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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Referred to as the "Grand Prix of epidemiology" by The New York Times, this study examines more than 350 variables of health and nutrition with surveys from 6,500 adults in more than 2,500 counties across China and Taiwan, and conclusively demonstrates the link between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. While revealing that proper nutrition can have a dramatic effect on reducing and reversing these ailments as well as curbing obesity, this text calls into question the practices of many of the current dietary programs, such as the Atkins diet, that are widely popular in the West. The politics of nutrition and the impact of special interest groups in the creation and dissemination of public information are also discussed.

Customer Reviews:

  • Everyone should read this book!
    I am one of those people that doesn't tolerate medications very well. So, six years ago when I developed some serious health issues the first thing I asked my doctor was if I should change my diet. He informed me that wasn't necessary and to just keep living my life the way I always have. He suggested interferon injections for my illness and, of course, I had side effects. So, with every side effect that occurred, an additional medication was suggested. The medication side effects were taking control of my life and I was pretty much feeling like a zombie every day. Finally, I decided that was enough and I wasn't going to put anymore of that poison in my body. I began researching diets and stumbled across 'The China Study'. This was a real eye-opener. I started following Dr. Campbell's diet recommendations from the book and I have been off medications for almost two years. I feel so much better! In fact, I feel better than I did before I started taking all the medications. And I know as I continue my new way of eating I will feel better every day. Everyone, whether they have health issues, or not, should read this book!

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  • The China Study
    Get this book before you get cancer, and you won't get it. Get this book after you get cancer, and you will save your life. In doing so you may not make big pharma, the AMA or Cancer Society Rich, but you will make yourself healthy. ...more info
  • The China Study
    This is a very good and informative book. Really makes me mad how the drug and food companies have duped us all, because of their greed. Also, mad at myself for all the bad habits I have formed with my eating....more info
  • Interesting and well written
    Campbell does a great job of explaining science and research in layman's terms. It is incredibly compelling and convinced me to change my diet. After I read the book, there was some relief b/c I felt like there was an explanation for all of the sickness and disease in this country and for the first time, I felt like I had some control over it. It will be difficult to change my eating so drastically, but I think feeling good and being fit are more than worth it....more info
  • I heartily recommend this book.
    I am a man of 70 years and in excellent health. I'm 5' 10" and weigh 150 pounds. I can still jog 5 miles and not feel tired or short of breath - even after two hours at the gym. My lab test results would suggest that I am a young man.

    This is NOT genetic good fortune: My mother died of a heart attack at age 58. Heart disease and mental illness runs in the family on my mother's side. Alzheimer's disease and cancer runs in my family on my father's side. Fortunately for me, I was raised in Los Angeles foster care until I emancipated myself at age 15. In foster care, I hardly ever was fed meat or fish.

    On my own, I simply had better eating hab8ts than most Americans For example, I don't eat butter or margarine. I hardly ever eat in a restaurant. I prepare my own meals that are fairly lite on animal portions and heavy on vegetables, whole grains, and fruit. I drink skim milk and rarely drink anything with added sugar or caffeine in it.

    The last couple years I have been getting positive reinforcement for my eating habits from several books, written by physicians and PhD's. But after reading "The China Study" I find I can still improve my eating habits. I eat more added fats and more protein than I should, and I could make some better food choices.

    "The China Study" not only SEEMS sensible, it is well documented. Every assertion is backed up using scientifically valid research methods, and every chapter has a long list of references near the back of the book - just before the index. And the reader doesn't have to have a college education to understand the contents. Of all the health improvement books I have ever read, this one is the best. It is more scientific, better documented, and broader in scope than any of the others - although most of the others were helpful....more info
  • Truth in a book
    Everyone should read this book, and watch the documentary film Earthlings, so they can make a better decision on how they want to live. ...more info
  • A must read book for everyone
    This is a must read book for anyone concerned with their health. The very latest research that has been covered up by "Big Medicine". It will change the way you look at food and change your health for the better. I highly recommend it. Easy to read.....more info
  • True Scientific Research Shows Importance of Limiting Animal Protein in Diet
    This book offers incredibly strong evidence that excessive animal protein in the diet has devastating consequences for people's health. I was a lacto vegetarian but this book made me into a vegan. Even my wife and my best friend, both total cheese junkies, have become vegans after reading this book. This book makes clear that the billions of dollars that have been spent and will be spent on cancer cures will be less effective in alleviating that disease than a few million that would put this book in the hands of every concerned doctor and parent in the country.

