How this petition and website came about. My name is Jamie Koufman, and I am a physician, scientist, and author specializing in the field of acid reflux, especially reflux that causes respiratory diseases, so-called respiratory reflux or LPR. My career spans forty years, and during that time, I have moved away from using antireflux medications. In fact, recent evidence shows that the very drugs prescribed by most physicians to treat reflux are now under scrutiny for significantly increased risks of causing many other serious diseases and they do not work very well. Today, I successfully manage reflux in my patients with healthy diet and lifestyle alone. You may be amazed to know that acid reflux can be cured that way.
In 2017, I endowed an annual Jamie Koufman Lectureship on Reflux, Nutrition, and/or the American Diet at our national endoscopy society, the American Broncho-Esophagological Association (ABEA). During that year, I was working on my fourth book — Acid Reflux in Children — in a four-book series on acid reflux. That’s when I discovered The China Study, the movie Forks Over Knives, and Dr. T. Colin Campbell. My eyes were opened in a new way by Dr, Campbell’s work, and it changed my diet personally and that of my patients.
In April 2018, Dr. Campbell was the first Jamie Koufman Lecturer at the ABEA annual meeting. I spent the day learning from Dr. Campbell one-on-one. And his speech, The Unusual Breadth of Effect of Whole Food Plant-Based Nutrition on a Wide Variety of Diseases, Both as a Means of Treatment and Prevention, received a standing ovation.
If I am an acorn, Dr, Campbell is the oak from which I fell. My work and that of all the other diet/nutrition scientists and writers who have followed, flowed from the pioneering work of Dr. Campbell, who was the first and most-published scientist to prove the link between the “Western diet” and diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and other chronic conditions.
It is our belief that if and when Dr. Campbell wins the Nobel Prize in Medicine, a paradigm shift of global proportions will occur in the health care and food industries. Food, the root cause of disease will begin to be addressed seriously, and increased funding for research on diet and nutrition will follow.
Please sign the petition and help nominate Dr. T. Colin Campbell for the Nobel Prize in Medicine. †
“I equate Dr. T. Colin Campbell with Charles Darwin who explained how we got here. Dr. Campbell has explained how we can survive as a species, living healthy, productive, and disease-free on a whole food plant-based diet.” – Dr. Howard Lucas
Acknowledgments: I (Jamie Koufman) am spearheading this petition and I own the domain, but I did have some help. Thanks to Nanette Rogers, Dr Craig Zalvan, Dr. Howard Lucas, and many others who encouraged me to do this. And thanks to Nelson Campbell for providing me with reprints of some of Dr. Campbell’s landmark publications and other information.
† This petition is intended to demonstrate support for Dr. Campbell to be recognized for his discoveries and achievements in medicine. It is not part of the official nomination process for the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, awarded by the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden