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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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    Ted Weimar, CA, United States 04-29-10
    Ted Weimar, CA, United States 04-29-10 Member Since 2009
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    "dont read this. It will change your life too much!"

    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.

    5 of 7 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.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Charlotte Hutson-Wrenn Charlotte, North Carolina USA 09-10-12
    Charlotte Hutson-Wrenn Charlotte, North Carolina USA 09-10-12

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    "Not the most comprehensive study"
    What disappointed you about The China Study?

    The writer's attitude. Information I do not believe is accurate portrayed as absolute truth.


    What could T. Colin Campbell and Thomas M. Campbell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Some humility and objectivity.


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

    Anything to help us eat a more healthy diet is worth listening to. I would recommend Dr. Andrew Weil's books and philosophy of healthy diet instead.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Anastasia Burke California 09-02-12
    Anastasia Burke California 09-02-12 Member Since 2007

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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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan Fairy Meadow, Australia 07-20-14
    Nathan Fairy Meadow, Australia 07-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Health and well being"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The China Study to be better than the print version?

    Yes, it is easier to take in.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Campbell - Because he grow up on a farm and had the people closes to him die of cancers and yet he was determine to find the true about human's potential to health and well being.


    What about Stefan Rudnicki’s performance did you like?

    Excellent. His voice is calming and inviting.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Outstanding. A must read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    skinut EASTON, PA, United States 06-24-14
    skinut EASTON, PA, United States 06-24-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent Book"
    What did you love best about The China Study?

    A true expert telling the truth no matter the harm that may come to him.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The China Study?

    Too many too mention. This is THE research scientist who provides the truth about our food an health in the us, and the book "Eat to Live" by Dr Joel Furman proves the validity in his medical practice. These are both excellent books written by honest expert authors.


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

    Come on Audible, update your crappy system. You sell lots of non-fiction books and they don't have characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It's a non-fiction book, update your outdated software.


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    Iorek Katze Peoria, IL, USA 06-10-14
    Iorek Katze Peoria, IL, USA 06-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Already listened twice in one week."
    Would you listen to The China Study again? Why?

    Yes. This is the most important and inspirational book I have ever read. Stefan Rudnicki's reading is brilliant.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It has inspired a profound hope in long term health.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Arthur MEMPHIS, TN, United States 05-30-14
    Arthur MEMPHIS, TN, United States 05-30-14 Member Since 2009
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    "A must book to listen to."
    What made the experience of listening to The China Study the most enjoyable?

    Could be the most important book I have ever listened to. Everyone should read it. If you read it and follow the advice, it will extend your life.


    What about Stefan Rudnicki’s performance did you like?

    Stefan Rudnicki did a great job.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book may have changed my life.


    Any additional comments?

    This should be mandatory reading for everyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin United States 01-05-14
    Kevin United States 01-05-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Best Nutrition Book I Have Read"

    I do a lot of reading on health and nutrition. I am a life long athlete and want to live a healthy life. What I love about this book is that puts into basic terms decades of medical research and hundreds of studies. Many books focus on pushing one theme and selling something the author is pushing, and at best are based on a few poorly designed studies. What you learn in this book will blow your mind. It is so simple it's scary as are the facts about the food industry. THIS IS A MUST READ FOR EVERYONE.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gabrielle Wamboin, Australia 11-19-13
    Gabrielle Wamboin, Australia 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!

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