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)
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!
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.
A must read/listen for anyone who cares about their health, has been diagnosed with a chronic disease, or knows someone else with a diagnosis. There is hope and it's not all in meds. :)
The only minor issue with the audiobook is the reader's "s" whistle. The reading is great other than that.
could have used more detail in historical contradictions like humans growth with hunting. Evolutionary contradictions like humans canine teeth. Nutritional constraints such as the increase demand of plants leading to decline in plant nutrition. Or social/economic issues associated with increased demands for produce.
The narrator did a good job. Much of the information in the book is seems true or the author believes it to be true. The second half of the book was one long tirade against medical, business, and government. It is true they are all in bed together the rant came across as they treaded me badly so I will complain about them. If this book actually open people's eyes to the problem of lobbyist and business involvement in government I can forgive it. I found it difficult to get through the last few hours due to the feeling he was out for revenge. that being said the benefits of whole and natural diet make sense and can't hurt our health.
For many of us we need some sort of crisis to finally get it. Same is true here, major medical crisis and western medicine has no answer, nay, not even a clue of how to approach disease treatment using food as medicine. The goal here is to inform the general public about what is known in the treatment of disease by eliminating the causes and supporting healing by giving the body what it needs through a WFPB (whole foods plant based) diet.
Thank you Dr Campbell.
Campbell lays out a number of ways of looking at the detractors of a Whole Food Plant Based diet to under cut their credibility. He mentions the evidence supporting such a diet for good health both directly and by referring "The China Study" but this is not the focus of the book. If you want his story to confirm you in the belief that the system is practically out to get you, then you should appreciate this book. If you want to learn more about Whole Food Plant Based diet, look elsewhere.
It is well read.
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