My husband and I spend a significant amount of time traveling, as all three children attend school out of state. Car rides and plane trips are great excuses for me to indulge in one of my guilty pleasures…reading. Better yet, these trips provide the perfect opportunity for me to enlighten my husband with my newly attained knowledge. He is ever so grateful for that! On our latest trip out east to visit our girls, the book Whole by T. Colin Campbell accompanied us. I had read The China Study, another of Dr. Campbell’s books previously and was anxious to dig deeper into the “science of nutrition”.
By page 9 I was giddy with excitement. Really. I’m not exaggerating, I can’t get enough nutrition information! At this point, I couldn’t refrain from asking my husband the same questions Dr. Campbell posed in the first chapter of his book (and I’m paraphrasing here):
What if there was a pill you could take, that was scientifically proven to prevent 95% of all cancers?
What if that same pill would prevent most heart attacks and strokes?
And if it could also reverse heart disease?
What if this same pill could not only reverse Type 2 diabetes but prevent it as well?
At this point my husband was intrigued. He even turned off Bon Jovi.
I then warned him, that unfortunately, numerous side effects accompanied this pill. With a twinkle in my eye and a hint of sarcasm in my voice, I explained that taking the pill would allow people to achieve their ideal weight, and maintain that weight without restricting food. Migraines, acne, colds, flu, chronic pain, and intestinal distress would be eliminated. Improved energy could also be expected. My husband glanced at me with raised eye brows.
As soon as I began reciting the side effects that would be imposed upon the environment, he knew exactly where I was going. Who could argue against slowed global warming, or the reduction of ground water contamination or protecting the earth’s forest? Not to mention the fact that one little pill could force factory farms to shut down. We would be able to feed the poor. Who wouldn’t want to take this pill?!
Well Dr. Campbell’s magical pill does have a name; but, it’s not really a pill. It’s a diet…a whole food, plant-based diet. Plant based foods include vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans, legumes and whole grains. Eating these foods as close to their simplest forms as possible, staying away from heavily processed foods, and foods that have added salt, oil and sugar would provide all the health benefits listed above. Be careful of the side effects though!
How about you? Would you be willing to take just one little pill?