You remember, don't you?
It was a little over a year ago when I got an email from someone claiming to be a certain "Denise Minger." I blogged about it, you other bloggers then blogged about it and well, and suddenly, The China Study was called into serious question.
I came across your blog searching for critiques of the China Study, and read (with great amusement) the giant thread on Amazon where Campbell made some appearances.
Back in May I tracked down a copy of the original China Study data, and I've spent a great deal of time analyzing the correlations and crunching numbers. Mainly I focused on seeing whether animal foods were as closely linked to disease as Campbell insinuated. Of course, they aren't. Not by a long shot. ...
Likely story, by meat. I'll explain...
See, even though it all seemed quite scholarly to all of us, the vegan defenders of the esteemed T. Colin Campbell saw right through it immediately, because as I now realize, they are quite in with the nefarious motives of...meat. Nothing gets by them when it comes to meat. But not entirely, nor exactly; they've only just scratched the surface. By luck & chance -- or meatless nutrition -- apparently, they sniffed out an essential or two and happened to stumble on the likely right track. I think I've run it all the way down, but will save that for later.
Right away they suggested, surmised and finally, after careful analysis, asserted that "Denise Minger" is not a real person, but a fictitious entity created by the beef & dairy industry to discredit Campbell and his research. This even persisted to the point of my debate with Harley " 30 Bananas a Day" Johnstone where he unabashedly questioned whether "Denise Minger" was actually a real person.
It seemed absurd at the time, but I've noted that in all the emails I've exchanged with "Denise" over the last year, there's always this curious lag in response time. I began to wonder if I was being fooled. Hell, even my friend Mark Sisson appears to have been taken in.
I am pleased to announce that I will be publishing "Denise Minger’s" new book Death by Food Pyramid around the middle of 2012. We are both wildly excited about this project which will not only call on Denise’s unique set of analytical skills in destroying many of the “landmark” studies that CW hangs it’s hat on, but will trace the bizarre history behind the faulty US public policy-making regarding diet and health, and she’ll actually teach the reader how to take just about any study and critically review it from a layman’s perspective. [quotation marks, added - Ed]
Ha, just goes to show how seductive meat can be. Looks like it even got to Mark Sisson. Don't be fooled!
I have to admit that I was almost taken in entirely. While I eat meat regularly, I had no idea it could be so nefariously seductive and not just on the olfactory senses, but even conceptually. That's right, I think meat talks to us. It makes arguments. "Denise Minger," after a 2 month meat hibernation, appears to be at it again.
So my dear readers, hecklers, and spambots, I present to you a collection of peer-reviewed papers based on the China Study data that contradict or conflict with Campbell’s interpretation in his book, “The China Study.” Some studies you may have seen before; others will be new. Regardless, you can rest assured that these papers—some co-authored by Campbell himself—are by folks generally considered qualified in their field, and that, contrary to the “animal foods are harmful and cholesterol is associated with all Western diseases” message we received in “The China Study,”* other perspectives of the data abound.
Here's to dodging a bullet. I won't be fooled again.
See how helpless we are against meat? And who could even know, or be certain? Is T. Colin Campbell actually a counter-meat -- i.e., merely just another squishy organism made of meat, by meat, designed for the sole purpose of calling other meat into question so that still other meat can have an easy time of assuaging our fears and trepidations? An ecosystem by the meat, for the meat? Is that what we're reduced to? Is that all there is?
You be the judge. You decide. Fair & balanced!
I was quite prepared to be a lifelong victim of meat. I was. I'm ashamed, but I can hardly even manage walking past a BBQ without experiencing a life changing moment, no matter how fleeting. Wanna see a guy get down on bended knee, repent for anything and everything that could ever or possibly have been -- in thought, word or deed -- even mildly contrived to have been counter to the supremacy of meat? That's me.
But to whom do I confess my sins and repent? To meat? Is there anything left?
It's a morass of confusion and I'll tell you straight up: I can't find anything worth confessing to that's not suspiciously not also made out of meat. I found this. Clearly, thankfully, there are still some sentient beings in the universe who, far from having been fully corrupted by meat, seem actually surprised that meat has gained such a strong foothold in this quadrant of the galaxy.
"They're made out of meat."
"Meat. They're made out of meat."
"There's no doubt about it. We picked several from different parts of the planet, took them aboard our recon vessels, probed them all the way through. They're completely meat."
"That's impossible. What about the radio signals? The messages to the stars."
"They use the radio waves to talk, but the signals don't come from them. The signals come from machines."
"So who made the machines? That's who we want to contact."
"They made the machines. That's what I'm trying to tell you. Meat made the machines."
"That's ridiculous. How can meat make a machine? You're asking me to believe in sentient meat."
"I'm not asking you, I'm telling you. These creatures are the only sentient race in the sector and they're made out of meat." [...]
"They actually do talk, then. They use words, ideas, concepts?"
"Oh, yes. Except they do it with meat."
"I thought you just told me they used radio."
"They do, but what do you think is on the radio? Meat sounds. You know how when you slap or flap meat it makes a noise? They talk by flapping their meat at each other. They can even sing by squirting air through their meat."
Read the rest, if you dare, or, see this on YouTube which is substantially more shocking. But, if you're compelled to know just how deep the rabbit hole goes and want to to help, shocking doesn't even begin to describe it.
The rest of the news is that "Denise Minger" suddenly, without warning, will be at the upcoming Ancestral Health Symposium, speaking opposite Sisson. I'm quite certain Sisson engineered this, likely with his friend Aaron Blaisdell and/or Brent Pottenger, chief co-organizers of the event.
That's right: meat may have gotten to Mark, Aaron and Brent.
At this point I suspect it's a lost cause. All my research has led me to the conclusion that there is no antidote, once you have come under the spell of meat. And all that "probing all the way through" is gonna do for you is to just confirm that it's just as I say: "Denise Minger" is made out of meat.
Humbly reporting from San Jose, California.