Reading Time: 1 minute Dr. Campbell first exposed the link between animal products and cancer in the 1960s (Photo: Facebook)
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Over 5,000 people have signed a petition to have acclaimed
plant-based researcher and educator Dr. T. Colin Campbell considered for a
Nobel Prize in Medicine.

Having earned a PhD in Nutrition, Biochemistry, and Microbiology from Cornell University
in 1961, Dr. Campbell has been a prominent figure in nutritional science since.

In fact, it is his standout advances in this area that have
sparked the informal nomination and earned him the attention of such mainstream
publications as the New York Times.

Animal products and cancer

Despite being
raised on a dairy farm, Dr. Campbell came to question the nutritional value
of animal products soon after graduating – as early as the 1960s.

This put
him on the path to discover a causative link between animal protein and cancer –
which he would expose in a study published in 1982.

In 2005, he released The China Study which takes a closer look at the links between diet and health, and was co-authored by his son Dr. Thomas M. Campbell.

Diet and
health

An
advocate for a whole-food, plant-based lifestyle, Dr. Campbell has been eating
a diet free of animal products for decades – and advocating for others to do
the same, as a primary means of taking control of one’s own health.

Contradicting
common rhetoric around long-term health, Dr. Campbell once told the New York
Times
:
“We should not be relying on the idea that genes are determinants of our
health.

“We
should not be relying on the idea that nutrient supplementation is the way to
get nutrition, because it’s not.

“I’m talking about whole, plant-based
foods. The effect it produces is broad for treatment and prevention of a wide
variety of ailments, from cancer to heart disease to diabetes.”

The petition to have Dr. Campbell
considered for the prestigious award can be found
here

Emily Court

Emily Court is a writer and content creator published in Plant Based News, Raise Vegan, Living Vegan and The Financial Diet. A self-described "recovering vegan hothead," she is now a pragmatic member of Vancouver's vibrant and growing plant-powered community. Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, she holds a BA in Spanish and certificate in Intercultural Communication from Dalhousie University, where her thesis focused on topics of cultural and gender-based discrimination. She aims to apply a privilege-conscious...