    Becoming a vegan is not a chore. For me its been a joy. I love not eating animal proteins anymore. My energy is better than it has been for years. I'm almost 58 years old. A couple weeks ago I dug a pond behind our suburban house, brought in big rocks and made a nice waterfall. Did all the shoveling, moving etc. No problem. Ten years ago when I was eating meat I think it would have killed me to do that work. Veganism really does give me more energy. Plus I finally dropped the 12 pounds I couldn't lose around my stomach. Amazingly, I can eat as much as I want and I still maintain my proper weight. I don't know if everyone will find this to be true, but my experience mirrors what the book propounds. ...more info
  • One of the best books I ever read. It changed my life.
    Now I understand why so many authors call this book: The Bible of Nutrition. Honest, brave and scientific supported information about the relationship between nutrition and health. I strongly recommend it. Every physician MUST read this book in order to guide patients into real prevention of diseases....more info
  • if T. Colin Campbell is so healthy why does he wear glasses
    google images for T. Colin Campbell, he wears glasses. Typical bad eyesight vegan. Search the bates method, yoga, the alexander technique to improve eyesight.

    Anyway, this book of what I read on google book previews is awful. he just promote his vegan agenda with a load of nonsense.

    The reason he wears glasses is because his diet is bad and his eyes are failing. The fact the author never heard of the bates method shows his ignorance.

    We can learn a lot from vegans like david wolfe, cousens and brian clement, who offer some excellent health advice. but 100 per cent vegan is terrible . I personally watch all the youtube videos and articles of gabriel cousens, david wolfe etc . AND read their books, which are excellent. However, they eat honey and bee pollen. In the same way, I drink raw milk. You dont eat honey bees for example, you eat what they have to offer. Same with goats and cows milk.

    Dont believe vegan lies about how eyesight cannot be reversed naturally and such nonsense they put out.

    The author confuses raw milk with pasteruised stuff. Avoid this book.
    Pasteurised casein, is completely different to raw casein from raw milk, and is digested differently, like cooked food is digested differently to raw food etc. Quite simple . the author ASSUMES pasteurised and raw casein are the same, but he is just assuming it.

    Just read raw milk testimonials etc . this guy is just promoting a vegan agenda at any desperate attempt he can . Most vegans eventually give up and introduce raw milk and sometimes raw eggs into their diet, those who desperately try to carry on develop bad eyesight. Mercola reccomends eating raw meat, but it tastes too bad so being raw vegetarian is a lot easier in my opinion. Raw milk at least tastes nice. Brian clement says we cant digest eggs etc properly, but its up for debate.

    Just make sure animal products come from animals :
    never fed gm food , fed the correct food, treated with love and care, not crammed together in farms, never given injections ,etc.

    Ps , I also think the weston a price book has his own agenda and was also full of a lot of nonsense too, not a very good book either.
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  • Life Changing
    For years, I have been a meat eater's meat eater. This book really opened my eyes and got me reading a lot about the link between animal based protiens and disease (heart disease, cancer, etc.). As a result of the information from this book and a number that followed, I have recently become vegan and have halved my cholesterol in just over a month.

