Scientist Dr T. Colin Campbell claims plant-based diet can help prevent COVID-19

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Scientist Dr T. Colin Campbell claims plant-based diet can help prevent COVID-19

Plant-based advocate Dr T. Colin Campbell has made bold statements about the coronavirus and food, claiming eating a plant-based diet creates COVID-19 antibodies “within days”. 

There have been a plethora of health experts (and Donald Trump) who’ve made obscure claims about ways to prevent the spread and infection of COVID-19.

But could the latest claim actually some some truth?

Plant-based health expert Dr T. Colin Campbell has said switching to a whole food plant-based diet could “produce a faster, safer, more comprehensive long-term solution for coping with viral diseases like COVID-19”.

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The author of The China Study (the most well-known book that studied the link between the consumption of animal products and chronic illnesses), made the comments in a recent article titled ‘Could Changing Our Diets Defeat COVID-19?’.

In the study, published by the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutritional Studies, Dr Campbell referenced research he had previously done as part of the China Project.

“We collected data on the prevalence of people having antibodies and antigens, multiple disease mortality rates, and many nutritional risk factors,” the plant-based advocate wrote. “Relying only on statistically significant findings, HBV antibody prevalence was highly correlated with vegetable consumption, dietary fiber, and plant protein. In short, more plant food consumption was associated with more antibodies.”

He continued, saying that while each virus creates its own unique symptoms, they also have something in common: “They invade hosts like us, and our immune system, which adapts for each virus strain, mounts a defense, most commonly by custom-making antibodies for each virus strain.”

“In our research, we also found that people consuming more animal protein had fewer antibodies, even in those consuming a very low amount of animal protein,” he added.

Dr Campbell said the “consistent interplay of nutrition, virus activity, and disease” should theoretically apply to COVID-19, stating that “switching to a whole-food, plant-based diet should lessen the severity of disease symptoms while simultaneously increasing COVID-19 antibodies, a win-win effect.”

He even goes on to say that this effect could “begin within days”, which could provide “enough time for people not yet infected by COVID-19 to strengthen their immunity.”

While there is still no scientific evidence to prove his claims, Dr Campbell remains “quite confident” in his beliefs.

“If everyone did it, we might not need to mask ourselves, avoid physical contact, and wait for new drugs with unpredictable side effects and vaccines likely to be only partially effective, at best, for new viruses.”

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