One story from the book that loudly resonated with me was Campbell’s research on the milk protein casein and its effect on cancer. The basic question of the research was whether animal protein caused cancer, and the results were astounding. The team gave a group of rats a known carcinogen and then divided them into two sample groups — one receiving the animal-based protein casein and one receiving a plant-based protein. Over time, the animal-protein group developed liver tumors; the plant-based group did not.
Wanting to delve even further into understanding the effects of animal-based protein on cancer cells, the team gave one group a low-level of carcinogen and a high-level of animal protein and then the other group a high-level of carcinogen and a low-level of animal protein. Results? The group with the low-level carcinogen and high-level of animal protein developed tumors; the plant based group still did not despite receiving a high dose of a potent carcinogen.
As someone living with tumors on my liver, you better believe that I have reduced my animal-based protein intake after reading this. I am a vegetarian, not a vegan, but I now drink soy milk rather than cow’s milk, and I chose vegan over vegetarian every chance I get. One day I will most likely become a full-fledged vegan, but I’m trying to make the transition happen slowly so that my body can adjust. I’m not an all-or-nothing kinda gal.
I’ll be attending an early screening of Forks Over Knives next week, and I’m extremely curious to see how Dr. Campbell’s research translates to film. It’s entirely possible that my journey to vegan may become expedited shortly after the screening.
You can read Entertainment Weekly’s review of the film, and I’ll also be sure to give my review next week. Stay tuned…