Milk Protein Is a Carcinogen Says China Study Doctor

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T. Colin Campbell, MD on Milk, Protein and Plant Based Diet. Interview with China Study Author on the Sharon Kleyne Hour Radio Talk Show.

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"Casein (the main protein in milk curds) is the most relevant chemical carcinogen ever identified…when consumed in excess of protein needs." That was the conclusion of China Study author and nutrition researcher T. Colin Campbell, MD, in a recent Wall Street Journal article (September 17, 2012).

The article recalled many statements made earlier by Dr. Campbell in an interview on the Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water radio talk show, where he discussed his research, the China Study (BenBella Books, 2005) and the benefits of a plant based vegan based diet. Podcasts may be heard on, Sharon Kleyne Apple iTunes and VoiceAmerica.

In the same article, Dr. Campbell stated that his nutritional research findings, "Pointed away from meat and milk as the building blocks of a healthy diet and towards whole, plant based foods with little or no added oil, sugar or salt."

On the radio interview, conducted by water and health advocate Sharon Kleyne, Dr. Campbell explained that he became interested in nutrition while a researcher at Cornell University, where he conducted studies of animal based foods. He wrote the best selling China Study following his involvement with a comprehensive rural health study in China, on the incidence and distribution of cancer. Researchers found huge differences between provinces that strongly correlated with the foods they ate. Areas with the lowest cancer rates ate the least meat.

Among early humans, says Dr. Campbell, Neanderthals were hunters and probably consumed large amounts of meat but they were genetically adapted to it. Homo sapiens (modern humans) are far more omnivorous. Apparently, there are relic "meat eater" traits is some regions (eastern and southern Europe, and the Arctic), and the genetic need for meat varies widely among populations.

According to Dr. Campbell, the traditional case among nutrition researchers, in favor of animal protein, is that it represents “complete protein,” which means it contains every protein nutrient required by the human body. However, says the Doctor, meat protein also contains far too much of the wrong kinds of protein. Aside from meat, complete protein may also be obtained from soy, sunflower seeds, wheat germ and yeast, or a combination of green vegetables, beans, root plants and nuts.

Dr. Campbell and Sharon Kleyne agreed that the human diet, in general, should include no more than 12% protein, considerably less than is consumed by the average American.

In his book, Dr. Campbell recommended a “whole plant diet.” In response to Sharon Kleyne's question, he suggested meusli for breakfast with rice milk and plenty of fruit. He does not recommend cow’s milk because of the casein. He loves whole wheat pancakes without oil and with fruit mixed in. Sharon Kleyne recommends green coconut water and at least eight glasses of pure water per day.

For lunch, Dr. Campbell suggested rice or potatoes, or perhaps brown rice. He says to avoid mayonnaise, which is mostly egg white and oil and highly caloric. The ideal dinner, according to Dr. Campbell, should be light and entirely plant based with no fat, oil or sugar.

The Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water is broadcast live on Mondays, 10 a.m., PST/PDT. The syndicated talk show is heard on Voice America/World Talk Radio, Green Talk Network and Apple iTunes. Go to for written summaries and on-demand podcast replays.

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