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Revised: July 5, 2008

Switched-Off-Cancer Diet

by Ron Brown, author of The Body Fat Guide 


"Ron Brown is a certified fitness trainer who doesn't have an inch of flab on his body. He'll tell you what you can do to become fit and trim too." 
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ONE OF the most important books of our time is The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell. While the world spends billions of dollars searching for cures for cancer and other degenerative diseases that plague modern society, like heart and cardiovascular disease, Dr. Campbell has stumbled across a simple and effective way to switch these diseases on and off with diet.

I say stumbled because Dr. Campbell had no preconceived notion about what he was about to discover. In fact, Dr. Campbell's background supports a lifestyle that is opposed to his discovery. Growing up on a dairy farm, Campbell began his early career as a researcher investigating ways to increase animal protein in the diets of children in underdeveloped countries. What he eventually discovered was that animal protein was associated with the development of cancer and other degenerate diseases. 

Using laboratory experiments and epidemiological studies conducted in China, Dr. Campbell demonstrated how the introduction of animal protein in a person's diet appears to switch on cancer, and how the reduction of animal protein switches it back off.

The implications of Campbell's finding on our lifestyle is staggering. While most health authorities continue to focus on limiting saturated fats as a preventative measure against diseases, Campbell points out that researchers have been targeting the wrong causative factor. Studies like the Nurses' Health Study of Harvard University have shown that just lowering saturated fat by eating low-fat animal products (lean cuts of meat, chicken, fish, and low-fat dairy products) doesn't protect against disease. Dr. Campbell's research shows that animal protein itself must be drastically reduced to switch off diseases like cancer.


A Switched-Off-Cancer diet is predominantly a well-balanced vegan diet composed of natural, unprocessed, whole fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, and grains. Meat, dairy, and other animal foods are severely reduced or eliminated altogether. Will our society change over to this type of diet? Who will educate the people to do it? What will be the effect on the food industry and the health care industry? What role do other dietary factors such as processed, refined, preserved, cooked, seasoned and salted foods play in switching on and off diseases? What about calories and weight management? Rather than just preventing diseases, how can diet enhance wellness, productivity, and longevity?

As the search for cures for disease goes on, scientific research continues to mount supporting the role of diet in preventing diseases and cultivating wellness. People must decide for themselves how much personal responsibility they are willing to assume in using diet to maintain health and wellness. Just striking out major food groups like meat and dairy offers little advantage unless better alternatives are substituted in one's diet. People eating unbalanced diets can often be underweight or overweight, and may suffer from deficiency diseases. 

A number of so-called vegan and vegetarian websites appear to promote unbalanced diets consisting largely of cookies, cakes, pies, and other treats, all considered healthy simply because they avoid animal foods. Some people call themselves vegetarian even though they eat chicken or seafood. Many raw food websites show how to process, mix, and dehydrate food in an attempt to make it taste like cooked animal foods and other refined food products, thus compromising the nutritive value of the food. Clearly, breaking away from a lifetime of unhealthy eating habits and adopting new and healthier eating is not always easy.

Along with a healthy diet, the role of body composition and energy balance plays a critical part in a healthy lifestyle  It's one thing to know what to eat to remain healthy. What you need to know next is how much of it you should eat to meet your personal nutritive needs and maintain a healthy bodyweight. Energy balance is the balance between the amount of calories your body absorbs from your diet and burns off everyday. Body composition is the effect of your diet on your muscle and body fat levels. Properly modifying your energy balance provides the foundation for a healthy diet and a healthy bodyweight. For the easiest way to analyze your body composition and energy balance, 
see The Body Fat Guide.

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