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China Study, The: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health [Paperback]

Colin Campbell
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1 Jun 2006
Part Medical Thriller, Part Governmental Expose and Part Nutrition Manual. Dr. Campbell issues a stark warning against the imminent "Atkins Backlash". This is NOT a diet book. Consumers are bombarded with conflicting messages regarding health and nutrition; the market is flooded with popular titles like "The Atkins Diet" and "The South Beach Diet". Dr. Campbell cuts through the haze of misinformation and delivers an insightful message to anyone living with cancer, diabetes, heart disease, obesity and those concerned with the effect of ageing. Dr. Campbell challenges the validity of these low-carb fad diets and issues a startling warning to their followers. "The New York Times" has recognised the study ("China-Oxford-Cornell Diet and Health Project") as the "Grand Prix of epidemiology" and the "most comprehensive large study ever undertaken of the relationship between diet and the risk of developing disease".

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  • Paperback: 417 pages
  • Publisher: Ben Bella; 1st BenBella Books Ed edition (1 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781932100662
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932100662
  • ASIN: 1932100660
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Despite the staggering amount of dietary advice out there, how many of us actually feel confident that we know exactly what it is we should be doing to improve our overall health? This comprehensive study of nutrition is a bestseller accross the pond and, according to the New York Times, can be considered the 'Grand Prix of epidemiology'. The China Study methodically dispels the most common health myths and provides solid evidence that a change in diet can dramatically reduce your risk of diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes, as well as obesity.'

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Dr. Campbell is a Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of nutritional biochemistry at Cornell University. He has received more than 70 grant-years of peer-research funding and authored more than 300 research papers.

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380 of 398 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A revolution in the making 10 May 2006
By Dennis Littrell TOP 500 REVIEWER
The central message of this extraordinary book is: consume whole foods in the context of a plant-based diet. If you do you will greatly decrease the likelihood that you will die prematurely from the "diseases of affluence" that ravage our society, including cancer, heart failure and diabetes.

This is a diet that makes eminent sense and is in accord with what we may surmise was the natural diet of our ancestors in the prehistory before the rise of agriculture and animal husbandry. Campbell shows through intensive and wide-ranging studies, in particular through evidence from the "China Study: the most comprehensive study of health and nutrition ever conducted," that it is a diet that will prevent and even reverse disease.

Campbell is no pie-in-the-sky visionary or nutritional quack with a bogus agenda, nor is he an animal rights activist trying to find justification for his concerns. He is a bonafide mainstream scientist with forty years of experience who is currently Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University. Furthermore, he grew up on a farm, and prior to his learning about the effect diet can have on human health, he ate a more or less traditional American diet heavy on the meat, milk, fat, refined sugars and starches.

I have been reading books on nutrition and diet for decades. I have seen food fads come and go, and I have seen the rise of the supersize in which McDonald's and other large corporations have seduced us into eating not only foods that are bad for us, but lured us into eating (and drinking) them in large quantities. As a result we have become among the fattest people on the planet with something like two-thirds of the population overweight and one-third obese. (p.
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168 of 177 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Risks of animal based proteins 24 Jan 2008
The primary theme of this book is that animal based proteins affect the rate of cancer in any given population. He does also consider other things such as fiber, and has important findings in this area, but overall, the animal protein was the most startling.

In the introduction he explains how he worked in the Philippines when he was on the faculty at Virginia Tech. Their goal was to improve childhood malnutrition by making sure the children were getting as much protein as possible, in particular animal based protein. But, this led to a startling discovery, the children that consumed the most protein were also the most likely to develop liver cancer!

He then found a study from India, saying in essence, the same thing. They had fed two groups of rats a cancer causing agent, but one group was given 20% protein while the other was given only 5%. 100% of the rats fed a diet of 20% protein developed liver cancer, while none of the rats on the 5% diet developed cancer.

