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The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health | [T. Colin Campbell, Thomas M. Campbell]

The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health

The China Study offers conclusive evidence that a change of diet can dramatically reduce the risks of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. The book is based on the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted, a 20-year joint project between Cornell University, Oxford University, and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine. The study surveyed the eating habits of 6,500 adults from all over China and Taiwan and found a direct correlation between diet and disease.
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The China Study offers conclusive evidence that a change of diet can dramatically reduce the risks of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. The book is based on the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted, a 20-year joint project between Cornell University, Oxford University, and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine. The study surveyed the eating habits of 6,500 adults from all over China and Taiwan and found a direct correlation between diet and disease.

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

What the Critics Say

"[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)

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    Gabrielle 11-19-13
    Gabrielle 11-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "scary, compelling, but I need to know more first"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James Australia 12-22-12
    James Australia 12-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Life changing information for me."
    Would you listen to The China Study again? Why?

    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!


    What does Stefan Rudnicki bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I felt Stefan read the book very well - in fact I just felt like I was listening to Campbell himself.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David Sugar Land, TX, USA 11-14-09
    David Sugar Land, TX, USA 11-14-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Life Changing Information"

    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.

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Steven United States 08-07-12
    Steven United States 08-07-12
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    "Not Buying It"
    What would have made The China Study better?

    The China Study would be better if it simply presented the facts and let the readers reach their own conclusion. I chose this book with an open mind however some of it came across as so intentionally misleading that I became very distrustful of the remainder of the information presented.


    Would you ever listen to anything by T. Colin Campbell and Thomas M. Campbell again?

    No.


    Which character – as performed by Stefan Rudnicki – was your favorite?

    N/A


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I found this book helpful in that it presented "the other side of the story" from some other books on nutrition that I have been reading such as Wheat Belly and The Paleo Solution. It is worth reading all available information on the subject and then forming your own opinion. The opinion I formed is that the author is arrogant, self righteous and has an axe to grind with the beef and dairy industries.


    10 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Annie M. 09-02-12
    Annie M. 09-02-12 Member Since 2009

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Eat more--lose your heart disease and cancer"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    "How would you like to eat 35% more food than you do now, never count another calorie again, NEVER BE HUNGRY, lose weight, reverse heart disease, prevent cancer, reverse diabetes, and increase your energy level?"

    Listen to THE CHINA STUDY and that's what will happen to you. With ease and elegance and ehthusiasm.

    I wish I had enough money that I could buy an infinite number of copies of THE CHINA STUDY. I would just hand out gift certificates whereever I went.

    This book has completely transformed my life. I'm eating more, but losing weight. My colon is working like a finely tuned Swiss timepiece. I'm getting off my blood pressure and cholesterol medications. AND IT HAS BEEN SOOOO EASY.

    This is the book your doctor wants his family members to read. But not you. In fact, when the author tried to implement this simple, nutrition-for-dummies plan at the renowned Cleveland Clinic, the powers-that-be and fellow doctors said "No."

    Why? Because if Cleveland Clinic patients followed the oh-so-simple components of this plan, there'd be no more patients! No more $$$$!

    Cleveland Clinic doctors sent family members to THE CHINA STUDY author. But never, ever a patient.

    This book explains the dirty secrets your doctor and the big pharma companies doen't want you to find out. They don't want you to know that you can completely reverse heart disease, prevent cancer, reverse or prevent diabetes, and ward off age-related diseases such as macular degeneration.

    No pills. No counting calories. No counting points.

    The author isn't seling a plan. He isn't selling any supplements. He just wants people to have the right informtion.

    A decade ago, I lost 80 pounds and have managed to keep it. But I have to say, it's been a daily struggle. I'm constantly counting calories, examining portion sizes, and making sure I get that workout in. Now, following the advice in THE CHINA STUDY, I've actually lost weight without even trying, and also while easing my exercise regiment into something kinder to my 53-year-old body.

    Dr. Campbell explains why eating a plant-based, whole grain diet results in such stunning changes. He makes it easy, he makes it exciting, he makes it make sense.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I absolutely devoured the info in this book. Some of it is infuriating. Take for example, Campbell's explaination of how the government's nutrition experts are beholden to beef, poultry, and dairy lobbyists. It is a true eye opener that will help you advocate better for your own health.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want to change your health--and you want to do it with absolute ease--this book will tell you how. The studies, presented in a fact-friendly way, will motivate you. This doctor will motivate you.

    Listen to it and just try NOT to spread the word.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lyw513 01-24-15
    Lyw513 01-24-15
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    "I will make better, informed food choices now!"

    It's an informative, educational book, not a super entertaining story. However, I have learned a lot. While a vegetarian lifestyle isn't for me right now, I will make better food choices and may convert in the future. This is definitely a book I will share with my loved ones!

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    rjeiii 01-20-15
    rjeiii 01-20-15
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    "Perhaps it needs to be read"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would make a Cliffs Notes version. The contents need to be condensed, and the sales pitch needs to be dispensed with.


    What does Stefan Rudnicki bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Did The China Study inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to never order another controversial health book.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Moonshine Arlington VA 01-15-15
    Moonshine Arlington VA 01-15-15 Member Since 2013

    Words to live by: "Pursue knowledge from the crib to the coffin." This is an Arabic adage I was taught as a child. Go on learning!

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    "Very interesting and important book!"

    Glad to have picked this book. I am a changed person in and out. A must read or listen! I recommend it to all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca 01-11-15
    Rebecca 01-11-15
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    "Excellent information."

    As a health and nutrition junkie, this is a must read/listen to book. it is jam packed with scientific information concerning nutrition and disease. I highly recommend this and have already started talking to my friends and family about it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Givhan 01-08-15
    Lee Givhan 01-08-15
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    "Incredible on many levels"

    As much a study on human nature as it is a study on the relation of diet to health. A fascinating and extremely convincing book. Parts of it were utterly heartbreaking. A great appeal to value human life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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