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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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    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).

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin United States 01-05-14
    Kevin United States 01-05-14 Member Since 2011
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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.

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    Mainstreet 12-11-13
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    "Whole: far more than the sum of its parts"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alex Vladisavljevic Bronx, NY United States 11-23-13
    Alex Vladisavljevic Bronx, NY United States 11-23-13
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    "Unveiling of the truth"
    What made the experience of listening to Whole the most enjoyable?

    Fantastic and Refreshing! Thank you for publishing this book. I know what difficulties that you must have overcome to bring the truth to the forefront. I used to be a Cancer Researcher and was also disappointed and disillusioned by the state of the Leading Healthcare Institutions and their reductionist approach to medicine. I since have changed careers. At the time, my quest for the truth was consistently sidelined for the pursuit of NIH money in the latest hot topic in the journals. This is a must read for just about everyone!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Author


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    Naas colorado Springs 07-08-14
    Naas colorado Springs 07-08-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A man of wisdom way ahead of his time!"
    What did you love best about Whole?

    Incredible information. Detailed. Holistic and unapologetic.


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

    The second half is full of amazing eye-opening info!


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone in America needs to read this to have their eyes opened to what is really going on on Capital Hill and with the food, drug and supplement industry!

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gregory 05-31-14
    Gregory 05-31-14 Member Since 2013

    interested in medicine, fitness, and economics.

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    "The benefits of healthy veganism"

    The author is an acclaimed researcher and he exposes the danger of eating animals and animal products. He also takes a somewhat more controversial position by arguing that we should significantly limit our dietary protein intake. I would consider this book a must read for anyone interested in nutrition and healthy eating. It also provides an interesting counterpoint to Grain Brain.

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    brent HANFORD, CA, United States 03-31-14
    brent HANFORD, CA, United States 03-31-14 Member Since 2005
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    What made the experience of listening to Whole the most enjoyable?

    This is a careful, considered, and reasonably open-minded book, worthy of careful review. What I enjoyed most was the large and Rational picture presented.


    Would you recommend Whole to your friends? Why or why not?

    It always depends on who you are talking to. The book was awfully light on hard science--which I found disappointing, but it did preach a general truth about a whole plant diet being best. Few people stop to ask the simple question "What makes healthy foods healthy and unhealthy foods unhealthy?" The author does not present this question or address its answer directly, but the answer is simply that humans are adapted to the one and not the other. I liked the way he side-stepped the vegan/vegetarian question, criticizing refined flour and other things that don't have animal products in them. He also did a great job of explaining the monied interests involved and how it's not necessary to believe in conspiracy theories over this. If you are interested in the actual science of why one type of food is best for you, you may be disappointed in this book. If you are more interested in a larger picture, insights into industry, disease, and especially cancer, I think you'll find this book helpful.


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

    I liked the opening statements about his science and experience and the fact that he's 79 years old and so not looking to make a lot of money from the book. I also liked the quotations he spreads liberally through the book. Many of them sum up the argument he then goes into quite well.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this book twice: First on Audible, then in paper. I look forward to reading it again as soon as I can.

    By the way, we humans seem to have a terrible time thinking statistically. While it is interesting to find exceptions to every rule, the weight of the evidence and the subsequent odds and application to most of us are clearly evident. The interesting questions about the Inuit would be how healthy they are, exactly what their diet consists of, and how healthy are they as compared to the generations 50 or 100 years ago? For most of us, no diet could be simpler than whole foods whole. This book is a nice compliment to Jared Diamond's book The World Until Yesterday, particularly the last four chapters of that book, which discuss what happens when "traditional" cultures bump into modern ones. The last four chapters are about diet and disease.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth 03-26-14
    Elizabeth 03-26-14
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    "A little angry, but with good reason"
    Where does Whole rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Really enjoyed it. There were times when the author argued a little too hard about the injustice his research has suffered at the hands of government and corporations. Not that it is not true, but to me the anger clouds the simple truth of his scientific findings.


    Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

    Though the book was about food science and politics, it was very accessible. Made me think a lot harder about what I and we as a society eat. And what it will really take to change my diet and more importantly the diet of our society.


    Have you listened to any of Don Hagen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The reader was fine.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I found in very interesting. Kept wishing I had more housework to do, so I could keep listening.


    Any additional comments?

    This book allows you to see the so-called obesity epidemic and chronic illness issues in a whole new light. As with so many issues in our society, we have the answer. But we are no where near the collective mindset it would take to put it in place. However, WHOLE made a real impression on me. And we have made some important changes in our diet in our household.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marnie F. Biando Denver, CO 03-03-14
    Marnie F. Biando Denver, CO 03-03-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Repeat of the China Study"
    Any additional comments?

    I read this book immediately after the China Study. Alot of the content was repeated from China Study. For the purpose of improving one's diet, I would recommend skipping China Study and just read Whole.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    elan Kailua, HI 96734 05-10-13
    elan Kailua, HI 96734 05-10-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A Powerful and eye opening revelation"
    What did you love best about Whole?

    The incredible data that Colin Campbell has uncovered in a 60 year career in medicine and health research.


    What other book might you compare Whole to and why?

    Few are this cimprehensive Though John Robbins books are in the same vein.


    What does Don Hagen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Enunciation and clarity


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Life and Death and healthand Your diet What the government and industry is not telling you about what you eat and how it affects your health.


    Any additional comments?

    You will not be disappointed when you egt this book It is astounding and profoundly important for you and your family and your community.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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