Author T. Colin Campbell, the study's project director, provides an intelligent, well-documented analysis of the study's results, an analysis that explodes the most common American dietary myths. In addressing the dietary sources of the most common diseases, including cancer, Campbell unleashes a no-holds-barred attack on the commercial interests that profit by selling the American public unhealthy food. He also shows how readers can use the study's results to change their diets and improve their health.
©2006 T. Colin Campbell; (P)2009 Phoenix
"[These] findings from the most comprehensive large study ever undertaken of the relationship between diet and the risk of developing disease are challenging much of American dietary dogma." (The New York Times)
"Reflects the profound changes that industrialization is bringing to diet and disease patterns in China, statistics that have had an impact on reevaluating dietary policy in the United States and worldwide." (The Washington Post)
I spent the first two hours basically listening to "Americans are mislead by the social media about what is healthy and my research shows that having high animal based diets leads to health issues later in life" rephrased a few hundred times.
Now, I am not saying that the book doesn't have some interesting points or facts about it, because it does. Did I decide to become a Vegan after reading this? Well, no. Because the thing I was really interested in was the actually study that is mostly skimmed over.
I really had a hard time staying with this one, especially for the first hour or so. I put it up for a month, and then came back to it. The up side, it has changed my life. It may have added ten or 20 years to it too. I have learned much from it, and I have been experimenting with the knowledge I have gained, and so far, the results are not tremendous… nothing like I hoped for, but unlike any other time in my life, there are indeed results. If only half of us took the Authors advice, I suspect we would not need a health care debate any more, nor would we have a financial crisis, but abounding excess of wealth.
Amazing, amazing book that has changed my thinking on food forever! Thank you to the Campbell's for having the courage to go against the grain.
I was already a very healthy person but healthy in the wrong way. I would eat chicken and fish instead of cow and pig. I would eat a lot of greens like kale. But I never knew I could be even healthier by cutting out the meats. I finished this book today and I'm on my way to the store to go shopping for my new whole plant based diet.
I would make a Cliffs Notes version. The contents need to be condensed, and the sales pitch needs to be dispensed with.
The reading was very clear, and he did a fine job of trying to make the subject matter sound interesting. It's not the reader's fault.
It inspired me to never order another controversial health book.
This book is tedious. The author droned on and on about the evils of meat, fat, animal protein, etc. I get it, don't eat meat. I don't have a problem with that since it's the very reason that I ordered the book, but it took far too long to find any serious material, and when I did it was seeded amidst more of the same ominous warnings against the consumption of the standard American diet. It would have been very nice to have had a data only version of this study, minus the pontificating. If you already revile meat, and you're hoping to find a book that reassures you that you're doing the right thing, then this is probably your book. It's like this: Fox News for conservatives, MSNBC for liberals, Atkins for those who can't get enough meat, and the China Study for vegans. I wish I could agree or disagree with the conclusions, but I can't stand listening to this (it has been a couple of hours now) and I regret buying it.
The information book scares the heck out of me and makes me worry and sure makes me think twice about casein and animal proteins, but then I wonder if the information therein is skewed and I need to do some more reading elsewhere to analyse the issue. It is certainly an extremely important issue - our health and lifespans!
One thing is for certain, I am now consuming less casein and animal protein, but not all or most, just consuming it intentionally and thinking about it. The book has made me aware that there may be an issue and I have to read more and find out.
The delivery was excellent, it is a very good book, it is just that I am unsure of the studies' results because I do not have a solid grounding in statistics to test their claims.
I suspect, however, that as a result of this book, were I ever to be diagnosed with cancer I would be giving its guidelines a diligent and thorough go!
I will definitely be listening to The China Study again.
I was a bit sceptical about the ideas expressed in The China Study at first because some of it reads like a conspiracy story. So I did some Google-ing and found some well written criticisms on the internet. After listening some more, and being reminded that Campbell himself is a scientist and bases his observations only on properly peer reviewed information and his own published material, I went back to the criticism and looked a level deeper. Surely enough, the criticism itself did not have the kind of academic rigour you find in this book (ie it wasn't always based on science or drew questionable conclusions from data) or even worse had some link with the food industry and nutrition that Campbell criticises.The problem with reading this stuff is that *everything* seems way out. If, like me, you base (based) every meal you cook around the meat part (the protein central to a healthy diet, right?), it's almost impossible to imagine doing it any other way. And on top of that, so many of the vegetarian/vegan diets and support groups have a fairly strong hippy, earth loving flavour which doesn't seem practical for a young first-worlder. It feels a long way away from the science making such a strong argument that eating a typical western diet makes you sick in the long run.Some of Campbell's claims, such as that second-phase cancer and heart disease can be *reversed* by changing your diet seem too good to be true. And then you listen to the facts and wonder what you have to lose. Even if you don't believe those assertions, the statistics on the *risk* of cancer, heart disease, obesity, diabetes and other diseases from the typical western diet are alone enough to make you seriously think about making some life changing decisions.Since following Campbell's advice I feel a more healthy human being and wish I'd read it before I was 38. I am 11 kilograms lighter (I wasn't overweight but I was at the top end of the recommended range for my age and height, and now I'm in the bottom-middle range) and much, much fitter. According to the science referenced, this would happen for you too. I'd at least suggest listening to the book, then making up your own mind. One other piece of advice - there is a "China Study" cook book coming out in 2013, which might make the change easier too. Good luck!
