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The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health Book By T. Colin Campbell and Thomas M. Campbell. It was first published in the United States in January 2005 and had sold more than one million copies in October 2013, which makes it one of the best-selling books on nutrition in the United States.

Book Summary
The China study examines the link between the consumption of animal products (including dairy) and chronic diseases such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and bowel cancer. The authors conclude that people who eat a diet predominantly of plant-based whole foods, avoid animal products as the main source of nutrition, including beef, pork, poultry, fish, eggs, cheese, and milk, and reduce the intake of processed products. Refined foods and carbohydrates: they will escape, reduce or reverse the development of numerous diseases. They write that "eating foods that contain cholesterol above 0 mg is not healthy."

The book recommends exposure to the sun or dietary supplements to maintain adequate levels of vitamin D and vitamin B12 supplements in case of completely avoiding animal products. Criticize low carb diets, such as the Atkins diet, which includes restrictions on the percentage of calories derived from carbohydrates. The authors criticize the reductionist approaches to the study of nutrition, in which certain nutrients are guilty of disease, rather than studying patterns of nutrition and interactions between nutrients.

The book is based on the China-Cornell-Oxford Project, a 20-year study, described by The New York Times as "the Grand Prize for epidemiology," conducted by the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine, Cornell University and the University from Oxford T. Colin Campbell was one of the directors of the study. He analyzed the mortality rates from cancer and other chronic diseases of 1973–75 in 65 counties in China; The data were correlated with 1983-84 dietary surveys and blood tests of 100 people in each county. The research was conducted in those counties because they had genetically similar populations that tended, for generations, to live and eat in the same way in the same place. The study concluded that counties with high consumption of animal foods in 1983-84 were more likely to have higher mortality rates for "Western" diseases from 1973-75, while the opposite was true for counties that ate more plant-based food.

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Book Review
The findings of the most comprehensive study on the relationship between diet and the risk of developing the disease challenge much of the American dietary dogma.

About The Author
For more than 40 years, T. Colin Campbell, PhD, has been at the forefront of nutritional research. His legacy, the China Study, is the most comprehensive study on health and nutrition ever conducted. Dr. Campbell is Professor Emeritus Jacob Gould Schurman of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University. He has received more than 70 years of the grant of peer-reviewed research funds and is the author of more than 300 research papers. The China Study was the culmination of a 20-year partnership of Cornell University, Oxford University and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine.

Graduated in 1999 from Cornell University and awarded a medical degree in 2010, Thomas M. Campbell II, MD, is a writer, actor and five-time marathoner.


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