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.
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.
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.
Changed my life. I have cut meat out completely as well as any/all processed food. Let's just say after a few months you just feel lighter. I recommend this to anyone who is willing to embrace change and a better way to live.
I can't recommend this book, even though the portions on government corruption and industrial profiteering at the expense of the public are mostly accurate. The science presented is poor. Saying humans have a digestive tract like elephants, cows, and other herbivores, animals that spent most of a day eating, digesting, then re-chewing to aid digestion, is just wrong. Also conducting experiments on health conscious people eating organic vegetables, verses unhealthy people eating proceeded meats, then claiming all meat is bad, is misleading and bad science. Using the same methodology, feeding rats processed vegetables grown in poor conditions and laden with pesticides, would indicate all vegetables are bad when the rats fail to thrive. The intention of the book and medical theory is good, but how he goes about proving his theory is ultimately flawed and misleading.
This book starts to get in the weeds at times with very technical details. All of it is still very interesting and provides a new perspective of the medical industry like you wouldn't believe.
I just had a hard time really enjoying the content because the narrator didn't pull me in