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 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.
No but I'll probably research the author better.
Not one that I would watch.
I thought the reader of the book did a great job. I'll certainly watch for other books with the same reader.
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.
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.
I just had a hard time really enjoying the content because the narrator didn't pull me in
For anyone who wants to understand why the hell everybody is not eating s whole plant based diet and what is causing them to not do so.
Just listening to the thoughts of this great man (and his fellow WFPBD revolutionaries) has changed my life forever and no doubt will have saved me from an early death and a lot of pain and suffering from eating the typical Australian diet.
Thank-you, Mr T. Campbell.
The author has a long career in research and academia. He points out that the nutrition guidelines we receive are all inluenced by industries that benefit or might be damaged by the actions we take based on those guidelines. Very informative and an alternative to the normal corporate inluenced information we receive. I enjoyed it.
common sense easy to follow vital information about health and the medical industry . if you want to live a longer healther life read this book.
Never in my life I thought that so many organizations can be so corrupt to create a system around money to keep public from finding out the truth about their own power and destiny. Dr Campbell is a true hero who has shown so much courage in this book to expose the real offenders in the American health system. Anyone who reads this book would be encouraged to fight against the system to make a change and will feel very empowered to own and control their own health. I wish everyone in the USA and whole world read this book to know how our wrong trajectory on scientific research has taken us to a point where we are about to break down the very habitat we live in through our own arrogant actions. I liked the way Dr Campbell explained how Renaissance made a positive change in the olden times and why we need another such revolution at a large scale to survive beyond the year 2050 as a successful species.
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