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

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

43 out of 44 people found this review helpful.

Life Changing

This one-step-at-a-time, well-documented book changed the way I enjoy food.

From scientific research explained in comprehendable terms to anecdotal, yet convincing, information to exposure of food-politics and the linked economic greed in the United States, the aut...
This one-step-at-a-time, well-documented book changed the way I enjoy food.

From scientific research explained in comprehendable terms to anecdotal, yet convincing, information to exposure of food-politics and the linked economic greed in the United States, the author made an undeniable case as to why I should change my eating habits.

I have always been among healthy Americans by politically correct standards. I'm an outdoorsman, I work out, I weighed 185 with a 6' frame, I take the smallest dose offered of Lipitor, get a physical every year, had a "see ya in ten years" exit interview after my colonoscopy, etc, etc. etc. Why worry? Because life could be much, much better. Our our culture has allowed, and sometimes even advocated, a host of unhealthy habits in our diets. We need to get away from it.

Have I become a veggie freak? Absolutely not. But I've reinvented my approach to meals as a result of this book. From some sort of meat, fish, or processed pasta at least twice daily, I've now transformed to attempting to eat only what I catch or shoot. Even at that I limit my animal based food intake to three or four servings weekly at most--primarily because restaurants simply don't offer meals that don't include either pieces of farm raised animals or processed pasta as the main course. In place, I've learned to eat all sorts of plants and am having a blast at mealtime.

Results? I dropped about 10# of "baby fat" off the frame in about ten weeks. I sleep better. My doctor just allowed me to move off Lipitor (after six months of change) in that my "bad cholestorol" numbers are down by 60 (yes, sixty) points to 124 and my good cholesterol is up 8. This saves me about $600 a year.... Last, I feel good about it.

National healthcare crisis? We need to stop letting the insurers, the medical procedure performers, the hospitals and big pharma dodge the real issue. Reality is that the dairy, beef, sugar and prepared food industries are poisoning us in order to make a buck. Then, when they've given us diabetes, heart disease, and a higher incidence of Alzheimers, the "healthcare industry" takes over and bleeds us of our dollars treating symptoms -- not the real problem.

Read this book. Live longer for less money. Be active. Enjoy.

posted by not-a-health-nut on October 29, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

32 out of 56 people found this review helpful.

If you read ONE review...

Before I say one word about the book, I must say professionally, I am in the health and wellness field, so the subject matter of this book are my bread and butter. I say this only so you know this is not new territory for me. Also, I am not a vegan, but my wife is. As a...
Before I say one word about the book, I must say professionally, I am in the health and wellness field, so the subject matter of this book are my bread and butter. I say this only so you know this is not new territory for me. Also, I am not a vegan, but my wife is. As a result, I eat a mostly vegan diet, and I am very supportive of her in that choice. I am not hostile towards vegans in any way. In fact, my favorite restaurants near my home are all vegan.

Having said all that, I must add I am VERY hostile towards bad science and/or liars. I don't know which one Campbell is, but either way, I am sick of hearing about this book. If you perform a simple google search, you can find that he published his FULL findings, and you can read them in their entirety. But they're not in this volume. That's right, for some reason, he did not mention all the research in the book that is supposed to be a summation of the research. I won't bother going point by point, but I can tell you he left out an entire village that contradicted his points all across the board. That's one glaring omission. And there are many more where that came from. Beyond leaving things out, he misinterprets and makes broad leaps of logic that are not connected to the data he DOES use.

I won't lie myself and tell you that everything he says is nonsense, because he does make the occasional good point here and there, BUT when a "scientist" has to use smoke and mirrors, lie, and leave out large swaths of information that don't support his claims, he loses ALL credibility in my eyes. You can find other books that make the same good points but don't resort to manipulation to do it. I suggest reading those.

posted by JayEmEm on March 18, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2009

    China Study is Must Read!

    Amazing book---will open your eyes and make you think about the way we eat.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2009

    Biased review....

