meat, and eggs. Then the weight fell away until I was back to about 12% body fat.

      So I have a clue. I have considerably more than a clue.

      But what failed for me has worked for others, and what has failed for others has worked for me. The thing that really annoys me is when people want to proselytize what has worked for them, and assume that it is the ONE TRUE WAY for everyone. If we’ve learned anything in the last 40 years of stumbling around the health and obesity maze, it is that there really isn’t one thing that works for everyone uniformly. If there was, we’d all be doing it by now.

      Christopher Gardner of Stanford University did a study of major weight loss diets the late 2000’s, and his results are very interesting. To view a lecture that provides the results, go to youtube and search for “The Battle of the Diets: Is Anyone Winning (At Losing?)”. This is a rare piece of top-shelf science on modern diet types. To me, the most interesting result of the study wasn’t which diet worked best (Atkins, btw), but rather that all of the diets had fairly similar success and failure rates. The Ornish diet worked wonderfully for some, and Atkins worked wonderfully for others. An Ornish-like diet nearly killed me, and (Atkins-like) paleo fixed me. The reverse is very possibly true for you. Perhaps the conclusion we should take for this is that humans have diverse metabolisms, and some are more well adapted to the high-carb diet of the agricultural era than others.

      This doesn’t need to be a war. If veganism makes you healthy, then by all means be a vegan. If raw foods work for Denise, then she should eat raw foods. I do well with animal protein and leafy greens. It doesn’t make anyone better or worse. The relevant question is, “who’s healthy, who isn’t, and what can we do about it?”

      (Oh, and The China Study is an abysmal piece of “science”. Right up there with Jean Mayer’s work. Ugh.)

      1. If you became vegan and gained 65 pounds… YOU WERE DOING IT WRONG.

        Don’t blame the diet; blame your own staggering incompetence.

        1. No, I blame the diet. As I said, I read everything, tried everything and worked very hard at it. It simply didn’t work for me. It didn’t work for Rob Wolff either, and he’s written reams on his experiences. It is foolish and ignorant discount our experiences as ‘staggering incompetence,’ and it belies a complete lack of understanding on your part concerning the complexities of human metabolism. I’m glad glad works for you, but it didn’t for me. Stop trying to make a virtue out of good fortune, and don’t be such an insulting twit. It does nothing to forward your argument.

          1. I don’t believe that you can gain weight eating whole foods… How many processed products were consumed? Oils especially… just because it’s plant based it does not fit the whole foods category… finally, why such extremism?

          2. I’m also curious about how you managed to gain so much weight – did you eat solely fruits, veggies, beans/legumes and nuts? What else did your diet consist of?

            1. exactly I’m so glad you said that. I am bewildered as to how so much weight could be put on when they had a vegan diet. What was it extra helpings of coca cola, chips and candy?

        2. I agree – You did it wrong -“I tried everything — read everything, played with the diet constantly”

          A person needs to stick to a simple diet, not be all over the place.

          1. You don’t seem to get it. I was changing the diet because I was getting progressively sicker. My wife, who ate the same foods, _never_ got sick, and did just fine. I never did. Had I stuck to any version of that diet, I would be dead now.

            I stopped being vegan and became healthy and fit again. That’s the bottom line. Veganism didn’t work for me.

            And from where do we receive the hollow unsubstantiated platitutude that ‘a person needs to stick to a simple diet?’ Did you make that up yourself or did you read it in a book somewhere? Everything I read says diversity is good in diet – seasonal diversity, regional diversity, etc etc. A diverse diet increases your chances of avoiding chronic nutritional deficiencies.

      2. How can you gain 65lbs eating a plant based diet unless you’re focusing on convenience foods? I call bullshit. Vegetables are mostly water. It’s takes so much oil, sugar, and refined flour to do that.

      3. mate the paleo diet is rubbish and you do not even know what dairy is because you said you gave it up and ate eggs! seriously if you gained that much weight eating mainly fruit and veg you are like like Vegan for 15 years has said ‘doing it wrong’ I lost weight when I went full fruit and veg and I didnt have much too lose as it was. unbelievable what you are saying is utter rubbish. Anyone wanting to go vegan, good it is better for your health and others.

    11. Don’t need to try it. Numerous studies show that more than 50% of vegans studied are deficient in life sustaining B12. Veganism is an unnatural failure and B12 deficiency is deadly.

    12. Hmmm, read Lierre Keith’s book and find out what eliminating MEAT and DAIRY (do the capitals help?) for TWENTY YEARS did to her….hmmm, chronic pain and bone breakdown….not so tasty. Myself, after ten years of vegetarianism, subfertility, dry skin, lack of energy….all reversed after reintegrating humanely and sustainably raised, pasture-fed, wild where possible, MEAT!

    13. You might also try eliminating grains, sugars and processed foods from your diet, and eat meat, saturated fats and dairy, for a month. Get your carbs from vegetables and some fruits. You’ll have the same experience. Thousands of people have benefited and gained back their health this way, including losing weight and getting rid of their meds for all sorts of problems. I don’t believe a plant-based diet is ultimately the healthiest way to go. In nature, plant eaters have to eat all day long to get enough nutrition. Our digestive systems are different. Humans are omnivores.

    14. I went raw vegan for five years. In the end I stopped ignoring my body’s cries for nutrition and started eating raw salmon. I now eat all kinds of protein and plenty of it thanks to the Weston Price foundation.

    15. I have been saying and doing Ex – actly opposite of what you said ,,,and challenge everybody to test all these assumptions at least for long enough to convince yourself of some evidence of either a positive or negative biological reaction ,, stay as unbiased as you can and question every thing you have ever been told by the experts ,,,like ,,,for ,,examole of the dire warnings against Saturated fat ,,,,,,I have myself eaten for “six full months” – butter -till satiated- melted with hot tea or coffee, or solid (!/4 tblespoon cubes in response to hunger) + one meal per/ week of beef liver, (to suppliment B vitamins)- inretrospect, “I don’t think”,,,the liver was necessary– but to placate the fears of others,,,who were most certain,,,”I could be commiting suicide” within the first several weeks,,, while never reducing Butter intake below my threshold of satiation,,, I lost wieght rapidly , till was at high school weight,,,anecdotally meaningless , except to me ! but i was measuring for Blood Glucose tolerance – not for wieght – as i had experienced several hyperinsulinemic events , of rapid loss of conciousness “hypoglycemic” * Life threatening ! shortly after consuming sugar laden dessert foods ! In my case Walking directly off a roof to land flat on a concrete slab 30 ft below.. 10mins after having !/2 plate of chocolate chip cookies,, A punctured bleeding lung + a collapsed other lung and 18 fractures , six in vertebrea, with a skull lucky enough to hit the dirt flower bed , and 1 1/2 year of pain and therapy to recover,, and another awaking while driving down in a gully of a highway median , my car tilting up on a diagonal , with tall grass slapping my face through the drivers side open window ,, to realize the exit sign i was just approaching , moments ago , had turn into a nightmare about to be toppling end for end into oblivion ,,,,,but , O well , what could bad , wrong, irresponsible , however , “sensible sounding” though “untested” advice ever do to hurt anybody …. Where are all the Angry “mothers against tired driving” activists ,,,more than twice as many high way deaths are attributed to tired driving than to alcohol consumption ,,,yet irresponsible nutrition info. “opinion” has led to most rest area service station stops ,,,serving very high glycemic snacks to drivers at every concievable stopping point , along every highway in America, and most of us think that is how things should be ,,,,,IS IT ? ? ANOMALY UPON ANOMALIES –ABANDON THE HYPOTHESiS – PLEASE ! — and at least start testing ,,, ! a nearly Eighty year old man has been eating “two” dozen eggs per day for twenty years ,,, in perfect lean condition inside and out ,,,confirmed by blood tests and medical examination ,,no sign of arteriosclerosis or CVD ,,, “ANOMALY ALERT” I may next be eating two dozen eggs a day for the next six months ,, a test for “myself” only ,,unless,, somene else may join me on this “sure to be a suicide mission, if the propaganda is to be confirmable ,,It hasnt been yet ! ,,,but , i’m sure I now have the added advantage of feeling better than i have in my entire life at 59 ,,just following a diet of 70-80 % saturated fat, of nearly every kind , i could easily find or puchase avoiding all carbohydrates in nearly ZERO-carb eating, for the last 1 1/2 years

  4. @Branko Personal anecdotes are just that, anecdotes. Just because you feel better by following a Vegan diet proves nothing about its suitability to everyone.

    Have you ever considered what you might be experiencing could be a placebo effect, since Veganism is not just a diet, it’s an ideology to which its adherents commit a lot of personal expectations?

    1. Veganism is not an ideology, although many meat-eaters often characterize it as such, for some bewildering reason.

      Being a health fanatic in general could be considered an ideology. Veganism is just a word that means you don’t eat meat or dairy. There is no inherent ideology beyond that simple definition.

      And I am curious why Denise has not published her work in peer-reviewed journals, and instead posts to online blogs. I have not computed the data myself independently so I don’t know, but what I DO know is that 99% of the people who agree with Denise, just looked at all the statistics and assumed it was legitimate.

      When it comes to diet, as Smilodon’s and other comments clearly reveal, many times our subconscious biases override one’s waking attempt to find objective truth. Take everything with a grain of salt. Many times I’ve seen “debunkers” being themselves debunked, so be careful.

      Majority opinion is the litmus test of credibility for the uneducated.

      1. Richard – Denise is not trying to “debunk” – she is astutely (and with the same “claimed” proper methodology) applying statistical analysis to the same data that Campbell has used to come to his conclusions. She has presented a COMPLETELY TRANSPARENT explanation of her methodology and has INVITED criticism and analysis of her work.

        Campbell has exposed NONE of his statistical methodology and has commented basically that it would be a waste of his time to do so. Of course it would… for him. When Denise showed up with a dangerously relevant contradictory analysis, Campbell ran like a scared rabbit (under the guise of qualified, professional hauteur). His conclusions were made long before the China Study data was collected. He needed what he felt would be an impenetrable wall of data to solidify his dogma.

        Unfortunately for Campbell, that data is published raw. People like Denise, Ned Koch and others capable of such analysis can create analytical models that can “debunk” Campbell – but not for the purpose of debunking – for the purpose of BETTER AND CLEARER TRUTH.

        1. Dude, you don’t sound like a scientist to me. What’s with the caps and the big words like “dangerously relevant” and BIGGER AND BETTER TRUTH or whatever you were muttering. If you would understand what you are talking about you would also understand that Campbell ist correct. Apparently there are not many scientists in the paleo ghetto, otherwise her analysis could never have gotten this prominent. It is an embarrassment for the paleo movement.

          1. And yet you think that insults or whatever you were muttering somehow give you credibility? How is Campbell correct? Try supporting your statements with evidence rather than logical fallacies such as attacking people rather than their argument.

        2. Sorry, but most of what you say here just isn’t true. All of Campbell’s statistical methodology IS published…in top scientific journals actually! Also, he was one of the main reasons that the raw data was ever published in the first place, so there’s no reason whatsoever to insinuate that he’s in any way upset about it! And he was doing research for the meat industry when this study began, so I seriously doubt his conclusions were made long before the study. Also, (in my humble opinion) his response was a little to thorough to be classified as running like a scared rabbit. I’m not sure what else to say…simmer down maybe? And then check your facts. Your claims may support your argument nicely, but unfortunately are all completely false.

          As a formally trained econometrician, I can attest to the fact that learning how to run a basic linear regression can leave you with some very misleading results without the ability to recognize how or why they are incorrect. Denise has no training whatsoever in this kind of multivariate statistical analysis. It is highly unlikely she has mastered what most spend years in graduate school trying to learn on her own over the course of a few months. What is much more likely is that she run a bunch of simple linear regressions, and then picked the ones that best supported her argument. That being said, I’m not saying either side is right or wrong. I haven’t even looked at Denise’s work in detail, but either way she may want to consider a PhD in stats, econ, or a biology field and do this kind of thing for a living. If her work is solid, she’s already well on her way!

          All I’m saying is that the majority of your comment was completely false. I also advise you to be careful blindly accepting attested results from novice statistical analysis if you do not know what it is that you are looking at. dfsdfdsfdsfdsfsdfsdfsdfsdfsfsdfsdfsdsfsfjfdklsjfafdkjlsa

      2. I stumbled here as a person extremely interested in health and one who is sometimes plant-based and sometimes not completely, though always mostly. It’s kind of pointless getting into the back and forth here.

        I’m responding to this specific comment (though it’s probably very old now) because Richard W makes a classic mistake. Veganism is not simply eschewing meat and dairy, rather it’s a complete philosophy about any animal products, whether they are ingested as food or used in other aspects of life. It’s virtually impossible to actually be a vegan, but is very restrictive in many ways.

        Contrary to what Richard says, it is not simple and it is a complete lifestyle philosophy and ideology, largely based on doing no harm (or feeling that you are) and not on health.

        1. Thank you James – any person with even rudimentary cognitive skills need only drop in on a “vegan” site and see that the textbook definition of vegan may be one “eschewing meat and dairy” – but the volatile and vociferous vegan philosophy pervades any and almost all rhetoric on these sites – and on top of that – although i heartily avoid food discussions with vegans – the many that i have ended up having do NOT only include a eschewing meat and dairy, but carry a whole essentially religious dogma in tow–

          as Buddhism states – all life is suffering – it is a not-so-subtle statement of fact that something must die for something else to live–

          1. I think you missed my point moksha. Using the Wikipedia definition ( the point I was making is that it IS about a full philosophy and not just about ‘eschewing meat and dairy’ – those two poles essentially are the difference between vegan and vegetarian. I believe you can have a philosophy about doing no harm while not turning it to religious dogma. I try to live a philosophy that does the least harm to animals and the environment, but as a human being I place my own health first. Am I a vegan? No, because a small amount of animal product is in my diet and is used for non-dietary purposes, but it doesn’t mean I don’t try my best to limit the effect my lifestyle has.

