Why Whole Is the Must-Read Nutrition Book of Our Century
If you read only one book for the entire rest of your life, Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition, should be it. T Colin Campbell, PhD, the book's pioneering author, shatters the current ways of thinking about nutrition with a compelling blueprint for a revolutionary alternative.
Here are three reasons to put aside whatever else you are working on, go out or online and get hold of Whole now, and read this groundbreaking work.
WHOLE WILL TRANSFORM YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF NUTRITION
At its core, Whole aims to revolutionize your understanding of food and nutrition. You may be wondering about questions such as:
- Which foods are magic bullets for vibrant health?
- What are the most essential nutrients?
- If I have a specific illness or risk factor, which foods are most effective for healing?
- How can I make sure I absorb all the nutrients in the foods I eat?
Guess what. These are the wrong questions to be asking!
Dr. Campbell shows you these are reductionist questions that spring from a paradigm (way of seeing the world) that breaks food down into its individual components, studying each in isolation in a simplistic one-cause-one-effect model.
Your body does not work that way. For example, the amount of a food nutrient that is absorbed depends very much on the amount your body needs. Once in your body, that nutrient interacts in intricate ways we don't even begin to understand with thousands of other components of your biochemistry, which changes from second to second. All foods are webs of tens of thousands of interlinked substances, and it's a mistake to focus on one or a few of these since they all interact.
Just as destructively to understanding how to achieve health, science gives high prestige and lots of funding to genetic research. The accepted belief is that tinkering with genes that have evolved over billions of years is a high-tech way to cure disease.
Such reductionist approaches are profoundly disempowering. You must rely on medical specialists. No one, not even a PhD researcher, can keep up with more than a tiny fraction of research in specialties that grow increasingly narrow. You may believe DNA is destiny, and you have no good way to rescue your health from a "bad" genetic inheritance.
The message of Whole is enormously hopeful. Your body is a complex, self-governing system that has a mind of its own on how to absorb and use the thousands of nutrients in food. Every part of your anatomy and biochemistry is intricately connected to other parts and to the whole system that is you.
Tinkering with your body to treat each individual organ or illness with its own compartmentalized strategy has to backfire, causing more problems than it solves. However, a wholistic approach centered on a whole foods, plant-based diet can prevent your less desirable genetic potential from ever getting expressed and is the basis for achieving and maintaining balanced functioning. By feeding your body the food it was designed to thrive on, you address the root causes of illness, not just the symptoms.