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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.

Critic Reviews

" 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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whole food plant based diet works!

cancer survivor, I'm sure changing my diet is a major part of the success. great read.

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  • 03-31-17

Very Informative

This book is very informative about our health and how diet (what we eat) affects it. This book is not entertaining, instead it is filled with facts about food and its affects on our overall health. The author talks about how we can stay well and even reverse illnesses we already have by eating the proper diet. This book has confirmed a lot of my beliefs and opened my eyes to things I never considered. I'm in the process of changing my diet to get on board with his recommendations. Very grateful I ran across this book. I'm also in the process of reading "The China Study" that was written by the same author.

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Do yourself a favor...

and read this book!! this book is right up there as a must with How not to Die.

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Fantastic!

The author is a pull no punches guy who tells it like it is. You want a better quality of life? Grow up and make some simple choices for yourself. The narrator is very easy to listen to. Highly recommend especially if you are willing to be genuinely introspective.

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Very thankful for this eye-opening book!

This book is quite extraordinary. All of the research data that he refers to sounds like it makes a lot of sense. I'm glad that this has explained to me on a molecular level how the oxidants produced by the meat that we each contribute to illness and cancer. Especially how the antioxidants in the plants that we don't consume enough of, can decrease the oxidants in our body fat ass reducing cancer rates. In addition to this book, there are many documentaries on Netflix which support everything he is saying. I hope others read this book and it catches on like a grassroots movement should!

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A must read

A must read for anyone interested in health or nutrition!
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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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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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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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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.