Discussion of THE CHINA STUDY, and a Chance to Win a Free Copy
February 10, 2011

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I can’t thank you all enough for the generous and humorous responses to yesterday’s post on managing bad days. I’m especially grateful to my readers in the health care professions for assuring me that failure to finish physics lab won’t ultimately doom my career in medicine. That’s heartening, and sort of what I suspected. But I needed to hear it.

A few weeks ago, when I attended Brendan’s speaking event at the James Beard Foundation, I was gifted with a copy of THE CHINA STUDY as a party favor. I was happy to get it, of course, but also an unworthy recipient: I own the book already, and I, like many vegans, have read it more than once. It’s responsible for single-handedly making more vegan converts than almost any book I can think of—except, maybe, for ANIMAL LIBERATION.

What makes it different from ANIMAL LIBERATION, however—and other books about veganism—is that it appeals to readers on a purely scientific level: the book doesn’t set out to illustrate the cruelties of meat or dairy production (though sometimes I wish it did more of that), but rather to prove that animal foods are inherently deleterious to human health, at least when eaten more than occasionally. It doesn’t discourage animal foods primarily on the familiar grounds of cholesterol or fat—though the author, Colin Campbell, does analyze those things—but rather with the claim that casein, or animal protein, promotes tumor growth when eaten in excess. So, grass fed, skim, or organic, it doesn’t matter: eat enough animal protein, and you may be increasing your cancer risk.

Campbell came to these findings by studying more than 350 variables of health and nutrition with surveys from 6,500 adults in more than 2,500 counties across China and Taiwan (hence, THE CHINA STUDY). For that reason, the book’s claim to be “the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted” isn’t without validity. It also illustrates how the so called “diseases of affluence”—heart disease, cancer, diabetes—are largely attributable to eating animal foods in excess, and studies how Eastern diets, which are lower in animal foods, don’t encourage those same conditions.

Campbell, a practicing doctor on faculty at Cornell when he did this study, risked his reputation and his university security to publish his findings; the sheer volume of his data and research is exhaustive. I appreciate this book because, unlike so many books on nutrition, it’s not packed with hazy generalizations. It’s chock full of charts and footnotes, and it’s not always a lark to read, but it’s very authoritative:

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I can’t tell you how many people have told me that they began reading THE CHINA STUDY, and by the time they were finished, they’d committed to veganism for good. Interestingly, it seems to have a bigger impact on male readers than female—I’m still not sure why that is! Whatever the case, the book does what others don’t, which is to persuade skeptics that veganism is not only safe, but preferable to traditional, omnivorous diets. For that reason, I’m also a huge fan of THE CHINA STUDY, and I often recommend it to people who are interested in the health benefits of veganism.

It’s also worth coming clean and saying that I don’t always like how THE CHINA STUDY has been embraced by the vegan community. A lot of vegans treat the book like the holy grail, holding it up as incontrovertible proof not only that veganism is good, but that all omnivorous diets will kill you. The problem is, this is just one book, and using it as a gospel is mighty dangerous. Nutrition is a complex field, and no matter how responsible a researcher Campbell is, I don’t believe we should ever use one scientific study as proof of anything. We need a wealth of research to call something fact, or even likely. (To put this in the context of another example, the Framingham Nurse’s Study was once hailed as unilaterally authoritative, but now some researchers suggest that some of the correlations were overstated.) Big, important studies like these are enormous achievements, and they help us to become aware of things we didn’t know before (like the major link between casein and tumor growth) but we have to be careful when we begin to consider them proofs.

And that’s what many vegans do with this book: perhaps because they need to feel that their lifestyle choices are legit, or perhaps in order to persuade skeptical friends and family, they treat THE CHINA STUDY as gospel. That’s fine, but I simply don’t agree: I think the book is one of many highly persuasive and illuminating books about the benefits of plant-based diets, and the dangers of high-animal protein diets. Vegans are exposing themselves to a lot of valid rebuttal if they pin their arguments to one source, and indeed a lot of the methods Campbell used have been persuasively critiqued—mostly by anti-vegans and fanatical paleo eaters, who get no love from me, but also by reasonable doctors and nutritionists.

I believe that veganism is the only ethical choice in the world in which we live, and I wish that, to underscore my beliefs, I could also tell everyone that it’s the only healthy choice. I have a hard time understanding how anyone could ignore the suffering caused by the food they eat, and care only about a diet’s health benefits, or how likely it is to help you lose five pounds, or run a faster mile, or fit into a little black dress. But the sad fact is that a lot of people really only think about what they eat in terms of personal gain. Do I respect that? No. But if someone asks me if veganism is the only healthy lifestyle, I’ve got to be honest and say no: I believe that a vegan diet is one very reliable way to be healthy, but not the only way. A person can thrive so long as he or she eats animal food in strict moderation, avoids processed junk, and eats an abundance of plant foods.

