At 80 years old, nutritional biochemist and Cornell University professor Colin Campbell has made some huge waves with his research into nutrition and long-term health. In fact, it was declared 'the Grand Prix of epidemiology', despite landing him in hot water with his employers.
Campbell was one of the first to link the consumption of dairy and animal protein to major western diseases, including cancer and osteoporosis. His study revealed that a whole foods, plant-based diet can prevent, and even reverse, these diseases. This caused him to make some dramatic lifestyle changes. Campbell, himself, was raised on a dairy farm in Virginia and had previous believed milk to be ‘nature’s perfect food’.
He was a lead scientist involved in The China Study; an investigation into diet and mortality rates in rural China which spanned two decades and thousands of people. His findings revealed that those who ate a predominantly plant-based diet remained healthier and lived longer than those who consumed even small amounts of animal protein.
The China Study was a featured in the documentary Forks Over Knives, along with the work of Dr. Caldwell Esselsteyn and has been declared as ‘the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted’. Campbell’s other published works include Whole and The Low-Carb Fraud. Campbell is also president of the T. Colin Campbell Centre for Nutritional Studies.