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Whole Audiobook

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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    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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    Gerald T Lally 12-24-15
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    "Should be required reading"

    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.

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    David Middleton Lexington, KY USA 12-06-15
    David Middleton Lexington, KY USA 12-06-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Why WFPB diet detractors are suspect"

    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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    Ronald 10-15-15
    Ronald 10-15-15
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    "Incisive Expose'"

    This well documented revelation by a scientist intimately familiar with the pervasive collusion of Big Ag, Big Pharm, the "Health" industry and government is disheartening.
    The redeeming ray of hope from the work is that good health is in our own hands and has always been, although massive mendacity and obfuscation have abused our credulity and will continue to do so.

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    Gretchen Pangilinan Lafayette, CO 08-31-15
    Gretchen Pangilinan Lafayette, CO 08-31-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Changing our world"

    Very informative, intelligent and fact and research based! This book if adopted by most in our world could change our world for the better and seemingly save our planet from our ever present ailments.

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    tonywoojin 01-29-15
    tonywoojin 01-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Eye opening"

    Up to now I have dismissed plant-based diet as a fad. I am now motivated to research and potentially adopt such a diet based on the arguments presented in this book. This is a book worth reading or listening to. The reading is excellent at 1.25 speed.

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    julie & richard mendel wayne, pa USA 01-25-15
    julie & richard mendel wayne, pa USA 01-25-15 Member Since 2014

    Theodore Roosevelt's "The Man in the Arena" & Raise High the Roof Beam Carpenters: Po Lo's account of the dun-colored mare @deadgametheory

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    "Much more compelling than I would have thought."
    Would you listen to Whole again? Why?

    Yes, I really didn't expect how enlightening the book really was. The author uses classical argumentation to succinctly educate the reader (listener) to a vast amount of research (that was unknown to me) that is of tremendous importance to anyone wishing to rethink commonly held ideas about nutrition.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not applicable


    Which scene was your favorite?

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

    Yes, as a physician I was shocked at how difficult it must be for a layperson to have confidence in anything they hear (especially from government).


    Any additional comments?

    This will serve a source of reference for me, and I admire the author, Colin Campbell PhD.

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    Amazon Customer 07-25-14
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    "Good Information, reading errors"
    What did you love best about Whole?

    The information in this book is well written, well researched, and believable. I have begun to improve my diet based on the dietary information contained in it. I also will have a healthy skepticism about health news I hear or read, looking to the source of that information. I was disappointed to find paragraphs missing from the hard copy and even Type 1 diabetes read where Type 2 diabetes was printed in the book. That's a big difference. Type 1 diabetes is not as well affected by diet as Type 2. I found several other errors in the reading on pages 238-239(5 chapters missing on the audio), also errors on pages 246, 251, 253 and 279. I read the hard copy as I listened to the audio book. Getting the information fro 2 senses at one time helps me retain the inforamation longer.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Whole?

    Sorry, I didn't see these other boxes as I typed the first. The last concluding chapter was the best as it tied all the information in the book together and gave a plan of action for the individual reader to take to improve the state of nutrition in this country.


    What three words best describe Don Hagen’s voice?

    articulate expressive timing


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

    Yes, page 246, Subtle Power and the Media. The underlying forces at work to keep people stuck in a broken system is insidious, subtle, and not even recognized by most, and if it is they are still stuck as to helping others due to the necessity to maintain professional standing. Personal food choices is our main avenue to affect change as we improve ourselves and are visible to others who also want that positive change. I have had that happen already just carrying the book around to read waiting for appointments. Everyone it seems knows intuitively that food is the cause of the disease in themselves and their loved ones. Some copied the title down to purchase it. Grassroots, one on one connections will be the catalyst for change, as Dr. Campbell concludes.


    Any additional comments?

    Please check the errors I found in the audible edition. Maybe they were intentionaly changed, at least those 5 paragraphs, but the Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes error needs correction. Some others were just words omitted, like "The". I am awaiting more writings from Mr. Campbell and will be looking for a good cookbook for the WFPB nutrition plan he advocates.

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    V. Fawzi Bay Area, California, USA 02-26-14
    V. Fawzi Bay Area, California, USA 02-26-14
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    "Arrogant and Judgemental"
    What disappointed you about Whole?

    I know that the author has a terrific pedigree, and was looking forward to hearing what he had to say. However I had to give up when chapter after chapter was filled with derision for anyone who doesn't subscribe to his philosophy, and kudos for those that do. After a time I focused more on his reductionism deconstruction strategy than on the points he was trying to make. I don't think this is what he intended.


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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