[Marxism] [Pen-l] Feedback on "Cancer, Politics and Capitalism"

mckenna193 at aol.com mckenna193 at aol.com
Fri Aug 29 13:54:30 MDT 2014

Agreed.  Great piece Louis.  And I want to add one more salute to Campbell.

See Forks over Knives to get the low down on his story (as Esselstyn)

Cambell was received lots of blowback from industry and Cornell for his work. . it was tough. . .and still is.

read more about his fight in hos latest effort "Whole"





-----Original Message-----
From: Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com>
To: Activists and scholars in Marxist tradition <marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu>; Progressive Economics <pen-l at lists.csuchico.edu>
Sent: Fri, Aug 29, 2014 3:11 pm
Subject: [Pen-l] Feedback on "Cancer, Politics and Capitalism"

 > Dear Louis Proyect,
 > I am a big fan of your blog. I just read Cancer, Politics and
 > Capitalism on Counterpunch. I just had a quick comment for you about
 > it. But quickly, having studied chemistry and earth science, and
 > after having watched my mother die from lymphoma, I am particularly
 > interested in the intersection of hard science research in relation
 > to diet and cancer.
 > You write in your recent article:
 > "Nutritionists are always urging us to eat fruits and vegetables,
 > especially those with anti-oxidant properties such as blueberries and
 > cabbage but there has never been a rigorous study of diet and cancer.
 > This has a lot to do with the near impossibility of conducting a
 > demographically representative study of the effects of eating “good”
 > food and bad."
 > One of the most rigorous studies of diet and cancer was conducted by
 > Dr. T. Colin Campbell in a book he wrote that summarizes the studies
 > findings, called The China Study. Here's a Youtube video of one of
 > his presentations:
 > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfsT-qYeqGM&noredirect=1
 > Check it out.
 > Best, Chris
 > Here's Dr. Campbell's full BIO:
 > Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry
 > (Cornell) & Author of The China Study. Startling Implications for
 > Diet, Weight Loss and Long Term Health (Campbell TC and Campbell, TM
 > II, 2005)
 > T. Colin Campbell, who was trained at Cornell (M.S., Ph.D.) and MIT
 > (Research Associate) in nutrition, biochemistry and toxicology, spent
 > 10 years on the faculty of Virginia Tech's Department of Biochemistry
 > and Nutrition before returning to the Division of Nutritional
 > Sciences at Cornell in 1975 where he presently holds his Endowed
 > Chair (now Emeritus).
 > His principal scientific interests, which began with his graduate
 > training in the late 1950's, has been on the effects of nutritional
 > status on long term health, particularly on the causation of cancer.
 > He has conducted original research both in laboratory experiments and
 > in large-scale human studies; has received over 70 grant-years of
 > peer-reviewed research funding (mostly NIH), has served on several
 > grant review panels of multiple funding agencies, has lectured
 > extensively, and has authored over 300 research papers. Also, he a)
 > coordinated a USAID-supported technical assistance program for a
 > nationwide nutrition program for malnourished pre-school age children
 > in the Philippines (1966-74), b) organized and directed a
 > multi-national project responsible for nationwide surveys of diet,
 > lifestyle and mortality in the People's Republic of China
 > (1983-present), c) was a co-author and member of National Academy of
 > Science's expert panels on saccharin carcinogenicity (1978); food
 > safety policy (1978-79); diet, nutrition and cancer (1981-82);
 > research recommendations on diet, nutrition and cancer (1982-83); and
 > food labeling policy (1989-1990), d) was the organizer and Co-Chair
 > (but listed as Senior Science Advisor) of the World Cancer Research
 > Fund/American Institute for Cancer Research report on international
 > diet and cancer recommendations (1993-1997), e) was the principal
 > witness for the National Academy of Sciences in two Federal Trade
 > Commission hearings on issues concerning product-specific health
 > claims (1984-1986), f) was Visiting Scholar at the Radcliffe
 > Infirmary, University of Oxford/England (1985-1986), g) was the
 > Senior Science Advisor for the American Institute for Cancer
 > Research/World Cancer Research Fund (1983-1987, 1992-1997), h)
 > presently holds an Honorary Professorships at the Chinese Academy of
 > Preventive Medicine and i) is on the Research Advisory Board of the
 > Chinese Institute of Nutritional Sciences in the Chinese Academy of
 > Science, the government’s leading institution responsible for
 > nutrition research and policy in China and is an Advisory Professor
 > of the Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He is the recipient of several
 > awards, both in research and citizenship. In summary, he has
 > conducted original research investigation both in experimental animal
 > and human studies, and has actively participated in the development
 > of national and international nutrition policy.
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