– One of the key experiments that we did I found very, very exciting was that we could turn on and
turn off cancer growth. Just by adjusting the level of protein. I am T. Colin Campbell. I’m a long-time professor
at Cornell University. I wrote with my son, who is a physician, “The China Study”. Why has it taken so long to
understand this information? And why do we not know it now? Why is there so much reluctance? Why do we have the medical system we have? Which I consider to be flawed. That history says a lot about how we got this story wrong for so long. And secondly, it sort of offers some ideas about the way we practice
medicine, I really think. Yeah, a lot of good people work
in that community obviously, but they’re corrupted by
a paradigm that’s been hanging over our heads
for more than a century, so I’m redefining the subject of nutrition because I happen to believe that is the most important
bio-medical sciences of the future. I started out my early life
on a farm, milking cows, and eventually, and I was
the first one in my family to go away to college actually. I eventually went to graduate school and did my graduate PhD dissertation on an attempt to show how we could promote the consumption of more animal protein. I just said protein in those
days, but it was animal-based, and so that’s what my early work was on. Following that, I had three years at MIT doing some toxicology work, and then was involved at
Virginia Tech University. There I was sort of
helping to run a program in the Philippines. Basically, coming up with a model system by which we could address questions concerning malnutrition
in starving children. We did that for 10 years,
but while I was there, the first thing we
needed to do, we thought, most every one else thought
too, and we were in medicine, these children were malnourished
and having difficulties because they weren’t
getting enough protein. Of course, that suited me just perfectly, I’m advocating, you know,
more protein consumption, especially animal-based, and we’re seeing evidence
that more protein means more cancer. That was pretty shocking. I’m from a, my background on a farm, and my training and my
graduate school and so forth, we were going here to do the opposite, and here, so I had a conflict. Are we going to promote the
consumption of more protein in these children when
we have this evidence that it has that kind of effect? So I came back to my
university at that time, and got some funding from the
National Institutes of Health, one particular grant that
lasted for the next 27 years by the way, where I was really interested in looking into that question. Is it really true that protein
might increase cancer risk? One of the key experiments that we did, I found very exciting,
was that we could turn on and turn off cancer
growth just by adjusting the level of protein. That was very exciting
for some various reasons. One of which is the idea
now recognized these days, at least by me, that we can control cancer by nutrition.