Soon after we toured the Nobel Museum in Stockholm, I saw a deeply meaningful announcement: doctors were demonstrating their support for Dr. T. Colin Campbell to be recognized for his discoveries and achievements in medicine.
Dr. Campbell is the Cornell Professor Emeritus who taught me nutrition science. Though I’m clearly not a scientist (my classmates were), for the longest time it’s seemed obvious (to even me) that worldwide recognition of Dr. Campbell’s research could initiate one of the most profound shifts in both global health and climate change.
Now 84, 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 his 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—and 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…
PubMed.gov provides access to the largest medical library in the world, the National Library of Medicine, yet there can be tens of thousands of nutrition-research papers published there 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.
In addition, it scares many people to think outside the box, especially when it comes to what they believe is possible. Thus, some of our most important findings can scare us.
And what happens when we feel afraid? We freeze. We fight. We flee.
Doctors know they might have to brace for such reactions each time they share something outside the box. This is not easy to face alone.
This means that even though Dr. Campbell’s findings appear capable of having a profound (and fairly swift) impact on the rate at which our world can stop growing cancer and can stop climate change, many people will not believe or share the science.
Until someone becomes courageous enough to review Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s research and inform the world.
And so I sign and forward this petition.