            I purposely avoid the large discussions about veganism because so much stuff gets flung back and forth, much of it on both sides of the issue clouding pragmatic discussion. I am ‘almost’ plant-based, but I’m not a zealot. I don’t worry if occasionally some processing to a snack I choose means there’s a little casein or ‘milk product’ but I do try to avoid it. I see-saw on the fish argument, but generally haven’t been using it for some time. I can’t tolerate heavy dairy (lactose) or shellfish (allergy).

            I believe nutrition should come from food, but I’m also not opposed to fortified foods or taking a vitamin – just not pill popping. It’s this point that I believe has the most rhetoric. Whether plant-based, omnivore or something in between, most people will consume, or have consumed, fortified foods or supplements.

            I like what Denise is doing with these pieces. I find some things in The China Study useful, and some of it, as folks have said here, does cherry pick to suit. However, much research does that and you’ve got to read it with a critical eye. I think there are arguments for and against reductionist vs. holistic nutrition research, depending on what one is researching.

            What I also find interesting in the comments here is that, and this is often the case, many folks who condemn vegan or vegetarians as dogmatic, demonstrate a dogmatism equal to, if not greater than those they criticize. No lifestyle is perfect and everyone should be open to new information and adjusting their perspectives.

            1. yo – i get it – and yes, dogma is dogma – it’s definition is not specific to vegans! i think i did understand you – and i see that you take a “balanced” approach to your almost-plant-based nutrition – this is a most reasonable and you alone can judge it that diet serves you over time.

              it is hard to refute the “i am right you are wrong” arguments of ANY dogma without somehow stating “no, i am right that you are wrong” about being all right or wrong – kinda endless turtles all the way down sort of thing-

              even as i lean rather heavily towards the paleo/primal diet ideas, i too create my own variations according to taste/quality of lie/personal observations. My partner – a life-long bread eating european – is trying the soured rye bread thing as we speak and the chocolate, rice, potatoes and dairy that sneak into my diet i deem to be either not harmful (at best) or marginally physiologically sub-optimal while psychologically pleasurable (canceling each other out??)

              what i appreciate most here is the almost completely civil and intelligent discussions.

                1. Agreed. Too much of anything, be it grains, protein, fat, carbs, is not healthy. Neither is blindly accepting some point of view because it, either, feeds into naivete/faith or supports a pre-existing opinion and that may be what Campbell is guilty of with The China Study.

                  What I think you and I, even if we’d have a hard time eating together, are saying is that we all need to be open to new information and should base our decisions on real research and what works for each of us philosophically and physiologically.

                  Happy eating!

          2. World English Dictionary
            vegan (ˈviːɡən)

            — n
            a person who refrains from using any animal product whatever for food, clothing, or any other purpose

            Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
            2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
            Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009

      3. Sorry Veganism is an ideology, maybe not for you individually, but it comes with a set of beliefs that most vegans agree with, or they end up being told that they’re just ‘not doing it right’ by other vegans. That is an ideology. And I don’t say this as someone who has a problem with people who just can’t stomach the consumption of animals or their byproducts. To each their own I say. Whatever is best for your own conscience and health.
        However, Animal abolitionism is a religion.

        There is nothing that veganism does for health or the environment that a vegetarian diet that sources eggs & dairy from pasture based growers doesn’t do better.

        1. Don’t apologize. You’re wrong on many counts, not just one.

          I wouldn’t say you should bother arguing about ideology vs. philosophy. Most vegans have an approach to life that includes diet and other things. Call it an ideology, philosophy or whatever other term you like. For most, it’s about trying to live in a way that is healthier for the environment and their bodies, while reducing animal suffering.

          What is it about animal abolitionism that is religious? You’re practically screaming ‘illiterate’ with that. Religion or faith is a belief in something for which there is no apparent evidence. What is it about treating animals as more than property to be butchered for our uses that has anything to do with faith or religion?

          While you could make an argument that pasture raised chickens or dairy cattle have more freedom and less suffering, their waste still has to go somewhere. Any kind of large scale animal husbandry has negative environmental impacts – the more intensive, the more negative. And, if you want to talk about ‘faith’ … promoting this as viable in the face of currently realities is simply delusional. As long as animals are exploited for meat, eggs and dairy, the majority who do so will look to make the biggest profits possible. Most people will always get their animal products as a result of large-scale, intensive agri-business. We don’t ‘need’ your exploitative products so why bother making them?

          Sorry, but your last paragraph is just plain stupid.

        2. totally agree when it comes to “locally grown food” and “hand-raised animals”…
          what do you say when you know, that it only takes ONE single man to “maintain” more 100.000 chicken…these animal productions sites are highly secured…being of afraid of infections of the highly sensitive content…

          americans should reconsider their way of eating…there is NO need for XXXL-burgers etc…

          by the way: germans are very “good” by follwoing these footsteps…
          tom weidenbeck

      4. Are “YOU”, sure this post had been approved by the appropriate credentialed expert peers in the field, in which your have dared to leave comments , There is a rigorous process to being and keep one brainwashed , you know ? , or don’t know ? ,,,, After all, isnt peer reveiw a requirement for evaluating and commenting on someones published use of a completely open sourced to all the world ,,,database of nutritional and health statistics? ? ,,,,,,I’m just wondering.? …she doesn”t need permission to disagree , only to earn a degree for doing it ,,,and wouldn’t that , just dis credit her for potentially having an alterior motive ,,,,,, some poeple dont mind having their brain leashed by dozens of experts taking their ablity to think for a walk down a road that is a dead end of their quest to “THINK FOR THEMSELVES” !

  5. After reading the China Study book I found it to make sense, you can do a small graph (leaving out crucial data) but Dr Campbell’s study went for years! Just look around at all the diseases…far out even an idiot can work out that our diet is making us sick. I stopped eating meat 6 months ago (not because of book) but for a healthier option. Let people make up their own minds. The worst effect of people reading the “China Study” is they would become healthier and therefore probably live longer!

    1. Basic biochemistry from early in the evolutionary milieu – carbohydrates drive insulin, insulin drives fat storage. Recent past 40 years of history, USA, diabetes type 2 increases 400% along with accompanying overweight and obesity. Same period, USA, carbohydrate consumption rises from 40% of total calories to 60% on the advice of experts and government officials. I see a correlation here, don’t you? Too bad the big money has steered far away from running the studies needed to settle as to a cause and effect. But, over a billion was spent to prove that fat causes the non-infectious diseases. Bring out the lead bell please. A billion wasted – no correlation even! Right on Denise.

    2. The worst effect of the China Study is that the doctor, a researcher who never has treated patients in a practice attempts to make the case that animal protein is bad, cancer causing. What Denise has done is take the data that Campbell used to state his case and put his findings in doubt. In addition, Chris Masterjohn has done a great job of pointing out the fact that Campbell has done a complete backflip of his findings in the cassein studies on rats.
      I’ve been over on the vegan websites to read the reasoning.. its a struggle to find any.. I mean, why would you need to rally the troops to defend an ideology if it is based on sound truth and science? I have watched B from the bananas have a conversation with Denise.
      I don’t believe B made much of case against much of Denise’s points. I am happy to keep an open mind, but the way i see it right now.. veganism is an improvement over the SAD diet, but the real difference in health comes in Paleo and the variations, both in inside and out.

    3. @just want the truth “….our diet is making us sick…”
      Of course our diet is making us sick, just watch “Sugar the bitter truth”. It’s just not want you have been led to believe. Not the patty but the bun, and the soda, and the vegetable oil deep fried garbage. You want healthy fries? put them in lard. 100% healthy saturated fat. Well, not quite true, lard is at least 40% mono unsaturated (oleic acid), just like olive oil. Too many carbs, too heavy demand on the insulin factory, too many free radicals, among others through too much unstable Omega6 (oxidized, rancid).
      And don’t forget all the unhealthy practices in commercial farming, the meat producing factories, instead of grass fed beef and pork.
      You found the China “study” made sense?? It is one of the biggest frauds in recent years, right up there with the FDA telling us that GMO foods are completely harmless. No, you don’t have to believe me. You can Google right off the bat more than a dozen scientists who think Campbell made himself the laughing stock of scientific North America.

    4. I started eating as much saturated fat as possible , for the very same reasons ,,,,check the national statistics Dept of Agriculture , Americans are eating less fat as % macros now than in recorded history ,,look around you ,, or go to a major shopping center and look around ,,,, Ill , give you a hint,,,,,”All the skinny people didnt stay home the day you decided to look around for your self, when i was a child and they were just beginniung to take fat out of every product , less than 3% of those people you see around you would overweight ,,,i still remmember feeling very sorry for the one obese kid through all my grade school classes of twenty to twenty five kids ….. is that even possible to find at any school in America today ?

  6. interesting site, you are a beautiful girl, but I wonder how you got to slice up the data on the China study without the credentials? I’ll keep checking your blog (it’s very interesting) but not sure why i should trust you more than campbell…

    1. What has being a beautiful girl got to do with having the ability to take raw data and put meaningful analysis to it? Just because you have a few letters after your name doesn’t give you credentials. It proves you are able to pass many years worth of rote learning and indoctrination. Do these “credentials” give you the ability to think critically? Invariably, no.
      If you bothered to read Denise’s paper with a critical eye, you will notice the real point of what she has uncovered and that is that Campbell has been cooking the books so to speak. Denise has pointed out to the rest of us who wouldn’t be bothered reading all the numbers, that Campbell has made assumptions and statements as truth that aren’t supported by the raw data. He also appears to have made statements on data that isn’t even in the China Study!
      To me Denise has the credentials simply because she loves numbers, obviously highly intelligent. She has demonstrated that she is wiling to be corrected and can take constructive criticism without resorting to “play the man, not the ball” tactics.
      There are many experts in the world, how many of them are doing it for the love of the result, rather then notoriety or power?

      1. I think you’re missing the point. Have you checked Denise’s work yourself? How do you know it is legitimate? I’ll answer that for you – you don’t. You WANT it to be.

        The rest of your post just reveals how logic can be manipulated to support a fallacy.

        1. I wonder who is really missing the point? Denise, Anthony Colpo, Chris Masterjohn and Mike Eades have done some checking into the claims made in the book of Campbell’s. Each of them have found inconsistencies in the claims Campbell made, based on the figures that he is using to support his theories.
          Perhaps you haven’t read this whole blog either. If you had, it would also lead you to other people who have crunched the numbers.. they come to the same conclusions. Are you suggesting they are all wrong or illegitimate?
          How do you know her work is not legitimate? What have you done to prove anything, other than make posts that mean nothing?

          1. Yes, they are all wrong. Just look at their credentials. The people you are quoting all have in common that they are not scientists. Crunching numbers does no good if you do not understand what the numbers mean. The response of the scientific community to the China Study has been overwhelmingly positive, something you would not know if you spent all your time in the paleo ghetto.

            1. Hi Lyle, hope you read it. i would like to know on this scientist who welcoming the china study. Im still figuring out what is the point.

            2. And we all know that scientists are always right.

              Aren’t they?

              How about people named Lyle who ALSO do not back up what they say with hard data?

        2. Have you checked Campbell’s work yourself? How do you know it is legitimate? If you have checked his work, please expound on what exactly Denise did wrong in her analysis. My hunch, though, is that you don’t know and simply WANT Campbell to be right.

          1. Yes, I checked the work. It’s in the book. I can read and understand what’s in there. I know some of his scientific papers. Even if you don’t trust me, and why would you, just google his name and check Wikipedia or something. He is a respected scientist, loads of published, peer-reviewed work. The response to the China Study has been overwhelmingly positive. The response to Denise outside the paleo ghetto and some similarly weird raw food web forums? Zero.

            1. “Yes, I checked the work. It’s in the book. I can read and understand what’s in there”

              Then you’d have shown us where Denise was wrong. You haven’t because you can’t.

      2. Well, if the letters after your name are Ph.D. or MD or something, they do give you credentials. That is kind of the point of those letters being there. Think about it: if you need surgery, would you go to a beautiful girl with a blog that has credentials simply because she loves slicing things up or would you go to a hospital and look for a person with letters after their name? Doh.

        1. I don’t claim to KNOW what’s ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ in nutrition. The only difference between many of you and me is that I’m willing to admit that! LOL

          Too much “alphabet soup” behind one’s name tends to cause ARROGANCE. Seriously….. is it necessary to be so concescending in the process of discussing a point? Just saying…. they should really teach a person how NOT to be a wanker when they hand out all those oh-so-impressive credentials.

    2. Farah. While i agree with you that credentials are important, they are not everything. Many people go to their doctors, and take what they tell them as correct as they have ‘credentials’. Take statins, insulin, need open heart surgery. If they only did their own research in to a little science, a lay person with no credentials could probably save their own life better than most local MDs following the guidance of their pretty pharma reps. There are many that i would listen to and read for myself to see if they are on to something, WAYYYY before i would trust most doctors and their offices.

      1. Rose,

        You are definitely on to something. Our 10 minutes of allotted time with our personal physicians isn’t likely to produce a well informed diagnosis. The only hope a person has these days is to inform themselves as scientifically as possible about their medical concerns before they go to their doctor and hope that in 10 minutes they can convince the Dr. that they actually know what is wrong with themselves and what their treatment options should be. In most cases we only need the doc for his prescription pad. Sad but true. Then, if you have to hospitalized we can discuss the increased risks you will experience and how you better have someone medically competent staying with you in the hospital to prevent med and procedural errors that are now at all time highs in our best hospitals.

      2. Quote:
        “…a lay person with no credentials could probably save their own life better than most local MDs …”


        1. I am from Hungary, and at the moment our very president is one who copied most of his PhD paper from a less known other scientist. (Its being a huge scandal here.)

          So you never know what is the real knowledge beyond some oddly capital letters. They could indicate that one has read and learned a lot indeed, but they could also say he just learned everything for the exams and forgot then the day after, wrote some boring paper and got the title.

    3. Just the facts madam! If you’re only half serious about your remark you can check off her conclusions by going to the origin. The China study is available on line

  7. gawd help us if we leave the analysis of these things to the “properly educated, properly credentialed” school-trained of our modern world (anyone heard of the medical prof at harvard teaching students while on the take from no less than 10 big pharma companies?…)

    kudos and double kudos to you Denise for using your abundant curiosity and intelligence for this – you have served your fellow humans well!

