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.
Part Medical Thriller, Part Governmental Expose and Part Nutrition Manual.
Dr. Campbell issues a stark warning against the imminent "Atkins Backlash".
This is not a diet book. Consumers are bombarded with conflicting messages
regarding health and nutrition; the market is flooded with popular titles like "The Atkins Diet"
and "The South Beach Diet".
Dr. Campbell cuts through the haze of misinformation and delivers an insightful
message to anyone living with cancer, diabetes, heart disease, obesity and those
concerned with the effect of ageing. Dr. Campbell challenges the validity of these
low-carb fad diets and issues a startling warning to their followers.
"The New York Times"
has recognised the study ("China-Oxford-Cornell Diet and Health Project") as the
"Grand Prix of epidemiology" and the "most comprehensive large study ever undertaken
of the relationship between diet and the risk of developing disease".
This exhaustive presentation of the findings from the China Study conclusively demonstrates
the link between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. 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 65 counties,
representing 2,500 counties across rural China and Taiwan.
While revealing that proper nutrition can have a dramatic effect on reducing
and reversing these ailments as well as obesity, this text calls into question
the practices of many of the current dietary programs, such as the Atkins diet,
that enjoy widespread popularity in the West. The impact of the politics of nutrition
and the efforts of special interest groups on the creation and dissemination of
public information on nutrition are also discussed.
In the 1980s, a comprehensive study of the effects of diet on disease and lifestyle
was conducted among 6500 adults in 65 counties in rural China. Campbell
(nutritional biochemistry, Cornell Univ.) examines the results of that study
and compares the predominantly plant-based Chinese diets with the high consumption
of meat and dairy products in the West. Drawing on hundreds of references
and his 40-year career as a nutritional biochemist, Campbell compellingly argues
that animal-based foods are responsible for high rates of heart disease,
diabetes, cancer, obesity, Alzheimer's, osteoporosis, and the effects of aging.
He challenges long-held beliefs about the nutritional benefits of animal products
and points out the confusing glut of contradictory information disseminated by
the food industry. Campbell urges readers to eliminate meat and dairy from their
diets to achieve better health and longevity. His study will add a new dimension
to the public debate about the role of plant-based foods in the human diet.
Recommended for nutrition and health collections.-Irwin Weintraub, Brooklyn Coll. Lib.,
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