What happens when you eat an apple? The answer is vastly more complex than you imagine.
Every apple contains thousands of antioxidants whose names, beyond a few like vitamin C, are unfamiliar to us, and each of these powerful chemicals has the potential to play an important role in supporting our health. They impact thousands upon thousands of metabolic reactions inside the human body. But calculating the specific influence of each of these chemicals isn’t nearly sufficient to explain the effect of the apple as a whole. Because almost every chemical can affect every other chemical, there is an almost infinite number of possible biological consequences - and that’s just from an apple.
Nutritional science, long stuck in a reductionist mindset, is at the cusp of a revolution. The traditional gold standard of nutrition research has been to study one chemical at a time in an attempt to determine its particular impact on the human body. These sorts of studies are helpful to food companies trying to prove there is a chemical in milk or prepackaged dinners that is "good" for us, but they provide little insight into the complexity of what actually happens in our bodies or how those chemicals contribute to our health.
In The China Study, T. Colin Campbell revolutionized the way we think about our food with the evidence that a whole food, plant-based diet is the healthiest way to eat. Now, in Whole, he explains the science behind that evidence, the ways our current scientific paradigm ignores the fascinating complexity of the human body, and why, if we have such overwhelming evidence that everything we think we know about nutrition is wrong, our eating habits haven’t changed.
Whole is an eye-opening, paradigm-changing journey through cutting-edge thinking on nutrition, a scientific tour de force with powerful implications for our health and for our world.
©2013 T. Colin Campbell (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Whole makes a convincing case that modern nutrition’s focus on single nutrients has led to mass confusion with tragic health consequences. Dr. Campbell’s new paradigm will change the way we think about food and, in doing so, could improve the lives of millions of people and save billions of dollars in health care costs." (Brian Wendel, creator and executive producer of Forks over Knives)
"There are very few material game-changers in life, but this book is truly one of them. The information herein - backed up by extraordinary peer-reviewed science - has the power to halt and reverse disease, give you energy you’ve never known, and put you on a path of transformation in just about every positive way. Read it and get ready to soar." (Kathy Freston, New York Times best-selling author of The Lean)
"In this provocative book, T. Colin Campbell, based on his long career in experimental research and health-policy making, uncovers how and why there is so much confusion about food and health and what can be done about it. The China Study revealed what we should eat; Whole answers why. Read and enjoy; there’s something here to inspire and offend just about everyone." (Dean Ornish, MD, founder and president, Preventive Medicine Research Institute, Sausalito)
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
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