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Nutrition and The China Study
« on: January 10, 2021, 03:12:52 pm »
I've been reading the research T.Colin Campbell PhD and his book "The Great China Study"   If eating  meat and dairy can help turn cancer "on" and "off"  in rats, as well as have implications in many other diseases, then I would be interested to know if this avenue has been explored with Amyloidosis through research by the NAC? Equally, it would be interesting to know how many people following a predominantly "clean" plant based diet, (as opposed to dirty with  refined oils/carbs etc) go on to develop Amy?

Miriam Vered

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Re: Nutrition and The China Study
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2021, 07:29:13 pm »
In 2013 the NAC doctors published a study of nutritional status in patients with AL amyloidosis. They found that nutritional issues are prevalent among patients with AL amyloidosis and probably underdiagnosed. More than 50% were in critical need of nutritional intervention. Patients with poor self reported nutritional status/ malnutrition were more likely to have poor quality of life and poor disease outcomes.  You can see the full  study here

In general terms, a balanced, healthy diet including a wide range of foods is usually advisable for most patients with amyloidosis. Patients with AL amyloidosis should sometimes avoid certain foods temporarily if chemotherapy has caused a low white cell count (neutropenia). Grapefruit should be avoided by people taking chemotherapy drugs as it may interfere with the drugs’ efficacy. Patients experiencing gastrointestinal disturbances such as diarrhoea and/or constipation may also benefit from altered diet. It can be very helpful to meet with a dietician for precise and personalised dietary advice.


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Re: Nutrition and The China Study
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2021, 06:19:32 pm »
People say things to sell their books that aren't entirely justified. An easy to read critique of the China study can be found here
There seems to be a connection between red meat consumption and bowel cancer but not with other cancers. Being obese is the biggest risk factor for a number of ailments. As Miriam says, eat well with a varied diet and don't worry too much.