Cancer, cell phones, cow’s milk, and Cornell

How does a farm boy turned scientist cope with the startling discovery that the casein in cow’s milk is a powerful carcinogen?

Dr. T. Colin Campbell, author of The China Study — grew up on a dairy farm but stopped serving ANY milk whatsoever to his own family over twenty years ago. He also counseled Dr. Spock prior to his final book — he too finally learned the truth about milk a few years before he died.

After growing up on a dairy farm in Virginia, Dr. T. Colin Campbell began his career in nutritional science believing that the healthiest diet in the world was the good old standard American diet — rich in meat and dairy three meals a day. But, as a man of the highest integrity, he took notice as he began discovering some dirty little secrets about the animal “protein” products that we had been led to believe were so healthy.

As early as the 1960’s as he began uncovering scientific evidence that negatively implicated the vast amount of animal protein in our diets, he was advised by his peers and colleagues that, in the interest of his career, he better keep quiet about those findings. Fortunately, keeping quiet about something that was killing people all over the world simply wasn’t in the Colin Campbell DNA.

Being a scientist, he wanted to find more proof before he went public — he simply wanted to be sure. He knew that once he went public with negative information about animal-based foods, that he would have difficulty getting much funding — and, without funding, it’s difficult to do much scientific research.

Fortunately, in 1980, he got the chance to direct the largest epidemiological study in the history of the world. It was called The China-Cornell-Oxford Project and, over the next thirty years, produced startling evidence about the relationship between diet, disease and health. As the overall director of this huge international project — this vital experience became the capstone of his 50-year career.

My Cornell Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition — Nov. 2009; a certificate that is good for continuing education credits for MD’s and RD’s but (thanks to the dairy industry) is no longer good for credits toward graduation from Cornell University.

After becoming absolutely sure that the natural and best diet for our species was whole, plant-based foods; he followed the encouragement of his wife Karen — and told his complete career story in his world-changing book, The China Study (BenBella 2005).

She had been saying that he simply must tell his story — for the children of the world. But long before telling his story to the world, he created a plant-based nutrition course at Cornell University in the 90’s and taught it himself for seven years.

Wildly popular among the students, he got a call one day from someone who was trying to sign up for his course, but was told that the course had been canceled. Why was it canceled and why was Dr. Campbell not told about that cancellation in advance? The short answer is MONEY — in the form of the university’s huge financial support from the dairy industry. The controlling powers of the university had decided that a course that was counter to the prevailing meat & dairy diet-style didn’t make good business sense. So much for academic freedom.

J. Morris Hicks

The good news is that Dr. Campbell’s Plant-Based Nutrition course has been resurrected and is now delivered online by eCornell – a division of Cornell University.

Managed by the T. Colin Campbell Foundation, graduates of this great 6-week course can earn continuing education credits for MD’s and RD’s but, thanks to the dairy industry, cannot earn credits toward graduation from Cornell University. You can sign up for that course today by visiting this link: Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition – Online Certificate Program | eCornell. My certificate from 2009 is shown above.

To Dr. Campbell’s knowledge, there is no such course offered toward graduation in ANY school of nutrition in the United States. Apparently, our entire network of nutritional academia has sold out to the meat and dairy industry. What a shame. And how sad for the young people who compete to get into the best schools — in search of the truth. Further, the vast majority (if not all) of the PhD faculty in the School of Nutritional Science at Cornell have never even read The China Study.

Maybe some of that is driven by a threat to their job security; after all, how many PhD’s do you need to tell you the only two words that you need to know about consuming a health-promoting, disease-reversing diet? WHOLE PLANTS!

J. Morris Hicks reviewing his book manuscript with Dr. T. Colin Campbell at Cornell University — Dec. 15, 2010

In my opinion, this whole mess is unacceptable. And, it’s only going to get better if many more people learn what’s going on behind the closed doors of academia. I was there (Nov. 2009) at Cornell — in Savage Hall — when Dr. Campbell essentially summarized the provocative findings from The China Study before about 100 people in a 50-minute lecture to a group of half faculty, half students.

The students had great interest; the faculty — not so much. And the comments they made revealed how little they knew — or wanted to know about the topic of plant-based nutrition. This kind of information needs to be seen by millions of people; maybe you can share it with a few that might be interested.

One final note: We are truly honored that this great man and his son have written the foreword to our upcoming book — you can see an excerpt of that foreword by clicking here.

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About J. Morris Hicks

A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, J. Morris Hicks has always focused on the "big picture" when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective ---- discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.
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1 Response to Cancer, cell phones, cow’s milk, and Cornell

  1. Thank you for this excellent article! I admire Dr. T. Colin Campbell so much. To overcome the sad state of affairs we find ourselves in, in terms of the health of our population, we need more people like him, who are willing to tell us the truth, in spite of the consequences. “Planeat,” an independent, British documentary, explains his work and shows very clearly the integrity of this great man that I call a rock star! You can view Planeat here:

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