The China Study

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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:

  • 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
  • Eye opener!
    The book is written by a very credible source, who has held to his findings as a researcher, and goes on to describe what we eat and why, as well as the science behind studies and what we should be eating....more info
  • Good information, could have been shorter
    This book offers a lot of good information. I thought it was interesting to read about so much good information about eating plant-based foods. However, the book is very long and drawn out, and a lot of it is written in a very dry manner. I think it could have been tightened more, dropping probably 75 pages or so since so much of the information repeats itself. A shorter more focused read would have made it go down easier. I still think the info and mission are good, I just think it would have been a smoother read had it been shorter, less repetitive and written in a little more interesting manner, rather than cut and dry science writing. Good info though......more info
  • Best book ever written about food's relationship to health
    T. Colin Campbell has written the most amazing book ever written showing how all foods impact on our health -- some make us healthy, but the majority make us sick. Now we can learn exactly which foods are deleterious to our health and send us to doctors, most of whom don't try to find out the real cause of our sickness. Most doctors almost always give us drugs to heal us but which actually only mask the symptoms and greatly harm us. We also can now learn which foods are incredibly nourishing and build our bodies to be healthy and full of energy so that we won't allow them to deteriorate and get sick. Naura Hayden...more info
  • The China Study
    This book is very convincing. It has changed my life in the way I feel, look, and anticipate my future....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
  • 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
  • Remarkable
    Professor Campbell layers on the information piece by piece, stopping to explain what you're seeing and offering a telling anecdote to illlustrate the points. Gradually you realize that he is changing your life and making it better. Who should read this book carefully? Anyone who eats....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
  • 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
  • The China Study
    I have always been interested in being healthy, eating right, excersizing etc. And I thought I was doing all the right things (and I still do). This book really opened my eyes to how I'm really eating and how I'm influenced by all the hype about what is healthy, what is a balanced diet, why vitamins help us to be healthier, etc.

    I bought this book for my wife who recently decided to eat vegetarian (much to my chagrin) and so she has been beating my up on how I "should" be eating. Since reading this book, I have not really changed my basic view of nutrition but I have cut back alot on eating animal protein, fat and processed carbs. I never was into supplements and now I'm even more not into supplements.

    And you know, I have lost 5 pounds in 3 weeks and I'm almost down to my high school weight. I don't get as tired hiking and jogging and now the dogs have a semi hard time keeping up with me on hikes and I'm 59. This book is a must read for people who want to be active, healthy and aware! ...more info
    I am not much of a reader so when i was suggested to read this book i bought it with no real desire to ever read it, but after reading the introduction i was actually upset when I had to stop reading it! I took the book everywhere with me, so even if I had a couple minutes of down time I could read it. I am now reading it for the second time and find it even more AMAZING! I can honestly say this book will save my life, and it has. I used to eat meat and dairy with the best of them, and had a closed mind like most as well, but when I read this, i was absolutely shocked to say the least! Every fact is backed up by facts which is what I liked. The book covers so many things people have been brainwashed about and I now suggest everyone that I know to read this book. They will not regret it. This was the best $11.00 I have ever spent!...more info
  • Best Health Book Ever-Scientifically Backed!
    After reading about 300 health books over the past 40 years I can confidently say that this is the GREATEST health book I have ever read and now the first book I recommend to people looking to change their health for the better. Not only is everything scientifically documented, but the organic way Campbell's research unfolded over 2.5 decades is beyond fascinating. Ever since I stopped consuming cow's milk, my entire health greatly improved. (Also recommend [...]) Please buy this book for everyone you know and break the pathetic diet cycle American's are addicted to. Everyone should live over 100 in great health and on no medications-I'm living proof that it works-DG...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
  • 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
  • Very Enlightening
    This is a real eyeopener into what is going on in the meat and dairy industry and also the medical community. Like they say " follow the money"....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 China Study
    My wife and I are very much interested in improving our state of health and have learned how important a proper diet is. In reading other books and articles on foods, this book, The China Study, was recommended in several of those materials.
    We purchased a copy and have learned much and are satisfied and gratified that we can believe what has been written in the book, because there is so much clinical proof with thousands of people who had been studied.
    We would strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn how to prevent disease and/or reclaim their state of well being, including how to lose weight and keep it off....more info
  • Nutrition education nobody showed us before so clearly!
    Well written without being pedantic while showing facts, not favoritism, in presenting undeniably important information on heart disease, cancer, diabetes and yes, long-term health with regard to what we eat. Explains how big business plays a biased part in disseminating the same data. The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • What you don't know can hurt you...
    More information than most people want to acknowledge. We may be living longer, but we are not necessarily living better. Can we improve our lives by removing dairy and "meat" from our diets? After a friend recovered from stage 4 breast cancer by changing her diet and her spiritual and psychological mentality I had to read "The China Study" to find out what she knew that I didn't. The question is... do I have the determination and desire to adhere to such a reformation of eating?

