Book Review

WHOLE - Rethinking the Science of Nutrition Whole

Review by Melanie Powers

Have you ever wondered why there seems to be an absolute explosion and backlash towards the vegan diet recently? Maybe you've heard of a growing movement called "Paleo" or "Low Carb"? In my opinion no one author has been at the center of such controversy and backlash, as T Colin Campbell has in the last number of years. In 2005, Dr. Campbell gave the world a true understanding of the health dangers of animal protein, with his best selling book "The China Study". Many groups and blogs have seemingly devoted their existence to tearing apart his research as well as trying to come up with any evidence possible to support the idea that we NEED to eat animal products to thrive. Of course this idea is just ridiculous, so Dr. Campbell has responded to all this nonsense with an amazing new book, titled "Whole". Whole picks up where the "The China Study" left off and answers the question "Why a whole food, plant based diet is the best diet for optimal nutrition". He gets right to the heart of the issue as to why mainstream nutrition science is fighting so hard against the truth of eating a plant based diet.

The book basically focuses on given readers a very thorough understanding of new competing scientific models regarding nutrition. Reductionism which is considered the traditional "gold standard" of nutrition research has been to study one chemical at a time in an attempt to determine its particular impact on the human body. These sorts of studies are helpful to food companies trying to prove there is a chemical in milk or pre-packaged dinners that is "good" for us, but they provide little insight into the complexity of what actually happens in our bodies or how those chemicals contribute to our health. This paradigm however completely ignores the true holistic workings of the entire human body and Campbell proves that using this model has led us down the wrong path. This is a heavy book loaded with scientific information and a real understanding of how we got to this place where scientists, doctors, companies, etc will do anything to protect their love and interests of the meat and dairy industries. I cannot recommend this book enough. It truly has given me a much greater depth of understanding of the science and issues at hand as well as why there is such a fight against him and his work. Although this book requires readers to really think about and digest the content being read, Dr. Campbell has made it as simple as he can and his writing style is truly enjoyable. This is one book you need to read and keep as a reference source for life. Well done Dr. Campbell!