The China Study Ch 2 Summary (part 1)


A House of Proteins

Despite the popularity of vampires, werewolves, and other blood-suckers, we do not normally drink human blood on a regular basis.  But our body produces all the blood we need. How does that happen?

We know we need protein for our body – could our body create all the protein we need without eating protein (meat and dairy) directly?


Protein is derived from the Greek word proteios meaning “of prime importance” and was discovered in 1839 by Gerhard Mulder, a Dutch chemist (Campbell & Campbell, pg 27). We have hundreds of thousands of different proteins in our body which are vital components of our human body. Protein is the core element of animal-based foods (pg. 28).

However, we do not have to digest already constructed protein (in the form of meat and dairy products) for our body to construct protein, just as we do not have to drink blood for our body to construct blood. Different types of protein are built from unique combinations of amino acids. The ideal food for our bodies’ replacement proteins is, of course, human flesh. The next best food for replacement proteins is meat and dairy products. The less quality (not directly protein) plant proteins will not identically match the human protein, however, when combined in certain orders, will provide the necessary amino acids to create human protein (Campbell & Campbell, pg. 30).

So why consider a vegan lifestyle if meat and dairy products are  the closest match to human protein? Read on.

With the cultural and scientific background of the necessity of protein (meat and dairy products), Dr. Campbell spent years researching how to assist the developing world in providing high-quality (meat and dairy product) protein to hungry and malnourished children. Multiple agencies, universities, and scientists worked tirelessly to identify and spread low-cost, high-quality protein to these children.

While a faculty member at Virginia Tech, Dr. Campbell Campbell worked with a team of scientists to promote protein to parents (specifically mothers) of malnourished children in the Philippines. What he found in the Philippines directed the rest of his research career, changed his thinking, and changed lives.


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