Spock the Vegan

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China-Cornell-Oxford Cancer Study (Educational) - Poem by Spock the Vegan

In the mid 1970s, Zhou EnLai, the premier of China,
had terminal cancer. He started a compilation of death
rates for cancer (12 types) for more than 2400 Chinese
counties involving over 800 million Chinese citizens.

The result was a color-coded map showing the cancer
rates for each county. The range was huge. Some had more
than 100 times others. This massive variation was in spite
of the fact that 87% of the population was the same ethnic
group. That makes the China cancer data very significant.

Four doctors, two Chinese, one American from Cornell
University, and one from Oxford University in England,
gathered data on 367 variables and compared them
with all the other variables. They surveyed 10,200 adults
and their families, and administered blood and urine tests.

That was a rare opportunity to study health associations
from a mostly plant-based diet. In the US, about 15%
of the calories come from protein, and more than 80%
of that comes from animals. In rural China only about 10%
of calories come from protein, and only 10% of that comes
from animals.

The Chinese blood cholesterol level average was 127 mg/dl,
nearly 100 points lower than the American average (215) .
Some counties had averages as low as 94. For two groups
of about 25 women in inner China the average was 80.

As the cholesterol rates decreased, so did the rates
of cancers. Where liver cancer rates were very high
in rural China, there was a high rate of chronic Infection
from the hepatitis B virus.

At the time of the study, the death rate from heart attacks
was 17 times higher for American men than rural Chinese
men. When intakes of meat, fish, milk, eggs, animal fat,
and animal protein go up, so does blood cholesterol.
When intakes of plant-based foods and nutrients go up,
cholesterol goes down.

Some doctors still don't accept that. Some know it,
but keep it quiet so that they can keep peddling
their expensive drugs, heart pacers and surgeries.

Topic(s) of this poem: blood, cancer, disease, doctors, drugs, eggs, fish, fruits, health, heart

Form: Free Verse

Poet's Notes about The Poem

https: //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China%E2%80%93Cornell%E2%80%93Oxford_Project

Comments about China-Cornell-Oxford Cancer Study (Educational) by Spock the Vegan

  • Margaret Alice Second (2/1/2017 2:10:00 AM)

    Cancer food
    Thank you for bringing this succinctly to our attention. Cancer can be cured by the right diets, but these are so restrictive and lack excitement - patients find it more exciting to be fawned over in hospitals, cut up, scarred, drinking toxins killing all their cells - the drama is so much more interesting than just boringly getting better - because then people doubt you had been ill in the first place. (Report) Reply

    Spock The Vegan (2/1/2017 11:28:00 AM)

    You're welcome. I need to re-read my own stuff occasionally.

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  • Spock The Vegan (2/4/2016 9:33:00 PM)

    I thank you all for your kind remarks and support. My hope with poems such as this is to save lives. (Report) Reply

  • (11/21/2015 1:45:00 PM)

    Good food for though and body. (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (11/18/2015 11:36:00 AM)

    Nicely written poem.........Really enjoyable. (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (11/13/2015 10:27:00 PM)

    Very much informative sharing definitely done. This is wonderful and wise....10 (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, November 13, 2015

Poem Edited: Saturday, December 19, 2015

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