  8. Dr Campbell is a clown, but he is no fool. In the absence of any actual ability to make money (eg, fix a sewing machine, shingle a roof, etc) he did what needs to be done in order to imagineer a ricebowl.

    To my knowledge, the China Study book wasn’t exactly a sizzler down at the Barnes&Nobles before Minger attacked it. Directly as a result of having made up ==more== lies in order to support a quarrel with Minger, he is now the darling of the vegan cult and hopefully, he has been able to pay his monthly bills by selling books, speaking fees, contributions, etc. Might even be getting into some hot young panties. After all, Mick Jagger proved that even the most decrepit and grotesque senior citizen can have groupies throwing their underwear at him.

    And on both of thoses, i am not in a position to throw moralistic stones….i’m just less successful.

    Ms Minger is a slightly more interesting case. Her statistical-analysis efforts are really just basic numeracy that college graduates are =supposed= to be able to do. If she was actual outstanding in measuring contingent risks, she’d be too busy underwriting and studying for her next actual actuary exam, to be blogging for the benefit of those too lazy to run the numbers themselves. And I certainly haven’t seen any of her adoring fans even allude to have tried it.

    Any average semi-vegetarian (= non overweight) female is gonna be eye-catching when she’s 23. So please folks, let’s not exagerate that aspect, either. Although I hope that it helps her cash in on her new fame. If the only other credentials she has are an English degree, she’s BETTER learn to entertain her niche audience as well as Dr Campbell has. After all, in her future career as a new-wave dietician, she’s not going to be telling any patient anything that isn’t easily found on the Net

    Nothing sells as well as a good fight. Both Campbell and Minger have found their ricebowl in quarreling with each other. If Campbell died tomorrow, it wouldn’t help Minger’s bank account; and vice versa.

    1. Amusing and intermittently insightful Alan, but perhaps a bit cynical?

      “Average” college students nowadays don’t even understand their checking account much less basic stat analysis – and of course we are charmed by Denise’s youth, wit, and intellect, but aren’t these the very things that, combined with a healthy irreverence, open up new paths for us all?

      I mucked through college years ago happily oblivious of such mathematical calisthenics so it’s not laziness, but rather lack of knowledge and/or interest in such contortions that leads me to greatly appreciate Ms. Mingers enthusiasm and efforts.

      Finally, seems clear to me that Denise has substantially moved on from focusing on the ol’ fart – there are much more interesting things to pull from this data and this subject – and BTW – re-hashing and/or insight-fully combining available info to create new possibilities – well – that’s kinda what most of us do, yes? (short of being another Nikolas Tesla)

    2. … oh and also, I’d say one of Denise’s contributors, Ned Koch is kinda-sorta qualified to run numbers on this – which he has – (but then maybe you just overlooked him…)

      1. Nicely put moksha.. seems Alan’s knowledge is not too broad on this subject.
        The point is also not how many books he sells, but how revered the veggie bible is within the vegan/vegetarian environment.
        Actually, the more i have read of Alan’s post, he’s pretty much proved he doesn’t know much about the subject at all.

    3. Lol, are you crazy? Mingers blog post as the reason why the China Study sold well? You need to get out more. If you spend too much time among paleo people (or vegans, for that matter) you start to way over-inflate the importance of what’s happening in here.

  9. Hmm, so the self-educated hot babe with a calculator is considered an expert at “crunching numbers”? There is a reason to study statistics, especially when analyzing things particularly dependent upon risk factors, which are a statistical construct. You don’t add things up, you use complex mathematical tools and algorithms. Without a thorough training in these skills, she is just a kid playing with numbers– can be entertaining, but I wouldn’t risk your health on it.

    A scientist with many letters after her name.

    1. Mister smartypants show where she made a mathematical error in her analysis, calculations and show where Campbells scientific principle violating mumbo jumbo is the right thing, good luck with that. Anything else is just childish innuendo from people who have no argument. I know enough people with a lot of letters in their title to know that these letters are no guarantee for “superior minds”.

  10. @smartypants
    “..You don’t add things up, you use complex mathematical tools and algorithms…”
    Right!! Well, it sure doesn’t add up and I definitely cannot possibly understand why you would need complex mathematical tools and algorithms to figure this one out. Just connect the dots Ma’m. That is if you bother to read the original.
    “..a scientist with many letters(sic)…” lol, are we in the letter game now? What else is it supposed to mean?

    1. ….”her” name huh? – a jealous competitive female with fancy letters after her name, no doubt… :-0

      is it not charming how Denise has all us infatuated guys to “defend her honor” when someone leaves a cutting little post?

      and hey, Denise, BTW – where’s that next wheat post, kiddo?


  11. Interesting comments, but I wonder ” would not
    ‘billion dollar’ industries hire intelligent debaters
    to discredit information that could reek havoc
    on their sales”? I for one will take the test and
    let the proof be in the pudding.

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  13. Nice analysis. BUT, there are better ways to deal with confounding variables. Let’s look at an example. Campbell (actually his team of many professional statisticians) claims that high cholesterol is a risk factor for cancer. Minger claims that a lurking variable (for the sake of argument Benzene Exposure) is causative of both high cholesterol and high cancer incidence, and that high cholesterol and high cancer incidence are possibly unrelated. They only appear to be so because of the presence of benzene exposure. Her solution is to look at counties with lower exposure rates and to compare cholestoral and cancer only there. This is a good solution, but there is a better one, at least hypothetically. Lets assume it is known how benzene effects cholesterol and cancer. That is, for a given amount of benzene exposure we have an expected level of cholestoral and an expected amount of cancer. We can use this knowledge to then compare, not cholesterol and cancer, but rather how far above or below expected (according to benzene exposure) the cholestoral and cancer data happen to be. In this way we “control (or adjust)” for the presence of benzene. This has the advantage of not throwing out data points. It has the drawback of relying heavily on past medical knowledge. I’m presuming that Campbell’s team did their analysis in the way I described, because that’s how the computer programs do it. In fact, they probably did things in an even more complicated way. This might explain why Campbell can’t totally explain the statistical procedures. Better answers might come directly from his statisticians. Keep in mind: Campbell wrote the book. He is a biologist. Biologists in general are not rigorous. Even statisticians aren’t that rigorous. There is no straight-line logic from the data to the conclusion that animal protein causes cancer.

  14. Oh. I read further and saw that you might be doing this already. Great. I’ll be on the lookout. Also, I used to live in Xinjiang China. I taught English at a Chinese private school and danced at night with the local Uygher people. In my opinion, the data from this study should be thrown out. End of story! Different language, different DNA, different everything. Including this county is like including a county in Afghanistan. Not relevant. This was a study about han Chinese.

    1. Whoops, should say:

      “In my opinion, the data from this county should be thrown out.”

      Sorry, my English skills suck. I’m a mathematician.

      PS – if you want help with multivariate regression, etc, I can help

    2. Hej Brian, you make a real point. i understand nearly what you saying. You lived in Ximjiamg China and there is the local ethnicty of Uygher. Why you wanna throw out this dat? Which data you wanna throw out? I question myself realy if it is possible in a comunist china to make a neutral study. Cause the comunist regime wanna be in healthy cloth. You understand. The comunist china is attack for cruelty in human right and against humainty. And is having death penality and torutre. If someone make a china study and it is positive it has a whitewashing effect for the inhuman chinese goverment. And how you realy wanna know if this study is made equal and in real fact. Al lot people in china get torutred some live isoleted. a lot people get injured in factories. or die in other condition. Or they get died by goverment and the death penality. I realy doubt that china is interested in real neutral facts. Traditonal medicine in chana shows that china has some health benefits and deep wisedom on healthy living. still, like in japan where the goverment cheated with the number of over hundret year old people. I realy doubt it is possible in a nearly facist regime to make a neutral study. In a land with the most death penalities and a lot torture and violence of the police it natural that only the fittest surive. Or the riches. Did cambell also made a study on the rich class in china who now get improoved lifestyle. the whole new chinese capitalists. And did cambell made a study on the effects of macdonalds and new life style to to chinese people?

      Western Price also show that traditonal culture have good health. this is also what cambel show. Still i see that out of a 4000page study to make a small pocketbook. It probably another point which makes people curious.

      But why always go to the number. better to look how this healthy chinese live. and look what we can learn from them. instead on blaming each other. if you like blaming and improving each other doit otherwise, the health benefit of others can be your secret healing. And i point out for real chinese living healthy.

  15. Oh dearie me – wot a lot of hot air! The pros and the cons fighting it out, fascinating. Most of us choose to believe what suits our argument (and behaviour) of the moment and many will defend it to the extreme.
    Surely the main conclusion to be drawn from The China Study is that Dr. Campbell’s argument seeks to explain the rise in Diabetes, Heart Disease and Cancer in the Western World. It’s my view that this is due to a variety of factors, diet being one of the main reasons followed by environment and stress and a wee dose of genetic inheritance.
    After a certain age (say 60) you begin to wake up to the death possibility and perhaps it is then when you decide (if you have half a brain, that is) that a healthy diet is a good idea. Personally I love animals and do not believe they are here for us to exploit, so I don’t eat them. I also think it’s rather odd that we consume the milk, in various forms, of other species and long after we’ve been weaned. Whether it’s good or bad for us, who really knows. I know what I think and I feel great, physically and spiritually and it’s comforting to know that my integrity is intact – what I do is in line with what I believe. I gave up trying to get others to agree with me ages ago. Someone once said ‘Take what you want out of life and pay for it’. Maybe the same applies to diet.
    That’s it really – I’m off downstairs now to do the washing up.

    1. Some people grow up and some just grow old. If this is considered a lot of hot air I am not sure if you are really interested in your health other than “feeling great” at the moment. And giving up trying to get others to agree with you??? I don’t think the point is to get others to agree with you, but to come to the discussion with good arguments, preferably built on good science

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  17. Who are you to discredit The China Study. You’re just a blogger. T. Colin Campbell is a respected scientist far more credentialed than yourself.

    Only on the Internet……..

    1. ROFL!! respected scientist? HA!! I find that very difficult to believe, considering the blatant untruths he’s perpetuated over the years. It seems he’s got amnesia over time. ..
      It seems T. Colin Campbell just can’t make up his mind. If your game, go and have a read
      Please come back again, but next time bring back something to back those outrageous statements. They just have no basis from what i can see.
      You also mentioned in the next post that no cardiologist would agree with what “you” promote. Really?
      Without even trying i can name at least 3 cardiologist/heart surgeons who think you might be economical with the truth.
      Let me see.. Dr William Davis is one, Dr. Steven Gundry is two, Dr. Dwight Lundell is three.
      I’m sure i could find more if you like.

      1. Are you seriously quoting the Weston A. Price Foundation in trying to discredit a scientist? This is getting comical.

          1. You think it says all about me that I do not take the Weston A. Price Foundation serious. I think it says enough about you that you do.

            1. Actually i do Lyle. I suspect that you just saw Weston A Price in the link and thought the worst. I am also supposing that you didn’t go and see who the author of the article was. I also suspect you haven’t read any of the author’s previous articles either. If you had, it might have given you pause to ponder some of your assumptions.
              I’m a little bemused by your firebombing comments in the last hour. I especially like this one:

              “Well, if the letters after your name are Ph.D. or MD or something, they do give you credentials. That is kind of the point of those letters being there. Think about it: if you need surgery, would you go to a beautiful girl with a blog that has credentials simply because she loves slicing things up or would you go to a hospital and look for a person with letters after their name? Doh.”

              Thinking about it once again Lyle, i go to a GP, MD, any other name you think of.. you are as only as good as the information you take in. A scientist is only as good as the neutrality they display. eg. conflicted interests, personal bias. The same applies to an everyday GP, MD whose only continuing education is the drug company rep, educating those same MDs. The drug company rep is often a beautiful girl who loves parroting statistics supplied to them, by the machine within the pharmaceutical companies. For the most part, the doctor is only there to monitor for any contraindications their drug filled patients are taking.

              Many people here, for some reason or another have been touched by the failings of allopathic advice, others are here to achieve optimal health or to save themselves or their loved ones life by learning what is truthful behind those studies.

              Why are you here Lyle? Do you have anything useful to add? Have you learnt anything or are you just wandering by after reading a cherry picked article from your local tabloid? I suppose you think your government is honest and has your best interests at heart..

              1. You use nice words like “bemused”. I appreciate that.

                You are only as good as the information you take in, I can agree with that. Those letters after your name, though, they show that you have taken in a lot of information regarding the field you got the letters for. Bias is everywhere, that’s why there is the concept of peer-reviewed studies in science. Campbell has done lots of those.

                Is Chris Masterjohn somehow a reference for you? Why? What credentials does he have, other than having a blog and you agreeing with him? Is he still pursuing a PhD? Do you know what credentials Campbell has? You talk about bias, you should watch out for your own.

                I think government is about as honest as society is as a whole. What do you think? That they are all out to screw you and only a cute girl with a blog speaks the truth?

    2. How ironic that a person self-labelled as DurianRiderFan would be complaining that Denise has no credentials.

  18. Good luck with your future angina pain with your meat heavy nonsense diet. No cardiologist would agree with what you promote. They all say vegetarianism is healthiest.

    1. Well, have I got news for you sweetie! I did have angina pain, was scheduled for a double by-pass, and my arteries were all clogged. Guess what? I did not follow the cardiologist’s advice, did not take Lipitor, but switched from a heavy grain diet and way too many vegetable oil based Omega 6’s to a modified paleo diet with lots of animal protein and saturated as well as mono unsaturated fat, still lots of veggies and fruit, but meat at least 5 times per week. And my angina completely disappeared, I bike 10 miles [per day] and row a mile a couple of times per week.
      I don’t know who the “they all say” is, but you’re not with it . Study in the UK listed vegetarians as having more health problems and in the end a shorter life span. That is when everything was taken into account.
      As far as the China Study is concerned, I doubt if you ever read it, because it is not really a study at all. Just a compilation of facts from which Campbell seems have drawn conclusions at random. Some that don’t even jive with some of his real studies of years previous. But I don’t have to defend one of the brightest minds in this whole discussion, Denise can more than fend for herself.

