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The heroes & villains: how dairy causes disease


There's no doubt about it. Dairy causes disease. The biggest culprits in the British diet which contain the most animal protein and saturated (bad) fat and cause ‘diseases of affluence’ are:

  • Cows’ milk and milk products – especially cheese, cream, butter
  • Meat and meat products – including red and white meats, sausages, meat pies

(Woodvine, 2006)


The China Study (and many others) has repeatedly shown that we need a variety of whole plant foods in our diet.

Foods that actively protect our health and fight disease are:

  • Fruit
  • Nuts
  • Vegetables
  • Seeds
  • Mushrooms
  • Wholegrains
  • Pulses – peas, beans, lentils

All of these inhibited or stopped the proliferation of all tested cancer cell lines.
* Green onions are often mixed up with spring onions. Green onions are sold in bunches and have long, green leaves and slight bulbs. Spring onions look very similar but have a bigger white bulb. Brown onions (the ones we mostly use) are also powerful but not against all the cancers tested. The solution is – eat onions – all types!

Read an excellent book on the impact of animal products on our health: The China Study by T Colin Campbell and Thomas M Campbell. Also its fascinating follow up, Whole, by T Colin Campbell and Howard Jacobson, about the impact of diet on health, how dairy causes disease and why the establishment ignores and twists the truth! Available from