The Food Symphony: Whole, Plant-Based Eating and Whole Health

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T. Colin Campbell, PhD has been dedicated to the science of human health for more than 60 years. His primary focus is on the association between diet and disease, particularly cancer. Although largely known for The China Study–one of the most comprehensive studies of health and nutrition ever conducted, and recognized by The New York Times as the “Grand Prix of Epidemiology”–Dr. Campbell’s profound impact also includes extensive involvement in education, public policy, and laboratory research.

In order to synthesize the findings of his long and rewarding career, and to give back to the public whose lives are threatened by rampant misinformation and special interests, Dr. Campbell co-wrote The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health, which has sold more than 2 million copies worldwide.

He is also the author of the The New York Times bestseller Whole, and The Low-Carb Fraud. Several documentary films feature Dr. Campbell and his research, including Forks Over Knives, Eating You Alive, Food Matters, and PlantPure Nation. He continues to share evidence-based information on health and nutrition whenever given the opportunity.

He has delivered hundreds of lectures around the world and he is the founder of the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and the online Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate in partnership with eCornell.

Dr. Campbell’s research experience includes both laboratory experiments and large-scale human studies. Particularly relevant to the coronavirus pandemic is his research on a cancer-causing virus, the Hepatitis B virus. In this podcast, he shares what that research shows and how it relates to our care of ourselves during these challenging times.


  • What is the role of nutrition in preventing and treating illnesses caused by viruses?
  • Researching viruses: What study did Dr. Campbell lead in 1989 that involved 9,000 people and focused on the Hepatitis B Virus, which kills 800,000 people each year?

Plants promote immunity; animal foods promote liver cancer. I’d never seen data so striking and so consistent.
Colin Campbell, PhD

  • Is anyone studying those who are dying of Covid and what they eat?

I don’t think a plant-based diet prevents people getting infected. But those who are infected, they are the ones who are going to see the benefit.
Colin Campbell, PhD

  • What happened when Dr. Campbell and Dr Esselstyn were interviewed by a journalist at the BBC who tried to discredit their research?
  • What are reductionist ways of looking at nutrition?
  • Why are people so hostile to the idea of nutrition, especially nutrition in medicine?
  • What is the constitutional theory of disease?
  • What is the local theory of disease?

Nutritionists had their heyday in the 1920s, discovering a vitamin here or there, that suited the local theory idea, they forgot about what nutrition is all about, which is a combination of all things working together in endless mechanisms, having a very generalized effect.
Colin Campbell, PhD

  • How does the capitalist system’s financial incentives keep people from knowing about the power of whole, plant-based eating?

The development of the capitalist system from the 1800s onwards … a way had to be found for people with bright ideas to be able to make money with those ideas. So, the intellectual property idea really sprung up in the late 1800s and became part of the fabric of our current economic system. Local theory of disease is supported by our views about the economy.

Dr. Hayward and Dr. Campbell have shared ideas, conferences and stimulating conversations together over at least a decade. In this podcast, you can join them as they explore these themes and many more.

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