Will Top Plant-Based Doc T. Colin Campbell Win Nobel Prize In Medicine?

A campaign has been launched to bring attention to his accomplishments
Dr. Campbell first exposed the link between animal products and cancer in the 1960s (Photo: Facebook)

Over 5,000 people have signed a petition to have acclaimed plant-based researcher and educator Dr. T. Colin Campbell considered for a Nobel Prize in Medicine.

Having earned a PhD in Nutrition, Biochemistry, and Microbiology from Cornell University in 1961, Dr. Campbell has been a prominent figure in nutritional science since.

In fact, it is his standout advances in this area that have sparked the informal nomination and earned him the attention of such mainstream publications as the New York Times.

Animal products and cancer

Despite being raised on a dairy farm, Dr. Campbell came to question the nutritional value of animal products soon after graduating - as early as the 1960s.

This put him on the path to discover a causative link between animal protein and cancer - which he would expose in a study published in 1982.

In 2005, he released The China Study which takes a closer look at the links between diet and health, and was co-authored by his son Dr. Thomas M. Campbell.

Dr. Campbell is an advocate for a whole-food plant-based diet

Diet and health

An advocate for a whole-food, plant-based lifestyle, Dr. Campbell has been eating a diet free of animal products for decades - and advocating for others to do the same, as a primary means of taking control of one's own health.

Contradicting common rhetoric around long-term health, Dr. Campbell once told the New York Times: "We should not be relying on the idea that genes are determinants of our health.

"We should not be relying on the idea that nutrient supplementation is the way to get nutrition, because it's not.

"I'm talking about whole, plant-based foods. The effect it produces is broad for treatment and prevention of a wide variety of ailments, from cancer to heart disease to diabetes."

The petition to have Dr. Campbell considered for the prestigious award can be found here

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Emily Court is a passionate ethical vegan from Eastern Canada. She is a Challenge 22 Mentor, Digital Writer, and experienced animal advocate driven by issues of animal liberation and social justice. She studied at Dalhousie University, where her thesis highlighted intercultural and gender relations. She is an established public speaker, writer, and world traveller with a drive to provide a voice to those who might not otherwise have one. You can follow her on Instagram @emily.j.court or on Twitter @_EmilyJCourt_.

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