  19. Time for you to admit the truth Denise to your readers. WAPF loves to lie to people about Dr. William Castelli. I have video proof right here that Dr. William Castelli does NOT at all support the nonsense of Sisson and WAPF.

    He said emphatically “The vegertarian diet is the best diet you can eat. Listen at 39: 00 and on. Video proof exposing you frauds.

    How does it feel to be lied to James? Nice anecdotal nonsense story by the way…….. Your story is COMPLETE bollocks and MADE UP.

      1. Dr. William Davis is a QUACK and not at all in the same league as Dr. Esselstyn and the others treating Clinton. He has access to the BEST care .

        Dr. Esselstyn is peer reviewed , and has proven he can reverse plaque with his diet and lifestyle recommendations.

        1. He has access to the MORE EXPENSIVE care, he does not use the best one.

          Peer reviewed? Not that important, but since some may appreciate it:

          Those willing to open their minds:

          Calcium score is the straighter measure of the disease:

  20. “In Framingham, Massachusetts, the more saturated fat one ate, the more cholesterol one ate, the more calories one ate, the lower people’s serum cholesterol…we found that the people who ate the most cholesterol, ate the most saturated fat, ate the most calories weighed the least and were the most physically active.” Dr William Castelli 1992 (Director of the Framingham study)

    You mean this William Castelli? Hmm, wonder why he would say something like that? Thanks for dropping by and sharing pearls of wisdom from the loopy church of Durianrider.

    Bill Clinton isn’t worth a comment, so I’ll leave that one.

  21. YES, THAT Dr. William Castelli. And he NEVER said the above qoute that you link to from an UNREPUTABLE source and site .

    Now you have video proof of his real philosophy. He is AGAINST saturated fat – very much so. He is a believer in the lipid hypothesis and ACKNOWLEDGES elevated cholesterol puts you at major risk. You people are such phonies.

    Even when you are shown with video proof that WAPF is misrepresenting Dr. William Castelli you still are in DENIAL.

    The Internet forums are FULL of misinformation.

    1. DurianRiderFan, are you calling the Archives of Internal Medicine and unreputable source? That was the peer reviewed journal where Castelli made that statement….. read it and weep. PS you’ll win more people to your side if you present your arguments calmly and kindly instead of spamming your sh*t everywhere like you’re in a drunken rage. Just saying.

      The source is: Castelli, William, “Concerning the Possibility of a Nut. . .” Archives of Internal Medicine, Jul 1992, 152:(7):1371-1372

      1. Joyce: I’m one of those biased ignormasouses with letters after my name and a few years in research re lifestyle prevention of disease who happens to practice a close to vegan diet because of common sense reinforced by research results. A recent trip to the doctor elicited this response – “I would not say it is non-existent, but it is very rare for me to see patients over the age of 65 on no medications at all. You are in excellent health.” Joyce, I think your response could have been a little more like you expect from those who disagree with you i.e. less like “a drunken rage”.

        Might I also add that most of us researchers recognize that knowledge is progressive and what is touted as “fact” one day is recognized as error another and perhaps what replaces the error might not yet be understood as error by later discoveries.

        Wrightio and you are right that Castelli did make that statement re high saturated fat intake etc. being inversely related to cholesterol levels in a letter. However, as a thorough examiner for truth, it would be wise to see what Castelli says as the years go by – and if he changes, are you going to call him a lier, a charlatan and a fraud because he changes his opinion as science unfolds?

        Take a look at this quote from a 2001 article by Castelli, and then look at yourself and your own biases and do a little self-examination of your attitudes and emotional outburst, and quality of your research. .

        Improvement in myocardial perfusion: The effects of vigorous, short-term cholesterol lowering have also
        been investigated in hyperlipidemic patients with coronary artery disease and $50% stenosis in a major
        coronary artery.26 Subjects were randomly assigned to 1 of 3 cholesterol-reducing regimens—an extremely
        low-fat diet, totally fat-free parenteral nutrition, or a moderately low-fat diet plus a lipid-lowering drug
        (lovastatin). After 90 days, positron emission tomography showed that myocardial perfusion abnormalities
        had improved significantly, regardless of the regimen followed. Patients also had less angina and longer times on the modified Bruce protocol.26
        Making practical sense of clinical trial data in decreasing cardiovascular risk. Castelli WP.
        Am J Cardiol. 2001 Aug 16;88(4A):16F-20F.

  22. Take a look at the pictures of the coronary arteries of those in Dr. Esselstyn’s study on his site. They IMPORVED. There is the proof.

    No Atkins style, Paleolithic Diet ever did that. The funny thing is real anthropologists are not making any of the claims guys like Sisson do.

  23. hehe.. You are so much fun! In you march, tongue blazing.. denials, accusations.. you have offered no proof.. no proof at all.
    Dr Davis is a quack? Funny, his patients don’t seem to think so.

    Who in the hell is Dr Esselstyn? Should we be impressed cos you mentioned the name of someone we don’t know? HAHA!

    As we say in are a goose, i’m happy to have a laugh at your expense whenver you come back with your rantings and ravings. I’m only interested in proof, i certainly haven’t seen you provide any..

    As you said though, the internet is full of misinformation. It sounds like you have absorbed most of it. LOL

  24. Hey you guys let this guy “ride’ off into the sunset. It’s like talking to a Jehovah’s witness. They don’t believe in facts, they believe in convictions. No sense in trying to make them see the light, they are their own light, wandering in search of their own truths.
    “{…The smell of a Durian evokes reactions from deep appreciation to intense disgust, and has been described variously as almonds, rotten onions, turpentine and gym socks. The odour has led to the fruit’s banishment from certain hotels and public transportation in southeast Asia…” Wikipedia. Let’s leave it at that

    1. The comparison with Jehovah’s witnesses is somewhat appropriate. As much for the paleo people as for the raw vegans. From an outside perspective it also looks somewhat like a nutritional bum fight. But if that’s your thing, keep it up. It sure is fun to watch.

  25. Um….. lots of ‘credentials’ and arrogant statements being thrown around here (Jeeez!) but consider there may not be any such thing as a NO ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL DIET. (IMHO) Just sayin…..

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  27. Dear Denise, Dear others. Do you know anything on the chinas population diet. If you just pick some villages in china and explore their diets. How would they look like?

    And how healthy are this villagers?

    please contact me emil@@@sonnenkinder(dot)org

  28. if there are vegan people who thrive on a vegan diet wonderful. please let me know that. i wanna learn. i dont like that someone who takes b12injections have vegan diet which works. a good vegan diet has to work over genration without lacking of nutirents. I like vegans cause its for me a very peacefull way to eat and i more like to eat fruit than meat. dairy i also like very much. especially cream. i not feel as good as eating fruits. cause fruits are very easy digestable.

    Are there any vegans who are long terms with good blood test without b12 injections. If there its wonderfull. i hope you share your wisedom. i wanna learn from that.

  29. I have seen plenty of useful issues on your web page about computers. However, I have got the judgment that notebook computers are still more or less not powerful enough to be a sensible choice if you frequently do projects that require plenty of power, like video croping and editing. But for net surfing, word processing, and most other common computer functions they are all right, provided you do not mind the tiny screen size. Many thanks sharing your opinions.

  30. to question… amazing things one learns by questioning.

    to me, data is just data, anyone with an agenda on either side can manipulate the same data endlessly. If one learns something at the end of day; cool. Nice discussion either way.

  31. In your response, you’ve made some salient points, Denise, but the fact is that there is a VERY strong positive correlation between a vegan diet and lower rates of both cancer and fertility problems.

    (I hope ypu don’t mind me cross-posting this here too, since this is the main China Study page -so that my reply to your response is easy to find.)


    Note, if you would, the p-factor, in the graphs on MY research page, mirrors on 3 servers -in case the Internet highway has …uh,,… a ‘traffic jam!’:
    or even:

    The p-value on the top cancer graph (relating vegan vs animal food with cancer) is SCARY! — it is 0.0000001.

    Do you remember your basic statistics, Denise? That p-value answers the question: What are the chances the dots just randomly fell into this pattern like raindrops or whatever… The chances that the pattern is mere “correlation” but not causation is 1-in-10,000,000 –yes!! One in TEN Million!!

    NOT done by chance… now… moving right along… look at the tight pattern and the ‘R’ (relatedness) values of each of the graphs, OK?

    The translation of the various R-values means that while other factors in lifestyle may affect health, diet is a VERY strong influence.

    Case closed, discussion over: The scientific evidence is OVERWHELMING that a vegan diet is a chief factor in health -and the graphs put into “picture language” what the peer-reviewed scientific papers say in plain-English.

    Mind you, the key word is “peer-review” scientific studies –not tripe and urban legend force-fed by the US Government –with such nonsense is ‘Milk Does the body Good.’ — .. LOL… NOT.

    The science is in, and the food pyramid is out.


    PS: For further information, please follow the links and see the peer-reviewed studies which I reverence in my various blog postings linked above, including the ‘More References’ link onmy main research page above.

    Gordon Wayne Watts, editor-in-chief, The Register, scientific research blog /

    BS, The Florida State University,Biological & Chemical Sciences
    double major with honours
    AS, United Electronics Institute, valedictorian, class of 1988

  32. Some people here want to cling on to Campbell’s study and not believe Minger’s analysis…saying “why should I believe her?”. ….I know if someone challenged my numerical calculations and conclusions and my numbers were sound, I would have a field day shredding my challengers to pieces proving their numbers wrong. It would be so easy to do. But Campbell does not do this because he can’t. His only rebuttals are weak and vague comments.

    1. @ Charles — I am not familiar with Campbell’s study or analyses, and we ALL agree that a healthy lifestyle (diet, exercise, sleep, and stress management) and avoiding fried fats are all good.

      However, whatever Campbell’s methods or data, I agree with his conclusion as I understand it, in support of a vegan diet, and I disagree with Denise’s conclusions that meat & dairy are good.

      Also, I do admit that if ‘natural’ (hormone free and/or range fed) meat are consumed, particularly by someone who is very physically active, the person can still be fairly healthy, since the exercise mitigates to a LARGE degree the unhealthy food choices, as the metabolism can burn off the toxic wastes more easily.

      So, Denise and others supporting her view are NOT in total disagreement on all issues with me and my vegan peeps. And, Denise is kind enough to let my post stand (both here and also on another blog entry AND in her contact page) — If I get time, I may hope to give her positive press for this reason alone.

      Nonetheless, Charles, the stark cold facts are these: NO one has directly challenged my analyses –either the studies I’ve referenced in my various blogs linked at the VERY bottom of Denise’s page (and linked in the ‘Health’ sections of my blogs, searchable under my name).

      The reason is quite clear: While other factors are involved (the ‘R’ value is not 100%), still, the pattern is unambiguous and clear: The VERY, VERY small ‘p’ value links a vegan diet with many health benefits, and in case I’m not clear, let me say it: This correlation IS indicative of causation, and not by chance: There are NOT strong ‘common cause’ factors involved –possibly a few weak factors -like, someone who is vegan might also take other precautions, but with SOooo many nations surveyed in the studies I reference, the link is NOT by chance: A Vegan diet (the original diet in Genesis chapter 1:29-31) is statistically linked to MANY health benefits, and, yes, it’s quite easy to get sufficient protein and most (if not all) vitamins & minerals on a solely vegan diet.

      The graph plot did not just have the correlated pattern by crazy chance, and the facts don’t lie.

      PS: Reprise — NO one has challenged the studies to which I refer in MY blog entries linked in the ‘Health’ sections of my website regarding anti-cancer, vegan links. I wonder why… “Things that make you go ‘hmm…’.”

      Read, re-read, and re-RE-read my post above, and follow every single link referenced therein, and then get back with me — better yet: Print out all of my pages –chose the ‘printer friendly’ link in my colour pages, if possible, and read the stuff OFF line -yes, EVERY link: Your health is hanging in the balance here –and then get back with me. OK?


  33. @ Charles — @ Denise Minger — @ misc. dear reader…

    OK, my *laziness* was finally overcome by my guilty conscience (mea culpa!). I finally broke down and “busted butt: to edit my research blog:

    As Editor-in-Chief, I now give full and prominent *positive* press coverage (aka: free advertisement) to Denise’s blog here, highlighting several pages to boot –a ‘hat tip’ of thanks for her having let me post my lengthy and sharply dissenting screed.

    Denise & her blog are now listed as a permanent fixture at these mirrors, where I offer a dissenting view 2B ‘balanced’ & fair:

    ** (hosted by GoDaddy, and paid up until 2020 or so: Unlimited Bandwidth plan here)

    ** (hosted by Yahoo!/GeoCities, and paid up each year -stupid Yahoo, but they’re my backup: Unlimited Bandwidth plan here too! Yahooooo…..)

    ** (hosted by Tripod: ‘Free’ if u know what I mean, but eternally existent and my 2nd spare tire on the ‘Internet Highway’: NOT unlimited bandwidth, but whatever…)

    Denise, I congratulate you for your front-page news placement in the coveted ‘Health’ section of The Register — you have earned it, dissenting views notwithstanding.

    Gordon Wayne Watts,
    Editor-in-Chief, The Register

  34. @ Charles — @ Denise — @ misc. dear reader…

    OK, my *laziness* was finally overcome by my guilty conscience (mea culpa!). I finally broke down and “busted butt: to edit my research blog:

    As Editor-in-Chief, I now give full and prominent positive press coverage (AKA: ‘free advertisement’) to Denise’s blog here, highlighting several pages to boot –a ‘hat tip’ of thanks for her having let me post my lengthy and sharply dissenting screed.

    Denise & her blog are now listed as a permanent fixture at these mirrors, where I offer a dissenting view 2B ‘balanced’ & fair:

    ** (hosted by GoDaddy, and paid up until 2020 or so: Unlimited Bandwidth plan here)

    ** (hosted by Yahoo!/GeoCities, and paid up each year -stupid Yahoo, but they’re my backup: Unlimited Bandwidth plan here too! Yahooooo…..)

    ** (hosted by Tripod: ‘Free’ if u know what I mean, but eternally existent and my *2nd* spare tire on the ‘Internet Highway’: NOT unlimited bandwidth, but whatever…)

    Denise, I congratulate you for your front-page news placement in the coveted ‘Health’ section of The Register — you have earned it, dissenting views notwithstanding.

