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.
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.
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.
Say something about yourself!
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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