Saturday, July 10, 2010

Colin Campbell on the Flawed/Failed Strategy of the NIH

It's awesome to witness the macro-views of Dr. Colin Campbell, author of The China Study and Emeritus Professor of nutritional biochemistry at Cornell. In this Huffington Post piece, he calls on the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the "most prominent biomedical research institution in the world," to establish an Institute of Nutrition -- amazingly, not one of its 27 existing institutes is dedicated to that subject!

Is that amazing? The "National Institutes of HEALTH" has 27 institutes and centers that deal with everything except the connection between food (nutrition) and health.

In his piece, Dr. Campbell explains why this is needed: the "genome project" has been a failed exercise in promoting health. It serves other purposes, but its hoped-for ability to reverse major diseases by genetic manipulation has produced no results. Rather, laboratories like Dr. Campbell's, and others', have shown that nutrition has the power to suppress genetic tendencies toward disease. Yet this is being totally overlooked, if not ignored, by the NIH and other mainstream medical institutions.

He concludes:
As for health professionals who claim they cannot convince patients to change their dietary practices, this is not surprising when the professionals themselves are not educated in this field and are vested in a strategy that is the antithesis of good nutrition. It is time we recognize what nutrition can do and a good place to start is to establish an NIH Institute of Nutrition dedicated for this purpose.

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