    Gordon Wayne Watts,
    Editor-in-Chief, The Register

  35. We meet some very strange people on occasion, with real wacko ideas. None of these are of course to be taken serious, however they do take up space and in trying to stay connected with what Denise is up to, they do take up space on your e-mail. I really take offense to this latest crapology by mr. Watts. A person can stand only so much untruths and twisted facts and innuendo. Is it not possible to block some of these quacks? I cannot believe myself I would ever ask such a thing but this guy is sick. Really sick. Maybe that’s what veganism in the end leads to?

  36. @James — I double posted because I could not see my post, and you get all bent…?

    Touchy aren’t we?

    “”trying to stay connected with what Denise is up to,”” — eh? I don’t care for Ms. Minger in any romantic way (there is ample proof of that in very old posts in MY blog if you really care to explore your horrid assertion here -LOL), but I do care for solid science -and thus I must respond to what I perceive as quack science.

    If you think *my* science is ‘crappology,’ tell us all why — if not, then refrain.

    If you have something substentative to say about the topic, fine, but if all you have are ad homenium attacks on the person, I will not listen, you your post may also even get deleted.

    Big people talk about topics — little people talk about people.

    Comment later -if you have something relevant to say about the topic.

  37. James, if you don’t want to receive email notifications, then in the user preferences in the email you receive, you can opt out.

    Also, I took a brief look at your blog – it seems to make common sense — I am surprised that a good researcher would be so petty over dissenting views.

    Yes, I agree that lifestyle is more than just diet, but diet plays a huge role.

    1. Hoe does your daily meals look loike? what do u eat on a daily basis? do u make sport? how much? how are ure bloodtests? gordon. Do u use b12 supplement?

      1. I eat whenever I am hungry, and usually is it vegan, oftentimes protein drinks with protein powders (Soy, Rice, etc.), and other proteins (Glutamine, and the 3 Branch-chain amino acids: Valine, Leucine, and Isoleucine).

        My protein shakes MUST have these 3 things:
        1) FATS (such as Flax Seed Oil, Olive Oil, Peanut Butter)
        2) PROTEINS (protein powders, peanut butter)
        3) CARBOHYDRATES (Sugar, Honey, Bananas, Peatnut butter, etc.)

        Yes, I try to take Vitamin B-12 supplaments, because the fruits and vegetables are not as good as they were in the past, when the crops were rotated (different cropes each year), and the land had a sabbath (rested once every 7 years, so the minerals could rebuild in the soil) — Nowdays, however, they overwork the land, not letting it rest.

        My blood tests are almost always within the normal guidelines.

  38. I apologise, James, for being a little bit rude or argumentive with you — your criticism that I may have been a little too talkative is not without merit…

    However, I just thought it was just a bit trivial. Remember my advice: You can adjust your email notifications in the emails you recive for this blog.

  39. Hey who are you going to believe – self educated Denise, age 23, or a guy like T Colin Campbell. Where did you do your learning – at the Internet University?

    1. Easy, Denise, she has nothing to lose if she’s wrong. Campbell’s whole career would be in shatter if he admitted he was wrong, which he is, as you’d know if you judged the arguments not the persons.

  40. Hell, I almost went vegan after reading “The China Study”… But after reading your comments about the study I hurried to the kitchen to make myself a steak.
    You did a very impressive work here.
    If you ever get to my part of the world (Israel), please, let me take you out to a good steak house.

    1. @ Boaz – While I agree with much of what Denise says (less sugar, more natural, etc.), nonetheless, did you not even see the graphs in which meat and/or milk product were linked to various diseases?

      Scroll down about half-way at:
      or even

      While there may be some conflating factors (common cause, Denise mentions where vegans eat less sugar), the EXACTING pattern can NOT be by this reason alone -or by mere chance:

      With p-values as low as those on the graphs (less than 1-in-1000!!), and super high R-values (showing relatedness), it’s NOT jsut by chance.

      Explain THAT you meat eater! (like I said, re the pattern in the graphs … it’s NOT jsut by chance)

      Gordon Wayne Watts
      BS, The Florida State University, Biological & Chemical Sciences: double major with honours,
      AS, United Electronics Institute, Valedictorian

      1. Grass-fed beef is MUCH better than corn-fed beef, and ANY beef is MUCH better than processed supermarket milk.

        However, I still try to avoid animal products. Maybe, if I am desperate and hungry (or if it is FREE!), I might eat an occasional beef burger, but I HATE milk.

        Nonetheless, the milk like they made in the 1940’s and 1950’s was much healtheir –less hormones in cows, less pasteurisation, less homoginistion, better treatment of cows, and cows were not in dirty uunmsanmitary conditions, and cows were NOT milks all the time — better milk than nowdays, but I still think it is not natural for one animal to drink milk from another animal, and no animal drinks milk when it is an adult.

        Milk is only for mothers to give to babies during breastfeeding –NO milk from dogs, cats, pigs, cows, or ANY animal is natural.

        Milk, especially processed milk, is a huge cancer risk. See my links above.

  41. (it didn’t post as ‘Guest,’ so I’m trying again w/ FACEBOOK app -plz forgive & overlook if it double posts, my internet peeps.-GW)

    @ BOAZ – While I agree with much of what Denise says (less sugar, more natural, etc.), nonetheless, did you not even see the graphs in which meat and/or milk product were linked to various diseases?

    Scroll down about half-way at:
    or even

    While there may be some conflating factors (common cause, Denise mentions where vegans eat less sugar), the EXACTING pattern can NOT be by this reason alone -or by mere chance:

    With p-values as low as those on the graphs (less than 1-in-1000!!), and super high R-values (showing relatedness), it’s NOT just by chance.

    Explain THAT you meat eater! (like I said, re the pattern in the graphs … it’s NOT just by chance)


    Gordon Wayne Watts
    BS, The Florida State University, Biological & Chemical Sciences: double major with honours,
    AS, United Electronics Institute, Valedictorian

    1. schow your blood testsv mr gordon*wayne watts.?

      your website is to confusing patch work. try to get clear.!!! clear ureself up. show ure bloodtests. you are a funny guy gordon.

      proof that u are a healthy vegan like durianrider and other vagan athletes. or please explain what you realy want.

  42. That’s a good point, Olof — I have copies of my physical exams, and if and when I get a chance, I may scan in images (redacting my sensitive information like social security number or exact date of birth), but for nowm you can click on my online videos: weight lifting and arm-wrestling.


    Yes, I lost, but she is VERY strong – bench presses over 400 poinds, and deadlifts & squats close to 600 pounds. She is presently ranked #1 in the SHW division, and is thus the World’s Strongest Woman, but it still took her THREE attempts to beat me, ha hah, and I didn’t let her live it down!

    I could fake my physical exams, so my testimony is no more sure, but for what it’s worth, my doctor has found me in good physical health.

    What I really want? I want to share helpful information with my neighbours.

    Lastly, even IF I am not healthy, Carl Lewis is a vegan, and he was the world’s fastest man there for a while, and he is healthy, showing the vegan diet is good.

  43. What does soil quality have to do with B-12?One can only get this essential nutrient from animal sources. This is the real reasons vegans take this suppliment.

    1. Well, Michael, the ancient Jews in Israel had a VERY GOOD practice of rotating crops AND (more importantly) letting the land REST:

      Leviticus 25
      1-And the LORD spake unto Moses in mount Sinai, saying,
      2-Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye come into the land which I give you, then shall the land keep a sabbath unto the LORD.
      3-Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard, and gather in the fruit thereof;
      4-But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest unto the land, a sabbath for the LORD: thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard.
      5-That which groweth of its own accord of thy harvest thou shalt not reap, neither gather the grapes of thy vine undressed: for it is a year of rest unto the land.

      Although this is a “religious” book (e.g., the Bible), it has LOADS of SOLID science in it, and while I admit I don’t know the exact effect of ‘resting’ the land on the amound of Vitamin B-12 in the resultant crops, the idea is correct: Take care of the land (incl. rotate crops; ANd rest it 1 in 7 years), the the land will take care of you.

      It would appear that you have a Jewish surname, and perhaps you are familiar with the issues I am discussing. I am not Jewish, but I am JudeoChristian, and cherish ALL of of religious heritage -AND the cool science that goes behind it.

        1. Davida (12:15:10) wrote: “But they were not vegan.”

          MY Reply:

          So? — I’m not sure what you’re saying. — Are you saying that because _they_ weren’t vegan that this somwhow makes it “ok” for US to not be vegan? Go back & look again at THIS passage:

          Genesis 1:27-31
          Amplified Bible (AMP)
          27 So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them.
          28 And God blessed them and said to them, Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it [using all its vast resources in the service of God and man]; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and over every living creature that moves upon the earth.
          29 And God said, See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the land and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food.
          30 And to all the animals on the earth and to every bird of the air and to everything that creeps on the ground—to everything in which there is the breath of life—I have given every green plant for food. And it was so.
          31 And God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good (suitable, pleasant) and He approved it completely. And there was evening and there was morning, a sixth day.

          Gordon’s Commentary:

          Notice, if you would, vv. 29-30 begin the dietary instruction, and then it STOPS! — Nowhere BEFORE or AFTER vv.29-30 in this chapter has ANYTHING about humans eating animals –why even the animals did NOT eat animals for food!

          Only LATER did God allow mankind to eat animals but it was ONLY because of the evil nature & harndness of their heart. See THIS passage for a similar siutation:

          MATTHEW chapter 3 (AMP)

          3 And Pharisees came to Him and put Him to the test by asking, Is it lawful and right to dismiss and repudiate and divorce one’s wife for any and every cause?
          4 He replied, Have you never read that He Who made them from the beginning made them male and female,
          5 And said, For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be united firmly (joined inseparably) to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?
          6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder (separate).
          7 They said to Him, Why then did Moses command [us] to give a certificate of divorce and thus to dismiss and repudiate a wife?
          8 He said to them, Because of the hardness (stubbornness and perversity) of your hearts Moses permitted you to dismiss and repudiate and divorce your wives; but from the beginning it has not been so [ordained].
          9 I say to you: whoever dismisses (repudiates, divorces) his wife, except for unchastity, and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
          10 The disciples said to Him, If the case of a man with his wife is like this, it is neither profitable nor advisable to marry.
          11 But He said to them, Not all men can accept this saying, but it is for those to whom [the capacity to receive] it has been given.
          12 For there are eunuchs who have been born incapable of marriage; and there are eunuchs who have been made so by men; and there are eunuchs who have made themselves incapable of marriage for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let him who is able to accept this accept it.

          Mark 10:1-13
          Amplified Bible (AMP)
          10 And [Jesus] left there [Capernaum] and went to the region of Judea and beyond [east of] the Jordan; and crowds [constantly] gathered around Him again, and as was His custom, He began to teach them again.
          2 And some Pharisees came up, and, in order to test Him and try to find a weakness in Him, asked, Is it lawful for a man to dismiss and repudiate and divorce his wife?
          3 He answered them, What did Moses command you?
          4 They replied, Moses allowed a man to write a bill of divorce and to put her away.
          5 But Jesus said to them, Because of your hardness of heart [your condition of insensibility to the call of God] he wrote you this precept in your Law.
          6 But from the beginning of creation God made them male and female.
          7 For this reason a man shall leave [behind] his father and his mother and be joined to his wife and cleave closely to her permanently,
          8 And the two shall become one flesh, so that they are no longer two, but one flesh.
          9 What therefore God has united (joined together), let not man separate or divide.
          10 And indoors the disciples questioned Him again about this subject.
          11 And He said to them, Whoever dismisses (repudiates and divorces) his wife and marries another commits adultery against her;
          12 And if a woman dismisses (repudiates and divorces) her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.

  44. All well and good but what has this to do? As YOU have stated with B-12 Content, whic h is a function of animal food?

  45. Yes, it’s HARD I admit 2 get b12 in plant food, and thus your point is well-taken, Michael, but not impossible:

    The requirement for vitamin B12 is very low. Non-animal sources include Red Star Vegetarian Support Formula or T-6635+ nutritional yeast (a little less than 1 Tablespoon supplies the adult RDA), and vitamin B12 fortified soymilk. It is especially important for pregnant and lactating women, infants, and children to have reliable sources of vitamin B12 in their diets.

    Vegan For Life
    by Jack Norris, RD &
    Ginny Messina, MPH, RD
    B12 in Tempeh, Seaweeds, Organic Produce, and Other Plant Foods
    Summary: The only plant foods which have been tested for B12 activity using the gold standard of lowering MMA levels in humans are dried and raw nori from Japan.

    B12 Breakthrough – Missing Nutrient Found in Plants

    CONCLUSION: Like I said (or implied?), I suspected b12 could be found in plants, and since we can get it even now, I think B12 would be MUCH more abundant if we rotated crops, rested the land in its Sabbath, etc.

  46. I read Campbell’s article about B-12 in plants and this is what he says about it at the end;

    “This was written in 1996. Now, 12 years later, I still don’t know that this view whether this view is right. However, in the meanwhile, I have been influenced by two of my clinician colleagues, Dr. Michael Greger and Dr. Alan Goldhamer, that their understanding of the literature and their experience in the clinic suggest that B12 deficiency may be seen in vegans, thus advocate B12 supplementation. I defer to their view.”
    Here is just a little of the literature questioning the science of this assertion


  47. @ Michael – I concede the point, as I think you are right, but nonetheless, if I am faced with VERY low cancer rates with a vegan diet that must have a FEW supplaments, verses a higher cancer rate with meat and/or milk products, you know whch one *I* will chose.

    Besides, this should NOT be a call to eat meat, but rather a call to return our farming to the way it was in Genesis chapter 1 of the Bible — remember in Genesis 1:29-30, it had ONLY vegan food for both humans AND animals (don’t use a KJV this time, as the word ‘meat’ does not refer to the consumed flesh in this context, but rather, it is an adjective, “for food,” e.g., ‘Brophe’ in the original Hebrew).

    So, it shows NO meat or milk in the original diet — just like DIVORCE (nondietery, but mentioned for context), meat, milk, and divorce were ALL added later for the hardness of the heart of mankind, but were NOT in the original gameplan.