But I understand why people get so excited about THE CHINA STUDY: it’s a big, exciting, and important book that lends so much credence to the very real benefits of veganism. I would just caution any vegan against pinning all of his or her reasoning to one single study. And the good news is that none of us have to: there are so many great reasons to be vegan, and so many books and movies and dialogues to prove it, that we needn’t get overly zealous about one of them.

With that said, everyone should read THE CHINA STUDY: if only to make up their own minds! So I’m giving away my extra copy of Colin Campbell’s famous opus. There are three ways to enter:

1) Leave a comment on this post telling me why you’d like to read THE CHINA STUDY.

2) Tweet the following: @choosingraw is giving away a free copy of THE CHINA STUDY. Click here to enter: http://bit.ly/gl8jnA

3) Mention the giveaway on your blog

Leave a comment on my blog for each of your entries! I’ll announce the winner on Friday, February 18th.

And now, for those of you who have read THE CHINA STUDY: what are your thoughts on it? Like? Dislike? Do you agree with me that some vegans tend to get a little…religious about it? Why do you think that is?

xo

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  1. Hi Gena,

    I’ve enjoyed The China Study (though I’m not quite finished it yet). I have felt annoyed, though, at the constant mention of a plant based diet being the healthiest diet… and there being plenty of info on meat and dairy but no real mention of seafood, which in my opinion, is a kind of meat. There’s lots of mention about how healthy Asian countries like Japan are, but they don’t actually eat a vegan diet – they eat PLENTY of fish/seafood.

    the book is basically preaching to the converted for me, but I’d be very interested in reading some of the rebuttals and will definitely look them up online.

    Nat

  2. Hi Gena,
    Ditto Kat’s comment. I love the way this book presents Dr. Campbell’s findings… do you have any more vegan literature recommendations that might appeal to my need for studies and statistics?

  3. I have the China study too. I like it but boy is it dense reading. I was a vegetarian but then I had to cut dairy out of my diet due to a milk allergy. After reading the China study, it really made me think that dairy products are bad for you, especially for children. The link between dairy and diabetes is astounding. Now that I have a little girl, I’m going to have to think long and hard about when or if I will let her have dairy. I’ll probably have to re-read the China Study first too.

  4. Hi Gena,

    I was wondering if it was ever in the book that he’s a practicing doctor? My understanding is that he’s a Ph.D. Just curious. Thank you!

  5. I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while now. Everyone rave’s about it and I’d love to get the chance to actually read it.

  6. I would very much like to read this book. Please put my name in the pool to win it, if it hasn’t been decided already. We should just create our own version of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and just send it ’round the country, by book rate, of course.

  7. I’d like to read it because I have heard so many great things about it, and I’d really like to read about such a huge study on the health benefits of veganism, and so that I can lend it to friends and family if they’d like.

  8. Flirting with the idea. Just started a 21 day detox. I typically eat 90% vegetarian and 50% raw. Would like my husband to get more on board. He is sprouting for us but he is a meat man.

  9. If anything has been pounded into my head during all my fitness instructor training these past few months, it’s that continuing to self-educate is essential. And in the fitness industry, no one will do it for you (as opposed to enrolling in a degree program where sources are chosen for you), so it’s my own responsibility to choose the sources of my education and keep up to date. Basically, I hope to both be aware of the various information out there AND have a better-than-average basis for my own opinions. I feel a responsibility for promoting (while not PRESCRIBING) a heavily plant-based diet in addition to a healthy exercise routine, and the more ammo in my camp the better.

    Sorry, that wasn’t a very well-written comment, but I’m a little distracted and multitasking. Forgive me. 🙂

    And then gimme the book! xo

  10. I would love to read about the scientific side of his argument- especially what I have heard of casein. I read Ornish’s book, so I am very curious

  11. I am not quite vegan – I have some organic greek yogurt every morning (for the protein) with my flax seed, and no diet will ever make me give up butter on popcorn.

    But if I could figure out a vegan way to get protein in the morning without soy products, I would happily take it – and any recommendations would be gratefully accepted.

  12. I have been a vegetarian for 5 months and have been toying with the idea of going vegan. Reading this book, I feel, will give me a some insight (with scientific evidence) before making the decision.

  13. I’ve heard such great things about this book! I’ve been vegan for a few years but am constantly keeping myself educated.

  14. I have been a vegan for three years and am constantly educating myself further and becoming more immersed in my beliefs. I would love to read the China Study to expand my understanding further and to have new information to share with my non-vegan friends and family!

  15. For several years, I’ve been reading a lot about food and politics and ethics–everything from Marion Nestle to Michael Pollan to Peter Singer. I’m very interested to read this study and to learn more about veganism as a potential solution to the world hunger crisis.

  16. Would LOVE a copy… goal for 2011: get the boyfriend to convert to veganism. Not only have I been dying to read The China Study, but it would help him, too!

