The China Study

  • Alternative Cancer Treatment
  • Diet
  • Prevention
  • Research
The China Study
T. Colin Campbell, Thomas M. Campbell II, MD

Key Points

  • The most comprehensive study of health and nutrition ever conducted.
  • Research in the lab appeared to 'turn on' and 'turn off' cancer growth, and their finding were supported by what they found in the China Study.
  • A must read for anyone who wants to understand the real affects of diet on cancer growth.

'The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-Term Health' is a fascinating combination of story, discovery, research, and the quest to understand cancer.

What begins as research into increased rates of cancer, takes you through an amazing journey looking at population that is being diagnosed with cancer.  This is followed by some amazing discoveries in the lab, where they are nearly able to TURN ON and TURN OFF cancer growth in mice.  But the remarkable part of this book, was the invitation to study cancer in China, where many regions have very different diets, and different cancer rates that seemed to match.

This is a worthwhile read as they take you along with them from their early discoveries, to each amazing new find, as the data is plotted on a map of the world.  

Ultimately, they make a pretty good argument for a vegan diet, although you'll notice that some of the regions they studied with low cancer rates ate very little meat (not 'no' meat).   But their point is valid, supported by their experiments as well as the data collected.  If it doesn't make you eliminate animal protein, you will at least feel excited about eating more plant-based foods.

It's very readable, but you don't have to read everything in order.  The beginning gives you lots of background, but it's easy to bounce around and read different sections without getting lost.  There's also a recipe section at the end to get you started.

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