  48. We can go round and round forever with this. As a former vegan and one who has even organized and run a vegan kitchen, I have seen too many people including myself, who have undermined their health on a plant only diet. If veganism was a “natural” human diet, we would see examples of it in traditional, native, or “primitive” cultures. We simply dont see this. As far as meat and dairy and cancer, doctors like Albert Schweitzer living with traditional peoples, even the heavily carnivious, Inuit and Masai, reported that they almost never saw a case of Cancer (and other degenerative diseases like arthritis and heart disease) in the natives until they started eating the higly processed refined foods of western culture, notably white flour, sugar and vegetable oils. Weston Price also documented this same pattern in his travels around the world. (You can read all of the foot-noted references in Gary taubes “Good Calories Bad calories”)
    To me the Bible is an allegorical and symbolic work, written by men, that is too often taken literally with disasterous effect,

  49. @ Michael Cohen — Regarding processing of foods, I do not disagree: This is BAD.

    As far as the accuracy of the Bible, see THIS research, if u don’t mind, addressing your concern plus one other:

    LAKELAND, FL (The Register) Tuesday, 09 June 2009 – SPECIAL REPORT: Exploring Reincarnation, Past Lives, and the accuracy of the Bible:
    Editor’s Note: As of today, Wednesday, 20 January 2010, I have made a few additions in italics below -after having noticed I’d missed a few things.

    QUESTION #1: Is Reincarnation real??
    QUESTION #2: Is the Bible True??

    Regarding the diseases linked to meat & milk, reprise:

    Black & White (printer friendly) version:

    THAT copy is in B & W, but to see it in foll colour (which some say is hard on their eyes), remove the number ‘1’ right before the ‘.html’ in the URL.

    Now, THIS is hard science, and when you’ve had enough of the real science, see the Bible passages, which you might also accept as valid

    ((your comment: “”If veganism was a “natural” human diet, we would see examples of it in traditional, native, or “primitive” cultures.””))

    my reply: -IF you accept my defense of the Bible in the 1st set of links — THESE passages show that there WAS a culture of this type -back in the day.

    Genesis 1:29-31
    New American Standard Bible (NASB)

    29 Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the [a]surface of all the earth, and every tree [b]which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; 30 and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the [c]sky and to every thing that [d]moves on the earth [e]which has life, I have given every green plant for food”; and it was so. 31 God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

    a.Genesis 1:29 Lit face of
    b.Genesis 1:29 Lit in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed
    c.Genesis 1:30 Lit heavens
    d.Genesis 1:30 Or creeps
    e.Genesis 1:30 Lit in which is a living soul

    NASB, quoted under Fair Use:

    Note, if you would that there is NO mention of eating meat or drinking milk after verse 30, and it changes subjects — “Things that make you go ‘hmm…’.”

    I’m not asking you believe the Bible right off the bat here, but when both Bible AND Science agree, then they effectively support one another, and MY experiences as a vegan support both of those, so you have THREE witnesses — here is MY proof of some measure of success on the vegan diet:


    Note on 1st vid: I’m about 5’10”, so the use of the box was appropriate to equal things for those in my weight class who are 5’6″ –I really should have had TWO boxes, but whatever —

    Note on 2nd Vid: April bench presses over 400 pounds WITHOUT lifting shirts or gear, and she DID try to win the 1st couple tries… LOL. ha hah! She took 3 tries to beat me = cuz of my training, strength, and my vegan diet.

    — Gordon

    1. Uhmmmm!!

      Genesis 9:2
      “The fear of you and the terror of you will be on every beast of the earth and on every bird of the sky; with everything that creeps on the ground, and all the fish of the sea, into your hand they are given”.

      Genesis 9:3
      “Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything”.

  50. oops — I did not clarify why I should have had 2 four-inch wooden boxes to elevate the weight in the deadlift … most people in my weight class are REAL short — like 5 foot 2 or so…

    my bad.

    OK, I’m not super strong, but I am strong, and cancer free — and the stuff tastes good -and supplements are not cheating:

    You take vitamins, I suppose, and so do I, so I’m not cheating.

  51. We are at an impasse. I recognize peoples “biochemical individuality”. A vegan diet does not work for me. I take the bible(s) as an allegorical and symbolic work and NOT as a final authority on anything. It is a product of a very different time, with very different values, and very different ideation and very different language(s). I have stated my observations from my own experience and that is all I can do. I have no desire to change you or your opinions

    1. Thx 4 hearing my views, Michael, even if u don’t agree with me.

      2B clear, the reasons I think the Bible is correct can be summarised into 4 areas:

      1 – scientific accuracy; 2 – historical/arcaeological accuracy
      3 – prohetic predictions stunningly correct so far — and 4 — morally correct guide — but see my links 4 further details.

      Yes, I agree genetic differences make us unique, but I think we’re more similar than different in re diet — so, what works 4u, will not be far off 4 me … but that said, I’m glad we agree on many of the issues, if not all:

      Grass fed animals, WITHOUT hormones, in whcih the cows are NOT overworked to over-produce milk, etc.

      Also, I’m glad that many ‘meat eaters’ are still omnivores (like fruits, veggies), and not soley carnivores.

      Lastly, natural, unprocessed FOOD, — EXERCISE, SLEEP, and STRESS MANAGEMENT (caps added for clarity, not to yell), are all 4 things we probably agree on –vegan-vs-cancer areas notwithstanding where we probably disagree.

      Oh, 1 other thing: Not over eating helps the body get right of toxic wastes more easily, and a (biochemically) clean body is a healthy body.

  52. — Если говорить о сегодняшнем дне, то я это уже делала. У меня ощущение, что я когда-то путешествовала здесь. Может быть, пустыня возвращает нам детство?, эротические знакомства + в красноярске.

    1. your post is in Russion, and my computer peeps say that it says the following:

      “-If we talk about today, I already did. I have the feeling that I was once traveled here. Maybe the desert gets us childhood?, erotic dating + in Krasnoyarsk.”

      Krasnoyarsk (Russian: Красноярск, IPA: [krəsnɐˈjarsk]) is a city and the administrative center of Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia, located on the Yenisey River. It is the third largest city in Siberia.


      #1 — why don’t you write in English, the major language of those who post here?

      #2 — why are you asking people to have erotic dating in this Russian city?

  53. thank you all. what i have big problems with is this attacking each others. In the end there will be some confused readers and start eating anything cause of all this aggresion from every side. What is worth to consume this inhumane mass slaughtery and this in their own blood crying animals then mixed up with chemical coctails or is it better to eat more conscious raise meat. not always but occasionally. From hanging around on paleohacks i can understand some of this meat eating dudes are just like ballons pumped with air or helium ready to go into the air. ‘Whatever its not the job to gt all over confusion. Some people wanna have something simple what they can do in their life. Not everyone thrives on a vegan diet. Even if its good for heartdesease or diabetes. Why is there only one option. maybe this is right and the vegan fruitarian diet is the optimum when we run on glucose only in our brain. maybe it is the food of the fututre. maybe not. I think it hopefully a way to get more calm in the mind and find a way of peaceful clearing.

    When people argue with all this biochemistry it sounds proffesional. Who wanna proof it has to learn biochemistry. and is all of this terms proofen?! probably not.

    So anyway we need somethin what is clear. like stories and experiences of people who get well on a diet. Its not time to hate each other. cause maybe you are now on a high fat diet and the change to a low fat high carb diet will safe your mind. we have to be more open for multiple solutions and more layers in our thinking.

    it will defintly change like the humankind has changed their diet by travelling through the plantet it would be foolish to think you or we have to stick to one diet cause one diet guru or a lot of them claim this. When one Mr Paleo SChulze thrives on his diet and shows shining pictures of his abs its is his life. If you see dr. cambell dr. bannard and dr. essylyn slim giving a lecture it is there benefit. everyone and everything has its own benefit.

    So maybe one day you see something totally healthful on a low fat diet. why not?maybe this meat period is just a small time. i not wanna kill an animal and i wish i can find solution to give all my nutrient with plants. Still i see for teeth problems there are two ways i have seen working. one is a strong detox. with a lot living foods and detox enemas and activation of liver and givinvg of a lot superstuff. the other one which works is the western a prices style and the other following of dr. mallanby from the uk.

    Whatever and im sure we will find new ways and maybe the moment you fighting against it will cost your life.

    i see defintly the benefits of a vegan lifestyle also the low sodium is very good. Still it can lead to strange issues. And another thing while you argueing here …. meet some friends meet some real people meet some animals. maybe also other than home raised domestic animals. and listen to them they probably will give you a answer on how its ok to raise them. ITs time to let all this gurus speak and find out the own way. Be it the WAPF speaker or other groups of The real solutions are simple and not always explainable in biochemistry or calling out big numbers or biochemistry alphabet. thoughts. What ever it is good to be wise in this moment and listen to the own heart and find a decision in the here and now and beside the virtuell world in a daily apple, the wise traditions, RAWfood SOS Angel or whatever. Stay real keep real. Reality life has so much miracles and suprises. So maybe things are possible you not thought they were.

    take care everyone.

    To the origin auther of this site: i ish you follow your heart you also will find a way. i wish you stuck to learning piano. or something else beauty this diet wars wil not adress the real beauty of your heart. you can steppping stone it to your real inner desires.

  54. The US eats the most meat and cheese of any place on earth (and probably sugar, too). Why then, do we have the most osteoporosis, heart attacks, and cancers? Would you make the conclusion that fruits and vegetables cause these things?

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  56. To discredit Colin Campbell’s research and decades of scientific research by scientists the world over is down right silly. To ignore their findings is your choice. Eat your yourself to an early death

  57. If you bothered to actually read Ms Mingers and others critiques of The China Study you would see for your self that Campell’s “conclusions” don’t match up with what his raw data say. He is biased from the beginning, and this is not scientific. I was a macrobiotic vegan until my health suffered. I bought into the the ideas that grains were the “principal food” of man and that animal fats were unhealthy. This is simply not true. If a vegan lifestyle were at all viable we would see examples of it in traditional cultures. Name ONE. The nutrient dense red meat of ruminants is what made us human. My health improved when I stopped eating grains, legumes and vegetable oils. Initally the results of switching from the SAD to grains and Veggies were amazing, but the lack of nutrients took its toll. I was a cook in a Macrobiotic restaurant. One of the things that disturbed me was that the people around me just didnt look that healthy. Recently I saw Campbell, Esseltyn, and a few other vegan advocates on TV and they all looked cadaverous.

    1. I had a multi-year experience very similar to Michael Cohen’s. I was biased towards being vegan. But, my health improved when I added animal products, particularly animal fats, back into my diet.

  58. @ Michael Cohen,

    I’ve heard others say similar things about “getting sick” after becoming a vegan. What exactly does the scientific literature and research say about this? I mean, have there been any studies done confirming the fact that if you’re a vegan you’ll become sick in some form or another? If so please show them to me. I don’t understand how making the majority of your diet out of whole plant foods is bad for you. This seems counter intuitive especially considering that all of the research I’ve read (including outside of Campbell/Esselstyn) show that eating a diet rich in plant foods can only be good for you. It has been shown time and again that this is the way to prevent and reverse heart disease and other illnesses. Even the American Heart Association says this.

  59. Please don’t site the AHA as any kind of valid authority. Their sticker of approval is on Cocoa Puffs and Pop Tarts.
    The vegan doctors are only telling at best, half of the story.
    Denise has shown that Campbells raw data do not reflect his conclusions
    Check the results of Esselstyn’s study , see what percentage of peoples heart disease actually got worse.

    .I am not against a diet “rich in plant foods”. Far from it. I probably eat more raw, cooked and fermented plants than most people.But my own observations and experience have led met to the conclusion that a vegan diet is grossly unatural for humans.
    When I stopped eating all grains and legumes and added animal protien and FAT to my diet, my total cholesterol went down, My triglycerides went down, HDL went up and LDL went down. My persistent GERD and Arthritis went away. I lost 25 lbs.
    What really seems to induce heart disease, and most of the “diseases of civilization” is a diet rich in refined carbohydrates and the very unsaturated vegetable oils (hydrogenated or not) that are touted as “heart healthy” . These are the variables in the modern diet that have increased the most in the last hundred years. The use of Animal fat, an ancient food, has actually declined during the same period. Gary Taubes points out in GCBC that doctors around the world, working with “primitive peoples” found time and again an absence of modern diseases like heart disease,cancer, diabeties in the native populations, eating their traditional diets, often very high in Animal fat. All of these diseases did appear when they started eating the foods imported by modern man, namely white flour and sugar.
    It has been shown time and again that a ketogenic diet, induces the most improvement in the lipid blood profiles.
    Please also note that the Vegetarian populations of India have some of the HIGHEST rates of heart disease and diabeties.
    I have found that a Vegan diet (Plant only) is not suitable humans for a few reasons. They are also the reasons why my health eventually suffered on a plant only diet.The first is the lack of nutrient density. The second is the fact that grains and legumes contain many anti-nutrients, that eventually will wreak havoc in the body.
    I dont have time to re-list all of the facts here. If you have the emotional courage and intellectual honesty, please read “The Vegetarian Myth” by Lierre keith, a twenty year vegan who ruined her health with a plant only diet. Chapter four is an excellent summary of the human nutritional needs and the scientific arguments against a plant only diet.
    Also follow these links

    Dr William T Jarvis

    DR Mercola

    Dr William Davis

    Dr Anrdreas Eenfeldt

    Prof. David Diamond PhD

  60. Just gotta say…..How many of these commenters are actually DurianRider himself?? Like Olof, Lyle etc. They all have a certain ring to them (idiocy) and Durianrider does have massive mental issues. He spends like 14 hrs a day on computers doing his life work- i.e. pretending to be someone else and starting arguements on paleo and other forums/blogs.
    So yeah I guess what I’m saying is don’t worry so much about replying to the crap comments he posts as they are just rubbish. ro

  61. (RE: “” I challenge.””) what u saying, GC?

    That eating meat is better?

    As I look at that link, it merely seems to say that less protein & more fat is better, not necessarily more animal fat, right?

    I admit, I did not get a chance t ofully review your link (so ,y massessment may be incomplete).

