Whole

Whole

Rethinking the Science of Nutrition

Book - 2013
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What happens when you eat an apple? The answer is vastly more complex than you imagine.

Every apple contains thousands of antioxidants whose names, beyond a few like vitamin C, are unfamiliar to us, and each of these powerful chemicals has the potential to play an important role in supporting our health. They impact thousands upon thousands of metabolic reactions inside the human body. But calculating the specific influence of each of these chemicals isn't nearly sufficient to explain the effect of the apple as a whole. Because almost every chemical can affect every otherchemical, there is an almost infinite number of possible biological consequences.

And that's just from an apple.

Nutritional science, long stuck in a reductionist mindset, is at the cusp of a revolution. The traditional "gold standard" of nutrition research has been to study one chemical at a time in an attempt to determine its particular impact on the human body. These sorts of studies are helpful to food companies trying to prove there is a chemical in milk or pre-packaged dinners that is "good" for us, but they provide little insight into the complexity of what actually happensin our bodies or how those chemicals contribute to our health.

In The China Study , T. Colin Campbell (alongside his son, Thomas M. Campbell) revolutionized the way we think about our food with the evidence that a whole food, plant-based diet is the healthiest way to eat. Now, in Whole , he explains the science behind that evidence, the ways our current scientific paradigm ignores the fascinating complexity of the human body, and why, if we have such overwhelming evidence that everything we think we know about nutrition is wrong, our eating habits haven't changed.

Whole is an eye-opening, paradigm-changing journey through cutting-edge thinking on nutrition, a scientific tour de force with powerful implications for our health and for our world.
Publisher: Dallas, Texas : BenBella Books, Inc., c2013
ISBN: 9781937856243
Branch Call Number: 613 .2 CAM
Characteristics: xvi, 328 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Jacobson, Howard 1930-

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Whisty
Aug 27, 2016

It's certainly not the most "entertaining" book to read but surely an eye-opening one. Highly recommended.

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ilove2clap
Jul 20, 2015

Excellent book to listen to/read! I wish I could get the audio version of the China Study to hear more from Campbell. I would definitely give this a listen!

bibliotechnocrat Dec 06, 2014

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.

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HereHere
Jun 20, 2013

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!

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stcalico
Jun 19, 2013

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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