The China Study by T. Colin Campbell

The China Study

More than thirty years ago, nutrition researcher T. Colin Campbell and his team at Cornell, in partnership with teams in China and England, embarked upon the China Study, the most comprehensive study ever undertaken of the relationship between diet and the risk of developing disease. What they found when combined with findings in Colin's laboratory, opened their eyes to the dangers of a diet high in animal protein and the unparalleled health bene...

Details The China Study

TitleThe China Study
Release DateMay 11th, 2006
PublisherBenbella Books
GenreHealth, Nonfiction, Nutrition, Food and Drink, Food, Science, Vegan

Reviews The China Study

  • Rachel
    UGH! I totally loved this book as of page 150 or so! At the beginning you find out about this really interesting research that showed that feeding milk protein (casein) to rats encouraged them to develop cancerous growths after the rats had been exposed to a carcinogen called aflatoxin, and the cancer barely grew at all in rats that were fed low amounts (5% of calories) of casein. The cancer also barely grew at all in rats that were fed low to me...
  • Kara
    Whew, where to start with this one! I do feel compelled to explain why I see this book as a one star. it is frankly bad science. I think most people would read this book and seriously feel scared, he certainly wrote it with that purpose in mind. Many of my thoughts stem from years of math and statistics classes, years of working with statistics in environmental engineering, some come from the dozens of research studies that I’ve read over the y...
  • Alison
    I haven’t read the whole thing yet. I have skipped around a bit and I probably won’t finish it. I am reading it because my sister in law read it and wanted my opinion. At first I had an open mind about what he had to say, but the further I got in to it the less I liked it. The first thing was the evangelical tone of the writing. You can almost hear Amazing Grace being sung in the background… I once was lost, but now am found… Then he comp...
  • Flying Monkey
    I really wish Campbell would have included the most compelling data from this study. But for some reason he left if out his book. Below is a study co-authored by Colin Campbell and is derived from the Cornell China Study. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A 136 (2003) 127-140Fish consumption, blood docosahexaenoic acid and chronic diseasesin Chinese rural populationsYiqun Wanga, Michael A. Crawforda,*, Junshi Chenb, Junyao Lib, Kebreab...
  • Jennifer
    Wow! Time to start cutting down on animal protein! This is a well supported (with real scientific evidence) on the dangers of eating animal protein...from cancers, to arthritis to osteoporosis. It also provides good insight into how some in the scientific community, government and industry work together to keep valuable nutritional information from the public. The most interesting and surprising point for me was the dangers of milk and how increa...
  • Linus Thomas
    Wow. What an impressive book! This book looks at what ails us and what is truly the cause. Based on well over 750 studies done over a 35 year period by various researchers, doctors, etc. it highlights the true cause of many of our cancers, diabetes, aches and pains: animal protein. This isn't a "vegan rules; meat eaters drool" kind of book. This is empirical data that proves that our diet overall and animal proteins specifically are the root caus...
  • Lauren
    To go from a dairy farmer who went to college to learn how to make animals produce more milk and meat, to a human nutrition expert promoting a whole foods, plant-based diet as the key to human health and disease prevention represents a remarkable shift in beliefs, career path, and personal behavior. This book tells the story of that shift - the story of Dr. Campbell's life and career as a scientist who was persuaded by what the growing body of nu...
  • Jonathan
    The most important book I've read in a long time. Changed the way I eat. Strongly recommended, if you're interested in the latest research on nutrition and health, disease, cancer, energy, and longevity. I came to this with an eager and open mind, since it was highly recommended by someone I respect greatly, Art Eggertsen, founder of ProBar. I have long been seeking out the best approach to nutrition for two reasons: 1) maximize athletic performa...
  • Brooke
    This book is based on years of research, both in the real world and in labs. It is basically about the remarkable relationship between the foods we eat and cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and other illnesses. It is information that food companies, doctors, drug companies, etc. don't want you to know about.On a related note, if you have not seen the documentary "Super Size Me" yet, I highly recommend you go rent it. The DVD also has bonus feature...
  • Ashlula
    Very interesting study. We all know at this point already that Eating fresh and organic veggies and fruits, and unprocessed food, Staying away from sugar and Minimizing animal products are the best you can do for your diet.
  • Lauren
    Before I go any further, you should know that his conclusions are very similar to the diet from my favorite Nutrition book, "Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy." Dr. Willett uses more reliable scientific data to advocate his diet, which is mostly whole plant foods, with healthy vegetable oils (like olive and canola oil) and a small amount of fish added. Like Dr. Campbell, Dr. Willet found that dairy products and meats - especially those high in saturated...
  • Lisa Vegan
    I have to say that I was not in the mood to read this book. In fact, I’d decided I wasn’t interested in reading it at all. When it first was published I’d heard good things about it so I bought it, but then heard some negative things and put it aside. However, my real world book club decided to read it as our October selection so I read it, but I was not enthusiastic.I was a bit irritable reading this as I felt as though I should be taking ...
  • Lisa
    An interesting read. Comparing how what we eat affects our health. Brad and I mostly skimmed it. I think the author makes alot of assumptions. He is trying to convince us to be vegans, but cannot prove that NO animal products is the better that 10% animal products. What it did was make us go back to the word of wisdom and compare. I hadn't realized how little meat we should eat..."Flesh also of beasts and of the fowls of the be used spar...
  • Alison