    This writing appeared, in whole and part, as biased and prejudicial. As a reader interested in vegetarianism (and/or veganism), I was very troubled to read this literature. The information component of this was quite technical and difficult to read and the conclusions were not drawn on scientific fact. The conclusions were deduced by very few factors. I would not recommend this book for beginners. As for advanced readers with a solid foundation in a vegetarian lifestyle, this book may prove useful and informative. Overall 3 stars!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2006

    READ AT YOUR OWN RISK

    I tell friends and acquaintances about 'The China Study' frequently however I give them a friendly warning. Please read this book but only if you are willing to change your diet. I also tell them the one liner a teacher of mine gave me years ago. ' Ignorance rapidly progresses to stupidity once knowledge is acquired' When we read this book we just quit eating animal & dairy products and so will unless you a willing to admit that you are just plain suicidal. BEST VEGAN PROMOTION EVER!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 12, 2014

    Don't waste your time

    Read "Eat More, Weigh Less" by Dr. Dean Ornish instead. Both tell you the same thing - to be truly healthy, your eating habits should be as close to Vegan as possible. However, Dr. Ornish's book is far more informative.

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  • Posted September 20, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    details regarding actual medical studies w cancerous animals

    This is those who want to know the details about the studies that came up with Dr. Campbell's conclusions. Great details. Definitely a research book! great great stuff. (not a media hype book)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2014

    Reading this book may be the best thing you can do for your heal

    Reading this book may be the best thing you can do for your health!  I highly recommend it!
    My husband and I both became plant-based/vegan shortly before reading this book - and after we were thoroughly convinced that not only was this the best path for us ethically - but also the healthiest overall.  
    And just for the record - My husband is an Oxford educated PhD organic chemist, he's looked into Campbell's research - and finds absolutely nothing bogus about it.
    Thanks, Dr. Campbell! 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    Umm

    Ok...we eat meat tgat is filled with junk and hormones....that is why we have such a bad cancer problem. For a better book look at nourishing traditions, the author will give a MUCH better argument for eating meat

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    If you want both inspiration and the cold hard facts, and a lot

    If you want both inspiration and the cold hard facts, and a lot of them, you have to read this. Stay in the dark no longer. Take your life (and health) into your own hands by beginning your research and your journey with this incredible book.

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

    This book will change your life.

    While nothing is a silver bullet for obesity and chronic illness, this book is as close as you're going to get. If you struggle with your weight or just accept cancer or heart disease as inevitable, you need to read this book and recommend it to everyone you know. Campbell cuts through all the crap about fad diets and gets to the point of what's really wrong with the way we eat in his comprehensive study a people who don't deal with the same problems as the west. Imagine a world where cancer, obesity, etc are gone. That's not some sci-fi future society, it's real and in the present, and it's in the East.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2013

    TAP HERE NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    New chat room type in Taylor Swift and click on 3rd book

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

    Great book

    This book was recommended by the oncologist. It has been helpful in understanding what can cause different kinds of cancers and what we should eat and not eat in a daily diet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

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    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    Gabriel

    Hellur

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2012

    Eye opening

    Definitely changed my views on food, diet and nutrition

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    If you want to be healthy, this is a super must-read book.

    Also get the cookbook which will be coming out soon.

    hootie

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2012

    Hannah

    I thought this was a cool book ;)

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 23, 2012

    Highly recommended-a fascinating study

    If this book doesn't make you change your eating habits, nothing will. This should be a must read for all doctors and politicians that are concerned about the obesity and diseases running rampant in this country. Dr. Campbell has uncovered data that is vitally important to our health and welfare and we should all read the book and take heed.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2011

    I loved this book!

    I am a skeptic at heart, and I very much value logic and information. This book was very well written and presented in a manner that scientifically explained the WHY of the diet recommendations. I couldnt put The China Study down and told my friends and family about it. I am now a believer, but more than that, it is more than just following a book written by popularity, it is a decision I made based on the information presented. Well written book!

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  • Posted October 3, 2011

    Im sure it would be good

    for some reason I can not get it to download on to my book so I would not really know if it is or now

    0 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2011

    Newly vegan

    My husband and I are diving into a life of renewed health. EXCELLENT BOOK. Use your own logic to change your health. Hears to a long and Heathier life.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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