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

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: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-Term Health by T. Colin Campbell, Thomas M. Campbell II

Even today, as trendy diets and a weight-loss frenzy sweep the nation, two-thirds of adults are still obese and children are being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, typically an “adult” disease, at an alarming rate. If we’re obsessed with being thin more so than ever before, why are Americans stricken with heart disease as much as we were 30 years ago?

In The China Study , Dr. T. Colin Campbell details the connection between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. The report also examines the source of nutritional confusion produced by powerful lobbies, government entities, and opportunistic scientists. The New York Times has recognized the study 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.”

The China Study is not a diet book. 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 effects of aging.

[This book is also available in Spanish, El Estudio de China .]

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781932100662
Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
Publication date: 06/01/2006
Pages: 417
Sales rank: 41,632
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About 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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not-a-health-nut More than 1 year ago
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.
NanW More than 1 year ago
After fighting colon cancer for three years, my husband bought me this book. I am an "open skeptic" when it comes to non-traditional cancer cures, meaning I will investigate just about anything, but I want to see real science behind any claims, not just anecdotal evidence. When my husband bought the book, I'd just received news that my CEA levels (a blood test that can indicate the activity of a colon cancer tumor) had risen again. I was devastated. We were one day away from leaving on a one week vacation to Mexico.

I took the book with me and went right to chapter 3 on cancer. After reading that chapter, I was convinced that Dr. Campbell was not just some crack pot with a wild idea. I knew this was serious science. At first I was totally overwhelmed with the idea of eating the plant based diet he recommends. I thought eliminating milk would be the most difficult part of it. And I figured I'd never be able to eat out in a restaurant again. (Not true.) But a few days after returning home, I made the switch, based upon as much information about vegan eating as I could glean off the Internet. That was mid April 2008. Now, six months later, my CEA levels (taken every 4-6 weeks) have decreased four times in a row. My last CT scan in August was basically unchanged from my previous scan in June--something I had not seen, or expected to see ever again since the tumors, even with chemo, had continued to grow slowly.

There is no way to know for sure if the diet is causing these changes since I have been on a low dose chemo for over a year. But I am certain of one thing--my energy level, which has been very compromised due to chemo, was about 30-40% improved within a week or two of starting the diet.

I am not on a crusade to convince everyone to eat like this, but I have been very pleased with the results I have had.

