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

by T. Colin Campbell, Thomas M. Campbell

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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: 9781935251002
Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
Publication date: 06/01/2006
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 417
Sales rank: 138,596
File size: 4 MB

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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“[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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China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-Term Health 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 233 reviews.
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.
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!
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
tbsomeday on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I felt this was a wonderful, lifechanging book that every one should read.Dr. Campbell has the best, long term, peer reviewed study on nutrition out there. I'm sure some people don't want to hear that your diet is the most important component of your health and that it's up to you and not your doctor to take care of yourself, but it's true. You have the choice to eat a healthful diet and maintain optimal health or eat the standard American diet and merely hide the symtoms of a greater underlying problem with drugs. It's up to you. If you choose to take your life into your own hands this book will be an excellent resource.I think people that won't like it are likely people who don't want to change what they are currently doing because the research is there.
ZachMontana on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The best nutrition book I've read. Written by a scientifically credible person with thorough annotation of studies and facts. Makes one examine their diet and look at the long term health implications of eating various food types. Convincing argument that statistically eating a whole foods plant diet is far better for the average person's health and longevity.
Iralell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fantastic and enlightening book. If diet and nutrition hadn't become such taboo topics lately, I'd be sending copies to everyone I care about. It's occasioned my own transition to a vegetarian diet.
rightantler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was reference by Michael Pollan in The Omnivore's Dilemma, I read it to learn more about the subject of healthy eating. Whilst the sections about the China Study itself are interesting, these are wrapped up in a narrative which spends too much time justifying itself. When the author then starts making a case for vegetarianism it descends into a tone too preachy and frankly whiny for me. In short, Michael Pollan is a much better read.
KeithAkers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is very different from most books promoting vegetarian or vegan diets for health reasons. First, he is a scientist and understands the science (these days, these two things are not synonymous). Second, he also understands the social factors that are pushing science over the edge into a different discipline, a discipline which exists to support commodities and their sales value. The story of how he got started in this field, by researching the effect of protein on cancer, was quite intriguing.
BUSTED on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very well written book! Very informative and backs up what he's researched very well. Although he never actually studies a 100% vegetarian or vegan diet he does imply that going 100% plant would be more beneficial to us all and makes it clear in his book allowing the reader to make his/her own decisions. This should be required reading for all!
tammyfay1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is not a diet book, yet a book about nutrition and the effects the typical western (American) diet has on our health. The author gives insightful information on how altering your diet to reflect a plant based diet can change your life.
Hraefn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although the title would lead one to believe that the eponymous China Study is the focus of this book, it is not. But the less than ideal title aside, this book is full of hard (if sometimes controversial) information based on multiple scientific studies. If you have friends who cannot be convinced to even consider vegetarianism or veganism for environmental, ethical or economic reasons, but who may possibly be swayed by scientific evidence pointing to negative impacts of animal food eating on their own health, then this is THE book to recommend. It makes very little mention of environmentalism, ethics, animal rights etc. Part of its strength lies in its recommendation to (severely) limit animal-based foods rather than outright abstention. This is the type of diet more likely to be followed by someone not motivated by ethical considerations anyway.It also makes a good case for why studies like the ones cited within are rarely undertaken and why the results gleaned from them are mired in controversy when they actually do happen. This man has seen from the inside the politics of food production, the coziness between the food industries and government bodies charged with regulating them, It does have a few problems with admittdly unsubstantiated conclusions (mainly those involving casein), but the ones that are substantiated (and published in peer-reviewed journals) present a very strong case without the potentially flawed ones.Vegetarians and vegans will love it because it will bolster their resolve. Everyone else needs to read it because this is the information that your doctor will just never tell you, probably because he or she was never taught it.
jfoster_sf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great to read a book and see scientific evidence on why eating vegan is the best choice for your body-loved it.
pbirch01 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Its a bit hard to write a review of this book because I am not sure where to start. The title would be the best place, but that is where the greatest flaw lies. The title of the book talks about the China Study, unfortunately very little coverage is given to the actual study except to say how it was conducted and a brief review of the results. The rest of the book is filled with aggressive arguments for the reader to become vegetarian, moaning about the current state of nutrition, and talking about how great the author thought he was by receiving multiple grants. The argument for the conversion to vegetarianism dominated the majority of the available pages. The author cited journals but often used older journals and drew some quick conclusions. While its true that there were some good points in the book, I would suggest reading a condensed version on Wikipedia. That way you can learn about the research without having to hear the author talk about his friends and how great of a job he did in the oft mentioned but rarely discussed China Study.
mkp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
T. Colin Campbell¿s career-long study of nutrition has produced a simple assertion backed up by empirical evidence: that a diet featuring animal protein and fat is harmful to human health ¿ the best action you can take in order to have long-term health is to eat a plant-based diet. But don¿t think this statement capture the full import of the book. ¿The China Study¿ is well worth reading from cover to cover. Along the way, Campbell has many insightful thing to say about human nutrition, the nature of scientific investigation, and the depredations caused by scientific reductionism. Towards the end, he asks the following disturbing questions:¿How did we get to a place where the healers of our society, our doctors, know little, if anyting, about nutrition; where our medical institutions denigrate the subject; where using prescription drugs and going to hospitals is the third leading cause of death? How did we get to place where advocating a plant-based diet can jeopardize a professional career, where scientists spend more time mastering nature than respecting it? How did we get to a place where the companies that profit from out sickness are the ones telling us how to be healthy; where the companies that profit from our food choices are the ones telling us what to eat; where the public¿s hard-earned money is being spent by the government to boost the drug industry¿s profits; and where there is more distrust than trust of our governments policies on foods, drugs and health?Dr. Campbell is not simply a writer or journalist, he is a distinguished professor of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University. This is a very important book for everyone to read, and it could have a major impact on your life.
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago