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This is a long read, but a most important book. It outlines the study of 880 million Chinese people in the 1970s, detailing their health status, causes of death, types of diets and chronic illnesses. It is the largest study of food and health ever likely to take place in the world. The results are jaw dropping. It becomes clear that our current western diet is killing us from cancer and heart disease, and other chronic aliments. Read this book to see the science behind it all, and understand what we should and should not be eating from an expert scientific Professor, not someone who is trying to make money out of some diet gimmick. If you ever wondered what you should not be eating and are confused by conflicting information, this book will put you straight!
I saw the video, bought the book but never read it. A few days ago, I discovered it in my Kindle library and started reading it. It's so much more than the video. It's well written and clearly aimed at a layman. Nevertheless, it does require a bit of intelligence. I agree with the other reviewer from Australia - everyone who is intelligent enough should read it. It's your life and you are in charge of your health.
Sensible, science backed information on halting modern disease. The China Study has turned the deep fear I had after a pre-cancer diagnosis into a sense of hope and control and courage. I'm so relieved to have found this information at a time when it can make a difference to my life and my health.
This book is a must read for anyone wanting to work to work towards a healthier life style. The author is also a lovely human being....watched his doco, videos and read most of his books. This is a GEM.
First off, don't buy this if you aren't going to put the time in to read it cover to cover. There's so much in here, which I'm sure the other reviewers have covered in depth. My slant into this is a return to becoming fully plant based. I'm 58yrs and consider myself well above average fitness. I'm flexible, capable of pushing some decent weights, and a Tai Chi Teacher. I've pretty much given up refined sugars as much as is possible. Mainly to offset arthritis. Yet.....
There's been this naggy inner spidy sense that tells me I need to radically change my diet. I've been vegan for 3 years back from 2003 to 2006. So I kind of know what I'm getting into here.
In the last comple of years, I feel that although I can get everything done physically I want, the cost is having to sleep up to 9 hours a day. Sometimes more. It's been getting worse recently. I've factored in training with very heavy weights for my build and age: late nights 2am-3am bedtime on days off etc.
The last 6 months I've had this calling to return to plant-based. I'm going to be honest here and say "gamechangers" on Netflix was so powerful that I instantly was given the "on" switch and pretty much became vegan within 24 hours of watching it.
I found an unread vegan book in my kindle library and it highlighted this book.
The extensive study(Chinese gathering of data) of Cancer pockets in China, opened a snapshot in time possibly never to be repeated, to study the data and visit the regions of healthy and unhealthy areas.
I loved the analogy of if you want 100% proof of something, throw a ball in the air and watch the effects of gravity bring it back down to the ground.
To find 100% proof of links into diet and poor health doesn't exist at this time. But 95% and 99% does exist.
How does this book flow? I found it very interesting and readable. It is endless though! But if you want to load yourself with data on the positive effects of going plant-based, you'll have enough data to crush nearly(99%) all arguments against it.
Here's an interesting quote from Dr. John MaDougall, a prominent surgeon about his education and how much attention was given to nutrition:
=="John finished his formal medical education having had only one hour of nutrition instruction, which involved learning which infant formulas to use. His experience confirms every study that has found nutrition training among physicians to be sorely inadequate."==
After 2 weeks I've lost 1.5kg. My strength with weights has not diminished. My recovery after 3hr weight sessions suggests that all the extra nutrients received in increasing my vegetables really are very powerful.
The weight loss was truly effortless. Almost too easy! I'd say that I've gone very clean with my diet. No sexy sauces added; lots of fiber and raw veggies. Protein, so far from the plants, chick peas, kidney beans, some soya products, sproud(waitrose) milk substitute, bread(Waitrose sunflower and pumpkin seeds (2 slices)), various colourful veggies etc. Baked Potatoes and rice.
I should also add that even having reduced half of the meat-based protein I was having, I still couldn't really get a proper shift in weight loss.
I noticed almost immediately a lifting of my mood! Like a heavy burden had dissolved. Also currently under the cosh financially there was an underlying fear brewing(unknown to me at the time). That significantly lifted too. Inner biological workings improved:) My mind is a lot clearer. Addictions, especially reading the news online lifted too. A significant reduction in sweet-tooth cravings. So a significant positivity has arisen.
I've a working theory on the 'fear factor'. Could we be absorbing the fear of death from the cells of the meat and sadness from the dairy? (triggering:)
I hope to add a bit more to this review in time.
Update 11th Jan 2020 --------------------------
More personal than book related.... Im trying to plateau my weight between 76.5kg to 77.5kg. Currently 76.8kg from 80.8kg. My partner since going 100% vegan on 1st Jan 2020 lost 2.2kg. She tried the intermittent fasting twice a week and didn't really lose anything for about 5 months. Partial vegan didn't seem to shift anything in the last month of December 2019. Lots of veggies, mixed colours, leafy also twice a day just really sets the gold standard for the diet. Wrap the grains, rice, potatoes into the mix and a variety of protein sources.
My last note here is if you're having any desserts regularly then don't expect great weight loss results. My current gym manager is a massive guy about 6 foot 6, lots of fat, extremely strong but must weigh around 140-150kg. So you are what you eat. But If you eat loads of vegetables some with high fiber its not easy to continue eating unless it's got addictive additives in it.
This book is a MUST READ for anyone interested in their health.
It will change your life and is written by probably the world's leading nutritional scientist!
Did you know that CANCER, DIABETES AND HEART DISEASE is 'causally' linked to ANIMAL FOODS (meat, milk, cheese and other dairy products, eggs - and so on); and - critically - that these killer disease can by prevented and even reversed - by eating plant foods (which have all the protein and nutrients we need)?
Don't take my word for it - READ THIS AMAZING BOOK. I only just found about about it in September 2018 and immediately cut all animal foods from my diet. Since then I've gifted at least 10 copies to people I love or care about.
You will be be amazed.
Buy it now, read it and share it with your loved ones too...
I wouldn’t recommend this book. It’s full of information but I thought a lot of it was pretty useless. There’s a lot of contradictory evidence against this book and after I considered that it made me a bit skeptical about the effectiveness of the China Study. There’s no doubt that keeping animal products low in the diet is probably a healthy thing to do but as to whether or not it actively prevents cancer is another thing. My mother-in-law is fighting stage 4 lung cancer with multiple other tumours and her oncologist says that her largely vegan diet ( since diagnosis) is why almost 2 years later, she is still alive. I read Dr John Kelly’s book ‘Stop feeding your cancer’ and that’s what led me to buy the China Study but I think doing further research yourself online would be more beneficial. I have reduced meat and farmed fish in my diet but not eliminated completed. I love steak! So a little of what love should hopefully do no harm!
So good I bought 2! Gave 1 to a family member with health problems. I was already vegan but wanted to know more about the health aspects of plant based eating, i now eat a mainly whole food plant based diet and feel wonderful. The science, evidence and statistics in this book are fascinating, check out the x ray photo of the artery before and after adopting a plant based diet, awesome stuff. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone quite frankly.