    I thought I knew something about nutrition. I was wrong and would have been DEAD wrong if i continued my previous lifestyle. Read this book!...more info
  • Best book ever on Health and Wellness
    I've read a fair amount of Health and Wellness books, but this is the best I've ever read. Campbell explains why we should eat healthy. He has a lot of science behind his theory. You will enjoy this book if you are into health. If you are not into Health this is a must read....more info
  • Excellent guide!
    This book is loaded with factual info about health and diet. I'm so impressed with the science, I just couldn't argue and now follow a plant based diet. The evidence is so clear that rationality helped me make the switch to a much, much healthier diet. Here's to a long and healthy life! And to boot, a plant based diet is much healthier for our planet, also....more info
  • A Andrews
    This book is brilliant. Very well referenced. Because I have a chronic illness, and the links Campbell makes between chronic illness and animal protein are such a wake-up call, it made me go vegan the second I read it. ...more info
  • Glad I bought it!
    This is a wonderful reference to back up the claim that we should be eating a predominantly plant-based diet. ...more info
  • The China Study
    The is an excellent book.As a health worker I consider this book should be compulsory reading for all in the health industry and all parents.I would also strongly recommend this book to everyone interested in quality health and wellbeing.
    The book is factual and all information has been thoroughly researched. ...more info
  • Should be required reading for high school students
    Finally a book that tells the real story about diet and nutrition. There is so much bad advice out there on nutrition. This book will enlighten anyone on what diet is all about. Read this and never be confused or decieved again. One of the best books I have ever read. If you want a great follow up to this book read John Robbins "Healthy at 100". ...more info
  • Breakthrough study on diet and nutrition
    This book can and will literally change your life and improve the quality of your existence. I found the subject matter and conclusions very compelling. I recommend this book not just to those interested in their health but also to those interested in improving their families' health....more info
  • Great reference!!!
    Great source of good and bed eating habits. Totally changed my view of diet and health. Highly recommended. ...more info
  • informative and exciting
    I am one of those foodies. I love food, I love eating food that is tasty and good for me (yes, I think this is totally possible), I read a lot of nutrition books, have worked with nutritionists, teach yoga, and am into overall health and wellness. I liked that this book didn't give me some simplified answer to my health; it gave me lots of information and let me decide what I should do with it. I would be curious to see more studies on people who have committed to a vegan lifestyle though and will continue in my own personal quest to take the best care of myself I can. It already scares me to see so many people sick with these chronic diseases and I really don't believe that modern/western medicine is ever going to be the solution. It can't possibly. It's up to each one of us to take control of our health and quality of our lives and books like this make me hopeful that I can figure some things out on my own and I have a chance to a long, healthful life.
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  • Important Book
    This is an excellent book, I've already purchased many copies of it to give to other people. Well researched, well documented, and well presented. A life changing book for sure....more info
  • You need to read this book -- for your health
    In this book Colin Campbell, a nutritionist, reviews data from numerous nutritional studies, especially in China, and comes up with a result that will be surprising to many: a diet in which most protein comes from animal products is a strong contributor to many types of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and many autoimmune diseases. Probably the best argument he marshals is that these diseases are concentrated in parts of the world where animal products are the main source of protein, and when people have moved from parts of the world where incidence of these diseases is low and most protein comes from plant sources to countries where protein comes from animal sources, or when increasing wealth leads to greater consumption of animal protein, incidence of these diseases increases. He provides guidelines for healthy eating that I intend to follow....more info
  • The best health book ever written!
    I loved this book! it is amazing all the studies that these doctors have done and there really is a cure for cancer! You just need to open a book and open your mind and stop getting your heath information from the television or the news because it's all biased and based on selling meat and dairy products at the expense of your health! You're loss and their gain. This book is so worth reading, i wish more people would care about what they put inside their bodies and for the animals welfare and the planet.
    I recommend reading this book and i know anyone who does read it will be inspired!...more info
  • Food for for thought
    During the middle ages, scientists who challenged orthodoxy were burned at the stake (in the case of Giordorno Bruno) or confined (as in the case of Galileo).

    Now, we just cut off their grants.

    In part the story of a nutrition researcher who preached modern heresy and survived, the China Study is the story of a modern scientific finding that shouldn't be such a big surprise:


    For his part, lengthy research by Campbell shows that a fruit and vegetable diet...with as little meat as possible...has the greatest effect on promoting health and avoiding disease of any diet.

    Though his researched may be challenged his basic point that public eating is an important part of public health can't be.

    Likewise, until reading this book it never occured to me just what power the food lobbiests had or what they would go to to put their particular spin on media coverage of their food products.

