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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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    Thom 06-29-15
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    A great read. Life changing book which everyone should read. Makes perfect sense that nutrition is not considered as a way to change the health of the world as their is no money to be made from it. Governments, pharmaceutical companies and health professionals are insidious and complicit in their disregard for the health of the population.
    Whole paints a compelling argument against the status quo and for me is the way forward in living a disease free life in our later years.

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    Brigitte 06-17-15
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    "Terrible audio quality"
    Would you try another book from T. Colin Campbell and Howard Jacobson and/or Don Hagen?

    Maybe, if there were better audio engineers. Every time the guy said the letter 's' it came out in this really harsh high pitched whistle. I tried many times, but could listen for more than 10 minutes, it gave me a headache. To be fair, I didn't even listen to the story, so could be a very good book, just definitely not something you want to listen to.


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    D. Drakeley 06-04-15
    D. Drakeley 06-04-15

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    "Outstanding overview of reasons the healthcare system is broken!"

    I really enjoyed Dr. Campbell's review of the science that leads to a whole plant based diet. The information and story of the entire system of research and development is outstanding. His overview of the powerful lobbying that keeps the current system in place is fascinating. The is a must read if you are interested in a healthier lifestyle. The performance by Mr. Hagen is very good and helps move the story along, especially if you like to listen at an accelerated pace. Overall a highly recommended audio book!

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    Odd Norway 05-13-15
    Odd Norway 05-13-15 Member Since 2009

    I love to make my mind think and in totally new ways. In that way I can make my world in my minds eye bigger. Maybe I just need more space?

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    "The whole truth your not supposed to know!"

    Eye opening and startling information on what is most important in life - food and our health.

    How important information about food is being hidden by the "money" and how there is a unhealthy business thriving on our "misfortune" of being uneducated.

    This is a important first step to educate yourself.

    Also about how business is manipulating us and the "world" and everyone

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    Will TEXAS 05-13-15
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    "Must Read! Stay Informed!"

    I am so thankful for dedicated scientists like Dr Campbell who dedicate their lives to helping us understand our complex biology. This book is a must-read for anyone who truly values their health.

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    Bena 03-21-15
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    "Eye Opening and some mind blowing information!"

    Made me rethink nutrition and what I thought I knew! Also opened my eyes to how corrupt and ill informed our government is but also our health care system!

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    Mary 03-19-15
    Mary 03-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Scarier than any fiction!"

    The huge pharmaceutical companies and food corporations don't have your health and quality of life in mind. Skip the doctor and have an apple. Meat isn't so much murder as it is suicide. Forget how the food feels in factory farms. How do you feel with a quarter pound of genetically modified beef clogging your gut?

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    Jason D. Hata NJ 03-06-15
    Jason D. Hata NJ 03-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Liked the book as a Whole"

    I enjoyed the very informative and just as shocking book, as the interviews and other publications I've read about Campbell. I do support Colin T. Campbell , but I feel however that though I love how the book was trying to focus on the "whole" theme when it comes to nutrition; there was a lot if derailment on what looked like an old man crying,"No one will believe me!" Which gets brought up numerous times. That said, it really is upsetting how no one listens or tries to silence Campbell on such vital information about our health. The narration was well done.

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    Aud 02-19-15
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    "Love this. Wish it was mandatory read in school!"

    We, the people, is what it will take to go up against the crappy food pushers and pharma. Truly wish this was what all 5 th grade teachers read to their whole class.

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    Sarah Printy 02-10-15
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    "Pessimistic and Bitter View Towards the Industry"
    What would have made Whole better?

    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.


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

    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.


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