My initial thought was "What about vegetarians?" But many of them consume a large amount of animal based proteins in the form of milk, yogurt, cheese and eggs, which are all on his "avoid" list.

This blew away everything he had been taught about nutrition. He eventually goes on to study the subject in the laboratory for 27 years funded by sources such as the National Institutes of Health, the American Cancer Society, and the American Institute for Cancer Research.

His research showed that they could virtually turn on and off cancer growth by changing the level of protein consumed. This was a shocking discovery to say the least, one that eventually ends him up on a watch list funded by those who profit from the sale of animal protein.
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5.0 out of 5 stars China Study 26 July 2012
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Having spent the last 70 odd years as an avid carnivore, I read the China study and have changed to a vegan diet.
The result has been a very significant reduction in my blood pressure, I have been trying to reduce it for several years without success. Another great result for the China Study!
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68 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Changing Book 1 Dec 2007
Since reading this book I have gained a good understanding of why we should not eat things such as: Dairy, Modified Fats, Refined Foods,
and Red meat.

The book also emphasises the benefit of eating whole foods from a plant based diet.

The book really is an excellent read and will open your eyes as to how you should consider eating to become healthier and to greatly reduce your risk from many western diseases. Since reading this book (and another book called 'Never be Sick again' by Raymond Francis and Kester Cotton) I have pretty much become a vegan, basing my diet mainly on raw whole plant based foods. Excess weight melted away and some long standing health problems are no where near as problematic.

If I could give my own one line comment to summarise the whole book it is this: Western food causes western diseases. T.Colin Campbell proves this and gives overwhelming evidence by comparing the disease rates of different communities with their diet. He also gives results of a study where he gave rats, that had tumours, different diets. Those that ate 20% milk protein all developed cancer, those that ate 6% or less didn't. He could start and stop tumour growth by starting and stopping the milk protein diet! (Another interesting read focusing on the cancer issue is, 'Life in Your Hands' by professor Jane Plant).

Who eats the most refined food, and consumes the most meat and dairy? We do in the UK, Europe and USA. Who has the most Osteoporosis, Heart disease and cancer? WE DO!!! Is there a link? Or course there is!, read this book and find out why.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great educational book
Fantastic book on nutrition, everyone should read it and educate themselves on what trash we are served as food and what it does to our health....
Published 13 days ago by mothidentifier
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book but not succinct, and overly repetitive. Slightly better...
Whilst I can't judge the science, this is a great book with powerful and important messages, which justifies the 5 star review notwithstanding my other comments. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Chris Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking
I thought I knew quite a lot about nutrition, but this book taught me so much about nutrition and health. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Spelling pedant
2.0 out of 5 stars More veg is good for everyone but a lot of shaky science here
I've been reading a lot of diet stuff recently and this book is good in places. I mean, who could argue with the idea we should all be eating much more whole plant foods? No one. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Raggielass
5.0 out of 5 stars China Study
This is a great book, it has made me more aware of my own nutrition, after reading the book I also watched 'forks over knives' which is also brilliant.
Published 24 days ago by Tilda
1.0 out of 5 stars Flawed science and statistical analysis
I read this book when a friend and his family became vegan due solely to the claims made by the book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Busy mum
5.0 out of 5 stars What we eat heals us more than NHS
There are many people in health system that get money from the fact we are ill, if we ill ourselves with food they do not make business anymore!
Published 1 month ago by marianna
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating Book On The Flawed Wisdom Of The Western Diet
Just read this and can highly recommend it. Particularly interesting was how he breaks down modern pseudo scientific nutritional advice that we are bombarded with and cuts through... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Einstein
5.0 out of 5 stars If you read just one book
Not sure which"diet" book to read make it this one - it's packed and backed up with facts explains why you need to be making the lifestyle changes your body deserves. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read
could not put this down! so interesting and the authour backs up every bit of information with scientific studies, everyone should read this book
Published 1 month ago by dominique
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