    This is a must read for anyone who eats! Yes, anyone! ...more info
  • Outstanding and Informational
    The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health

    This book is well written. The author has taken information from the past 30 plus years of nutrition research and translated it into terms that the average person can understand. After reading this book, my family is radically changing its eating habits to follow Dr. Campbell's suggestions.

    I will definately be sharing this book with friends and family....more info
  • Most Comprehensive Nutrition Study Ever

    This book is critical for anyone studying nutrition. Why China? Because of "such a massive variation in cancer rates among different counties when genetic backgrounds were similar from place to place" (p. 71). Quite simply, it leaves no doubt that genetics aren't involved, but rather environment.

    Though I have read hundreds of books on nutrition, I was blown away by the research herein. I had already known dairy was bad, but Campbell's research makes it practically the major culprit for cancer! Apparently the casein, the main protein in cow's milk, "interacts with carcinogens, the way DNA reacts with carcinogens and the way cancerous cells grow" (p. 65) and actually "allows more carcinogens into cells" (p. 348). Milk does a tumor good! Although I still occasionally indulge in raw goat's cheese, I am much more conscious of this fact after reading his book.

    While other researchers have implicated carbohydrates in cancer (especially high glycemic ones), Dr. Campbell devotes an entire chapter to blaming a diet too high in protein. He found that a diet 5% in protein could reverse cancer, and implicated a diet high in animal proteins as being especially carcinogenic. He recommends getting no more than 10% of your calories in protein, which is low by USA standards.
    A vegetarian diet was found to be superior in forming muscle over the long run ("slow and steady wins the race") as well as in allowing people to consume many more calories than omnivores, without getting fat.

    Campbell also takes on big pharma and the food industries, leaving no doubt that their recommendations to us are purely for their profit.
    My editor e-mailed Dr. Campbell to inquire as to whether any of the animal proteins eaten in the study were raw. Apparently not, he replied. It might have made a difference in the meat (since cooked meat forms carcinogenic heterocyclic amines if heated enough), but honestly: even raw dairy contains casein!
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  • Suprisingly Riveting Reading for a Book With So Many Statistics!
    I couldn't believe what a page turner I found this to be, but Campbell's writing style was very readable, and the sheer weight of the data and its implications made it amazing to me that this information isn't more widely known. I had heard info from Dr. Ornish and McDougall in programs and articles, and I knew Oprah had been sued for saying she was cutting out beef, but that was about it. Even if correct, I thought The China Study might seem like someone selectively choosing data to suit an agenda. In fact, I think Campbell ended up finding the opposite of what he started out expecting.

    Reading the book and checking the 35 pages of small print of reputable sources, I was amazed at how much research over so many years has shown that changing diet can slow and even reverse disease. That even if you are exposed to carcinogens or have a genetic predisposition, you can still affect your outcome with diet. It makes sense to me - seeing that Americans have such a high incidence of diseases that we almost consider inevitable, and yet some other parts of the world have much lower statistics for the same problems. And also knowing that migrants end up taking on the risks of the diets found in the countries to which they move.

    It's a good thing that diet can help reverse disease, because I'm guessing most people won't think seriously about their eating habits until they get some bad news. When my father was diagnosed with cancer, suddenly we became avid readers of information about every kind of treatment and about diet. And diet is one of the easiest things for us to take control of at a time when things feel completely out of control. I hope this book helps more people slow the progress, and even prevent the onset, of diseases like cancer, heart disease, stroke and diabetes. I also hope school lunches will someday at least include more whole plant foods like brown rice and leafy vegetables to help the next generation.

    If there was one thing I'd change it would be the title of the book. Many, many studies are mentioned here, and the China Study, though huge, is only one....more info
  • One of the best books for any American?
    I've read a ton of books on nutrition, diets, healthy lifestyle, etc. This one takes the cake as the best. I found Campbell's scientific approach to be the best researched with the most evidence backing it. He's not an Atkins trying to sell his particular brand of diet or supplements, he's simply showing you what his research has found over the years. My favorite diet book before this was the Paleo Diet, but I think they far overestimate the amount of animal protein that our ancestors ate. Animal protein isn't the end of the world, but it shouldn't be any more than 5-10% of your total intake.

    This also doesn't mean you can go out and start eating all the french fries and pasta you can find. Dr. Campbell advocates a simple diet: whole foods, plant-based. That's it. You can sum the entire book into that for dietary recommendation.

