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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The China Study offers conclusive evidence that a change in diet can dramatically reduce the risks of heart disease, diabetes and obesity. The book is based on the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted, a 20-year joint project between Cornell University, Oxford University and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine. The study surveyed the eating habits of 6,500 adults from all over China and Taiwan and found a direct correlation between diet and disease. Author T. Colin Campbell, the study's ...

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Overview

The China Study offers conclusive evidence that a change in diet can dramatically reduce the risks of heart disease, diabetes and obesity. The book is based on the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted, a 20-year joint project between Cornell University, Oxford University and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine. The study surveyed the eating habits of 6,500 adults from all over China and Taiwan and found a direct correlation between diet and disease. Author T. Colin Campbell, the study's project director, provides an intelligent, well-documented analysis of the study's results, an analysis that explodes the most common American dietary myths. In addressing the dietary sources of the most common diseases, including cancer, Campbell unleashes a no-holds barred attack on the commercial interests that profit by selling the public unhealthy food. He also shows how readers can use the study's results to change their diet and improve their health.

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[This] elaborate study of rural Chinese gives big points to the health value of their plant-based diets.
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In the 1980s, a comprehensive study of the effects of diet on disease and lifestyle was conducted among 6500 adults in 65 counties in rural China. Campbell (nutritional biochemistry, Cornell Univ.) examines the results of that study and compares the predominantly plant-based Chinese diets with the high consumption of meat and dairy products in the West. Drawing on hundreds of references and his 40-year career as a nutritional biochemist, Campbell compellingly argues that animal-based foods are responsible for high rates of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, obesity, Alzheimer's, osteoporosis, and the effects of aging. He challenges long-held beliefs about the nutritional benefits of animal products and points out the confusing glut of contradictory information disseminated by the food industry. Campbell urges readers to eliminate meat and dairy from their diets to achieve better health and longevity. His study will add a new dimension to the public debate about the role of plant-based foods in the human diet. Recommended for nutrition and health collections.-Irwin Weintraub, Brooklyn Coll. Lib., New York Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Reviewer: Susan Nitzke, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Description: This book has 18 chapters divided into four sections titled: The China Study, Diseases of Affluence, The Good Nutrition Guide, and Why Haven't You Heard This Before?
Purpose: T. Colin Campbell, an emeritus professor from Cornell University, and his son, Thomas M. Campbell, coauthored this book to present "a new framework for understanding nutrition and health, a framework that eliminates confusion, prevents and treats disease and allows you to live a more fulfilling life." This broad purpose is partially achieved by summarizing the evidence that favors eating only plant-based whole foods.
Audience: This book is written for the lay public. The senior author is the J. G. Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University.
Features: This book presents a mix of personal experience, population studies, and biomedical research to support the health benefits of a totally vegetarian diet. The benefits of this eating pattern are claimed to be wide-ranging — from losing weight to reducing risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and diseases of the bones, kidneys, eyes and brain. Unfortunately, the authors are too quick to dismiss studies that oppose or weaken their conclusions.
Assessment: Students and health experts who wish to examine the evidence that favors a plant-based diet may find this book to be a useful and interesting summary. The book includes hundreds of notes and references, adding to its value for such scholarly applications. However, its value as an unbiased guide for the general public would be difficult to justify.
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“[These] findings from the most comprehensive large study ever undertaken of the relationship between diet and the risk of developing disease are challenging much of American dietary dogma.”
The New York Times

“Reflects the profound changes that industrialization is bringing to diet and disease patterns in China, statistics that have had an impact on reevaluating dietary policy in the United States and worldwide.”
Washington Post

“Everyone in the field of nutrition science stands on the shoulders of Dr. Campbell, who is one of the giants in the field. This is one of the most important books about nutrition ever written—reading it may save your life.”
Dean Ornish, MD, Founder & President, Preventative Medicine Research Institute; Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco; Author, Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease and Love & Survival

“Colin Campbell’s The China Study is an important book, and a highly readable one. With his son, Tom, Colin studies the relationship between diet and disease, and his conclusions are startling. The China Study is a story that needs to be heard.”
Robert C. Richardson, PhD, Nobel Prize Winner; Professor of Physics and Vice Provost of Research, Cornell University

The China Study gives critical, life-saving nutritional information … Dr. Campbell’s exposé of the research and medical establishment makes this book a fascinating read and one that could change the future for all of us.”
Joel Fuhrman, MD, Author, Eat to Live

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597772990
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 5.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


For more than 40 years, T. Colin Campbell, PhD, has been at the forefront of nutrition research. His legacy, the China Study, is the most comprehensive study of health and nutrition ever conducted. Dr. Campbell is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University. He has received more than 70 grant years of peer-reviewed research funding and authored more than 300 research papers. The China Study was the culmination of a 20-year partnership of Cornell University, Oxford University and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine.