I felt Stefan read the book very well - in fact I just felt like I was listening to Campbell himself.
The book is a well researched analysis of the effects of our diet on our health, specifically focused on it's impact on promoting cancer and heart disease. The volume of high quality evidence clearly points the reader to a diet that is significantly different than the existing Western diet. It also challenges a political system that protects the interest of big business at the expense of the masses. This would be a great place to start eliminating unnecessary health care costs and suffering. The food we raise and condition our children to eat is killing them, and it's getting worse. So read up, and many thanks to the Campbell's for starting the real food revolution! And "YES" I am a convert! Seems like an opportunity for another Micheal Moore documentary.
"This book changed my and my family's diet for good"
I have recommended this book to everyone who is interested in health and diet - and even suggested it to those who are resolute carnivores! I am appalled that the research findings are not more in the public arena. It is shocking that we have been led to believe that dairy is a necessary part of our diet, that parents are still urged to feed their children dairy - despite the research.
"Thorough and Informative - a brilliant overview"
This is a faithful and engaging reading of what is obviously a complete and well-researched account of the effects of different diet on our bodies. The narrator is competent with scientific data which means the detail doesn't jar - and a book which I know to be heavy on the tables of figures is 'abridged' in such a way that there is no confusion and there are no missing pieces of information. It will illuminate a thought stream for you - the way of plant-based proteins. A nice counter-argument to the ubiquitous theories and crash diets of Atkins, Dukan etc. it will make you aware of scores of studies which will enhance your knowledge of diets. What it won't do, however, is explain the 'why' behind the results. It is essentially a compendium of studies and results to prove a point and as such is a great insight.
"I wish I had this information 30 years ago!!"
Great book packed really useful and proven information. No hidden agenda or promotions. Well delivered easy to follow. I will Recommend it to all , particular my doctor !!
"This is a book that can change your life"
It is informative and clear It will change the way you look at food. mr campbell is clear and informative I recommend this book anybody who has an illness I and wants to get better will benefit from it.
"Great insight to a simple effective lifestyle."
Great first audible experience
educational and informative with facts and real examples. Thanks you. J
life changing research and information that I will no doubt listen to time and again as a 'healthy' reminder of this man's diligent work
If you are interested in food and nutrition this is the book for you. This book has opened my eyes and given me the push to eat a plant based diet. Can't recommend it enough.
"Cancer, cronic disease? You NEED to read this book"
The importance of a healthy diet is now readily acknowledged and here we finally have a book which clarifies once and for all, which diet is necessary for health and wellbeing: a WHOLE food diet, not a fad, or a short lived fashion. This book based on true scientific fact is the conclusions of an on-going 20+ years research programme.
I was shocked to learn just how powerful and corrupt the whole food producing chain and medical system has become. I never realised that the food producers had so much power over hospitals and governments. Medical care, has become yet another big money making business, making people better is not its objectives, rather the contrary, if people become well, then they no longer need the expensive care, so less money is made.
Stefan Rudnicki made me feel that Dr. Campbel was sitting in the same room as me, telling me his life's story.
There wasn't any moment in the book which moved me, as such, but a gradual dawning that the food industry and the medical profession are in cohorts to KEEP us unhealthy, because it is good for business
Although I am convinced that Dr Campbel's research and conclusions on how everyone should eat a plant based diet, is correct. If this, became a reality, the impact on world economy, would be devastating. How many people would lose their jobs? What would farmers do? Even though hospitals are also keeping us sick, for the purpose of profit. They too offer jobs to many people.
It is a sad fact that maybe it is too late to for governments to "save the health" of the majority of people, because the food chain and the "medical chain" provide so many jobs to so many people. Radically changing the way we eat, would mean, that practically, the whole food chain would collapse. Drastically reducing or eliminating serious chronic and life endangering diseases would mean needing less hospitals and doctors, less research etc. More losses of jobs.
However, I myself, will start to change my diet and embrace Dr Campbell's advice and I suggest others do so too.
"A must read"
Loved the scientific information.
Was very easy to understand.
Everyone should read this and inform them selves about good diet.
"Essential listening if you're serious about health"
Absolutely fascinating book read in a manner that makes the science underpinning one of the seminal stidies on health and disease prevention accessible to all. I was gripped from start to finish.
At times I was moved to anger by the fraud being perpetuated on us (including members of the medical profession) by major corporations, hospitals and politicians who are interested in profits over people .
At times I was riven with frustration at how the sound medical research undertaken by some of the profession's leading lights has simply been dismissed out of hand because it does not fit with the narrative concocted and foisted on us by government working in cahoots with corporate interests.
How these leading medical professionals have been sidelined and mocked by the mainstream medical profession despite conducting pioneering research into disease prevention and reversal through dietary intervention is truly criminal.
If you are serious about your health and the health of our children; if you are worried about the exponential rise in the incidence of chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, alzheimers, etc.; then this is essential listening for you.
We are not on a one way train to disaster. Bieng struck down with one of these debilitating diseases is not inevitable. All it takes is a change in thinking based on the sound medical evidence and research presented in this book.
Truly inspiring and I congratulate the authors.
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