    But, in a nutshell, what are you suggesting here?


    — Gordon Wayne Watts
    LAKELAND, Fla., U.S.A.

      1. Yeah — good quuestion, Carl.

        However, Denise not only approved my Facebook request, but she’s been polite to me the whole time I’ve known her.

        (Perhaps, she’s just too busy?)

        — Gordon

      2. Because Gordon is clearly bonkers. Denise has far more patience with him than I do if she’s being polite to him…

        1. I heard that, Pertharnia!

          Actually, many of Denise’s suggestions are spot-on correct, that is, to try and get your food from natural sources with as little processing as possible. (I am recalling from memory, so I could be a little off, but I *think* that is one of her main points.)

          And, I do admit that it’s difficult, sometimes, to get everything you need from a vegan diet on some occasions (depending on the restaurant in question, or whether you live in a house with a pack-rat hoarder, whose clutter makes it NEAR IMPOSSIBLE to use a dining room table & kitchen to prepare food).

          –but 2 things:

          #1: You say in another post, “I would be very, very interested to hear a Vegan’s perspective on this one” (regarding getting ill from a vegan diet), so I’ll weight in:

          Since I am able to eat vegan much of the time, and yet don’t get ill, I am, myself, one data point here. But, I do admit that I sometimes eat non-vegan stuff (usually meats, but almost never milk products, except an occasional milkshake if I’m desperate).

          #2: The patterns in the graphs at


          are NOT “by chance,” as evidenced by the strong pattern, low p-values, and high R-values, and also probably VERY LITTLE influenced by ‘common cause’ factors (such as vegans with other goodf healthstyle habits) –and, probably having cancer does NOT cause one to crave milk — so, this, using the process of elimination, shows all other ‘possabilities’ are NOT likely.

          Thus, the strong pattern between drinking milk, eating meat, and various diseases is NOT by chance, and IS related by a biochemical “cause and effect”:

          As Sherlock Holmes was fond of saying, “Eliminate all other [untrue] factors, and the one which remains must be the truth”: The ‘Milk = Cancer’ and ‘Meat = Cancer’ theories are only remaining possabilities, and thus must be true.


          1. ouch — I can’t spell my own name! LOL … — I meant, for the 2nd link, to say:


            To recap:

            1) the graph patters in these research studies are NOT by chance

            2) the pattern is probably NOT of common cause (well, maybe a little, but not much, as both plus and minus errors cancel out over time)

            3) the correlation means causation, which is not necessarily true, is probably NOT in the form of DISEASES affect eating habits; so, the only possibility?

            4) Eating habits, then, affect DISEASES and HEALTH.

  62. Denise, did you not think it odd that towards the end there was a shot of a traditional Chinese family sitting at the table, presumably having just eaten a traditional Chinese meal endorsed by The China Study, and there is a man smoking? Is this supposed to tell me that despite indulging in this habit he will avoid lung cancer due to being plant-strong?

    1. Go to China. Find out what qualifies as “meat” there. Then give “The China Study” a place at the end of the bench in your next garage sale. Worthless piece of psuedo-science.

  63. Having read a good portion, but not all, of these comments
    I find there isn’t a any one diet that works for everybody.
    The book I read, “The Metabolic Typing Diet” seems to make
    sense. The premise is that depending on your family background
    you are either a protein type of person of a carbohydrate type of
    person. An Eskimo living in the jungle would have problems as
    would a person from the jungle would have a hard time staying
    healthy eating whale blubber. Or maybe it’s mixed.
    Eat what suits you, just find out what’s your type.
    There’s a balance in there, so experiment and find out.

    1. —which makes a great argument for locally-sourced food. Eat local food, and you receive the some local properties of those foods. This is a phenomenon demonstrated by Weston A. Price’s work.

      Food shouldn’t be taken out of its context.

      As an example, peoples of warm, plant-food-abundant environments have a much easier time meeting their nutritional requirements through plant sources than colder-climate peoples who must rely on domesticated animals to fill nutritional gaps. There is a place for every food in the quest for optimal nutrition. Every food has a unique nutrient profile and a unique array of properties (dependents on environment and inputs) that may be either beneficial or harmful to a person, depending on his environment and circumstances and underlying health conditions.

      I certainly would not recommend animal protein to anyone with a kidney disorder or gastroparesis, just as I would not recommend a vegan cupcake to a diabetic or a celiac.

      Just because we can reference unhealthy vegetarians and vegans, and unhealthy omnivores and paleo-omnivores doesn’t mean that any of these diets don’t have utility. My guess is that–given the tendency of any optimal-diet-enthusiasts to go overboard with their beliefs–the majority of people who sickened themselves with their diets did not implement them well enough, intelligently enough, or with adequate knowledge of underlying conditions–and they failed to acknowledge their own symptoms (not an easy thing to do, mind you). A co-worker of mine once hospitalized himself after two weeks on a raw diet, due to excessive fiber intake; his digestive system was completely overwhelmed by the sudden change in input.

      I love the Weston A. Price/Raw/Paleo movement, but I am shocked and dismayed by the wave of negative commentary and mud-slinging against Campbell. Campbell IS a vegan, but he recommends a plant-based whole foods diet, and these things are not identical. Given the way in which our food is produced and distributed, and the load of environmental conditions and toxins we must contend with, domestically and globally, for our entire lives… my suspicion is that a whole foods plant-based diet is the way to go.

      Plant-BASED–not vegan. And there is a distinction here that many of the comments failed to make.

      My official response to this debate of Campbell vs. Denise will come at a later date.

  64. You don’t only have the brains but the guts as well to make us part of your thoughts. Your critical analyses are a real contribution for men’s health, if people that really have influance listen to you, of course, but if we all do they have to. And I like your taste of humour. Makes it even more digestible. 😉

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    “Obesity-related non-communicable diseases: South Asians vs White Caucasians2010”
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    I was wondering why does the China study not take in account those known medical differences between Asians and Caucasians on Health issues.
    It seems to be an important factor in any study on health.

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  68. What would you cite as an example of “mud-slinging” – i.e., vicious personal attack – against Dr. Campbell? I have not seen it.

  69. I have hit Denise with the harshest possible criticism (however, I was always polite), and she assured me she would never cencure or remove any of my posts –or anyone’s at all so long as they were not attacks or curse language (or somethnig to that effect).

    Whilst I have not monitered the blog, I do not recall her ever removing any of my posts — go back and look for Gordon Wayne Watts — a LOT of my old posts are still there, where I take issue with her claims that the vegan method is not supported by science.

    Proof my old posts are still there:

    Also ,I do not *ever* recall *anyone* **ever** complaining that his/her posts were removed.

    Lastly, she has been nothing but polite to me, so I infer that she has probably not removed any posts unless with extreme good reason.

    Gordon Wayne Watts
    LAKELAND (between Tampa & Orlando), Fla., U.S.A.

  70. I got here from “Wheat Belly” – I suggest everyone – Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian, insane Australian Fruit Freeks – has a good read. Another interesting and convincing example of someone with an abiding interest in Science and Nutrition examining the data with a critical eye…

    I would like to thank Denise personally for her invocation of “non-sentient bivalves” for Vegans. I’m another person who became very ill on a Vegan diet, despite a huge amount of research and experimentation into the nutritional aspects of it. I wish I had know about non-sentient bivalves at the time; unfortunately the experience has left me with permanent health problems and I have no desire to experiment further.

    However, I would be very, very interested to hear a Vegan’s perspective on this one. Singer didn’t even count crustaceans as animals which could feel pain, let alone bi-valves. I’ve always felt that mussels were more like plants than anything else….

    Any Vegan out there care to comment ? From my own moral perspective I can’t see an issue with it; I’d be interested to hear what a practicing Vegan’s take on it would be…..

    1. Some sustainable vegans eat oysters because they keep water clean, so constantly farming them helps clean the water supply, but I personally wouldn’t eat crustaceans.

  71. As i understand 60000 chinese scientist were researching on the order of the chinese premier who wanted to find cure for his cancer.
    in Forks over Knives documentary Dr Campbell meets with the lead scientist from China whilst working on this book and they work together.

    how old is and what qualifications does denize minger hold to publish scientific studies ?

    1. Why are you more interested in Ms. Minger’s CV than the quality of her analyses? And what on earth could be the relevance of her age? Accept or reject her work on its merits.

  72. DUDE! ANYONE (whether vegan or not) whp GAINS 65-lbs on a diet is eating too much.

    If you simply eat LESS than you burn in coloric energy, no matter WHAT your diet (vegan or not), you WILL lose weight.

    Hint: Think of a bank account where you spend more than you make, ok?

    1. DUDE! NO KIDDING! Seriously, it was awful. I was starving all the time. It got to the point where I would eat 2000 calories at 6 PM and wake up at 11PM with a painful gnawing hunger. It was sheer misery, and no reconfiguring of the diet fixed the problem. It became progressively worse over the two year period, as did the severity of the headaches. And both problems evaporated almost immediately when I reintroduced meat into my diet. I eventually lost all the weight on a low-carb, grain-free diet, and my weight and appetite manage themselves fairly well now.

      As for ‘simply eat less’, hey, good luck with that. Trying not to eat when you’re body is screaming at you that it is starving is like trying to hold your breath indefinitely. ‘Simply don’t exhale’. You can’t do it with oxygen any more or less than you can do it with food. And if you don’t believe me, it can only be because you haven’t experienced it.

      So yes, I was eating too much. Glad you pointed that out…there may have been some people who mistakenly believed I had developed epiphytic characteristics as a result of my veganism.

    1. Hi Lucy, Sadly no, I didn’t start logging food intake until later, when I started having positive results to paleo-style eating, and that was only for a short time. There is something about failure that makes one want to forget and move on. I can tell you this, though. I never tried raw veganism, and most of the time I was vegan I ate loads of fresh fruit, green vegetables and rice and beans. I also ate tree nuts regularly, mostly cashews and almonds. The worst period was near the end of the adventure, when for reasons I don’t claim to understand I began to crave pasta all the time. I would literally eat a lb. of pasta, feel like a bloated disaster, and still be hungry for more. It was terrible. I also remember that I had to give up eating oranges, as they would make me incredibly hungry.

      It is worth pointing out that my wife ate exactly as I did during this time (I did all the cooking), and she was completely fine. When I changed my diet, she continued to eat in more or less the same pattern (though she always ate far fewer green vegetables than I did and far more corn on the cob). Our bodies just reacted to the regime differently.

      I still contend that there is no need for all the diet-hate that goes on between the vegans and the low-carb/paleo people. It is entirely possible, and completely consistent with my personal experience that people can have radically different reactions to sugar and carb intake. Whether this is due to genetic differences, pre-natal/childhood dietary composition or some other set of factors, I have no idea. But I know several very happy and healthy vegans and vegetarians, and I know several happy and healthy low-carbers. And I know that when I ate vegan I got sick and felt awful. Telling me I was doing it wrong is simply unhelpful because my wife thrived on it, and goodness knows I tweaked the diet every way I could think of trying to make it work.

      1. You pointed out what you were doing wrong just then. Over eating on refined white flour pasta and focusing on something like tree nuts probably did you in, honestly. What people fail to realize about eating vegan is that, yes, you’re hungry all the time! But, if you’re forgoing the oil, sugar, and white flour, you get to eat as often as you would like. I eat anywhere from 5-8 times a day and I have a BMI of 23 at 5’6. Instead of eating once and being satisfied, eating plant-based food forces you to eat more often, which I love. I pack lunches in big mason jars for work or school and go to town 2-3 times in an 8 hour day away from the house.So, your feeling ill on a vegan diet may have been what you said, chronic hunger. You simply were not eating enough, and honestly no one feels good when they’re starving.

  73. There is no need for any diet hate, period, and it’s a pretty pathetic thing to witness. Everyone is just trying to understand the research and find what works for them. Dogmatists and fanatics have nothing to contribute to the discussion.

  74. It sounds to me that you are sugar sensitive. Have you read “Potatoes Not Prozac”? It’s about sugar sensitivity. You are absolutely right. Everyone has to find what works for them. The pasta & nuts could be what happened to your weight.

  75. I admit that I eat some meat (and even an occasional milkshake) when vegan burgers (and soy-based shakes) are unavailable — but MANY vegan things taste good — I just had a salad, and I loved it!

    Sorry to hear of your problems — but maybe a little exercise would help.

    PS: I had to look it up, but I think I get your joke (if it was a joke) here: An epiphyte is a plant that grows upon another plant (such as a tree) non-parasitically or sometimes upon some other object (such as a building or a telegraph wire), derives its moisture and nutrients from the air and rain and sometimes from debris accumulating around it.

    1. two nights ago I watched perlmutter say they reverse, “eat and fat or die idiots. of course he also had the credentials and research.

  76. I believe different cultures, races, people, all evolved to eat diets that are suited towards their environment. As long as you eat food that ate a natural diet, or plants that are growing in natural soil, grown without pesticides, then you are good in my book. But please stop pointing fingers at each other. Plants are living just like animals. As long as we eat to live and not live to eat, then we should just mind our own business. We are designed to eat bot plants and animals. What would we eat during winter during the paleo era? Eat to survive people.

  77. Well this was a real disappointment. In my attempt to learn something I have found yet more convoluted information and comments by a lot of know it alls who either have a negative agenda or just like to argue. I should have known better than to try to take seriously anything ending in .com. The hunt continues! Think I am done with the internet, going back to the library.

    1. Since you have nothing to contribute but snide criticisms, good riddance. Perhaps pointlessly insulting the librarians will bring better results than pointlessly insulting the people who contribute to this blog. And don’t worry, the internet won’t miss you one little bit.

