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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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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

31 out of 54 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 July 17, 2012

    Even if you doubt, you should read this.

    This is what I refer to as a "life changing" book. Why? It changed my life. I have not eaten a single bite of an animal product since beginning this book. I've lost six pounds just abstaining from animal products. The sheer volume of research and evidence in this book astounds me; the time dedicated to this study takes me aback. This man has the data to back all of this up and he explains the science behind his research step-by-step.

    He started off researching the effects of protein on animals and ended forty years later with an all-encompassing study of the effects of nutrition on humans. I've seen critics argue that an entire village's data were omitted due to its unfavorable outcome to the conclusions drawn in the book. Keep in mind that even if that's true there are still thousands of people -the remainder of the people in the study- for whom these tenants hold true. There will always be the odd duck.

    I had a question about children's' nutrition and how early one should start. (I've long suspected we don't need as much protein or dairy as industries tell us). I looked him up on the Cornell directory and e-mailed him. He e-mailed back within hours and gave me a satisfactory and detailed explanation.

    This man has nothing to gain from publishing this. Not like Jillian Michaels or Atkins (did) or South Beach. There is no diet associated with this; there are no brands of packaged foods, videos, lectures, or programs for sale. There's no cookbook to buy. This man does not want your money; he wants you healthy.

    The sad fact is that only a few will be dedicated enough to give up animal products. I should add, too, that the author doesn't focus on what to take out of one's diet so much as what to add. He advocates a plant-based, whole foods diet. He tells you why this works.

    I think anyone moderately interested in nutrition should read this. I am not returning to meat or dairy, no matter what. And I'm not as paralyzed with terror about non-organic foods anymore. (I still think they're bad but now I'm not losing sleep over it).

    3 out of 4 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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