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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

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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.
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Paperback, 419 pages
Published May 11th 2006 by Benbella Books (first published September 2001)
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Dianna The author of this book argues that a high amount of animal protein in our diets is what is causing so many health problems. As an animal protein,…moreThe author of this book argues that a high amount of animal protein in our diets is what is causing so many health problems. As an animal protein, fish would be grouped with chicken, meat, and milk that the China Study would have us drastically reduce or eliminate.(less)

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Rachel
May 14, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: critical thinkers since the book is unfortunately very biased :(
UGH! I totally loved this book as of page 150 or so! At the beginning you find out about this really interesting research that showed that feeding milk protein (casein) to rats encouraged them to develop cancerous growths after the rats had been exposed to a carcinogen called aflatoxin, and the cancer barely grew at all in rats that were fed low amounts (5% of calories) of casein. The cancer also barely grew at all in rats that were fed low to medium to high amounts of PLANT protein (wheat prote ...more
Kara
Aug 03, 2012 rated it did not like it
Whew, where to start with this one! I do feel compelled to explain why I see this book as a one star. it is frankly bad science. I think most people would read this book and seriously feel scared, he certainly wrote it with that purpose in mind. Many of my thoughts stem from years of math and statistics classes, years of working with statistics in environmental engineering, some come from the dozens of research studies that I’ve read over the years, some come simply from being a die-hard critica ...more
Alison
Aug 13, 2008 rated it it was ok
I haven’t read the whole thing yet. I have skipped around a bit and I probably won’t finish it. I am reading it because my sister in law read it and wanted my opinion. At first I had an open mind about what he had to say, but the further I got in to it the less I liked it. The first thing was the evangelical tone of the writing. You can almost hear Amazing Grace being sung in the background… I once was lost, but now am found… Then he completely disses anyone who believes that fiber can contribut ...more
Flying Monkey
Sep 24, 2010 rated it it was ok
TOO BAD CAMPBELL HAD AN AGENDA TO PROMOTE. HE COULD HAVE WRITTEN A GREAT SCIENTIFIC BOOK!!! BUT HE LEFT OUT MANY OF HIS FINDINGS FROM THE CHINA STUDY IN ORDER TO PROMOTE HIS FOOD IDEOLOGY.

Below is a study co-authored by Colin Campbell and is derived from the Cornell China Study.

Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A 136 (2003) 127-140

Fish consumption, blood docosahexaenoic acid and chronic diseases
in Chinese rural populations
Yiqun Wanga, Michael A. Crawforda,*, Junshi Chenb, Junyao Lib
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Jennifer
Jul 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone concerned with preventing sickness
Wow! Time to start cutting down on animal protein! This is a well supported (with real scientific evidence) on the dangers of eating animal protein...from cancers, to arthritis to osteoporosis. It also provides good insight into how some in the scientific community, government and industry work together to keep valuable nutritional information from the public. The most interesting and surprising point for me was the dangers of milk and how increased milk consumption can actually cause osteoporos ...more
Linus
Aug 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone wanting to be/stay/return to a healthy life
Wow. What an impressive book! This book looks at what ails us and what is truly the cause. Based on well over 750 studies done over a 35 year period by various researchers, doctors, etc. it highlights the true cause of many of our cancers, diabetes, aches and pains: animal protein. This isn't a "vegan rules; meat eaters drool" kind of book. This is empirical data that proves that our diet overall and animal proteins specifically are the root cause for most of the diseases/ailments of affluence. ...more
Lauren
Apr 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who are genuinely interested in health and nutrition
To go from a dairy farmer who went to college to learn how to make animals produce more milk and meat, to a human nutrition expert promoting a whole foods, plant-based diet as the key to human health and disease prevention represents a remarkable shift in beliefs, career path, and personal behavior. This book tells the story of that shift - the story of Dr. Campbell's life and career as a scientist who was persuaded by what the growing body of nutrition research (including the groundbreaking epi ...more
Jonathan
Jan 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The most important book I've read in a long time. Changed the way I eat. Strongly recommended, if you're interested in the latest research on nutrition and health, disease, cancer, energy, and longevity.

I came to this with an eager and open mind, since it was highly recommended by someone I respect greatly, Art Eggertsen, founder of ProBar. I have long been seeking out the best approach to nutrition for two reasons: 1) maximize athletic performance. I am an avid cyclist, formerly a fanatical tr
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John
Sep 10, 2008 added it
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For openers, I'm biased because I already believe that for me to be a vegetarian is better for the animal, better for you, and better for me. So I find myself wanting to believe this book. I also found a possible conflict of interest: the author is on the advisory board of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a group that reportedly gets funding from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. And the book advocates a diet that avoids animal products.

Having sa
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Lisa
Jun 12, 2008 rated it liked it
An interesting read. Comparing how what we eat affects our health. Brad and I mostly skimmed it. I think the author makes alot of assumptions. He is trying to convince us to be vegans, but cannot prove that NO animal products is the better that 10% animal products. What it did was make us go back to the word of wisdom and compare. I hadn't realized how little meat we should eat..."Flesh also of beasts and of the fowls of the air...to be used sparingly; And it is pleasing unto me that they should ...more
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Biochemist who specializes in the effects of nutrition on long-term health. He is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University, and the author of over 300 research papers. He was one of the lead scientists in the 1980s of the China-Oxford Cornell study on diet and disease (known as the China Project), set up in 1983 by Cornell University, the Univer ...more
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“Americans love to hear good things about their bad habits.” 20 likes
“Everything in food works together to create health or disease. The more we think that a single chemical characterizes a whole food, the more we stray into idiocy.” 17 likes
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