  17. I’ve been on the wait list at the library for what seems like forever for this book! I’ve heard you mention it before and have been so curious. I’m excited to share the knowledge with others on a lifestyle that I think is so beneficial. Thanks for all the great recipes! You inspired me to purchase a spiralizer, which I love!

  18. I’ve heard about this from a few people and have also heard some criticism from a few people about the failure to bring into the equation other environmental factors into the study. I have not read it yet but would be interested in reading what all the commotion is about.

  19. Honestly, I can’t believe I don’t currently have a copy at college…which is in essence why I want to enter this 🙂 and so I can read it front to back instead of just reading parts!

  20. I have heard so much about this book on so many websites, I have been meaning to read it for ages. I would like to read about the “science” behind vegan diets, and hopefully it will make it a little easier to reduce my dairy consumption further. Either way I would love a chance to read this book!

  21. I haven’t read the China Study, and I am not a vegan, just a vegetarian. Currently, I still eat eggs and dairy, and I’m not actively working towards eliminating them. However, I would say my choices are based on a balance of ethical and health reasons, but I would like to learn more about the health benefits of veganism. For this reason, I would be very interested in reading the China Study so that I can be more informed and perhaps consider veganism in the future.

  22. I am an MD/PhD candidate in my final year of training before embarking on a new journey as a resident in orthopedic surgery. I completed my PhD in cancer biology and dabbled in the role of nutrition in the development of cancer. During this course, I went from omnivore to vegetarian to vegan, finally settling in as a high raw vegan. I have felt the differences in my health firsthand and have even convinced my very skeptical in-laws to stop trying to force feed me chicken and start drinking green smoothies. You’d think that through all of this I would have read the China Study. No, I haven’t. Books cost money, and as students generally have precious little money, I have saved my pennies instead for quality organic produce and required textbooks.
    As I continue along my career path to an orthopedic sports medicine doc, I plan to continue to focus on the athlete as a whole person. I would LOVE to be able to add the China Study to my bookshelf to help improve my own knowledge base and also to help improve my patient’s health and quality of life.
    -Charlotte

  23. i would love to read this to become more familiar with the data backing the benefits of veganism, especially regarding dairy consumption.

  24. Hi Gena! I’ve been meaning to leave a comment for the past couple weeks to thank you for all the AMAZING recipes I’ve acquired from you and now I have the perfect reason to… this book is still one of many nutrition books on my list of ones I have yet to buy. I am not a vegan, or a vegetarian for that matter, but 90% of my diet is actually vegan, and mostly raw. So I get attacked a lot by both sides, but that’s fine, this diet works for me, at least for now 🙂 I started the Blood Type Diet half year ago and have felt absolutely fabulous since! I love your views on diet and I particularly like that you are so balanced and objective. I would really LOVE to hear your opinion on the Blood Type Diets someday if you have time. I am actually so inspired by them that I want to finally go and become an RD (I’ve always been obsessed with nutrition and health). Congrats to you on going back to school and chasing your dream! That is so inspiring! I’m very grateful to have found your blog as I have learned so much from you! Good luck to you with school and everything else as well! I look forward to the world having more doctors like you in the near future!!

    • Hey Tina!

      Thanks for a truly lovely comment. I’m actually not persuaded by the Blood Type diet, but then, aside from a read of the book, I haven’t pondered it very much. It seemed like a lot of cherry picked statistics and weak correlations to me, and in general I’m not one to sit around pondering what cavemen ate. I’m not so much interested in what primeval ancestors were doing as I am in figuring out what’s scientifically doable now.

      I love having you as a reader!

      G

      • Thanks for replying, and so quickly! When I started this diet I was desperate to fix my psoriasis and it worked like magic within 1-2 weeks! I was so impressed. All my health issues are gone! I’m a Type A and supposedly should be almost vegan, but then again, maybe it was just eliminating a chunk of animal products that took care of my issues 😉 I’m still experimenting on myself, and I’m highly concerned with how to properly nourish my 1-year-old, who is also a Type A. The hubby is a Type O and he, along with all my other Type O friends, become insanely aggressive if they go a couple days without meat, lol! He really can’t understand why I never crave meat, and I for the life of me cannot understand how he can eat so much meat. My Type O friend who is trying to be vegan is really struggling healthwise. It’s really interesting so I’m thinking there is more to this diet, and I’m hoping to soon be able to investigate it for myself from a scientific perspective 🙂 And I’m completely with you on not really caring what people ate thousands of years ago, but maybe it’s helpful to have a little bit of historical knowledge to understand where we stand today. Oh boy do I have a lot of work ahead of me, but highly interesting work! Thanks again Gena! Hope you’re having a wonderful day 🙂

  25. I would like to read The China Study because I am interested in the role diet plays in disease prevention. I am a proponent of a plant-based diet and hope to somehow study something in college that will allow me to broaden my knowledge and help others. I think The China Study would be a great start, especially with college applications coming soon!
    Have a lovely day!
    xox

  26. I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while, and just haven’t seemed to get around to it. Recently, I’ve considered becoming vegan, and I think that this book would provide some thoughtful insight.

