"Plant-based whole food diet." This is the message of this book. While the author does have plenty of data to support his advice and the book did influence my diet, much of The China Study revolves around settling scores with other scientists and refuting other studies. I checked out with an hour left, something I do only rarely.
This book has convinced me to change my eating habits. I have never read such an important book besides the Bible. This for me has become dietary gospel. I can't say enough good things about this book and the research, and I truly hope that heart disease is reversible because lord knows what I have done to my heart over the past 33 years.
Do yourself the biggest favor you'll ever do yourself......READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!
Excellent book, giving a deep insight into nutrition, as well as all its dangers. The facts are clear, we are eating ourselves to death!
This book convinced me to become a full VEGAN, excluding all meat and dairy products from my diet. I have been doing it for two months now, and feel wonderful!
I love this book.I can't say enough good things about it. I will probably buy the written copy because it is so good that now I want to read it too.
Never have a read or listened to a book that combines such author ego, poor research, and repetitious content. Perhaps I should have been ready for the author's self-agrandizing behavior when I listened to the preface where the reviewer indicates that the author is a humble person... what an odd thing to say until I realized that the author's guilt was probably being addressed. Regarding the quality of his research, which the author refers to as being "remarkable", "important", and "revolutionary"... not the sign of a humble person, was not presented with any scientific evidence - just broad brush strokes and often based on rat models. Dr. Campbell, we are not rats and there are many, many examples of where rat models don't apply to humans (eg stems cells, cell regeneration, etc). Re. repetition, there were times in the book when I had to stop the recording to be certain that I hadn't inadvertently rewound the presentation.
If you want the bottom line: diet matters (not a surprise) and don't eat red meat and increase your consumption of fruit and vegetables.
If he had told the truth it would have been nice. This book was a veggie wet dream.
This was so evidently a put up job.
Campbell makes a detailed, well researched argument for a whole foods, plant based diet. As a nurse practitioner, it is already clear to me that obesity and food choices cause heart disease, hypertension, adult onset diabetes, low back pain and depression. This book also helped me to realize the connection to common cancers and autoimmune diseases. Amazing. Also amazing is that the American public, government and academia will do anything to protect the status quo of hamburgers, french fries and soda instead of recognizing the personal suffering and economic costs brought on by our mainstream way of eating.
The China Study is a provacative read providing compelling scientific evidence that we've gotten the Western diet all wrong. The story is well written and enjoyable to listen to, while telling us that we've been duped by the government into thinking that meat protein (meat, eggs, milk) are good for us, then once sick, we can turn to medical doctors untrained in nutrition and insented toward high cost ineffective procedures and pharmaceuticals. By living on plants alone we can avoid or even reverse cancer and heart disease. I must say that I am currently a near Atkins like protein eater with an aversion to carbohydrates. This new information flies in the face of what I thought to be true. As a trim 40-something, weight management has been my primary concern, thinking cancer is predestined based on family history and bad luck and being too young / healthy to be concerned for my heart health. Where the book falls short is in identifying a reasonable and tasty transition plan on how to adopt a plant based diet. As he also is against all oils, I'm at a loss as to how to prepare a full menu plentiful on a variety of foods, seasonings, and textures. It needs a follow on diet book or at least recommended reads as to who has it right.
The information in this book is backed by good science, peer reviewed and should be maditory reading for all parents. It will make you stop and think about what you put in your mouth and what you serve your familly. If a life of good health, free of chonic disease is important you, read this book.