  78. I would like to thank everyone who has commented on this post. I find the whole discussion fascinating from several points of view. The basic discussion is, I think, quite important, maybe very important. I never used to worry about my diet but, having kept a variety of animals during the last sixty years, I have always taken particular interest in keeping up to date with the latest research on their dietery needs. Finally I got round to myself – something that probably happens quite often to people as the grow older 🙂 The amount of contradictory information that is floating around in books and on the internet can be very confusing. For every study that tells us one thing, there will be another study telling us something else. So, I read what I come upon (including the China Study) and make up my own mind. I don’t want to make a career out of it so I just follow up on stuff that interests me.I stopped eating meat and fish about fifteen years ago, purely on moral grounds. I felt that I had always wanted to make that move but was held back by my not wanting to be different. Since then I have felt much better in my mind and my body has been doing well also. I’m not interested in knowing that grass-fed beef is better than the rest as I feel that all the animals would prefer being alive rather than sliced between two pieces of bread (whole grain, of course).
    I think that at some point in our lives we have to take full responsibility for our bodies and what we put into them and what we do with them. Ultimately it’s our own choice if we spend our weekends taking part in extreme sports where we could be injured or killed, or smoke cigarettes or eat a meat or a plant based diet. With diet information you don’t need to get angry with what other people write if you don’t agree with it. Some of the comments on this blog have not really been very constructive and needlessly aggressive and that just maintains barriers between those who follow one belief and those who follow another.
    I am sorry if this post offends anyone – I prefer discussion to argument – but I hope that this will continue so that we can better understand what others think.


  79. I find it funny that you would right a critique as if you are somehow T. Colin Campbell’s peer. You are not even close to being on the level of researcher of T Colin Campbell so how could you possibly right a proper critique on his work?

  80. One does not have to be a Professor to be able to tell Chickens#$t from chicken salad. All of the many debunkers of Campbells work including the vegetarian scientist John Gardiner from Stanford, say the same thing. Campbell’s conclusions are not reflected in the original data. He is a vegan with an agenda. He also neglected to mention the food with by far the greatist correlation to heart disease, and that is wheat. The conclusions in the second part of the book that ALL animal protien causes cancer are a ridiculous streching of logic. If that were the case we would see examples of it in nature. But in fact the opposite is true. Highly carnivorous populations exhibit virtually NO modern diseases especially cancer, until they start eating modern foods. Campbell should be ashamed because he abused his position.

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  82. Well done Denise! The comments from the Nazi vegan community are typical of their cult like belief systems and behavioral patterns. I too intuitively knew the china study was filled with half truths and actually dangerous information when i came across it. that being said i think raw veganism can be a very useful tool if you need to detox and go catabolic for sometime, which is definitely appropriate at certain points in your health journey, but to become dogmatic about it and use it as a permanent strategy for living life, that is just plain idiotic, anybody who has extensively parused the SCIENTIFIC literature and actually does know something will tell you that being vegan full time is a dumb idea that is actually NOT in harmony with nature. Thanks for blowing the whistle. 🙂

    1. Who needs science when we have your “intuition”… “plain idiotic” indeed.

      “Cult like belief”? You mean like criticizing something without any studies, expertize and first hand research? Just because you don’t like it?

    2. I don’t see how being a vegan has anything to do with being a nazi or a cult for that matter, most people turn vegan out of compassion and kindness something clearly you have no idea about. The only nazi’s left in this world is the meat eating public who’s obsession with food creates the biggest holocaust known to man. So before you blog on something from your animal fat soaked brain think about the life that just died so you can have a 3 second pleasure on the tongue and before you pore that milk onto your breakfast think about the mother who was raped to conceive so she could produce milk and the only to have her new born torn away from her so your fat laden, disease ridden body can get closer to death.

      1. Warren: I am sympathetic to your perspective but wonder whether you could have said all that in a less angry or aggressive way. They say that vegetarians are less hostile or aggressive, although I have not noticed the difference since I became a vegetarian 45 years ago. But if there an truth to it, then Warren, I’d like to ask you to post a politely-worded reply that gets the same message across.

      2. Your right about one thing. The human brain is ”soaked” in ”animal fat”. I believe its composed of over 50% SFA. Humans have been eating other animals since their arrival. Its fundamental to being human. Millions of years testifies to that fact. Industrial food production and the cruelty that it inflicts on animals is one of the many terrible consequences of a profit driven free market system. If your anger had focus it could be directed accurately at the real problems.

  83. Yes, I saw Dr. Campbell’s response. I can only repeat what I said before:

    “Dr. Campbell could have ignored her completely if he thinks her not even worthy of his attention. But once he decided to respond, he should have refuted her points calmly and rationally, without resorting to personal attack – i.e., like a scientist. His non-rebuttal rebuttal is a joke – leading me to wonder if he is able to rebut her…”

    Dr. Campbell should have published the details of his own regression analysis so that it could be critiqued. Instead, he just expects us to accept that he did it and did it well, because he has credentials. Sorry, it doesn’t work that way.

  84. Hello Denise,

    First, I apologize if my posting Dr. Campbell’s response was duplicative. I didn’t see any direct responses to your post saying he was MIA so I thought I would share a link to his response.

    It seems like you may be over-simplifying Dr. Campbell’s response when you say “he just expects us to accept that he did it and did it well, because he has credentials.”

    He did much more than this. He wrote 5,327 words explaining the gaps in Denise’s analysis. In summary, he explained that a correlation does not equal an association as Denise claims with her wheat example. The reason for this multi-faceted.

    Confounding factors must be taken into consideration through regression analysis. Specifically: “Higher wheat flour consumption, for example, is correlated, as univariate correlations, with lower green vegetable consumption, lower serum levels of monounsaturated fats, higher serum levels of urea and greater body weight. [Further details within his response]”

    Dr. Campbell also explained that the underlying biological plausibility has to be considered first. Otherwise inappropriate conclusions (Such as wheat being one of the sole causes of disease) may be drawn. Denise’s analysis completely misses these steps.

    As for your claim that Dr. Campbell should provide his detailed regression analysis I have to challenge you on this one. He has already provided the raw data, which is more than the vast majority of researchers will do. He’s also taken the time to thoroughly respond to Denise. Demanding that he now shares detailed aspects of his research / life work simply isn’t plausible. As a professional researcher he’s paid to perform research and report the results, not teach biochemistry and statistics.

    Lastly, experience and expertise aren’t the only factors in evaluating the source of information, but they are not to be ignored. An 80 year old biochemist with multiple PhD’s is simply more qualified to perform this analysis than someone in their 20’s without any qualifications in the field. Add to that the fact the Denise’s work has yet to be published or peer reviewed and the credibility of her analysis is subject to skepticism at the very least.

    Thank you for taking the time to respond to my post and for inspiring others in their search for healthier lives.

  85. As a professional researcher, no, he’s not paid to teach statistics, but when he publishes peer-reviewed work he is expected to describe the statistical methods used, not just provide data and conclusions. But of course, the China Study is not peer-reviewed, and it would not it hold up if it were.

    Dr. Campbell claimed that it was okay for him to cherry pick his data and use univariate analysis when it suits him to support the conclusions that he’d already come to, as part of some new type of holistic science (not okay for Denise, but okay for him). I’d love to see him try to get that approach through peer-review.

    Once again, I must repeat that this is not about Denise or whether she has credentials or whether her work is peer reviewed. I’m not taking my dietary advice from Denise, and I wouldn’t take them from the China Study regardless of whether I read her posts on the subject or not. I look for evidence-based guidance – and evidence isn’t just data, it’s also transparent analytic methods that have been validated by peer review.

    Folks, don’t let Dr. Campbell’s credentials obscure the fact that this is a mass market book that would never withstand scrutiny by the scientific community. That is why you can’t find published references to it in any journals, discussion either in support or opposition by other researchers, other studies either confirming or invalidating its conclusions. Go ahead, look for them. That’s why you won’t find it cited by any mainstream medical organizations giving dietary recommendations. That’s why it wasn’t reported in the NY Times, where you will see it if and when it can be demonstrated that eating animal protein causes cancer in work taken seriously by the scientific community.

    The China Study is just another consumer diet book full of unproven claims, to throw on the heap of thousands in print. As with all the rest, a huge dose of skepticism is in order.

    1. Hi Denise,

      I’m glad we can both agree skepticism is a requirement when looking at these studies 🙂

      I appreciate your sharing Mr. Kock’s research. My problem with it is he is another internet blogger without qualifications or experience in the field. Yes he has a high level of education, but Kock critiquing Campbell is equivalent to a philosophy major critiquing Einstein’s work.

      Taking a step back, it seems the focus here is about criticizing the China Study. I’d like to evolve the discussion and see if you (Or anyone else) is aware of a comprehensive* study that supports eating animals for health purposes.

      *By comprehensive, I mean:
      -> High population (China study was ~6,500)
      -> Long duration (China Study was 10+ years)
      -> Incorporates regression (multivariate) analysis
      -> Considers biological plausibility

      When it comes down to it there have been 3-4 million studies done in the last 15-20 years. You can find studies to support just about anything. The problem is most of these studies are done in isolation and do not address the four points I’ve listed above.

      Smoking received similar push back for decades after the link to cancer came out. Between confirmation bias and the financial impact diet changes would have on the animal processing industry it’s not surprising to see significant resistance here as well.

      As you stated it’s up to each of us to apply our own lens of skepticism to the information that’s available. For me I’d rather put my faith in a macro-centric study than a micro-centric one. No study is going to be perfect, but I think the China Study tells a story worth listening to.

      Thank you for encouraging me to rethink my own beliefs Denise, it is much appreciated.

    2. Mainstream science and medicine are very profitable. Healthy people don’t give doctors as much money as sick people. Vegans don’t give money to dairy and farming industries. Why would the dairy and agriculture industries (who provide a significant amount of the funding for research) want word going around that animal proteins promote cancer growth? Truth can be bad for business.

  86. OMG Did you all see this youtube video and this doctor? He got several studies from Harvard and it just blows the China Study away and kills it. I mean, it totally destroys the China Study. Harvard studies are hard to refute.


    Looks like Roundup and glyphsate are not the only Amino Acid Synthesis Inhibitors we should be more vigilant about when it comes to the individuals health.

    Sulfonylurea, imidazolinone and sulfonamide are other herbicides widely used on common foods aswell.
    Besides that, it’s still not precisely known how glyphosate kills plants or affects cellular redox homeostasis and related processes in glyphosate-sensitive and glyphosate-resistant crop plants.

  88. I read the China study criticism of yours and ,although I need more time to grasp the whole spectrum of criticism I felt that some parts made sense. But Ihave an issue with the fact that you not mentioning your name. The reason for my comment is that without knowing who you are the reader cannot exclude any conflict of interest and therefore bias you may have. So you depriving us of the chance to give credibility to your study.

  89. Denise, I’m a big fan of your work. Thank goodness that there are still people out there championing critical thinking and common sense. You are definitely one of the brave souls taking on the mindless misinformation machine. You are an inspiration!

  90. is your website still active? are you still responding on it? i just found this website and found it incredibly interesting. i’m a meat-eater, no doubt about that. my general diet consists of meat/poutry/fish, vegetables/salads… and i guess that’s it. sometimes pasta, sometimes potatoes, rarely rice. i like to load my salads with chia, sunflower seeds and flax. i have been going through some odd craving/food issues. the last one sent me to your website. i was researching my craving for raw ground beef. anyway, i just want to know if your website is still active. it’s a good one.

  91. This is all so typical of nutritional science. Focus on the brightest thing in the sky, study it for decades so you are a lead authority on the thing, than extrapolate your decades of experience and claim the whole sky is yellow. Thank you for showing the sky to be blue 😉 Can’t believe the tribal fan-base this guy apparently has. Makes me think of an old stand-up comedy video with Richard Prior. To paraphrase: “Who are you going to believe: The author of an impressive stack of peer reviewed papers, or your lying eyes?”

  92. Colin Campbell is a quack, little more than a chiropractor on steroids. His China study is drivel, completely undone by a simple look at mortality tables in the U.S.. Since 1935, through 2010, the crude death rate in the U.S. has fallen 32% and the age-adjusted death rate by 60%. Cancer death rates have been in steady decline since their peak in 1990 (a peak, by the way, with no clearly understood etiology). All during this time, animal protein consumption in the U.S. has more than doubled. Cancer is predominantly a disease of aging (median age at diagnosis is 66 and median age at death is 72) and to claim that observational data allows one to pinpoint, for example, that casein consumed at one point or even throughout life as the causative agent in cell initiation, is stupid beyond expression.

    While milk consumption has fallen dramatically in the same period, that has much more to do with the rising availability of other food stuffs and the government’s idiotic “fat is bad for you, so eat carbs,” messaging. Lactose intolerance and gluten senstitivity are both whack-a-doodle diagnoses that affect incredibly small numbers of people. Kudos to Ms. Minger and the folks at for calling out Colin Campbell and showing him to be the P.T. Barnum of nutrition research that he is.

  93. I started reading your blog but was very disappointed in this. Why are you even bothering to debunk the authors ? You do not hold a candle to their education or experience. They spent 20 years getting this data. How dare you spend 1.5 months and write about it. When you get your PHD and study something, please post about it and it will look a little more credible then this blog.

    1. 20 years of data collection means nothing if you intentionally misinterpret that data in order to fit your preconceived beliefs. Campbell’s own data disproves his theory, he just hoped nobody would notice.


    “Williams and Jack Davies had shown clinically and pathologically that coronary heart disease was almost non-existent among the African population in Uganda, although Hugh Trowell had reported a single case of coronary heart disease in an African judge. In the Asian community of Uganda, on the other hand, coronary heart disease was extremely common, accounting for almost half of the male deaths in Kampala in 1956–1958.”

    “The dietary background of most of the African subjects was made up predominantly of staple foods—green plantain and sweet potatoes, cassava, yams and maize with pumpkins, tomatoes and green leafy vegetables. Pulses and groundnuts were used in the sauces, and meat and fish were eaten in small amounts. Daily fat intakes were small, probably 10–20% of total calorie intake. In the Asian community, whatever the religious or dietary group, fats and oils provided a large proportion—probably 30–45%—of the total calorie intake.”

    “Despite a high infectious inflammatory burden, the Tsimane, a forager-horticulturalist population of the Bolivian Amazon with few coronary artery disease risk factors, have the lowest reported levels of coronary artery disease of any population recorded to date.”

    “A high carbohydrate diet of rice, plantain, manioc and corn, with a small amount of wild game and fish – plus around six hours’ exercise every day – has given the Tsimané people of the Bolivian Amazon the healthiest hearts in the world.”

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