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The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-Term Health

Book by T. Colin Campbell, PhD & Thomas M. Campbell II

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Blind leading the blind, seeing with the eyes of Dr. Colin Campbell.

  • Mar 16, 2011
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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, but EVERYONE. This book gives us a totality of the circumstances account of our national health care system, food choices, and other social, moral, and political problems. It is sort of what the Elephant in the room looks like (since we all seem to be too afraid to talk about the elephant in the room).

In one of the first few chapters, Dr. Colin Campbell acknowledged that

“we scientists focus on details while ignoring the larger context. . .. Often, investigating minute biochemical parts of food and trying to reach broad conclusions about diet and health lead[s] to contradictory results. Contradictory results lead to confused scientists and policy makers, and to an increasingly confused public.”

This scientific problem Dr. Campbell has identified is prevalent in our social conversations as well. In our civil discourse, whether it be the law or news or otherwise, we are focusing on the details and ignoring the larger context. Lawyers focus on fighting for topic social injustices or defending large corporations on those fronts; the media focus on what is relevant to that day; we as consumers focus on what we choose to believe best adopted to our life styles. We are all too busy to listen to what the others have to say and we are all deeply immersed in our own worlds. Our choices in food has failed us, and our choices otherwise are equally confused and failed. Hence we have a huge sustainability crisis, a health care and human rights problem world-wide, a crash-and-burn economic model.

A few days ago I wrote a blog about the Elephant in the room and claiming that I want to “turn on a light” for everyone to see the Elephant for what it is. I want to clarify that statement: I too am blind. I too do not know what the Green Elephant looks like. But no one can gain a comprehensive concept of the context by themselves. That is why I am working on creating a knowledge-base to capture what we already know and weed-out what is bad information. At times I do feel while I’m trying to find the light switch in the room, others are still feeling around for what the Elephant looks like. Those are the times I get frustrated and write pointless things about "The Green Elephant." To end that tragedy, I HIGHLY encourage you share Dr. Campbell’s The China Study with me. It will enlighten you and maybe you can help me find the switch and help me see what our world is all about.

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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 . 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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I was born in Lanzhou, a city of the Silk Road. Moved to Beijing at age 5, then to Cincinnati at age 11. I studied philosophy in college and graduate school. Lost in the academic nonsense I enlisted in … more
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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 ...

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