    Whoever you are, get and read this book. It provides important food for thought about what foods promote life and why....more info
  • 80% : Excellent study but different conclusions possible
    Whole-food diet
    The book recommends a diet of essentially 100 % whole plant foods. All respected nutritionists outside the food processing industry would not disagree that it is safest to eat 100% natural whole-foods ie foods which have not been industrialised (eg corn-fed beef), fractionated (eg the myriad of foods constructed from extracts of corn, wheat and soy), contaminated (with numerous chemicals) or otherwise processed (eg homogenised milk). However there is no consensus that all the foods should be plant foods.

    Animal Protein (Chapter 3)
    Campbell reports that if aflatoxin poisoned rats are given too much casein they develop cancer. Casein is a fractionated food, derived presumably from modern industrialised cow's milk and something that humans do and should not eat on it's own - one wonders what would have happened if the rats had been given natural whole milk with is fat, other proteins, vitamins and enzymes (if not pasteurised) etc needed for proper digestion intact ? What would have happened if there were given similarly excessive amounts of other fractionated foods such as fructose extracted from otherwise healthy fruit ? - diabetic symptoms ??
    Though dairy foods are modern food in evolutionary terms, humans have used them successfully for thousands of years.
    From these experiments on HIGH LEVELS of FRACTIONATED, DAIRY foods on RATS, and one or two other experiments which he did not describe, Campbell goes on to conclude that ALL WHOLE ANIMAL FLESH foods (fish , poultry and meat and eggs) are dangerous to HUMAN health in ANY QUANTITY. This is in spite of the evidence that hunter gatherers survived for hundreds of thousands of years eating large amounts of animal foods of all types and that even some modern civilisations have survived perfectly healthily on all animal food diets. Today, many civilisations outside the western developed world live very healthily while consuming animal foods in substantial quantities (eg Japanese, one of the healthiest nations in the world eat substantial amounts of fish).

    Nutrients (Chart 11.2)
    No nutritionist would disagree that humans need to eat nutritious foods, as natural as possible with sufficiently high levels of vitamins, minerals and other organic nutrients. Table 11.2 focuses on those nutrients which are better obtained from plant foods. However many other nutrients vital, important or beneficial to human health are better obtained from animal foods because they are not available in plant foods or the amounts available in plant foods are much lower- these include vitamins B12, B2 and B3 and D, minerals such as zinc and selenium, long chain omega 3 fatty acids, carnitine, creatine, carnosine, taurine and coenzyme Q10. If one adopts a vegan diet it can be difficult or impossible to obtain all these in good quantities without using dietary supplements.

    Western Diet (Charts 4.7, 4.8, 8.4,14.3)

    In industrialised western societies, most of the food eaten is industrialised food rather than whole food. Animals are fed unnaturally and both plant and animal foods are fractionated. The resultant processed foods are loaded with processed fat, refined sugar and starch and modified animal and plant proteins and are low in essential nutrients. In the above mentioned charts, the industrialised western societies have highest incidence of disease - the most obvious association is with the industrialisation of food as the amount of truly natural whole animal and plant foods eaten is rather low in these countries. Primitive societies which do not use industrialised foods seem to do better.

    From an ideological point of view it would be nice to believe that one could thrive on an entirely vegan whole-food diet - however this seems to be very risky as it defies the whole history of human evolution for hundreds of thousands of years. The biggest risk to human health seems to be the industrialisation of food production rather than consumption of natural animal food. Four out of five stars are given because it could be optimum for 80%, possibly 90%, of food to be whole plant food with 20%, or certainly 10 %, whole animal food (fish from the sea, true free range poultry and eggs, grass fed red meat and even some milk and butter from grass fed cows, not margarine).
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  • Veganism for optimal health?
    I do appreciate the subject of food, health and disease presented by the author for simplification, but is the subject of how to eat for optimal health and wellbeing indeed this simple? Veganism for everyone?

    The whole is greater than the sum of its parts - whole foods are key. We do not know the exact chemical processes that happen within us when we digest food substances. What we do know is that the body is a very complicated bio computer that digests real whole foods well and we do know that the body doesn't quite know what to do with artificial and chemical foods. It cannot be stressed enough how important it is that we connect with the sources from where we get our nourishment. If not a new concept (our ancestors were quite well aware) it is one that modern lifestyle ignores even if applicable for all developed cultures on the globe.