This book is an eye opener and worth reading
Bryce_in_MI More than 1 year ago
Whole plant foods are good. Animal products (including dairy and eggs)are bad. We don't need as much protein in our diets as we have historically believed. That is Campbell's thesis in a nutshell. I had already greatly reduced my meat consumption prior to reading The China Study, but I still love cheese and eggs. My morning breakfast has consisted of cereal and milk since the dawn of time. So it was very upsetting that he/they put the fix on some of my favorite foods. It is not a case of being swayed by someone with credentials telling me that milk is bad. The fact is the authors make an unusually compelling argument. As nice as it would be to shake this book off and go back to old habits, The China Study has changed my life. I am not a scientist, merely a reasonably intelligent and sensibly sceptical layperson. So I know there are deep and winding discussions to be had about the validity and interpretation of his data. And presumably the addage about moderation in all things still holds. That said, this is an important book to read and consider in your search to understand what is "good nutrition."
AUM108 More than 1 year ago
If you want to really take charge of your own destiny with regards to your health, Dr. Campbell's book is a MUST READ. I have been a vegeterian for about 10 years before reading this book and didn't feel I could learn a lot of new things in this regard, but I was wrong. Campbell describes the three stages of cancer: Initiation, promotion and progression. He clearly shows how ANIMAL PROTEIN is responsible for all three stages. One of the Key Findings in his 35 years of research is the fact that CANCER GROWTH CAN BE TURNED ON OR OFF, simply through the ingestion or non-ingestion of animal protein. Dr. Campbell, his research and his book deserve a lot more attention and public recognition than is presently the case. People should take heed of the vital message conveyed to us by this ground breaking book. Society and humanity at large owe a great debt to the work of this man. Stop being a victim of disease and misery, reclaim your God-given right to health and happiness. Take the first step and read this book! Unlike other authors who have a product to push, Dr. Campbell is a scientist in the truest sense of the word. What I like best is that the information in this book originates from research of the highest quality, meeting the most rigorous scientific standards. I also like the fact that he is not an M.D., who btw are not scientists at all, but has a doctorate in Biochemical Nutrition. Society looks to medical doctors for advice on health. What could be more absurd than that?! M.D.'s spend all their time studying and exploring disease. How is it possible to know about health through the study of disease? Modern medical science is a farce and is preoccupied in treating disease, all the while completely ignoring the cause of disease. And the cause of 95% of all disease is lifestyle with nutrition dominating the top of the list. Thank you Dr. Campbell!
JayEmEm More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I do recommend reading this book however, doing so must be done with a critical eye. I found Dr. Campbell to have many good points about the health care system, the need for acquiring nutrients from food, and his criticism of excessive reductionism in nutritional science. But his bias against animal products permeates every page. The conclusions of his laboratory research are thoroughly unjustified. He uses evidence from the effects of isolated casein (that was probably high-temperature spray-dried, which creates carcinogens), which is a milk protein that is very unique among animal proteins and problematic for many people, to indict 'animal nutrients' as an entire group. Campbell never extended his lab experiments to see if a generalization from powdered casein could really be made to all animal proteins or all animal nutrients. Campbell's presentation of the China Study itself, which is actually only about a tenth of the book, should be carefully compared to the data of the study itself. In _The China Study_, Campbell claims that this study showed an association between animal protein and all forms of cancer. But the original monograph of the study shows carbohydrates to be most highly correlated with cancer, plant protein to have a greater correlation with cancer than animal protein, and the only protective macronutrient to be fat, the latter of which was the only statistically significant correlation between cancer and any macronutrient. His presentation of others research is interesting, but highly selective. He ignores the plethora of non-modernized groups that have been studied and affirmed to have vibrant health on a diet rich in animal products. He minimizes any discussion of the harms of modern plant-based foods (like white flour, white sugar, high fructose corn syrup, etc), and likewise leaves out discussion of modern research uncovering benefits of animal-based foods and nutrients. The book's title implies that the book is a general guide to health based on information from the massive epidemiological study after which the book is named, but in actuality it is a general argument for vegetarianism, crafted without regard to balance and truth. I reviewed this book in much more detail with 48 footnotes in a review that appeared in Wise Traditions, the quarterly journal of the Weston A Price Foundation. If anyone is interested in reading this review an internet search should turn it up. Again, I don't necessarily recommend *against* reading this book-- but, as with any book, critical reviews and refutations should also be read. I believe a balanced look at the arguments of Dr. Campbell and the contrary arguments would leave Dr. Campbell's arguments uncompelling.
AquidneckIsland More than 1 year ago