  27. Over the past 4 years I have had several medical problems and have recently moved towards a very healthy vegan diet. I am learning that a better diet could make a difference in how I feel. I have to take medications and maybe my diet could change that. I would love to have this book to better my knowledge regarding diet and health. Thanks

  28. I’m trying to convert my husband into veganism and animal rights only are not cutting it for him (!!!!). Need some great scientific health specifics to lay on him about plant based diet. That is why I would like to get this book.

    Happy Weekend!

  29. I would love to have my own copy of The China Study. I borrowed the book from a friend when I first went 100% veg, but would love to reread it now that I have significantly changed my eating habits. It would also be nice to have in my “lending library” for those times when people are interested in what I have learned but want to read it for themselves.
    How generous of you to offer it to all of us! Thank you for being such an inspiration!

  30. I would love this book because my fiance and I have decided we are going to go vegan for the month of March. We want to compare it to how we currently feel and I would love to read some research about why we should continue maintain the lifestyle.

  31. I’ve always known the vague facts of the China Study, but never read it because I saw it as being “cancer-focused” which wouldn’t necessarily help my immediate problem – Crohn’s disease. I’ve come to realise that my health matters both in terms of healing AND prevention, and, that I’ve been extremely narrow minded in my judgement, which is why I’d love to read this.

  32. I’d like to read it because I am going to be studying Nutrtion Science (pre-med) in the fall!

  33. I’ve heard a lot about this book, but never read it myself. Would love to read it – I like that it is scientifically-based, which sometimes appeals to a wider audience. I tweeted about this giveaway, too.

  34. I have struggled with my weight and my eating all my life; from one extreme to another. I also have asthma and allergies, and while I have noticed that these conditions, as well as my weight, have been at their best when I ate little or no meat and lots of veggies, I always tried to do this by plain will power alone. I think I need to take the time to teach myself how to cook. And I can tell that a book like The China Study will help motivate me to get back on the bandwagon. I come from a family that is very much meat and potatoes, and it has been all too easy to fall back into that pattern, especially without a solid cooking foundation full of other choices behind me. But I am in healthcare myself, and seeing new studies helps me change old patterns of thought. I would love a copy of The China Study.

  35. I’m considering majoring in dietetics because I’d like to work in food/nutrition policy and I think that the foundation of knowledge a dietetics major provides is a good foundation of knowledge.

    But as a vegetarian/quasi vegan, I have a few contentions with traditional dietetic practices, and reading well researched opinions from others with contentions too (like The China Study) would be very beneficial. If I don’t win this giveaway I’ll be buying my own copy for sure!

  36. I have been wanting to read this book FOREVER. mostly because my mother is convinced i can’t be vegan and be healthy, and i want a book to give her with the data to back up how good i feel. as always, love your blog gena!

  37. Hi Gena,
    I would love to read The China Study! It has been on my must-read list for some time, but I haven’t yet been able to get my hands on a copy. I’ve been a vegetarian for 16 years and a vegan for the past 5. My top reason for my lifestyle is animal welfare, but over time I have learned more and more about nutrition and the health benefits of a vegan diet. I feel this book will help me to better understand the scientific basis of these arguments and explain to others why I eat the way I do.
    I hope I win the book!!
    Thanks,
    Jill

  38. I’ve been wanting to read The China Study for a long time. I want to read it because I am interested in health and nutrition, and being in the field, it is always good to read as much as possible on the subject. I also eat a primarily plant based diet and I know about many of the benefits of it, but I don’t know very much specifically about the connection between casein and tumour growth.

  39. I would like to read the China Study to further educate myself on the consequences of animal protein consumption, no matter how small the amount. I am a vegetarian who would like to go vegan, but I haven’t read enought convincing resources to make my choice a solid one.

  40. I’ve been trying to get around to reading the China Study for a while now, and actually looked at my local library recently. I was disappointed to find out they didn’t have it. So your giveaway comes at a perfect time! I would like it in order to read it myself, but also have my husband read it to further understand a little bit more why I’m eating the way I am lately in a medium that isn’t just my personal perspective, but a scientific one. Thanks, Gena!

  41. Thank you for such an intelligent discussion of this book. I’m about half way through right now and am impressed by the amount of scientific data in the study.

    I do get frustrated when he simply “claims” things without backing, or when he basis an argument off of a study with multiple variables. But overall I’d have to say I 100% agree with him and hope that more people will educate themselves on these topics!

  42. Gena,

    As a recent following of the Choosing Raw blog I’ve come to love all the content especially the recipes. I would love a copy of “The China Study” because I’d never thought of eating vegetarian, vegan or raw. All of the principles intrigue me and as I travel my path to better health, knowledge is power! Also, my fiance does her best to eat vegetarian so it would be lovely to be able to relate to her on a deeper level.

