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Book Review: The China Study – The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health by T. Colin Campbell and Thomas M. Campbell II

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If you want to know more about how the food you eat affects your health, you should read this book.

If you're even remotely concerned about your own health and that of your loved ones, you should read this book.

If you're tired of feeling tired, and sick of feeling sick, you should read this book.

This is one of the best books I've ever read in regards to diet and health. I've been involved in the health industry for almost ten years, and have seen many cases of seriously sick people. Even knowing what I knew then — that fruits and vegetables were good for you, and seeing this knowledge applied to heal the afflicted right before my eyes — never stopped me from eating animal foods.

These ailing individuals are people with diabetes and cancer, people who lost their sight and their hearing, people with heart diseases and obesity. I've seen them all being healed with the power of this knowledge. They've regained their sight, their hearing, they're more active and slim, they're cancer-free, and don't have to use as much insulin as before.

And still I did not change my eating habits, because I didn't see myself having any serious health problems that would require me to watch what I eat.

But after reading The China Study, which 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, I decided that I want to change my lifestyle. I want to be healthier, I want to feel better, I want to be more active.

I realized that eating well is important for everyone, not just people who are sick. The China Study makes a convincing link between proper nutrition and health as it persuasively questions the effectiveness of other dietary programs such as the Atkins diet. It also made me realize how much more important it is to prevent diseases, and maintain a healthy body which won't break down as you get older.

We all accept that we're going to face senility, absent-mindedness, and have a weaker body as we get older, but the truth is, we don't have to. We don't have to face pain and helplessness. We can all live a good, long life and be healthy enough to enjoy all it has to offer.

Read the book, you'll be glad you did.

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About Betty Wong

Betty Wong grew up studying natural health and nutrition and is now a certified Master Herbalist. She believes that the health of the body, mind, and spirit are intrinsically linked and that nurturing all aspects of the self is essential to achieving true health. She is a naturally curious person who likes to ask questions and look for creative and unusual answers. She is also an avid reader and writer, and enjoys crafting in her free time.
  • Ben

    Although I have not read the book, I must say that living in China for 3 years has certainly taught me a thing or two about nutrition. Coming from the US, the first thing I noticed about China, is that they simply don’t have obesity. What would be considered “obese” by Chinese standards is “normal” by American ones. I have several theories behind this. One of them is that in China processed foods are more expensive than natural foods. For example, if I want to buy fresh dumplings made at a restaurant, they cost almost half of what frozen (processed) dumplings cost at the supermarket. Fresh fruits and vegetables are ridiculously cheap here, but processed junk food is expensive. For example a full head of cabbage costs 10 cents, while a candy bar might cost 1 dollar. This is the opposite in the US, where fresh foods are more expensive than processed ones. Because of this, the vast majority of what the Chinese eat comes from the farm, rather than the factory.

  • You’re right, Ben. Eating fresh food vs. processed food goes a long way in keeping yourself healthy. But The China Study goes further than that. Simply put, the book is saying that eating animal foods is bad for you, and plant food is good. So even if the chicken, pork, or beef on your table was just slaughtered this afternoon on your farm, eating a packaged vegetable would be healthier than eating the meat.

  • Rudolf

    I have read the book and I am trying to bring it into practice. But that is far from simple! Everywhere where I come the food offered is based on meat and diary products. I am on a real scouting trail nowadays to find my (new) path in the jungle of nutrition!