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5.0 out of 5 stars vital study in public and personal health, 12 Feb 2006
This review is from: China Study, The: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health (Paperback)
The China Study, contributes to a new scientific understanding of health, which is comparable with the historic 19th Century understanding of infectious diseases. Dr T. Colin Campbell is an eminent scientist with a long career in both the laboratory and in epidemiology, and provides a valuable read for both the public and the professional. Nutritional science was and often, as far as the public is concerned, still is, highly misleading. Epidemiology increasingly suggests there is something drastically wrong with our ‘advanced’ eating patterns. To paraphrase the old Beatles’ song, things are not getting better all the time. Colorectal cancer, for example, is common in all advanced countries. The Czech Republic with a death rate of 34 per 100,000 males compares with Bangladesh, which has 0.63 per 100,000 males.
In fact, T.C.C tells us, most cancers are preventable by different nutrition. Most heart disease (and all the related conditions of arterial disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and hypertension) is also preventable, mostly by different nutrition. It is most definitely not “all in our genes”. We are not just looking at death rates; think of the massive burdens of long years of disability and crippling expensive medical intervention. Look at the early development of atheroma in the arteries of our apparently ‘healthy’ young people.Dr Campbell is not the only one to quote some of this evidence. Recent advances in ultrasound examination of arteries by leading-edge medical science teams are exceptionally revealing and important (check out Science Update at Berwick Heart Support). Much arterial disease is reversible by a combination of different nutrition, exercise, smoking cessation and better social relationships.
Not all the evidence is in, but given the evidence that changed him, there is sufficient to change us. Quote from the book; “I started at the opposite end of the spectrum: as a meat-loving diary farmer in my personal life, and an ‘establishment’ scientist in my professional life.” Whatever the areas of study that still require more evidence, do not wait, buy this book and begin to do it. I started 17 years ago after a heart attack. My health gain was enormous.
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