    Supplements must be used as medicine in individual circumstances, prescribed by a qualified practitioner. Supplements are fractions of something else (whole foods supplements too!). I agree with the text that supplements will not lead to long-lasting health and that the industry is taking advantage of the fears, people especially in the Western world and philosophy are trying to cover by buying an insurance for continued good health despite their lifestyle. Nutrients must be consumed as whole foods and not as fractions of whole foods because any living system will be disturbed by the addition or subtraction of a single element, even when replacing this element with another element that might be considered of superior quality.

    When food is dissected into macro and micro nutrients it is no longer looked at as whole systems, wholes have emerging properties that its parts will not have when dissected. As a result when breaking up a whole food such as a carrot, the vegetable is more than an aggregate of carbohydrates, beta-carotene, vitamin C and water. A carrot is a system, dissecting or disturbing this system by eating vitamin A instead of eating the actual carrot will make the body deficient in all the elements that usually accompany it in the carrot. Not only vitamins and minerals are missing, but also texture and taste. As a result the body will look to make up for this deficiency in other ways by craving something crunchy (potato chips?), sweet (candy?) and juicy (sodas and alcohol?) or maybe even something orange!

    Numerous individual researches confirm that plants are vital for good health. That "there are virtually no nutrients in animal-based foods that are not better provided by plants" (Campbell, 2006, p. 230) is a strong statement that I find difficult to agree with, I also find that the conclusions in the text are at times drawn on weak and somewhat one-sided arguments that ignore important well-respected researches of the contrary for example that many people thrive on animal protein. As Campbell points out, it may be difficult for somebody living on plant foods to obtain adequate amounts of vitamin B 12 as well as vitamin A and D, even if these aren't considered necessary to be obtained through diet. The vitamins are absorbed better by the body when including a variety of seafood and good quality fats in the diet. Campbell suggests seeing a doctor to have levels of Vitamin B12 checked and to add supplements to the diet to make up for a deficiency. Regarding vitamin D, available in salmon and butter absorbed by the body together with fats, people in the Northern hemisphere do depend on these foods in the darker months of the year when daylight is scares. It is also worth mentioning that some traditional cultures, live on diets very high on saturated animal fats and very little plant foods - heart disease is not a problem. This example undermines the statement that `the same good nutrition maximizes health at every stage of a disease' (Campbell, 2007, p. 237). All necessary vitamins are available through diet, it should not be necessary to rely on tests and supplements. Some good quality animal sources of nutrients might be necessary for some.

    The statement that it isn't chemicals that are cancer causing but the consumption of animal foods based on the breast cancer study in Long Island (Campbell, 2007, p. 166) is somewhat subjective and I am tempted to refer to studies that indicate that one of the best-documented medical aftereffects of the Hiroshima was the leukemia that developed in many of the survivors. Those who received the heaviest doses of atomic radiation have been eight times more likely than other Japanese to get the disease and they are more susceptible than others to a whole variety of cancers.

    I appreciate the assertion that food is powerful stuff that is able to prevent and indeed halt or reverse disease after diagnosis and that this is applicable for people at any age. It is an area that cannot be stressed enough. Although difficult to prove scientifically, numerous studies on everything from macrobiotic diet to raw foods diet show remarkable result with the use of diet as medicine.

    Campbell briefly mentions autoimmune diseases as the most frightening, because once the body turns against itself, it may become unstoppable. The Swank diet is mentioned which, back in 1977, concluded that a diet low in animal fats can prevent and even reverse multiple sclerosis. Although Swank's studies are impressive (even if anecdotal to a great extend) and carried out over a period of many years, Swank represents only one study among numerous, these are not mentioned by Campbell. Some researchers speculate that the high fat intake obtained through the ketogenic diet helps repair the myelin sheath around the nerves, the structure that is damaged in people with multiple sclerosis. Other factors that Campbell fails to mention in connection with for example multiple sclerosis are the effects of mercury in teeth, consumption of dairy, vaccinations and the use of antibiotics.