A 1999 graduate of Cornell University and recipient of a medical degree in 2010, Thomas M. Campbell II, MD, is a writer, actor and five-time marathon runner.

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  • Posted January 28, 2010

    The most valuable book you'll ever read for avoiding/reversing Western diseases - 10 stars!

    The tremendous value of this life-altering book lies in how it can help you avoid or reverse the most common Western diseases (cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, autoimmune disorders, etc). The multitude of sound, scientific evidence presented is absolutely compelling. The PhD author, who grew up on a dairy farm, has lofty credentials from Cornell, MIT, and Virginia Tech. He presents extensive research that he and others around the world have done to demystify the relationship between diet and Western diseases. The author was also the director of the most comprehensive human diet study ever done: The China Study. His bottom line is that to avoid/reverse disease, minimize animal protein in your diet (meat, dairy & eggs). On only 5 weeks of this diet (and I was not following it to the letter), I enjoyed several exciting health benefits - and I didn't even have any diseases to start with. The book also explains the forceful influences in industry, government, and academia that have prevented you from hearing about this before

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  • Posted June 14, 2009

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    The China Study is the Best Book ever written for your HEALTH and LIFE

    I recently purchase the CD Version of The China Study. It has changed my life in what I eat and how I feel. I own a First Class Restaurant, and have posted copies of the Book's Cover on the dining walls and restroom mirrors along with Barnes & Noble as my source. I see some fine people who are very ill from Heart Disease, Cancer, and all kinds of ailments. The wonderful thing about The China Study is you still have time to be well, and live a wonderful life by making simple changes in what you put in your mouth. Without any special effort I have gone from 184 lbs to 164 lbs in the past 5-6 weeks. I often tell customers that if I loose customers and I loose some business because they have changed what they eat, but it saves their lives, it's all worth it. Thank you Father Mother God for T. Colin Campbell and his son Thomas Campbell for writing this wonderful book. I pray that everyone who reads this review immediately purchase a CD copy of The China Study and The Shack.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2007

    Challenges the status quo

    This book is written in a very accessible style, it's easy to read even though it talks you through extensive research findings. I also like the journey that the author takes his readers on: most of us who read this book will probably have set out from the same place that he did, with the same assumptions about the value of animal-based protien in our diets. Campbell grew up on a farm, eating meat and drinking milk. In The China Study he shows us, through research investigation that spans decades, how he came to understand the trade off between efficient 'animal' and healthful 'whole food, plant-based' protein and the link between animal-based diets and the 'affluent' diseases that are the primary killers of first world inhabitants 'cancer, heart disease and diabetes'. This is not a book that advocates veganism from an idelogical perspective. Instead, it builds a compelling case for a whole-food, plant-based diet as a way to improve our quality of life and reduce the incidence of cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Equally pertinent to both those looking for a non-invasive, natural way to manage existing conditions and those hoping to avoid them, The China Study is interesting, challenging and could quite possibly be the foundation stone of the healthcare reform we so desperately need.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2007

    A NEW DAY IN THE DIET WARS

    This is perhaps the most researched diet book ever published. It does not rely on hype and sensationalism. It begs many questions of the status quo. The authors do not seem to be marketing any particular items like so many diet authors. It is an understatement to state that this is an enlightening text. This may prove to be the only salvation for a world with one billion overweight individuals. This is a must read for all health care workers and lay people alike.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2007

    A reviewer

    Excellent scientific study of diet and nutrition on diseases. Advocates a whole food, plant-based diet to reduce disease such as cancer and heart disease. Discusses an impressive and extensive array of data. If you are interested in long term health and fitness - this will be an eye-opener.

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