    The implications for diet on cancer, heart disease, and many autoimmune disorders is shocking as well. Campbell basically shows that diets high in animal protein lead to these "diseases of affluence." And the dairy industry's indoctrination of the school program is terrifying as well, especially since it's so obvious now that milk in fact does NOT do a body good and in fact will give you all sorts of bad things including cancer. I very much want to go back to my middle school, pick up the crates of free milk, and toss them into the Potomac ala the Boston Tea Party. The Potomac Milk Party!

    I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I ordered 15 copies for my office so other coworkers could read it and since then I've also ordered another half dozen for my friends. I've even put up a standing offer to any of my friends that I will order them a copy of the book if they are interested and will read it. Many of them have taken me up on it so far. :-)

    You don't have to die of heart disease, Americans. You don't have to die of cancer either. I only wish I knew how important nutrition was a decade ago when my own mother was dying of cancer. We just didn't know back then (and the internet wasn't around!). But if you know someone who's had a heart attack or is suffering through cancer, there is another way out: your body's own defense mechanisms will heal, it just requires the proper fuel....more info
  • What an eye opener!
    This book will change how you see meat and dairy products. I thought I would have a difficult time becoming a vegetarian because I used to love to eat porterhouse steak and BBQ chicken during the summer. Well, I'm just a little more than 1/3 through reading this book and can't put it down. I don't want meat and can't believe I've eaten it so long. My goodness. Ignorance is such bliss.

    I would recommend this book to ALL parents, people with a history or family history of breast cancer, people with a history or family history of heart disease, diabetes, ....etc. All of the diseases you get appear to be so connected with the way we eat. It almost makes me feel like a bad parent now knowing I've fed my kids so much poultry, beef and seafood.

    I can't wait to get home from work and begin reading some more of this book.

    I plan to read it again after I'm done and I've bought the audio version for my husband to listen to since he's not into reading. I plan on listening to that too over and over again.

    People...wake up....more info
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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  • 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
  • Informative, but Extremely Biased
    This book is an informative read that has helped encourage me to move towards healthier eating due to it's strong arguments and research-based advice. The problem is simple: The author wants you to be vegan. I have no problem with vegan or vegetarian lifestyles. On average, I am a vegetarian six or seven days a week (I rarely eat meat, whereas I used to eat meat daily). So I am not taking issue with the idea of veganism or vegetarianism. They are personal choices and I support anyone who chooses such a diet (or who chooses to not have such a diet). So what's my problem?

    Simply, this book demands near veganism. Despite the evidence saying that those who primarily eat fish live the longest, Campbell still encourages veganism, *not* fished-based diets. I hate fish and I am allergic to many kinds of seafood, so it's not even an option for me. Campbell begrudgingly allows the suggestion that eating some fish is okay, but that you shouldn't have it often... and that if you can live without fish, you absolutely should (despite Campbell pointing out that people who eat fish-based diets live the longest--where is the logic?).

    The evidence is clear that meat-based diets are not healthy and meat eaters have the highest mortality rates (and cancer rates and coronary heart disease rates). But I find it hard to follow the advice of someone who so clearly wants me to be a vegan. If Campbell wanted the reader to cut back on meat as much as possible, that's fine. But to completely remove it from the diet is a drastic measure that is not supported by fact. The group of people who live the second longest includes vegetarians and "flexitarians" (people who eat meat occasionally). Vegans live even less time (although still more than meat eaters).

    It is absolutely puzzling to me how Campbell can recommend veganism despite the fact that his own book rates vegans as the second-highest mortality rate.

    I have trashed the main position of the book quite a bit, but there is still a lot of useful information on nutrition and scientific reductionism to be found within it. But as a book, it's hard to read when the author clearly has a bias based on personal values, not facts....more info
  • A not-to-be-missed book challenging all of today's diet and nutrition norms for anyone wanting to be healthier.
    This is truly a monumental book which upsets all the normal diet and nutrition concepts. This is a not-to-be-missed book for everyone interested in improving their health through nutrition. The scientific evidence of this incredible study is irrefutable. The information in this book will compel you to make changes in your life away from the rich, western diet to a more sensible approach to nutrition that is plant-based. While the concept is challenging for many to adopt, it is truly the inconvenient truth that will save your life....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
  • excellent book about nutrition and diseases
    It points out correct nutrition or diet can really cure a lot of major diseses instead of depending on chemical medication only. According to the book, whole grain foods, vegetables and no meat seems to be a better choice for the long-term health. It also points out many dark sides in the modern science or diet or medicine because it was controlled by too many greedy businessmen. ...more info


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