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The China Study is a 2005 book by T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., and his son, Thomas M. Campbell II. Dr. Campbell is a professor of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University and one of the directors of the China Project.

The book examines the relationship between the consumption of animal products and illnesses such as cancers of the breast, prostate, and large bowel, diabetes, coronary heart disease, obesity, autoimmune disease, osteoporosis, degenerative brain disease, and macular degeneration. The "China study" referred to in the title is the China Project, a "survey of death rates for twelve different kinds of cancer for more than 2,400 counties and 880 million (96%) of their citizens" conducted jointly by Cornell University, Oxford University, and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine over the course of twenty years.

The authors introduce and explain the conclusions of scientific studies, which have correlated animal-based diets with disease. The authors conclude that diets high in protein, particularly animal protein (including casein in cow's milk) are strongly linked to diseases such as heart disease, cancer and Type 2 diabetes.

The authors recommend that people eat a whole food, plant-based diet and avoid consuming beef, poultry and milk as a means to minimize and/or reverse the development of chronic disease. The authors also recommend that people take in adequate amounts of sunshine in order to maintain sufficient levels of Vitamin D and consider taking dietary supplements of vitamin B12. The authors criticize "low carb" diets (such as the Atkins diet), which include restrictions on the percentage of calories derived from complex carbohydrates.

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review by . April 24, 2012
It is a great opportunity for those of us that are doubters of diet impacting our health to read the book and/or view the video that is so informative.  This is a great educational enlightenment tool to bring all of us to more awareness of how our choices ultimately affect our life experience with regard to over-all health and wellness.
review by . March 16, 2011
I recently picked up a book to read for some background knowledge on food and nutrition. I had felt that after being an expert eater for 32 years, I am still a novice in the art of eating well. I maintain a rigorous exercise plan yet I am puzzled by why I, with a resting heart rate at 52, still deal with health problems like high cholesterol.      The book I picked up is called “The China Study.” I highly recommend it to anyone. Not just people who cares about food, …
review by . June 07, 2010
This book is seriously a life changer. I heard about this title through Joel Fuhrman's Eat To Live, which is another excellent book, but the China Study goes much more in depth about what not to eat and why.       All of the information in this book is based off of scientific FACT why a vegetarian based diet is superior to the standard american diet (S.A.D). The studies were done in the dozens of different counties in rural China. The diets vary drastically from county …
Quick Tip by . June 10, 2010
Chinese always thinking theyre right :P
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