  43. I’m an omnivore but I only eat animal products when I can get them locally, organically and ethically produced, which means not very often!

    I lost my mom to colon cancer a year ago, and since then I’ve been trying to learn more about the connection between food and disease. Would my mom have lived longer if her diet had been more plant-based? I’ll never know that, but I’d like to know how I can reduce my own risk (and those around me, of course!)

    It’s really hard to find reliable information, and from experience I know that even the medical establishment gives very mixed messages about the links between diet and cancer. I’d love to read this book because it sounds like good medical research.

    • Hey Stephanie! Sorry to hear about your mom. Check out Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo’s Blood Type Diets. People think I’m crazy when I bring those up but I am a great believer in them. Everyone I know who has passed away suffered from and died from their blood type specific diseases, including my dad. It might not be of help to you, but it’s worth checking it out.

  44. I would like to win a copy of The China Study because I have been dying to read the book for ages! Unfortunately, I am a poor college student, and am unable to spend money on leisure books. I have such a big passion for health food and raw food diet, that I MUST read this book!

  45. I am taking a nutrition class that feels more like an anthropological study of what people in the 20th c thought about nutrition. The teacher was extolling the food pyramid when I brought up that milk can actually be very detrimental to one’s health. I said that most milk contains pus and feces and that only 32.1% of the calcium in milk is absorbed by our bodies. To that my teacher replied that I shouldn’t listen to the media and that it wasn’t an ethics class. Never mind that I never brought up how terribly the poor animals are treated because I thought I’d get that very response. I countered his every argument and when I asked him why adult humans should drink the milk made for a baby of another species, he tried to play it off as a joke.

    I would love to receive a copy of “The China Study” so I can better equip myself with facts when it comes to dealing with close-minded people like that. Plus, in about a month we’ll be covering protein consumption in that nutrition class.

    Also, if you’re interested in a book that covers the science (and a little of the ethics) behind the negative effects that dairy has on human beings, I recommend “Whitewash: The Disturbing Truth About Cow’s Milk and Your Health” by Joseph Keon. I just finished reading it and was greatly impressed by the number of studies the book referenced. It’s a great resource when it comes to dairy and calcium information.

    Thanks so much for this chance!

  46. I would love to win a copy of The China Study. I have heard so much about it, however when I have made my choice to buy a book I have always chosen a colorful cookbook over scientific studies. I choose to eat the way I do because I “know” it is better for me, however if someone asked me how I know, I wouldn’t be able to back it up. Thanks!

  47. I would like a copy because I have been trying to get it through the local library for over 6 months and have not been able to get it. Everyone seems to want to read this book, I am just one in the masses. If I owned it, I could use it to back my arguments at family gatherings for why it is perfectly legitimate to be Vegan.

  48. I love the book and think you wrote an excellent post. I think so much of illness stems from cumulative factors, some much more important than others. It all adds up.

  49. I would like to read The China Study because, well, frankly I haven’t gotten around to reading any book specifically about veganism. I guess I would like to have that kick in the pants that would make me confront my eating habits and consume less and less animal products.

  50. I would like to read the book, as I am considering taking the Cornell University’s certificate in plant-based nutrition (mainly out of personal interest). The course is written by Colin Campbell and is based on the China Study. However, the point you raise about treating such a study as gospel has given me pause for thought.
    (I would love to hear from readers who have taken the course).

    Your post has certainly made me more aware of how tempting it can be to be drawn towards books/studies/public figures, that affirm one’s beliefs or way of life. hmmm
    Thanks Gena!

  51. I would love an opportunity to read this book as I have heard so many great things about it. And it’s nearly impossible to get from the library because it’s reserved by so many people (my name has been on the list for the last 6 months!). I’d love to have my own copy.

  52. I’ve been wanting to pick this book up for a long time and I really want to read it before seeing Forks Over Knives. I know a plant based diet is the healthiest way for me to live, and I would love to be able to share the knowledge in the China Study to prove it to people. Especially in my classes since I’m studying to become a registered Dietitian. And once I am one I can’t wait to show people how awesome a plant based diet really is! 😀

  53. I would really like to read this book and then pass it on to my parents and discuss with them the health benefits of a plant based diet. Both of my parents are in poor health and my dad who is only 50 years old has had 3 heart attacks due to poor diet (and lack of exercise). I hope that the information in this book would get the point across and they would choose a healthier (and more compassionate) diet!

  54. Don’t enter me to win a copy as I have already read it…

    As usual, I really love your sensible approach to things. Of course, The China Study is great and wonderful and I’m THRILLED it has been published and sheds the light on a plant based diet.. it’s a great piece of a larger puzzle!

