Book Review: The China Study

The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health [Thomas Campbell, T. Colin Campbell] on Even today, as trendy diets and a weight-loss frenzy sweep the nation, two-thirds of adults are still obese and children are being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes

Source: The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health: Thomas Campbell, T. Colin Campbell: 9781932100662: Books

I read this book because I kept hearing positive things about it from other people. It has been a few days since I have read it and honestly I am still as confused as before.

Book Review: The China StudyIt has a ton of statistics and facts which are good, but I don’t agree with some of the conclusions. For example, he says that the rate of cancer in China is lower when more plants are eaten. However people who eat plants in China have stomach cancer. So it doesn’t seem like it is a full picture of health.

However since I read this I must admit that it has affected my own diet. I have eaten less protein and had a big salad and bought more fruits and vegetables. It is clear that the partly vegetarian people I know are some of the healthiest people I know. For example, one of my doctors was a vegetarian but has added chicken and some meat to her diet. I have seen first hand people who eat primarily protein based diets and it’s not a pretty picture.

I don’t know if you can get a perfect diet by reading one book, or even many books. I think this book however is an important step to give you a better sense of what a healthy diet could be. I also find it fascinating that some of the longest lived people live in Japan, and have a different diet than most western societies. I’m not sure I’m ready for sea vegetables, but sushi is great and who knows, maybe?

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Safe water or save money?

You most likely saw a photo or video of the millions of black plastic balls covering the Los Angeles Reservoir. They protect the region’s drinking water, but now they’re being replaced.

Source: L.A. Says Goodbye to ‘Shade Balls’

It turns out that the balls will be at only one location, but at other locations they will cover the water instead for more complete coverage.

It was amazing how the photo was so popular when it happened. I think it’s because it was something reminiscent of our childhood. The rubber ducky or ball in the bathtub and now in a lake for real reasons. Many times ideas seems recycled and I think this was just another example of a recycled idea.

Yes the old saying “There are no new ideas” is interesting to apply here. In some ways that is true. In other ways it is not. One of the troupes of culture is the idea that we have the answer to everything, we just need to apply it. This is clearly not the case. We don’t have the answer to the human need to control, or to make decisions that are contrary to the well-being of ourselves and others. We still tend to make choices that we know aren’t good for us.

What is concerning in reading this article is the discussion about bromide. It makes it seem that due to the composition of the water, that cancer and disease is likely. I wonder why they don’t take stronger steps to prevent this. If it costs $250 million dollars to prevent cancer, that is preferable isn’t it? With decisions like this, we are basically saying that lives are less important than saving money, and that can’t be right. Or is this rather an example of someone making a decision that they believe is in the public best interest, instead of just asking the public? I bet if you put it to a vote to increase the cost of water if it could be made safer, everyone would vote for that.

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