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Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition


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The book by Colin Campbell challenges the reductionist science practiced by the scientific community for manufacturing medicines which can either heal or improve a person's ailment. The book explains how whole foods plant-based diet helps in improving a person’s health. He also highlights the perils of nutrition research being conducted with funds from either drug companies or giants in the food and meat industry. Thanks to this book, I am inspired to read The China Study.

I World

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The message being imparted though Dr. Colin Campbell’s book is important. What I liked in the book was that the arguments were based on meticulous details of various scientific experimentation as well as other authoritative evidence. Now if that is not called persuasive, I do not know what it is.

My only issue with the book is the writing style. I feel the author was trying to give too much importance to himself. If he changes his autobiographic style of writing, then the length of the book can be reduced considerably and would make it easier to read.

Despite the flaws, I would say this book should be read by all those who want to know what is happening the American health industry. It will open your eyes.


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The title of the book is so misleading. The book only contains the rants of an old man against nutrition science, and the grumpiness might be because his stocks are down. Campbell may have a point when he talks about how reductionist science is proving to be a big hindrance in research for finding the benefits of following a whole foods plant-based diet. I also agree that we tend to get brainwashed by the various researches going around and feel that popping a pill will get us rid of all the ailments. Most of these ailments can, however, be cured by following a whole food diet.

However, Campbell in his eagerness to show that he knows everything forgot one simple thing – evidence to back up his claims.

Demon Dreams

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At the outset, one must be warned that this is not your regular book on nutrition and why one should follow a particular diet. One has to read this book with an open mind. The scientific research that has been presented in this book is pretty impressive. One has to be ready for a roller-coaster ride of emotions if you read this book. I would call “Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition” a courageous and inspiring read if one has the desire to reflect on the things we eat. I am sure that it would change your outlook and opinion regarding what you take. It has changed mine, and I am hopeful that it does to you also.


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Colin Campbell’s book starts off well. It talked about the chemistry of food, and how it is different from popping in a vitamin pill. The author then meanders into the absorption of minerals and vitamins, and the difference between taking a multivitamin and eating plant-based food. It then takes a turn, not sure which side, right or left. By the time I got to know which side the book had turned, it had gotten pretty boring. Even though the book did have some wonderful insights, the way the author tried to portray his message, it seemed crazy.

Youme Beer

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I do not know what beef does Colin Campbell has against the pharma industry, as well as the current crop of researchers. His critique was not only way off the mark, but it was also in bad taste. The author ended up misrepresenting nutritional research just to sell his worthless piece of garbage. Reading this book was a waste of time! Avoid the books by this author if you want to retain your sanity.

Hay day pay day

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Colin Campbell has done some good work, and I loved his book “The China Study.” But if you read all his books and “Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition,” you can easily discern that the author is repeating the stuff which is being mentioned elsewhere. Reading this book did not increase my knowledge either regarding industry giants or whole foods plant-based diets. I felt the author was ranting against everybody ranging from government, academia, food industry, and pharma. In this, his focus deviated from the main purpose why the book was written, and that was talking about whole foods plant-based diet.

Richness Ride

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T. Colin Campbell’s “Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition” should be read by everybody. I would say this book is just like his magnum opus 'The China Study.' The author puts out a persuasive argument for adopting the whole foods plant-based diet. If there are those who want to know what the book is all about, but lack time, I will give a sneak peek. Campbell’s Forks over Knives focuses on a whole food diet, what this book adds is a scathing critique of how the big pharma industry is running after profits only and not taking a holistic view when it comes to plants. According to Campbell, the profits coming from the products are pumped into funding scientific research that caters to their nefarious designs. I will not give out any more spoilers. Go ahead and grab your copy.


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I am a supporter of a whole-foods plant-based diet and appreciate the research that Colin Campbell has done in this regard. However, this book does not add any value to what I already know. He was elaborating points mentioned at the starting of the book. The information which he provided also did not address the problems that he had flagged in his book. What a pity… He had a golden chance to tell the readers his solutions, but after reading this book, I am not sure if anybody would even read his book.

Last Smile Lost

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Colin Campbell through his book “Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition” has presented compelling arguments against the current healthcare system. The author also tells us as to why we need to adopt the whole foods plant-based diet. I fully agree with the critique of the reductionist technique that our current researchers follow. As with his other books, Colin Campbell inspires people to relook the way we see our food and why it is important to move away from protein acquired from animals. Grab your copy now.

Chillipepper salt

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Dr. Colin Campbell through this book “Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition” does provide some valuable insights. But these are few and far between. What disappointed me the most was Dr. Campbell did not give any actual nutritional information. I would agree that dairy is not good for health and eating animal protein is like kissing Satan. But did that stop you from writing a book that focuses on layman and instead of criticizing other scientists? If Dr. Campbell wanted to criticize, he could have used other platforms.
This book is simply awesome. Colin Campbell has done a wonderful job of exposing reductionist approach by monetary motivated scientific community which ultimately is used by other giants in dairy, meat and pharma industries. The footnotes presented to support the arguments also does a good convincing job. If you love your health, have questions regarding your diet and nutrition, or want to know how the scientific community is working to further its interests, then read this book.