A review of my book, A Life in Balance, on Amazon reads, “Dr. Campbell’s world-rocking book, The China Study, tells you WHY you should switch entirely to a plant-based diet, and Wolff’s book tell you HOW.” What an honor to be included in this reference to Dr. T. Collin Campbell.
In my desperate need for better health (after the diagnosis of breast cancer), I was becoming more aware of how macrobiotics were being used for cancer, but I still had not connected the dots to my own health - until my Naturopath mentioned that “some women had been helped with breast cancer by a macrobiotic diet.” Her own father had a experienced a remarkable transformation in his health, as well. He had advanced prostate cancer, but through macrobiotics combined with conventional treatment, he had healed. This information is what convinced me that I had nothing to lose and everything to gain by learning more about a diet that could help heal me.
Later, after reading the amazing findings in The China Study, which further confirmed to me that the plant-based way of eating does indeed make a difference in our health, I was determined to connect with Dr. Campbell. I think what impressed me most initially, was who Dr. Campbell seemed to be, as expressed in this statement made by him.
"After a long career in research and policy-making, I have decided to step 'out of the system'. I have decided to disclose why Americans are so confused. As a taxpayer who foots the bill for research and health policy in America, you deserve to know that many of the common notions you have been told about food, health and disease are wrong. I propose to do nothing less than redefine what we think of as good nutrition. You need to know the truth about food, and why eating the right way can save your life." ~Dr. T. Collin Campbell.
This wasn’t a well-paid celebrity endorsement of a new fad. Dr. Campbell was a highly educated man who had come to a real conclusion after years of research and studies that backed his findings. He was someone who made sense and offered a solution that didn’t require destroying a person’s existing health. Instead, his findings seemed to suggest that this way of eating could build on a person’s remaining health – feed their existing healthy cells – and bring renewed health to even the very ill.
I must tell you that Dr. Campbell was not always preaching this message. Early in his career as a researcher with MIT and Virginia Tech, he promoted the idea of better health through eating MORE meat, milk and eggs. He had lived on a farm and was happy to believe that the American diet was the best in the world.
Later though, while a researcher on a project in the Philippines working with malnourished children who were being diagnosed regularly with liver cancer, his viewpoint was radically changed. An in-depth study into the role of nutrition, especially protein, in the cause of cancer led him into the 20-year study now known as The China Study, which resulted in the findings that people who ate the most animal-based foods got the most chronic disease – and those who ate the most plant-based were healthiest, avoiding chronic disease.
Oh…and I eventually did connect with Dr. T. Collin Campbell. In fact, he ended up writing the forwards for two of my books! And my Naturopath’s father was at my last Potluck. He is now in his eighties, still healthy and prostate cancer-free!
I know what the plant-based diet has done for me. I know where I was fourteen years ago when I began this life changing way of eating – and it was too close to death’s door and far from the cancer-free health I now enjoy. That is what keeps me eating plant-based foods and what motivates me to continue to share my story and my recipes with others.
If you are facing a devastating illness and have been wondering if the plant-based diet is worth a shot, I encourage you to ask yourself, “What risk is there?” If you can view it as truly feeding your body, feeding the health that remains within you instead of neglecting it or even contributing further to its harm, suddenly the choice is obvious and the answer to the question is…there is no risk – except that of A Life In Balance and Becoming Whole.