Kathy Freston, Health and Wellness Activist and contributing author of the Huffington Post interviewed T. Colin Campbell, author of the bestseller Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition. T. Colin Campbell recommendation for the ideal diet for longevity a 100% whole food plant-based diet with lots of vegetable, fruits, legumes, whole grains and nuts and suggests you make it a goal as soon as possible especially if you're experiencing a serious illness. T. Colin Powell suggests taking supplements is not a good idea because there is some research that supplements have no benefit for most people and maybe doing more harm than good.
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Here is Kathy Freston's conversation with him about vitamins, whole foods, and health.
KF: The title of your book is Whole; what do you mean by that?
TCC: The China Study summarized the experimental research findings of my 40+ years of professional research on diet and health and made some dietary recommendations. Although it has been enormously successful, it did not fully answer the oft-asked question, “Why have people not heard this before?”
Whole attempts to answer this question by offering a new meaning of nutrition. Our present misunderstanding of nutrition has caused great confusion with the public. The consequences of this misunderstanding have been serious.
Having researched for so long the biochemistry of nutrition, I became conscious of an incredible ability of each of the 10-100 trillion cells in our body to integrate, as in symphony, an unimaginably complex series of events that optimizes health and minimizes disease. Nutrition, when provided by the right foods, services this system with a food program that both prevents future disease and treats a broad spectrum of diseases, an effect that is far more effective and safe than the best of all pills and procedures could ever hope to do. It is an amazing gift of nature that has long eluded our consciousness.
KF: Are we winning the war on disease? We’re living longer, right?
TCC: It’s not clear. We are capable of winning the war on disease, but we are still making decisions to take more drugs instead of eating a better diet. There is no comparison regarding which we should be choosing. Food almost always wins, with little or no side effects!
KF: What’s wrong with taking medications?
TCC: There is a place for medications. When I am in pain or suffering from an infection, I would like to have access to something that might bring me relief. But when I am over the crisis, I want to learn and do everything I can to use diet and nutrition that will take me the rest of the way to health and keep me there.
KF: So you’re saying vitamins are a bad thing?
TCC: All the reviews of recent years that have summarized the many studies on the effects of vitamins on long-term health show that they do not work to solve any of the serious problems that beset us. They do not lower rates of cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. In fact, we are more likely to suffer serious side effects from these supplements rather than getting benefits.
KF: Are you saying we don’t need vitamins, or would you go so far as to say we shouldn’t take them?
TCC: Unless there is clear unequivocal clinical evidence of benefit, we don’t need them, and because serious side effects have been documented, it makes no sense to take them. At least this is my personal interpretation and my personal choice. I confess that taking an occasional vitamin B12 may be useful, but I also believe that we have not yet seen all the research that needs to be done. I also choose not to take vitamin D because I have unanswered questions about the way our vitamin D status is measured, and the excessive claims made by the marketing people. It should also be known that vitamin D is not a vitamin, but a hormone produced when we get adequate exposure to the sun. I do have an open mind about this practice and can change but only if I see unequivocal evidence for its need. Read the rest of the article click here
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