At the tender age of 67, this book was handed to me to read, and turned my 67 year old dietary habits totally around. When I went vegan 6 mos ago, I was pre-diabetic, with a fasting glucose of 109 moderated by 1000 mg of Metformin, with cholesterol of 224 moderated by Simvastaatin. Six months later, I've lost 15#, dropped the Metformin & Simvastatin protocol, with fasting glucose readings in the high 70's, and cholesterol at 114 (HDL=56, LDL=35). Having been educated as an engineer, Campbell's statistics are overwhelmingly are accurately documented, and I'm a one man case study of his the results of his recommendations. Now, for the hypertensive meds...
Crafterpatty More than 1 year ago
I was diagnosed with a rare genetic cancer and my oncologist suggested that I get this book and read it. I did and could not put it done. I learned so much about diet and cancer. I am constantly picking up the book and reading certain parts of it as a reminder of what I need to continue to do to stay healthy. I gradually started changing my diet and daily habits and I can honestly say that I feel so much better. My hsband even got a few shocks himself and has also changed diet and daily habits with me. I highly recommend this book to anyone that is interested in changing thier diet and health hbits. It is so important for thier whole family.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because of the excellent reviews it kept getting and because of how much I enjoyed hearing Dr. Campbell speak about the China Study (the actual study, not the book) in Sept 2001. I was comfortably certain that I would enjoy the book, but what I didn't realize was how much I would learn from it. After listening to several lectures, asking numerous questions, and reading many books and articles by a variety of highly credible authors about the benefits of a plant-based diet and the harmful consequences (to humans, animals and planet) of an animal-based one, as well as experiencing first-hand what a positive difference switching to a vegan diet makes, I didn't think there could be much left on this topic to learn. But I gleaned new, interesting and important information from every chapter in this book, whether it was about nutrition, the mechanics of disease, or the disturbing details about what goes on behind the scenes as industry, medicine, science, government and business collude to spew out self-serving, deceptive and destructive 'nutrition guidelines' for us hoi polloi. 'The China Study' has inspired us to fine-tune our diet (already plant-based for 5 years) by switching to mostly whole (minimally or unprocessed) foods, and has me looking at things like pharmaceutical ads and medical study headlines (such as 'Diabetics At Higher Liver Cancer Risk') with better informed, wider open eyes. While I already knew *that* a plant-based diet is far healthier, this book explains in superb detail why and how that is the case... and despite the frequent complexity of the science, his explanations are clear and understandable - thanks in part to his excellent use of analogies. Condensed and designed to make a large volume of scientific study results accessible to and understandable by the lay public, 'The China Study' is well written, interesting and informative, engaging, sincere and forthright, and peppered throughout with a wonderful wry and self-effacing humor. I applaud Dr. Campbell's courage in speaking out against the status quo because he cares about the well-being of people and the planet, and am grateful to him (and his son) for sharing his hard-earned knowledge, behind-the scenes experience, and impressive expertise through this important book. Sometimes, when I read books like this one that credibly and responsibly confront what we've been taught and think we know, challenging us to open our minds, think anew and experience a paradigm shift, I am reminded of my high school history teacher's pet saying. When my class would do poorly on a pop quiz, he'd shake his head and mutter, 'Buy 'em books and buy 'em books, and all they do is eat the covers.' I hope The China Study is widely read and influential, and that all anyone eats after being handed this plants! :-)
Guest More than 1 year ago
As an oncologist, it is heartbreaking to see so many cancer patients with cancer that could be prevented if people took advantage of the scientific research presented in this book. The book is scientifically sound and very readable. If someone is serious about their health or the health of their family, this is a must read.
BJKW More than 1 year ago
After starting this book I could not put it down. If this book does not make a major change in the standard American diet, then we, the people, are hopeless. If it does not make an impact on the way medicine is practiced (my doctor was not even aware of this book) then something is definitely wrong and we will go on paying for drups and therapies, even surgeries, that may not be necessary if the reccomendations in this book are followed. I had already recently become a vegan when I came across this book. It has totally rein- forced my decision.
JessLucy More than 1 year ago
The information in this book is so clear and concise and it makes absolute sense! Western diseases are related to diet; Dr. Colin Campbell has proven it. If Westerners continue to eat animal flesh, dairy and refined sugar, they are simply going to continue suffering from a slew of illnesses and diseases. When a person eats a diet consisting of whole grains and plants, the body flourishes and thrives. Quit saying "but it tastes so good" and read this book! Once you make the switch to a diet of whole grains and fresh fruits and veggies, your taste buds will change for good! I only wish that the experiments carried out on innocent rats and mice had been avoided; Americans shouldn't need to torture animals in order to realize that eating right is good for us and eating bad will kill us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If what the China Study claims to be true is accurate, this book will be the most important work on health ever written. Animal protein is singled out as the primary cause of most western disease. The study makes sense. Big business in America does not want us to know the truth. Billions of dollars are behind the meat, poultry and dairy industries. The author says that removing animal protein and eating a whole grain, plant based diet, will stop cancer and swing the pendulum in the other direction. He sold me.
Guest More than 1 year ago

