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T. Colin Campbell

Rethinking the Science of Nutrition

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    A change of diet is a better path to healthy living than relying on the health-care system.

    In the United States, the term “health-care system” is a bit misleading. Rather than caring for healthy people and looking for ways to prevent disease, the system spends most of its time caring for people who are already sick. So, really, a more appropriate name might be “disease-care system.”

    A big part of the problem is the care itself. After heart disease and cancer, medical care ranks as the nation’s third biggest killer.

    Every year, over 100,000 people are killed by prescription drugs designed to cure diseases – and that number doesn’t even include accidental overdoses. Other common medical-related deaths include unsuccessful high-risk surgeries, catching pneumonia at hospitals and patient-care errors.

    If all of this is news to you, you shouldn’t be surprised. The government does its best to keep these facts under wraps because the medical industry is so profitable. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention don’t even list “medical care” as a cause of death.

    Yes, this is all a bit troubling – so the best way to avoid needing care is to maintain a healthy diet. What you eat can not only prevent but also help cure disease.

    The food we eat has the biggest impact on our overall health – more than our genes or our environment.

    With the right diet, we can avoid diabetes, strokes, erectile dysfunction and arthritis. It can even prevent and cure those top two killers: heart disease and cancer.

    This conclusion was reached after decades of research, the results of which you can find in the author’s book, The China Study. The data revealed that a change in diet could reverse advanced heart disease and have more immediate and profound effects on illnesses than any surgery or prescribed medication.

    What kind of diet can do all this? It’s one that is based on plants and whole foods, such as fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts, whole grains and beans, which are eaten in their natural state without any added salt, oils or sugars.

    This diet prohibits any animal products and processed foods and consists of 80 percent carbohydrates, 10 percent fat and 10 percent protein. It’s as simple as that.

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    What is Whole about?

    Whole (2013) poses some fascinating questions: Can a change in our diet change the world? Would cutting back on our meat consumption make us and the planet a whole lot healthier? The evidence certainly suggests that a diet based on whole foods, plants and other low-protein foods might be the key to healthier living for everyone. So find out why the powers that be would rather you kept eating fast food.

    Best quote from Whole

    Wholism isnt the alternative to reductionism, it encompasses it.

    —T. Colin Campbell
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    Who should read Whole?

    • Health-conscious readers
    • Medical students and professionals interested in preventing diseases
    • Foodies curious about their diet’s impact on the world

    About the Author

    T. Colin Campbell is a biochemist and expert on the subject of health and nutrition. He is also a Professor Emeritus of Cornell University and the celebrated, best-selling author of the highly influential book, The China Study.  

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