Rethinking the Science of Nutrition

Campbell, T. Colin

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
"The China Study" revealed what we should eat and provided the powerful empirical support for this answer. "Whole" answers the question of why. Why does a whole-food, plant-based diet provide optimal nutrition? "Whole" demonstrates how far the scientific reductionism of the nutrition orthodoxy has gotten offtrack and reveals the elegant wonders of the true holistic workings of nutrition, from the cellular level to the operation of the entire organism.

Publisher: Dallas, Texas :, BenBella Books, Inc.,, c2013
ISBN: 9781937856243
Branch Call Number: 613.2 CAMPBELL
Characteristics: xvi, 328 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Jacobson, Howard 1930-


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Dec 06, 2014
  • bibliotechnocrat rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I wanted to like this book, but just couldn't really get there. Campbell provides an interesting analysis of the reductionist paradigm of medical research, and his discussion surrounding how funding corrupts the scientific process is truly important. However, his embittered ranting at the scientific and nutritional establishment gets really old really fast.

Early in the book, Campbell discusses his discovery of the relationship between casein (found in cows' milk) and liver cancer. He therefore calls into question the ethics of promoting of milk as a healthy drink. But his 'Whole' food perspective requires that all the effects of all aspects of milk be taken into account in their affect on the body - the casein issue is an example of the reductionist science he spends the rest of the book denigrating. To be fair, the casein discovery came early in his career, and his whole food paradigm shift came later. Nonetheless, if the positive antioxidant effects of a whole apple cannot be accounted for by the currently identified antioxidants found within the apple, might it not also be possible that the negative effects of casein are counteracted by other factors within milk? Not everyone who drinks milk gets cancer.

A recent Scandinavian study links high milk consumption to early mortality and poor bone health so Campbell is probably right on this one, but I can't help thinking that his argument is seriously undercut by using a reductionist technique to argue for a Whole food paradigm.

Jun 20, 2013
  • HereHere rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The information in here is golden. How oncologists pressure patients to undergo procedures that have no proven benefit. How pharmaceutical companies have bought government.
How and why nutritional research is underfunded. How pharmaceutical companies don't actually pay for the research they do! It is really mind-boggling!

Jun 19, 2013
  • stcalico rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Although I found it a bit of a 'slow read'.. ie. I fell asleep a few times reading it, I still felt that the information in this book was well worth it. It is fascinating to consider how all parts of our society operate around money and how that indoctrinates everyone into a severely limited way of thinking. This book is eye-opening.


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