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Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    CarlU 02-25-14
    CarlU 02-25-14

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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would change a lot of this book. While I agree with much of what is in this book I dislike all the kid like ranting and raving. It's no wonder the people that oppose his views treat him like a kid. I think reception of the ideas presented would be better received if delivered in a more professional manner with more facts and not blanket statements with half truths such as what he accuses others of doing.Overall I feel like it was a waste of my time.


    Has Whole turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No but I'll probably research the author better.


    Could you see Whole being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not one that I would watch.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the reader of the book did a great job. I'll certainly watch for other books with the same reader.

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    Mary Chambers 06-02-13
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


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

    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.


    Did Whole inspire you to do anything?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I would have liked the book better if it had been about 1/3 as long as it was.

    11 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    A. Yoshida 01-18-14
    A. Yoshida 01-18-14
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    "Evidence for a plant-based diet"

    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.

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    Natalie M. R. Hernandez United States 05-04-16
    Natalie M. R. Hernandez United States 05-04-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Read The China Study first"

    Love this book. I feel like it completed The China Study thought. keeping in my library and will definitely read again

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    Ricky 04-10-16
    Ricky 04-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "The Truth. Hippocrates 'let food be your medicine'"
    If you could sum up Whole in three words, what would they be?

    Suppressed. Invaluable. Truth.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The hope that it inspires, that we can all live healthy lives. Lives free of a diseased and drug addicted culture.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The China Study references.


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

    Both. Laughed and cried.


    Any additional comments?

    Read 'The China Study' first, then 'Whole'

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    Debbie G. 04-07-16
    Debbie G. 04-07-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Thought provoking"

    This book challenges the status quo. I will be giving it a second listen. If you are interested in nutrition and health, this book is worth your time!

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    Amazon Customer 03-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "The Whole Truth"

    I knew BIG money controlled many things, it is upsetting to hear how much they control our poor health. I am so thankful for Dr Campbell and the others who fight to tell us the Whole truth. We need to help them spread the word from the bottom up.

    It is an informative book that should be read by everyone who wants to be in control of their own health.

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    Geoffrey Nelson Portland, OR 03-28-16
    Geoffrey Nelson Portland, OR 03-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    This is another great book written by a wonderful man that truly cares about people and their health.

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    Amazon Customer 03-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "great information"

    Just the push I needed to change my diet. It is hard to ignore the evidence presented in this book and continue regular bad eating habits.

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    alexis 03-05-16
    alexis 03-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Eye opener!"

    well that was really informative, I enjoyed this and encourages me to carry out more research on nutrition, and of course change my habits.

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