  55. I would love to read The China Study – I’ve heard so, so much about it, I feel like it’s one of those books you just have to read, you know? Plus being vegan myself, it obviously appeals amassively. I’m fascinated by arguments for and against the vegan lifestyle, as when I talk to people about it, I want to be informed 🙂

  56. I’ve heard of this study! After losing 132 pounds, I know the information in this book is invaluable! I’d LOVE to read it! Hubby first found information on this book a few months ago – now I just have to get my hands on it! 🙂

  57. I have really been wanting to read The China Study since I heard about it a couple of months ago. We are mostly meat-free at our house, but are curious to learn more. My sister lives with my hubby and me and I know that all three of us would benefit from reading The China Study! I’d love to win your giveaway!!

  58. my boss told me about the china study over three years ago. i’m vegan and have cut soy out a lot because of how it was making me feel. (mainly, tofu.) i want to read the research on who has eaten it historically, how it has affected them, and why. please gimme the chance through your contest! thanks! 😀

  59. Thank you for your insightful review! I am aware of the ethical arguments for veganism, but not the health-related arguments, especially from a scientific perspective. I very much want to read this book to become better informed.

  60. As a practicing Tyrannosaurus Rex for the past 32 years, I found the news that my carnivorous diet might be harming my health! Thus, I would like to read it. Also, my wife would very much like a copy. Thank you!

  61. Oh, I’ve been wanting to dive into this book for awhile now! And let my very scientific, non-vegan husband read it. I’d like to read it to better arm myself with data and facts about veganism and be more prepared for debates with non-vegan friends and family as well as reaffirm my decision to be a vegan. Thank you for this opportunity, Gena!

    And it’s been tweeted. 🙂

  62. Despite the many times I have been tempted to read The China Study by knowledgeable people like yourself, Mary and Cassie, I have to admit I still have not done so. I further confess to being one of those people who mostly care about a diet’s health benefits. I’m going to request the book for my upcoming birthday, or gift it to myself. Thank you for bring it to my attention, one more time, and that of all your readers. More than the one who receives it will surely benefit 🙂

  63. Why do I want to read The China Study? Because I’m a math/science/knowledge nerd with a social conscience. I’ve heard so much about this book and I want to see the data for myself!

  64. Hi Gena, Thanks for the contest. I’ve heard so much about this book I’d like to read a copy. Thanks too for providing your true opinion, even if it doesn’t make you Ms. Popular in the Vegan community. I’m so impressed by all your up to these days. I even saw an article by you in a recent magazine I picked up. I felt so cool knowing that I have been casually reading your blog for awhile.

  65. I’ll confess — I’ve already read The China Study and loved it! I’m entering to win a copy for my step-dad — after a bout with heart trouble and prostate trouble all in the same year, he’s interested in eating healthy (although he still eats meat, he’s reduced his intake hugely). I’ve already photocopied the section on heart disease and sent it to him, but I’d love for him to read the whole thing! So if I win, can you send it to him? That would make me so happy!

  66. I’d like to read the China Study because I’m incredibly interested in food, health, and how those two things relate to the rest of the world. I’ve heard amazing things about this book.

  67. Great thoughts – However, as you pointed out “But the sad fact is that a lot of people really only think about what they eat in terms of personal gain. Do I respect that? No.” I’d like to say that personally, I also do not respect the theory of only eating for the animals sake. I see so many vegans willing to take a stand for the animals, but not their own health – And that, drives me mad! So I guess, It’s about finding a happy medium, understanding that veganism isn’t just about on or the other – but rather, the combination of the two. Just some thoughts…

  68. Thanks for another great post Gena! I am not familiar with THE CHINA STUDY but I will definitely be heading to Powell’s next week to get myself a copy. Although I have cut out most animal products, I have yet to go vegan. Perhaps this book will help me take that final step!

    Btw, I’ll be making your ‘superbowl chili’ tonight for my weekend in the snowy mountains with my man. Can’t wait!

  69. I would like to read the China study because I think it is important to be informed about the food I choose to eat or not eat. It also would help me explain my choices to either in a more logical way.

  70. I’d like to read this book because my brother is a doctor and these sort of debates come up frequently in our house.

  71. I heard about the China Study in Eat to Live, but I didn’t realize it was widely available for reading. I guess I thought it was only available in medical libraries. Science, health, compassion–I believe they all come from the same source, so it makes sense that they would work together. Thanks for considering my entry!

  72. I would love to read this book and learn more about a choice I am heavily leaning towards. I think having the facts to back up a personal opinion would be very motivating.

  73. I think its great that you are giving this book to someone who will appreciate it. I just received my copy from amazon a few days ago and just started reading it. What an eye opener!!! I think anyone interested in their health or nutrition should read it. As always a great post! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Peace ~Laura

  74. I’d like to read the China Study to learn more about the effects of being vegan on the body – plus, I’ve heard so many great reviews!

  75. I am constantly recommending this book to people while making the case for veganism and really, it’s about time I read it myself!

    Thanks, Gena!

