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Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition

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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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    Natalie M. R. Hernandez United States 05-04-16
    Natalie M. R. Hernandez United States 05-04-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Read The China Study first"

    Love this book. I feel like it completed The China Study thought. keeping in my library and will definitely read again

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    Ricky 04-10-16
    Ricky 04-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "The Truth. Hippocrates 'let food be your medicine'"
    If you could sum up Whole in three words, what would they be?

    Suppressed. Invaluable. Truth.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The hope that it inspires, that we can all live healthy lives. Lives free of a diseased and drug addicted culture.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The China Study references.


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

    Both. Laughed and cried.


    Any additional comments?

    Read 'The China Study' first, then 'Whole'

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    Debbie G. 04-07-16
    Debbie G. 04-07-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Thought provoking"

    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!

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    Amazon Customer 03-29-16
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    "The Whole Truth"

    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.

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    Geoffrey Nelson Portland, OR 03-28-16
    Geoffrey Nelson Portland, OR 03-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent!"

    This is another great book written by a wonderful man that truly cares about people and their health.

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    Amazon Customer 03-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "great information"

    Just the push I needed to change my diet. It is hard to ignore the evidence presented in this book and continue regular bad eating habits.

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    alexis 03-05-16
    alexis 03-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Eye opener!"

    well that was really informative, I enjoyed this and encourages me to carry out more research on nutrition, and of course change my habits.

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    Jen Bennett 03-04-16
    Jen Bennett 03-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "An amazing and insightful read/book"

    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.

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    Strangelove 01-27-16
    Strangelove 01-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great anecdotes on the system, but"

    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.

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    Nathaniel 01-10-16
    Nathaniel 01-10-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Information but felt biased"

    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.

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  • Franziska
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    "hard reading, good information"
    What aspect of Don Hagen’s performance might you have changed?

    his voice somtimes pitches to high/hard noises which can be very annoing and ear-hurting if you have the overall sound on loud to understand everything in an noisy surrounding like a train.
    These Sound piches should have been smoothed out in the audio correction.
    Otherwise he hase a pleasent voice.


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

    Particulary interesting I found every and all evidence of scientific nature he brought up in addition to his other book "The China Study" for a whole plant based Diet.

    The focus on the american health system and were it goes wrong in the later half of the book I wasn't much interested in. Nevertheless I heard the whole thing and feel better informed and this may help me find deficites in the health system of my own country.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Anthony
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    "Amazing and scary at the same time!"

    I downloaded this book yesterday and haven't finished it yet! I've been an Audible member for a few years and downloaded countless books, but never before has a book hit me so powerfully that I felt compelled to give a semi review before even finishing it!
    There is some fantastic information in this book and would surely make anybody that really listens and takes in everything that is being said, change their eating habits; how could you not!? well, maybe if you weren't REALLY listening to what is being said, or couldn't possibly imagine having to do without meat at every meal (and consequently not bothered about the impact on your own health!).
    Enjoying the content enormously -although it is a little scary at the same time in some ways, and by that I mean the power wielded by the huge food and pharma companies can stifle information that would be harmful to their profits and they are abided in this by governments with utter disregard to their own citizens! That is what is scary.
    I have replayed certain chapters a few times already, to just let the mountain of information, really sink in.
    Will be back to leave a fuller review when I've finished listening to it all a few times!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • realmusicfan
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    5/27/13
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    "Essential listening for real health"

    This is an eye opening audiobook that firmly and clearly lays out the benefits of nutrition for overall health. Knowledge that has been held back from the general population by a profit driven 'health system,' is illuminated and the whole plant based diet is shown to have multiplicitous positive benefits for each one of us.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Barbara Smart
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    3/29/15
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    "Mr Campbell need to be listen to"

    Clever and informative i recommend i appreciate the information given in this book im a dietitian and have learnt and understood more that i then i ever been taught thank you

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • jo henry
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    "THis is written for nutritionalists"
    What disappointed you about Whole?

    The title is misleading, it is not informative unless you want to critically look at the nutritional industry


    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Jon
    4/16/16
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    "I will be throwing my vitamin tablets in the bin"

    I have a masters in mathematics from one of the world's top university with a focus on logic. I finished top of my class. This book has some of the best logic I have heard ever. It makes me chuckle as it rings true - in my dissertation, i studied finite upper half plane graphs and their eigenvalues and the implications that this has on one area of quantum physics. I did and so still do know very little about quantum physics. I also see true in other people, how they are unable to find a solution because they bury themself in detail.
    The problem is people bury themself in detail because they had sadness in them that they can not deal with at that moment. They then eat to find emotional comfort for this buried sadness.
    I will be changing my diet based on this book. I also spend a long time walking as a self therapy.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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