    I appreciate the presentation by Campbell on genes and I agree that gene expression is dependant on diet. Numerous studies show that people when they migrate assume the disease risk of the country to which they move. Obesity amongst Asian/American population is a good example of this. As Natalie Angier states in a recent article in the New York Times' Science section: "We have to get away from the underlying assumption of the particulate units of inheritance that we seem so attached to". The research and evidence on this area is not only a relief for many, it also gives the individual a reason to make an effort to use food and lifestyle to maintain good health and not give in to poor health based the assumption that they are unavoidable because of certain diseases of their ancestors.

    It seems that complexity theory, the advanced form of system theory, is appropriate in the study of how diet and lifestyle has an effect on human beings who must be viewed as very complex, evolutionary, adaptive systems. It is indeed complex yet very simple as underlined by Campbell.
    As we are all biochemical individuals, I believe that there is enough evidence available at present that conclude that there isn't just one diet that fits all. It is the responsibility of the individual to figure out which foods suit their particular body best in order to feel good and to stay healthy. This is not simple and takes careful consideration and determination....more info
  • Very insightful book. A must read for all humans.
    This book lays it out in plain English. We must as a culture reduce our consumption of meat and dairy products if we are to survive and flourish. Adopting a plant based diet is not only healthy for our body's but for the entire planet. This book should be given to every school kid instead of milk!...more info
  • Life changing
    This book is amazing. I borrowed a copy and found what it said to be refreshing and on the money. It changed my life. I became a Vegan (diet wise only) and bought 2 books, one to keep and another to give to some friends. They are now also becoming Vegan (diet wise)....more info
    Truly amazing that so much can be gained by means that seem so simple and inexpensive, yet truths continue to be, flat out hidden from the public and sacrificing our health for financial gain. Incredibly upsetting that we lose so many loved ones due to something we've been taught to expect and accept as inevitable(heart disease & cancer)when all the while these things are for the most part easily controllable. The principles in this book should be taught early on in grade school instead of the system of "American Excess" which we currently subscribe to!!!!...more info
  • Results, Folks, Results!
    There are a lot of different opinions here about the science behind this book, but the reality is, results are what counts, not arguments about "thousands of years of meat-eating". Before I started this diet, I had weight I couldn't lose no matter what diet I tried, painful arthritis in my hands and feet, serious issues with my period, and very low energy.

    Now I'm thin (and eat all day), my arthritis has disappeared (poof!), my period is normal, and I have so much energy, I get 10 times the amount of stuff done than I used to! I do occasionally eat meat/dairy - once a month is about it. I agree that completely cutting out those foods is a bit extreme, especially if you can handle making it a very small part of your diet. However, if you can't cut back, just cut it out - it depends on your personality more than anything. Also, he lists free oils as okay in small amounts - I would adjust that to VERY small amounts (like a tablespoon a week all together). Free oils (olive oil, veggie oil, canola oil, etc.) are consistently linked to cancer and arthritis/other auto-immune diseases in hundreds of studies (check out Dr. McDougall's website for more info).

    This book changed my life - before I was a die-hard meat and butter and cheese eater. Every meal included rich fats and meats and I loved it. Unfortunately, I didn't love how my health was starting to go down the tubes at 39 years of age. I felt like an old lady and I had to pop Advil constantly. Now, my Advil bottle and vitamin bottles are all gathering dust. My grocery bill is half of what it was. I'm never hungry and I'll never have to diet again. All of these changes would never have happened if my husband hadn't suggested I "just read" this book. All it took was one read-through and this die-hard meat-lover was changed forever. I can't imagine ever going back to the Western diet again. ...more info
  • Truly life changing
    I originally checked this book out of my local library, but have since come back to purchase it from Amazon. I know I'll reread it and look back to it for many years. The writing is engaging and very readable, and the information is astounding. I've read plenty of diet and nutrition books before, but I've never understood so well and felt so convinced about the power of a plant-based diet. Just for the record, I'm a 51 year old woman. I'm carrying around too much weight around my middle and starting to have really frequent and uncomfortable hot flashes. After only 3 days following the recommendations in this book, the hot flashes have disappeared. Now maybe you're skeptical and think "that's ridiculous - she's probably just a nutcase." I understand - I'm a skeptic too. So go to the library and read this book. I don't give out 5 stars on a book just because it held my interest or was "pretty good." This book is incredible....more info
  • Earth-Shattering Book - A Must Read!
    If you eat meat or dairy after reading this, you're in the same category as people who ride fast on motorcycles without wearing a helmet. On ice. Drunk. While doing Sudoku. Seriously, if you want to know the meticulously scientific, scary truth about meat's causal linkage to cancer, heart disease, and numerous other killers, this is the most important book to read on this list. The chapters on how doctors, hospitals, FDA and the meat/dairy industries have responded to this will get your blood boiling.