  76. I would like to read this book because I like to make informed decisions about the way I choose to eat.

  77. I’d really like to read the book to fully understand the science behind it. I do have my leanings toward vegetarianism, let alone veganism but nothing to push me there fully yet. I always hear conflicting statements without facts behind it so it would be good to read some facts.

  78. You won’t be surprised to learn that I was absolutely unconvinced by The China Study. I don’t recommend it to anyone. Truthfully, I think the health arguments for veganism are way weaker than the ethical and environmental arguments. If you’re going to argue on health grounds, you’re better off arguing for plants than against meat and dairy. Lots of compelling reasons to eat more fruits and vegetables, and if you get to 80% plants, cut the processed starches, cut the refined sugars, and you’re not overeating (or undereating), from a health standpoint, I don’t think it matters what the other 20% is.

    • Yes, we essentially agree, E. See also Laura’s criticisms of Campbell’s methods, above. It doesn’t win me friends in the vegan community, but I’ve simply never believed that the book is airtight.

  79. Hi, Gena! Thank you for giving away a copy of this book. I only found your blog a few months ago and it has made me think a lot more about veganism. I went vegetarian in 2008 and am planning on going vegan for Lent this year (looking forward to trying lots of your recipes!), and hoping to permanently reduce the amount of animal products that I eat. I’d love to read this book so I can learn more about the health benefits of reducing/eliminating consumption of animal products- and so I can back myself up with solid evidence when talking to my family, who already think I am crazy for being vegetarian.

  80. SO interesting! What a great giveaway…thanks for sharing such a great resource with us! I’m interested in reading this book because I am one of those people who’s on the fence about switching over fully to vegetarian and vegan. The more I read and the more documentaries I see, the more it seems to make sense. I would love a copy of this book to learn more and and also share the info with both my husband and family. Thanks!

  81. Thanks Gena so much for the info on this book and the giveaway. I have never heard of this book, but as a fairly new vegan there are probably a lot of them out there that I should look into. I would love a copy of this book, to see the scientific side to veganism. I have read and watched plenty of stuff on the animal rights perspective and I would love to see the scientific one. Thanks again for the giveaway!

  82. I’d enjoy your copy of The China Study.
    I’m a longtime vegetarian (18 yrs) and vegan (5 yrs), with a little over a year under my belt as a high raw foodie. My diet has changed over the years in response to a keen hunger for optimal health. It hasn’t taken much to make me change my eating habits, and I don’t tend to “mourn” foods that I decide shouldn’t be on my menu. My friends and family frequently contact me with diet questions, and I do my best to answer honestly, acknowledging our different perspectives and priorities with respect. I pass along a lot of reading material/websites/videos, and this book has been on my to-do list for awhile now. I’d love to have a copy that I can share and reference.
    Thanks for all you do, Gena!

  83. Would like to win this book to educate myself. I don’t know a whole lot about it and haven’t had a chance to get it yet.

  84. Thank you Gena for the opportunity to win this book! I “tweeted” your tweet and am posting here also. I would love to hear more of the “science” behind why vegan is more healthy for our bodies.

  85. I haven’t read the book yet and I ‘d love to win a copy because I want to be able to defend properly veganism and also because I care about health and I want to share the message of at least reducing chances of dying because of animal consumption. And yes what you said about the danger of a “holy grail” is something to watch out for.

  86. Thanks for the giveaway! As much as I read about food, the China Study isn’t something I’ve read yet and it definitely should be. I really respect how it has been able to convince a lot of “mainstream” eaters to be conscious of their diets so I definitely want to see what it’s all about 🙂

  87. I would love to own this book to have as a reference. Sometimes know I want to respond to someone regarding veganism and I know I *know* what I want to tell them, I just can’t always put it into words so that it’s compelling.

    Mina

  88. Gena, thank you for the wonderful review of The China Study. Your post was a pleasure to read. I have not read the book. It is on the top of my ‘need to read’ list. I look forward to T. Colin Campbell’s wisdom and reading the book that many attribute to their conversion to veganism!

  89. This book has been on my to-read list for an embarrassingly long time. I want to read this book because I appreciate the science that goes behind food and subsequent health outcomes. I think it’s important to understand more about the effects of what we eat. I think by reading this book, it will expand my beliefs and thoughts about a plant-based diet and will push me to ask more questions and to realize that there is a lot more work to be done.

  90. I have heard about this book numerous times, and as a scientist myself, I would love an opportunity to read it. Thanks for touching on the different perspectives of readers of this book. Thank you also for your blog, I always enjoy your recipes and reflections.

  91. I’ve been meaning to read this book for ages! I’m a committed vegan and have been for many years. Heart disease runs in my family, which is one of many reasons why I follow a plant-based diet. I know that veganism is right for me even without reading too many science/nutrition heavy texts. My father on the other hand isn’t convinced. When I finally get around to reading this book, I’m hoping I can continue to (gently) push my dad towards eating more plant-based foods and less animal products. I think that the ‘hard’ science approach might convince him. Sometimes I get so frustrated knowing that there are ways in which his diet could be helping to reduce cholesterol and risk of heart disease rather than contributing to them. If only more medical professionals were trained to have a holistic understanding of nutrition.