    Wow. I This book should be required reading for anyone who...well... eats (especially the average American). I just finished listening to the audio version, and I'm ready to go back to track 1 and give it second go. I'll probably get the print version at some point, for reference, but I'm SO thankful an audio recording exists, because – to be honest – I'd probably just skim through the printed book and not really get the full impa...
  • Sean Wilson
    The China Study is maybe one of the most important science books of the twenty-first century. Challenging the current scientific paradigm, biochemist T. Colin Campbell, through his decades of nutritional study, presents the reader with a plethora of information that can prevent and reverse the chronic diseases that plague the West. It's all down to what you eat.
  • Roxanne
    Several prior reviews give excellent and extensive critiques of the methods and assumptions made in this book. I won't reiterate them, I'll just add my own thoughts.Dr. Campbell doesn't recommend fanatical adherence to a vegan lifestyle. While he does suggest that it's easier to eat 0% animal protein than it is to eat 5%, he also suggests relaxing about incidental animal products that may be found hiding in food (meat soup stocks and egg in baked...
  • Chanelle
    This is a must-read for every American. You will love and hate reading this book at the same time, because once you are presented with the facts about how our Western diet is killing us, you will never be the same. This book provoked me to read more and more about it, and after all the reading I've done on the benefits of a plant based diet, my shopping list to the grocery store is forever changed.I've always tried to eat from a spiritual point o...
  • Andy
    The authors could be right about the benefits of a vegan diet, but "The China Study" is not strong evidence for their argument. Basically they state that poor, rural Chinese people have low levels of cancer and heart disease [no surprise there for a pre-industrialization population], then make this huge logic leap that the explanation is low animal protein intake. How do they know it's not one of many other possible explanations? For instance, ho...
  • Aubrey
    Hands down my favorite non-fiction book. This book will change your life, if you let it. Please, please consider reading it!
  • Donna
    There were things I really appreciated about this book and then there were things that really pushed my buttons. So where to start?The good:I liked the passion the author has for this topic. He has dedicated his life to research so that he can better educate people (and all health care professionals) on obtaining and sustaining health through a plant based diet. I liked the research aspect of this, but it was peppered with so many of my pet peeve...
  • Ana
    Eat to Live (by Joel Fuhrman) mentioned this book/study more than a few times so I checked it out. Wow. We have changed a lot of things in our diet because of this book. Not only do meat and milk have a lot of calories but they are loaded with cholesterol and cancer feeding properties. So glad I read this. I can't say enough about this book. It basically backs up the diet that Daniel in the OT ate and is right in line with the Word of Wisdom--lot...
  • Jenna
    A gritty scientific approach to the relationship between diet and disease. Scientific citations abound. It combines his work with the work of many others from fields looking at cancer, cardiovascular, etc. diseases and their correlations to various foods. This book is oft-cited by other books of the same genre. It is for the person who wants to see the nitty-gritty details for themselves. Having said that, it is not nearly as dry as a text book, ...
  • Jeanette
    This book changed my life, literally. The writing is a bit scholarly at times, but worth working your way through for the information.Previous reviews give enough info, so I won't duplicate.I strongly suggest Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. as the ideal companion to The China Study. Fuhrman clears up anything that might have been confusing in The China Study, and explains the best way to choose your foods for nutrient density.
  • Greg
    Basically a book about veganism. First 1/3 to 1/2 is very interesting. Basically correlates increased animal protein consumption (which in itself is correlated to how "advanced" countries are) to increases in the Western diseases (cancer, heart disease, etc). Shows correlations both across countries, and over time. Basic premise of the book is that our shitty health is a direct result of overconsumption of animal protein. Animal protein in develo...
  • Tatiana
    I would not have thought one book could completely change my idea of what is a healthy diet, but this one did. I never stopped to think about it, but all the diseases that developed countries get that undeveloped countries don't are pretty much due to the differences in our diets. These disease include heart disease, diabetes, cancer, macular degeneration, autoimmune disorders like MS, Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondilitis, etc. Alz...
  • Julie
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. People who love their meat are often turned off by it, but I he has strong scientific basis (which he conducted himself) to support what he is saying about an optimal diet. After reading this book I know that I will no longer have any problems with weight. Also, I found a greater motivation to eat healthy besides losing weight, and that is to prevent disease. The correlations between food and heart disease, obesity...
  • Sarah Ehmke
    This is a very important book for our health, and it has prompted myself and my family to make some changes that I'm sure will lead to better health and well being for us all. Everyone should read this!ONE WEEK LATER FOLLOW UP: After being on an animal protein-free, whole food diet for almost 2 weeks, I called my hubby at work this morning and he told me he was having a good day, feeling optimistic. WHAT?! This is a man who hates his job and stru...
  • Christina
    This is a leading book on overall nutrition, however, it isn't boring or written like a scientific study. It covers nutrition, long term health, disease prevention, the media and nutrition, and political involvment in nutrition and the nutritional beliefs in this country. It was written by a man who grew up in Pennsylvania on a dairy farm who is now a scientist and advocates a vegan life style. It is not, however, preachy, and even meat lovers wi...