The huge pharmaceutical companies and food corporations don't have your health and quality of life in mind. Skip the doctor and have an apple. Meat isn't so much murder as it is suicide. Forget how the food feels in factory farms. How do you feel with a quarter pound of genetically modified beef clogging your gut?
I enjoyed the very informative and just as shocking book, as the interviews and other publications I've read about Campbell. I do support Colin T. Campbell , but I feel however that though I love how the book was trying to focus on the "whole" theme when it comes to nutrition; there was a lot if derailment on what looked like an old man crying,"No one will believe me!" Which gets brought up numerous times. That said, it really is upsetting how no one listens or tries to silence Campbell on such vital information about our health. The narration was well done.
We, the people, is what it will take to go up against the crappy food pushers and pharma. Truly wish this was what all 5 th grade teachers read to their whole class.
What is reductionism? This book is going to tell you in a long and scathing rebuke. I don't disagree with the author when he talks about reductionism's bountiful and massive shortcomings. I totally agree that there are huge corporate and financial interests that have monetary profit as a primary goal rather than human health. Yes, the system is broken, and there is a need to lay out that broken-ness in a clear and understandable way. But... 97% of this book is taken up with telling me why the current system is BAD. The author had a golden opportunity to explain why a whole foods plant based diet is the answer, why its better than the Standard American Diet, and why it might actually cure cancer. But it felt like every time he might launch into it, he just repeated that that's what he found in his decades long research career. No real evidence to back up his claims. I guess we're just supposed to trust him like he's telling us not to with those he speaks out against.
He also perpetrates many of the same cheats that other vegan authors use when decrying a meat-based diet. The meat industry can't defend the environmental and social justice complaints against it, I totally agree with the author on these. But...
When he's arguing that we could model our diet on that of our closest animal relatives, he says that chimps and gorillas are herbivores. Chimps aren't herbivores. They hunt for, kill and eat other animals. Plus there's a third "vore" in addition to herbivore and carnivore, the omnivore. I think most people would agree that that's what humans are. Maybe he's never heard of them.
Also at one point he implies that we shouldn't consume animal-based protein because of how most of that protein in the US is produced. One could also argue that a lot of the whole plant-based foods in the US are also produced in an equally unhealthy manner. I've never seen a vegan or a carnivore focussed author actually create a level playing field when pitting their chosen diet against its opposition. If it's so clearly better, then stop rigging the deck in your favor!
Overall. I'm pretty disappointed in the book. I feel like it's titled wrong and just feels very negative. I'd be giving it 5 stars if even half of the book was optimistic and really delved into why the whole foods plant based diet was better. But "Whole" didn't and I'm not.
Based on the title, I thought this book would be about eating whole food. Instead, it's about evidence supporting a plant-based diet. Although at times it seems like a research paper, I found the information fascinating and valuable. The author talks about fallacy of reductionism - focus on a single specialty of practice, single drug, or single nutrient to treat diseases. Our culture is accustomed to doctors prescribing medication, rather than discussing diet. It's easy - pop some pills and your problem goes away. Except your problem doesn't go away. There are many side effects to medication. And why are they called "side" effects? They are effects on your body. You're trying to ingest something that your body doesn't process well. If you think you should eat more fruits and vegetables but wonder how much benefit you would get from it, this book would convince you.
I turned the speed up 1.5-2x to get through this book. The reader was well-spoken, and well modulated, but it seemed like nearly every chapter repeated something from a previous chapter.
Fewer repetitions of phrases and stories, as well as fewer references to being considered a heretic. Once of anything was enough. The book sounded like it was made up of a combination of speeches Dr. Campbell might have given over time, because there were so many repetitions of phrases and examples. I think the same points could have been made in fewer words.
I have practiced eating foods as close to their natural state as possible for a number of years and am quite healthy at almost 60. I will be considering what the authors said about animal protein, but I am not completely sure I will be able to eliminate it completely...we'll see.
I would have liked the book better if it had been about 1/3 as long as it was.
Wish that I could share freely. Truths such as this lead to alienation, but I will continue as the power of one. I have followed this lifestyle for 3 months, lost 15 pounds, become an avid walker and cyclist , but my husband demands that I return to fish and oil. I cannot, and will do my best to quietly be a beacon of health for my family. Most of my Primary progressive MS symptoms have melted away. Thanks to T. Colin Campbell, and John McDougall.
I simply recommend all off the great related books to many of my SAD, sick patients. I am a grateful
This is NOT an advice book for those wondering about giving up meat. This is a critique of our global and historical view and approach to nutrition. The listener should approach it with that in mind. But It does provide a marvelous additional dimension to the controversy about our methods and bias in science, and in nutrition science in particular. His take/use of the "fish find water last" proverb is very apt here. As a civilization we are just now realizing how complicated life is and how intractable scientific analysis of large nonlinear dynamic networks can be. His critique goes to the root of our problem with the nutrition advice we're handed.
A great read. Life changing book which everyone should read. Makes perfect sense that nutrition is not considered as a way to change the health of the world as their is no money to be made from it. Governments, pharmaceutical companies and health professionals are insidious and complicit in their disregard for the health of the population.
Whole paints a compelling argument against the status quo and for me is the way forward in living a disease free life in our later years.
After listening to the China Study, I was very excited to listen to T. Colin Campbell's new book, Whole. The problem is that he spends most of the time telling you how everyone else is wrong and how he was shunned. The overarching bitterness in the book really takes away from the actual good nutritional information provided. I was seriously disappointed. I would not recommend this to other people, simply for the fact that his bitterness really clouds the validity of his perceptions of a plant-based diet. As a vegan following a plant based diet, this was really disappointing from a great scientist.
The nutritional information, and research presented are definitely good info. The hard part is sifting through the rest of the "whiny" tone of the book and finding the good information.