Has Denise Minger Read ‘The China Study’? –- A Collective Rebuttal
This will be a series of posts examining Denise Minger’s critiques of “The China Study” (TCS) by various contributors including myself. Since we all live busy lives, this format will allow us to reflect on the different components of her critique as time permits.
Regarding the title, it seems to be a strange question. Denise is undoubtedly a precocious, bright, and hard working young woman. Surely someone who had written a series of apparently thorough and impressive critiques of TCS would know the book like the back of her hand, right? How could anyone doubt whether she has read the entire book?
The question is actually quite understandable, and in the following series of posts myself and others will demonstrate why, in addition to scrutinizing the numerous claims she makes. I will outline here 3 major flaws in Minger’s critiques:
1) The author does not appear to be familiar with many of the objectives, content and key concepts presented in TCS. The intent, message and implications of the book are misrepresented to her readers and strawman arguments abound.
2) In spite of claiming to maintain neutrality, the author shows an unmistakable bias in favor of animal foods in her analysis.
3) As a result of this (and lack of experience in the field of epidemiology) much of the data examined and analyzed by the author is misused and/or misinterpreted.
The following acronyms will be used in this thread:
TCC – T. Colin Campbell (author of The China Study along with his son Tom)
TCS – The China Study (2006 book)
TCP – The China Project (the actual 'China Study' itself, including its collected data)
MFAR - Minger's Formal Analysis and Response
(40 pg. PDF)
For those unfamiliar with TCS see this link:http://webarchive.human.cornell.edu/chinaproject/index.html
--Table of Contents
1) Minger's Misuses of The China Project Data
** [special thanks to Veganmama18 for her huge contributions to this entry]
2) "Plant Foods Good; Animal Foods Bad"
3) There's Carcinogens and There's Carcinogens
4) Healthy Animal Foods Part 1: What About CLA?
5) Does Animal Protein Promote HBV-Induced Liver Cancer in Rural China?
6) B's Response to Denise #1
7) B's Response to Denise #2
**Note: After writing these posts I was informed that I was incorrect re: ch. 4 of TCS being based on both TCP I and II, it is only based on the former. Apologies to Minger and my readers on that point. This will be reflected in future posts and/or possible revisions to current ones. Nevertheless, the rest of my substantive criticisms still hold.