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The China Study by T. Colin Campbell
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Apr 05, 2010

I just can't do it. I value my non-enraged time too much.

I got a few chapters in and decided that there wasn't any point in continuing. We start off with the usual Pollan-esque call to disregard looking at individual nutrients and just eat whole foods. Wait, scratch that, protein is bad! Oh sorry, I mean, animal protein is bad! Oh whoops, my mistake, I only did my experiments using casein and rats and from there extrapolated that all the animal protein ever will give you the super-cancer. It is at this point that I stopped reading. I didn't even get to the China Project itself.

I like to think I'm open to new ideas, but those ideas really need to be backed up with something a bit more substantial. I totally buy that a whole foods diet, especially one rich in vegetables, is best. In fact, I don't know anyone who disagrees with that one. The other parts are all quibble-worthy, and I'm constantly learning new things and changing perceptions of things I had taken for granted.

All in all, I spent more time reading what other people had to say about this book than actually reading the book. If you're looking for a good takedown, look for Anthony Colpo's.
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Rachel Ha. The authors only spend a few pages talking about the China Study. So ... if you had continued reading .... you never would have gotten to read much about the China Study anyway!

message 2: by Warren (last edited Oct 17, 2016 03:08PM) (new) - added it

Warren Green Apparently the publisher of this book choose "The China Study" title for marketing purposes. And it seems to have worked, because the "book" has now sold over 2 million copies. Anyway, the take away message here can be easily found on a few pages, 105 thru the end of the chapter. Not surprisingly, it's primarily on the value of eating a "whole foods" diet.

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