Soon after we toured the Nobel Museum in Stockholm, I saw this incredible site:
Dr. Campbell is the Cornell Professor Emeritus who taught me nutrition science in a program where my classmates were already medical doctors. While I’m not a doctor or scientist, for the longest time, it’s seemed evident (to even me) that worldwide recognition of Dr. Campbell’s research could swiftly initiate one of the most profound shifts in global health and climate change.
As climate-aware travelers, we see how much Dr. Campbell’s work is needed in communities around the globe.
Now 85, Dr. T. Colin Campbell spent more than 50 years conducting original research in the lab—including large-scale human studies on how nutrition impacts long-term health—especially on the causes of cancer.
In fact, Dr. Campbell received more than 70 grant-years of public research funding (mostly from the U.S. National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health) and has authored more than 350 (mostly peer-reviewed) research papers.
Here is what many consider Dr. Campbell’s most vital work:
Dr. T. Colin Campbell discovered that tumor growth could be turned on and off based on the type and quantity of protein that cells are exposed to, by toggling back and forth between animal protein and plant protein.
Dr. Campbell’s research appears to be one of the most profound contributions to the prevention of cancer growth—plus it plays a major role in the reversal of climate change.
In a world that has been desperately seeking answers to cancer and climate change, one might wonder why doctors have had to create an online petition to help display Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s research so it can be considered for review.
Well, as we know, many who work in science and medicine are carrying extremely difficult workloads. In addition to that…
There can be tens of thousands of nutrition-research papers published every year.
One has to determine which of these research papers are relevant.
Then one has to know how to properly interpret the evidence, place all related research into context, know how to review the balance of the evidence, determine if the research funding came from potential conflicts of interest or influenced the results, and ensure there’s no agenda.
So I’m guessing it would take pure luck for one to even find Dr. Campbell’s research in this monumental haystack, in the first place.
Some of our most critical historical findings have scared us, and scientists and doctors are not immune to this fear.
It scares many people to think outside a box that was constructed with outdated or subpar materials.
And what happens when we feel afraid? We freeze. We fight. We flee.
So doctors know that they have to brace for such reactions each time they share something outside the box.
None of this is easy to face, especially alone.
So even though Dr. Campbell’s findings appear capable of having a profound impact on the rate at which our world can stop cancer growth and can reverse climate change, many people will be afraid to review or share the science.
Until someone becomes courageous enough to do so…
For, as Albert Einstein said, “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”