>I did a name search for myself and discovered the recent bantering
>by Sally (a good friend of mine) and Dr. Campbell of Cornell.
>I thought you might be interested in two websites that, although run
>by vegetarians (not vegans), are willing to admit it when mistakes
>and misinformation of vegetarianism occur.
>This site has an excellent article on vitamin B12 that you should
>This site has a revealing analysis on Campbell's China Project, as
>well as other articles pertinent to the veggie debate.
>Hope you enjoy these.
>All the best,
Thanks for the info Stephen.
I am not a friend of Ms Fallon, I once met her in a "conference" and I can not say that I was impressed by her comprehension of the evidence and data she used to support her tedious reading session ("conference"). Further on, I was troubled by the way she dismissed questions with some unsustained claims and a constant recommendation to buy her book as the only way for her audience to find an answer. IMHO not a very professional approach, but effective marketing anyway.
I see from your bio. that you are on the Board of Ms Fallon's foundation (W. Price F.) so that I must assume you are partial to her approach.
Let me clear a point here: the "bantering" was not between Dr. Campbell and Ms. Fallon, it was between Ms. Fallon (mediated by Allan Balliet from BD-Now) and myself. Dr. Campbell sent some comments to me re Vit B12 and vegetarianism (which I posted to Sanet and sent to Mr Balliet to be posted in BD-Now), but Dr. Campbell refrained himself from reacting to Ms Fallon's name calling discourteous attitude.
I have a BS, MS and studies at PhD level in Nutriology (MS and PhD studies from Cornell U) and I am also sympathetic to alternative health approaches, Anthroposophy, Ayur-ved and Mexican traditional therapies. I am a Biodynamic gardener as well and have an active participation in the promotion of agroecology in my Country. IMHO I have the credentials to judge this sort of information on my own. I do not need interpreters; I can understand the sources, but again my thanks for bringing the above web sites to my awareness
About the China study: Following Ms Fallon suggestion, I went to see the info avail at the W.Price F web site. There the author (?) mentions that the China study is inconclusive, but then uses data from Okinawa (from a different study, and experimental framework) to support his/her views on the basis of both studies coming from "Asia". Is that a valid comparison to you ?, IMO such thing is absurd and manipulative.
Here is the (mis)quote from Ms. Fallon's web site: "Before we throw up our hands and decide that no conclusions can be made about diet and health in China, let us turn our attention to the mixed peoples of Okinawa" http://www.westonaprice.org/food_in_china.htm
Ms Fallon is not a nutritionist, IMHO she has very little understanding of research methodology and of the subject matter, beyond whatever dogma she adheres to from the theories of Pottenger and Price. Regardless of which, she is making reckless and out of context analyses and claims based on third party scientific evidence "interpreted" by her paid co-author. Ms. Fallon probably has some valid things to contribute, but she does not help anyone by making biased generalizations from secondary analysis of relative information. I might be mistaken, but as far as I know there is no piece of original research published by Ms. Fallon and her collegues.
To me she is just one more author trying to sell yet another "cookbook" fad; IMO her merit comes from her interest in natural farming, not from her understanding of nutrition evidence.
If you have questions about the China study, I encourage you to send those to Dr. Campbell himself. I am sure that he will be able to give you an honest answer about the validity of the research claims he is making. (email@example.com).
You might also benefit from checking http://www.newcenturynutrition.com where there are listed more than 4 dozen peer reviewed papers on the China Project by Dr. Campbell and his collegues.
Many thanks for you interest.
Guillermo Romero Ibarrola
Comala, Colima, MEXICO
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