Very compelling data and numerous studys that make the case for a diet of plant based foods.
It easy to understand yet is not superficial. I found the audio book moving and funny while being highly enlightening.
As someone who is being to suffer from niggling health problems this book has come along at exactly the right time.
Dr Campbell lays it out in a clear and understandable format that proves - yes PROVES - that animal protein is causing most if not all of our cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other terminal diseases. This book is changing my life. I am now on a plant based diet and plan to continue for the rest of my (hopefully healthy) life.
Another book to companion with this one is Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell B Esselstyn, Jr., M.D. Dr. Esselstyn proves it in a different way but once again - PROVES it.
Both these men and their families practice what they preach and practice a plant based diet. It's a matter of life or death - a really awful death or a wonderful healthy life. You get to decide.
I thought the book was very informative, but everyone will take something different away. I personally thought it was a bit extreme at points, but still found the content and the facts very helpful in making educated decision on how I eat and feed my family
Books on diets are at best risky, too many hugely opposing views seems to surface from time to time. The China study and it???s author promised a real scientific approach to the problem. As it turns out, it all seems to be an attempt at pushing some agenda. Make-up your own mind.
I started of sceptical and will remain so. I will in future Google more before I buy.
It was average
I???m annoyed that authors with strong credentials are not beyond bending a few facts to feather their beds for retirement.
The presentation of facts, points of view and observations by T. Colin Campbell were in line with the recommendations by my own doctors, which made sense of the whole eating process. A valuable "second opinion" for all those who want to change "eating" for the rest of your life. The author's solutions to obesity are obvious, easy to understand, and actually worked for me. I thoroughly recommend this to any person above their ideal weight.
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.
This is an excellent book ! Everyone should have this information . I listened to it twice .
I am in my 30's and my cholesterol level was 270. I chose to go to my doctor to see how I could lower it. He suggested limiting animal products consumption. He also discretely told me that I might enjoy reading China Study.
I read it 4 times. I chose to conduct an experiment. I stopped eating animal products for a period of 3 months. Then, I re-checked my cholesterol. I was pleasantly surprised and rewarded. It was 180.
As much as I liked seeing the low cholesterol level, I did not feel quite right. I felt a little malnutritioned. I chose to incorporate fish 3 times a week and eggs(egg substitute) 1-2 times a week. That did the trick. My cholesterol went up to 220 and is staying steady. I feel fantastic. I found my happy medium.I have not had animal meat for over 18 months and I am not missing it.
One thing I notice, I "crave" meat when I smell it cooking, and when I am hungry. I explain this to myself that it is not the meat that I am craving, it is food. After eating a snack, I do not have the same sensation about the meat.
What I love about this book is the fact that it is not trying to tell you what to do, it is really making you think and decide on your own. It adds another dimension of understanding of how our bodies react to nutrition.
This book changed my life. It was inspirational and eye opening. I recommend this reading to anyone with open mind wanting to learn more about wellness and how nutrition affects your well being.
"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.