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Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition | [T. Colin Campbell, Howard Jacobson]

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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    S. Casey Fort Worth, Tx 10-22-13
    S. Casey Fort Worth, Tx 10-22-13 Member Since 2004
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    Would you listen to Whole again? Why?

    I will listen to this book again and recommend it to everyone I care about. The revelations in this book are too important to keep to yourself.


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

    This book made me glad to have found it and angry that anyone would try to discredit Dr Campbell for writing it. The disease culture in this world needs to be confronted with the facts presented in this book.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    david Virginia BEach, VA, United States 05-27-13
    david Virginia BEach, VA, United States 05-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Follow up!"

    This is a great stand alone book. Or an excellent follow up to "The China Study."

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce M. Babbitt Dudley, MA USA 12-09-13
    Bruce M. Babbitt Dudley, MA USA 12-09-13 Member Since 2006
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    "More political statement than nutritrion"
    Any additional comments?

    While there is some information to be gleaned from this book, it is more a screed than a thoughtful treatise on nutrition. Dr. Campbell seems to believe that anyone that doesn't agree with his findings is misguided. While there may be some people who are helped by his diet, I, for one, have been helped more by going to a diet based more on fats, vegetables and fruits and away from many grains (especially wheat) and sugars. This approach has been documented by a number of doctors whose books are widely available.

    Dr. Campbell espouses a diet based primarily on vegetables, high in carbs and low in fats. No real problem at this point, although it may not necessarily be right for everyone. But where he really started losing me was when he started talking about our eating of meat contributing to global warming, attributing the beliefs of anyone who disagrees with him to the evil corporate influence and, in general, ranting about the evils of capitalism. While I may be misreading him, he sounds like he thinks that he is a lonely crusader fighting to expose the grand conspiracy to keep us from a healthy diet.

    If Dr. Campbell had just presented his findings so that you could decide whether his diet was something that might be worthwhile to try, I would have given it a higher rating. By making it such a political statement, he made much of it a waste of my time.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    "Good Information, reading errors"
    What did you love best about Whole?

    The information in this book is well written, well researched, and believable. I have begun to improve my diet based on the dietary information contained in it. I also will have a healthy skepticism about health news I hear or read, looking to the source of that information. I was disappointed to find paragraphs missing from the hard copy and even Type 1 diabetes read where Type 2 diabetes was printed in the book. That's a big difference. Type 1 diabetes is not as well affected by diet as Type 2. I found several other errors in the reading on pages 238-239(5 chapters missing on the audio), also errors on pages 246, 251, 253 and 279. I read the hard copy as I listened to the audio book. Getting the information fro 2 senses at one time helps me retain the inforamation longer.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Whole?

    Sorry, I didn't see these other boxes as I typed the first. The last concluding chapter was the best as it tied all the information in the book together and gave a plan of action for the individual reader to take to improve the state of nutrition in this country.


    What three words best describe Don Hagen’s voice?

    articulate expressive timing


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

    Yes, page 246, Subtle Power and the Media. The underlying forces at work to keep people stuck in a broken system is insidious, subtle, and not even recognized by most, and if it is they are still stuck as to helping others due to the necessity to maintain professional standing. Personal food choices is our main avenue to affect change as we improve ourselves and are visible to others who also want that positive change. I have had that happen already just carrying the book around to read waiting for appointments. Everyone it seems knows intuitively that food is the cause of the disease in themselves and their loved ones. Some copied the title down to purchase it. Grassroots, one on one connections will be the catalyst for change, as Dr. Campbell concludes.


    Any additional comments?

    Please check the errors I found in the audible edition. Maybe they were intentionaly changed, at least those 5 paragraphs, but the Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes error needs correction. Some others were just words omitted, like "The". I am awaiting more writings from Mr. Campbell and will be looking for a good cookbook for the WFPB nutrition plan he advocates.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Naas colorado Springs 07-08-14
    Naas colorado Springs 07-08-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A man of wisdom way ahead of his time!"
    What did you love best about Whole?

    Incredible information. Detailed. Holistic and unapologetic.


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

    The second half is full of amazing eye-opening info!


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone in America needs to read this to have their eyes opened to what is really going on on Capital Hill and with the food, drug and supplement industry!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 03-27-14
    Amazon Customer TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 03-27-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A lot of science and a few good tips"

    This is an excellent book for the scientific explanation of why supplements will never render the same positive results as eating the food they come from. The authors go to great lengths to scientifically evaluate the difference between the nutritional content of a whole food and a component part of that food that is being marketed as a supplement.

    The narrator did the book justice, and he has a beautiful voice, but he was rather slow for me and his voice was a little too melodic. I almost went to sleep several times listening to him. For that reason, YOU SHOULDN'T LISTEN TO THIS AUDIOBOOK WHILE DRIVING. While I would have enjoyed listening to Don Hagan read a fiction book, I really think that narrators with a little more pep should be used for scientific books.

    Overall, what I took away from Whole was an ingrained understanding that it's better to eat the vegetable than to take the supplement. This is not to say that I'll never use supplements again, but I now have a better understanding of the importance of dealing with sickness and disease nutritionally. For a full rating, I would have expected a few more tips on the incorporation of real food into a diet, but that said, I may listen to this one again, sometime, to remind myself to eat my vegetables.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert ENOLA, PA, United States 03-18-14
    Robert ENOLA, PA, United States 03-18-14 Member Since 2012
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    "overral information wasn't practical"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    difficult to say, but I thought the book was little monotonic, and difficult to follow at times. Also data was not supported by medical evidence and there has been a lot of conflicting data and information that was just medically not "true" just the opinion of the writer.


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

    more evidence based


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    ?


    What character would you cut from Whole?

    none


    Any additional comments?

    too details, no medical evidence

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    V. Fawzi Bay Area, California, USA 02-26-14
    V. Fawzi Bay Area, California, USA 02-26-14
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    "Arrogant and Judgemental"
    What disappointed you about Whole?

    I know that the author has a terrific pedigree, and was looking forward to hearing what he had to say. However I had to give up when chapter after chapter was filled with derision for anyone who doesn't subscribe to his philosophy, and kudos for those that do. After a time I focused more on his reductionism deconstruction strategy than on the points he was trying to make. I don't think this is what he intended.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CarlU South East Iowa, United States 02-25-14
    CarlU South East Iowa, United States 02-25-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Could Have Read The Same from Facebook"
    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Roberta Rochester, NY, United States 01-05-14
    Roberta Rochester, NY, United States 01-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Important Read for All"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Whole to be better than the print version?

    No difference.


    What other book might you compare Whole to and why?

    Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer or The Omnivores Dilemma or In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan. These 2 books elaborate in a less scientific way to "Whole."


    What about Don Hagen’s performance did you like?

    Excellent reader. Not biased.


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

    Almost.


    Any additional comments?

    Very Important Read for all. Your health may depend on it (not trying to overexaggerate).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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