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The China Study

by Colin Campbell, PhD

About the Author

Colin Campbell, PhD, is the project director of the China-Oxford-Cornell Diet and Health Project (the China Study), a 20-year study of nutrition and health. He is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of nutritional biochemistry at Cornell University. In more than 40 years of research he has received more than 70 grant-years of peer-reviewed research funding and authored more than 300 research papers. He lives in Ithaca, New York. Thomas M. Campbell II is an author and actor. He lives in Ithaca, New York.

Why I Like this Book

Powerful evidence that diet is the cause of the current health care crisis: heart disease, diabetes and cancer have their roots in food choices.

  • And just as diet can make us sick, different food choices on a daily basis can keep us healthy.
  • “If nutrition were better understood, and prevention and natural treatments were more accepted in the medical community, we would not be pouring so many toxic, potentially lethal drugs into our bodies at the last stage of disease.
  • It is time to shift our thinking toward a broader perspective on health, one that includes a proper understanding and use of good nutrition.”
  • The breadth and depth of evidence that “people who ate the most animal-based foods got the most chronic diseases. People who ate the most plant-based foods were the healthiest and tended to avoid chronic disease”
  • He indicates that diet not only reduces the risk of cancer but some cancers can even be reversed through nutrition.
  • “Promotion of cancer cells is reversible, depending on whether the early cancer growth is given the right conditions in which to grow. Dietary factors, called promoters, feed cancer growth. Other dietary factors, called anti-promoters, slow cancer growth. Cancer growth flourishes when there are more promoters than anti-promoters.
  • The result of these studies showed that nutrition is more import in controlling cancer promotion than the dose of the initiating carcinogen.
  • Nutrients from animal-based foods increased tumor development while nutrients from plant-based foods decreased tumor development.”
  • It is a very dense book, but makes a profoundly convincing case that a whole foods, plant-based diet counteracts disease.

Book Description

In The China Study, Dr. T. Colin Campbell details the connection between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. The report also examines the source of nutritional confusion produced by powerful lobbies, government entities, and opportunistic scientists. The New York Times has recognized the study 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.”

The China Study is not a diet book. 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 effects of aging.