Monday, July 12, 2010

Denise Minger's Breakdown of The China Study

by Chris Masterjohn

Many of you have already read my review of The China Study and short-lived dialogue with its author, Dr. T. Colin Campbell.

Denise Minger of
RawFoodsSOS.Com has now written a much more in-depth and comprehensive review of The China Study available as a series of blog posts here:

The China Study: Fact or Fallacy?

She's a great writer and put a ton of time into this analysis — check it out and you won't be disappointed.



Read more about the author, Chris Masterjohn, PhD, here.

6 comments:

  1. People feel threatened when facts are released that go against the standard, cultural beliefs. We are raised as children to eat animals and animal secretions and so it is understandable why so many people feel threatened when they find out that the food mama gave them is helping to promote heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, autoimmune diseases, digestive disorders, etc. The China Study is the longest, most unbiased studies ever conducted and show statistically significant results, worldwide, that ingesting animal foods create chronic ill heath in humans. I have helped 400 people in the last 4 years to eat a healthy, low fat, plant based diet and they have all rid themselves of the diseases listed above. Now, I have also some Kaiser doctors who, instead of handing pills or surgery, are handing out this book and getting the same results. Thank you Dr. T. Colin Campbell for your 35 year long work. And, I know that you went into this study trying to prove the opposite results!
    When people hear that their upbringing needs to be challenge, they lash out with untruths….just as yound, 23 yr old Mindy has done.

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  2. You are welcome to post substantive comments addressing what has been written here whether you agree or disagree, but I do not see how you have done that with your post. Instead, you have simply stated that the book is correct without engaging any of the arguments within the post, made claims about your success as a healthy care provider without providing any documentation or even identifying yourself, and attacked the author for her age without even having the respect to get her name right. Please feel entirely welcome to post on my site, don't get me wrong, but if you're going to post, please post something meaningful and engaging.

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  3. Instead of driving yourself with all these numbers why not just look for visable proof in REAL people. I decided to try plant based eating and here is what happened: (the numbers have actually gotten better since this was published last October) Why I'm a believer in Dr. Campbell's advice:
    http://www.drmcdougall.com/stars/mike_teehan.htm

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  4. Thanks for writing Mike. I'm glad you found a way to improve your health.

    Chris

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  5. You would be wise to read Dr. Campbell's in-depth response to Denise's article at:

    http://www.tcolincampbell.org/fileadmin/Presentation/finalmingercritique.pdf?utm_source=Master+List&utm_campaign=8b68d476a8-Minger_tracking&utm_medium=email

    And do consider one very important paragraph from that response:

    "I suggest that those people who are so hostile to this message take another look at their reasoning. There is far more to this story than the interpretation of the scientific data alone. There are major issues of health care and health care costs, there are serious environmental issues that have not been adequately communicated to the public, and there are political, social and ethical issues that must be considered. Of most importance, there are people who deserve to hear this message—namely, the taxpayers who funded this work. For me to do anything less than to report on these findings is both immoral and unethical. In the current discussions about this issue, I would urge that it is vitally important that all of us keep these ideas in mind, while being very careful not to promote ideas simply for the sake of defending one’s own personal preferences. I strongly believe that discussion of these issues focus outwardly for the sake of all of us, not just inwardly for the satisfaction of personal ego."

    If we're not looking at the big picture, (and in my opinion, the raw meat crowd is clearly not doing so), we're not serving the public that is looking to us for a broad perspective on what are truly important issues, that can have serious implications for this generation and generations to come.

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  6. Thanks for writing, Bob. I have already read Dr. Campbell's response. I think he makes an important point about getting the information to the public. At the same time, it is important for critical reviews of his work to reach the public as well. I'm not sure who the "raw meat" crowd is -- I don't think that characterizes Denise or most of the people who have been promoting her critiques in the blogosphere very well.

    Chris

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