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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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    Bruce B Dudley, MA USA 12-09-13
    Bruce B Dudley, MA USA 12-09-13 Member Since 2013
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    "More political statement than nutritrion"
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    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.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Scottiiee665 Melbourne, FL, United States 11-11-13
    Scottiiee665 Melbourne, FL, United States 11-11-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Wish I had this information 20 Years ago !"
    What made the experience of listening to Whole the most enjoyable?

    Great Information that makes total sense. I wish their were some Medical Doctors who would read this before prescribing another pill.


    Any additional comments?

    Should be required reading before being given a Medical Degree.

    2 of 5 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).

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin United States 01-05-14
    Kevin United States 01-05-14
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    "WOW! You MUST read this book"

    I have been following health and nutrition for decades. I read a few books on the subject every year and have always been confused by the fads and how many authors espouse their opinions as fact. This book helped clear everything up and put it into perspective. If you want to learn about nutrition and how to improve your health, and have it based on decades of medical research and hundreds of peer reviewed studies then this is the book for you. This a must read in my opinion if you care about living a healthy life.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mainstreet 12-11-13
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    "Whole: far more than the sum of its parts"
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    This book, true to its title, keeps it whole where nutritional details around foods and people who should eat whole foods is concerned. The author is up front: eat whole foods.

    Much of the book is about the way in which industry sells us foods that make us sick and about medicines that purport to make us better but in all actuality also make us pretty sick.

    Compared with the alternative: whole foods.

    In this, the book is habit changing for those who want to change their habits. It also serves as a case study explaining how life in modern times works.

    In this latter regard the author is no less than heroic. He has explored the global terrain that often dumbfounds mortals like me and returned with a light switch.

    Here I am going to be ageist, but in a nice way.

    If ever there was a case to be made for the argument that human beings, as opposed to other mammals, live longer lives solely so that the old can impart wisdom to the young - as an evolutionary edge - this book is it. The author has spent many years in established scientific realms to reach a point in his life where he can shed light on hallowed halls that would otherwise 'exile' younger men or women who derive their pay checks from the masters of those hallowed halls. In this regard the author is not so much a whistle blower in the ordinary sense. He is a wise man who knows his stuff, because of the sheer amount of years he has spent working in his area of expertise, and also knows that there's no one who can do a thing to stop him from telling it like it is.

    Now for the book's big moment, which is found in its sheer explanatory power of modern human society. I will not compare this work with anything written by Marx, Freud, Pilger or Chomsky. Not in terms of content. Yet Whole is simply profound in its ability to explain the dizzying white noise buzzing around us and swallowing us in daily confusion and answer seeking. It explains how institutions - as in the big institutions - operate at the level of individual ego and innocent ignorance. This book unwraps paradigms in the way that Plato taught us that most of us turn our backs to reality in order to watch shadows dance across cave walls. It tackles these enormous issues with such reasonableness. Not a pitch fork or mob in sight. As such, this book brings you around the camp fire for a yarn about the way in which the world works and then goes further in explaining the way in which we can make the world, and out tummies, a happier place.

    In this regard, to my mind, Whole is more than the sum of its parts, and more than "Whole" itself.

    Tom Hagan did not only read this book. He was a part of my wonderful audible experience.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    S. Casey Fort Worth, Tx 10-22-13
    S. Casey Fort Worth, Tx 10-22-13 Member Since 2006
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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 6 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel United States 09-02-13
    Daniel United States 09-02-13
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    "Eye Opening, saves you 1000x its price on medical"
    Where does Whole rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the top books in my collection, that explains the current terrible state of our society's health, waistlines and shows its problems with the profit seeking medical, supplement and media industry.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Whole?

    When Mr. Campbell took on the supplements industry, where people pay to get sick and diseases from vitamin supplements, fish oils etc.Also the money focus of the medical establishment instead of primarily focusing on the benefits for the patients.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Whole foods plant based


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

    Yes, it changed my life !


    Any additional comments?

    This book can save you 1000 times its purchasing price on medical bills later on.I finished the book and made lifestyle adjustments. Now I am happy that with this knowledge I can make better decisions and improve my health, energy levels and overall life.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    david 05-27-13
    david 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 6 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 4 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew 05-17-13
    Matthew 05-17-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Change The Way You Think!"
    If you could sum up Whole in three words, what would they be?

    Awesomly Supersensationalistic Ideas


    Any additional comments?

    This book is about SOO much more than just nutrition! The insight in this book could be revolutionary if more people would read it. Change the world! If you care anything at all about your health, loved ones or our planet, you need to listen to this! Even if you think you already know everything about health and nutrition. He does use some big words that I had to look up from time to time,but if a simple uneducated factory worker like me can be get some of the complex ideas in this book,then surely you can. For everyone involved in providing this information, you have my deepest and sincere thanks.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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