The China Study is a courageous survey of the best science has to offer about your health and what you eat. In addition, the China Study reveals a system of nutrition misinformation that has created public confusion equal to that which surrounded the health implications of smoking. Remember the days when ¿no one knew¿ that smoking was bad for you? That all ended when a few morally courageous individuals spoke out and demanded examination of the topic. We now know that the tobacco industry not only knew the health risks, they added ingredients to make their products more addictive. The current state of nutrition information is just as convoluted ¿ and the food industry is just as interested in keeping you confused and addicted to its products. Dr. Campbell (writing with his son, Thomas) is the morally courageous voice in this field and he speaks the truth about what he has found, above the clamor of the objecting voices in ¿the establishment¿.

The book is organized into four parts. The first part follows the compelling life story / research career of Dr. Campbell. Campbell grew up on a dairy farm in Virginia and began his professional life trying to discover more efficient ways of raising cattle to deliver protein to our diets. Through an accidental series of discoveries, he became interested in the relationship between high levels of protein consumption and cancer development. He ended up with astonishing research that showed high levels of protein consumption to be a more potent promoter of cancer than high level exposures to Aflotoxin. This startling evidence led him to organize ¿The China Study¿ (namesake for the book) ¿ a uniquely comprehensive study of the relationship between diet and disease in 65 counties of rural China. The study examined approximately 6,500 adults and looked at blood samples, urine samples, and food intake records (researchers went into homes to observe and collect this data), to document over 367 variables related to health status and diet. This data was systematically compared with disease rates for 48 different diseases.

The second part of the book is a survey of professional scientific research from around the world, regarding the relationship between diet and a whole host of diseases. Campbell focuses on a class of diseases ¿ referred to as ¿diseases of affluence¿ ¿ that are experienced at higher rates in developed countries than in developing countries. This part of the book meticulously documents the relationship between various diets and the following diseases: heart disease, obesity, diabetes, common cancers (breast, prostate, large bowel), auto-immune diseases (including type I diabetes, MS), osteoporosis, kidney stones, macular degeneration, dementia and Alzheimer¿s. This survey reveals that across this broad range of diseases, there is one diet that consistently prevents these diseases, and one diet that consistently promotes these diseases.

The third part of the book is a brief nutritional guide. It discusses eight principles of food and health, and gives advice on how to eat. In essence, these eight principles present Campbell¿s theory of nutrition ¿ what is important to health and what is not. Principle six, for example, says ¿the same nutrition that prevents disease in its early stages (before diagnosis) can also halt or reverse disease in its later stages (after diagnosis).¿ The principles create a well-founded summary derived from the evidence presented earlier in the book.

The fourth and final part of the book answers the question ¿so why haven¿t I heard all this before?¿ Campbell sits in a unique position to answer this question. He has been involved in the relationship between nutritional scientific research and public health information at all levels. As a university

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book and it will change your life. My only complaint - after a while, I wanted to yell "I GET IT" and skip a few pages. My family and I are now trying to eat a whole foods plant-based diet. We feel great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Makes you think about everything you thought you knew about diet and nutritiion. Makes you wonder about how our government makes it recommendations. If you read this book in combination with "Nudge" you will be even more concerned about the motivations of the recommendations that we thought were gospel. Remove the focus on protein and focus on plant based diet is the key themes. Read and change your life style to achieve better health.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Those who don't want to accept the truth won't regardless of how much science you show them. For those saying there is a bias, etc, do your research. This man grew up on a dairy farm and only changed his views because the research led him that way! He has done countless studies, works at Cornell and worked at VA Tech for 10 years, devoting his entire life to looking at things objectively - only choosing to be against animal products because that's what the studies proved. Look at this and countless other studies done by Caldwell Esselstyn, Neal Barnard, Doug Lisle, and John McDougall. The science is adding up each and every day, and anyone in medicine who claims that animal products are still healthy are a disgrace to science and medicine. Not only can this book and the plant-based lifestyle change your health, but it will have profound beneficial effects for the environment, considering livestock raising is the number one cause of carbon emissions - more than the entire world's transportation systems. Think about it.
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cmartin323 More than 1 year ago
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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MathGirl18 More than 1 year ago
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)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.