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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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    Judith Middleton 02-21-17 Member Since 2013
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    "A must read"

    A must read for anyone interested in health or nutrition!
    Well written and well performed

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    Lana 01-24-17
    Lana 01-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A must read!"

    it's the kind of book that is impossible to digest with one reading.(no pun intended). I just finished for second time.

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    Proctor 01-02-17
    Proctor 01-02-17
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    "WFPD FTW"

    Changed my life. I have cut meat out completely as well as any/all processed food. Let's just say after a few months you just feel lighter. I recommend this to anyone who is willing to embrace change and a better way to live.

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    Michael Johnson 12-28-16
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    "Probably not what you will expect"

    The propositions are intriguing! A brutal attack on our healthcare system with ample research to back up the accusations.

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    Arthur 10-22-16
    Arthur 10-22-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Some truth, Some bias, and some bad science"

    I can't recommend this book, even though the portions on government corruption and industrial profiteering at the expense of the public are mostly accurate. The science presented is poor. Saying humans have a digestive tract like elephants, cows, and other herbivores, animals that spent most of a day eating, digesting, then re-chewing to aid digestion, is just wrong. Also conducting experiments on health conscious people eating organic vegetables, verses unhealthy people eating proceeded meats, then claiming all meat is bad, is misleading and bad science. Using the same methodology, feeding rats processed vegetables grown in poor conditions and laden with pesticides, would indicate all vegetables are bad when the rats fail to thrive. The intention of the book and medical theory is good, but how he goes about proving his theory is ultimately flawed and misleading.

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    Dallas M. 10-18-16
    Dallas M. 10-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Not what I expected, but still good."

    This book starts to get in the weeds at times with very technical details. All of it is still very interesting and provides a new perspective of the medical industry like you wouldn't believe.

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    Amazon Customer Northampton, pa 08-10-16
    Amazon Customer Northampton, pa 08-10-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Important message but the reader was....painful"

    I just had a hard time really enjoying the content because the narrator didn't pull me in

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    "read it"

    Excellent, if you want health, read this book. it is what the big good companies don't want you to know.

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    Mark 07-23-16
    Mark 07-23-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Re-affirming what I suspected"

    For anyone who wants to understand why the hell everybody is not eating s whole plant based diet and what is causing them to not do so.

    Just listening to the thoughts of this great man (and his fellow WFPBD revolutionaries) has changed my life forever and no doubt will have saved me from an early death and a lot of pain and suffering from eating the typical Australian diet.

    Thank-you, Mr T. Campbell.

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    Christopher TEMECULA, CA, United States 07-19-16
    Christopher TEMECULA, CA, United States 07-19-16 Member Since 2014

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    "You are what you eat"

    The author has a long career in research and academia. He points out that the nutrition guidelines we receive are all inluenced by industries that benefit or might be damaged by the actions we take based on those guidelines. Very informative and an alternative to the normal corporate inluenced information we receive. I enjoyed it.

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