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  • Life Changing Book
    This book literally changed the way I look at my diet and health. The facts are startling. It's great to finally find real information about what we eat and how it affects us, without that information coming from a new "diet guru." Seems like everyone wants to tell you how and what to eat but they have a financial interest invested. This book is based on facts, clinical studies, and real people. Once you read it you'll never look at food the same way again....more info
  • Truth always surfaces
    You can't fight truth. If you read this book and don't change how you live your life, you're in denial. Buy this book for everyone you care about. This book sheds light on the subjects that have always been in question regarding health, disease, diet, science, and much more. Some of the best money I've ever spent....more info
  • Interesting, but flawed
    Interesting read, but it left out the fact of ethnic evolutionary differences in physiology.

    For example - Asians are generally highly lactose intolerant (something like 90%), whereas Europeans are not. Similar to American Indians having higher rates of diabetes and a lower tolerance for alcohol depending on foods eaten. Different groups have adapted to different diets. There is no one size fits all as far as diet is concerned.

    I cannot eat rice, soy etc... due to my particular genetic traits - I come from a European background and have an endocrine system syndrome that basically requires me to eat like a diabetic. I need to balance lean protein (non soy protein) fats and carbs from vegetables.

    And what about cases such as that of the Amish in the US? They eat full fat dairy and meat and are very fit and have good health in general and good longevity. I think the quality of the food (non processed) and physical activity combined with stress reduction would boost longevity more than veganism. Vegans don't live longer and really are not much healthier.

    Without data from other ethnic groups, this is pointless. A whole food diet is important, but his thesis is too broad. Just studying one ethnic population doesn't prove it will work on other groups exactly the same way....more info
  • Shocking Truths Disclosed!
    Excellent book! This book will challenge modern day thinking on food and pharmaceuticals. Campbell is an educated researcher who astonishingly comes to the realization that modern concepts of a healthy diet are actually not based on fact and research. Our love affair with meat and dairy have some significant implications for our overall health. Well written, well researched. It is worth having in your personal library....more info
  • The best book on nutrition
    This is without a doubt the best book on nutrition I have ever read. It is backed up by hard science compiled by the most eminent researchers and academic institutions. The evidence supporting the benefits of eating a plant based diet is overwhelming. The primary author who conducted this study, Dr. Colin Campbell, PhD, of Cornell University, should be given the Nobel prize for his valuable work on the China Study. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in leading a healthy and vital life....more info
  • I changed my diet immediately after reading this book.
    I have read dozens of nutrition and health books, and (as so many other reviewers have said) this book changed my life more than any other. It demonstrates convincing and credible research that animal protein triggers cancer (and a host of other diseases we already knew about). After reading this book twice, I bought a bunch of vegetarian cookbooks and stopped eating meat (no small feat for me). I'm still working on the dairy, but my goal is to go 95% vegan. And, as a happy byproduct, I've lost 10 pounds in two months -- without trying at all. ...more info
  • Life changing information
    The China Study is a most important resource book for changing your life course. You can either choose to wait for an outcome of either cancer or heart disease with a normal American diet, or you can avoid that scenario and life long prescription drug intake by going on a plant based diet. An in depth food analysis is given for various anti-cancer substances in everyday food. The charts are the most striking information correlating animal protein with cancer and heart disease. As people become more affluent the animal protein intake increases resulting in an increase incidences of cancer and heart disease and a myriad of other problems we are just beginning to link. I cannot believe the authors challenge the status quo by tackling the dairy industries and conventional medicine without pushing a magic pill or some other product. I love the simplicity along with the scholarly methods used and the all important documentation. ...more info
  • Everyone should read this book!!
    Reading this book could save your life. It is not light reading but it you want the truth about the best diet possible read this. Knowledge is power....more info
  • Life changing analysis
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