    On a side note, I love choosingraw, thanks for helping me to incorporate more raw foods into my diet!

  92. I would love to receive this book so that I can study and defend better my reasons for being vegan. I feel like I lack a lot of the base knowledge to defend my choice.

    • i also think i lack a lot of knowledge to defend my choice.. so now i just say ”because i like the food better, i dont like the taste of any meat, i think eggs are gross and dairy makes me sick (literally)” and people stop asking… this is not my only reason to be vegan, but some ppl are just trying to attack the choice.. they are not curious, so to them.. that’s my answer.. ppl that are curious are invited to my house for a meal and maybe watch ‘food inc’ (im obssesed with that movie for some reason)!! lol

  93. I recently lived in China for a few months and had an extremely hard time finding vegan food while I was there. It seemed everything was cooked in animal fat or had fish based sauces. I know Chinese diets vary largely by region and income, but I am quite curious to read the book having spent extensive time there and having seen China’s recent fast food movement and rapidly rising obesity rates first hand.

  94. I think the reason men are more likely to buy into this book hardcore is that men are more likely to believe scientific-sounding books and things that seem like “hard facts”, and are also more likely to care about longevity for some reason. Whereas women are more likely to go into veganism because they love animals, or because the idea of being “clean” or “pure” appeals to them.
    I know that’s a generalization and probably not a very flattering one–I honestly don’t mean to offend anyone and I hope it doesn’t sound like I don’t respect vegans–on the contrary I have a huge amount of respect for people who follow a vegan diet, and I try to keep animal products to a minimum in my own diet. Also as a girl I can say that the above stereotype definitely applies to me :p

  95. I am not currently a vegan, but I am very interested in reading more about veganism from a scientific basis. I come from a strong science background and want to see the research that is behind all the claims. I am exploring shifting my diet that way, but would need strong reasoning as I also come from a history of eating disorders and don’t want to have it be a subconscious choice to eliminate food groups!

  96. I’d love to read it and become armed with more scientific knowledge about reasons for veganism!

  97. Such a thoughtful post. As a vegan, I’m always scrambling for new material to read about – especially those that boost the benefits of eating a plant-based diet!

    Owning a copy would be so lovely…and prevent me from purchasing it and putting another dent in my small, college-aged savings account. [;

    Thank you Gena!

  98. I am not vegan, but I am interested in the statistics regarding it’s health benefits. I am always searching for solid factual statements to defend myself and convince others meat is not a necessary part of our diet. I also work on my dads organic vegetable farm and would love to share this information with his vegan, vegetarian, raw or otherwise curious customers.

  99. First, a slight correction; Colin Campbell has a Ph.D. and would not be called a practicing doctor. I read the China Study which greatly influenced me to change my diet. Although I follow this diet, I now have reservations about his book. For one, can we really believe data from then communist China? And if one looks at albeit recent (2004) cardiovascular disease statistics,

    http://www.americanheart.org/downloadable/heart/1077185395308FS06INT4(ebook).pdf

    China fares poorly. The Chinese in his study ate some meat, yet Dr. Campbell extrapolates to say if a tiny amount of meat is good, zero meat is better. There is no basis for this extrapolation. Also, Dr. Campbell never seems to mention the “French paradox”, whereby the French eat a lot of seemingly unhealthy food but have low rates of cardiovascular disease. Yet, I persist because I believe a plant based diet is better for health in spite of the fact I really can’t find adequate data. A second book that influenced me is Preventing and Reversing Heart Disease by Caldwell B. Esselstyn. The latter book would not play well with your readers since Dr. Esselstyn’s vegan diet excludes all oil.

  100. I have heard about this book in a few different opportunities and while the name itself would never have grabbed my attention, the reviews, like yours, certainly do! I became vegetarian in October of last year and am really enjoying it….but I would love to learn more about veganism because I also feel a strong pull towards it. In any case, I am sure the book would be education and for me, that is so so so important. Many people think that vegetarian and vegan-ism is a fad and the more educated I can be about both, the better I can help educate others when they say false facts or preconceptions about the lifestyle.

    P.S. Props to you for going back to school to be a doctor. That is so awesome! I am personally going through trying to make a decision to return back to school for a career completely opposite what I studied and it is SO intimidating!

  101. I would love to receive this book. I am a fairy new vegetarian and very close to vegan. I am finally consistent with eating vegan and now am looking to take it to the next level regarding products, etc. I would like to become more knowlegable of the health benefits of a vegan diet as the main reason I transitioned is due to the cruely factor. I have been thinking more and more about how the food we eat impacts the diseases people get. Not only people … we received news that our family dog has cancer and he is only 5 years old. I will be investigating a more natural diet for him also.\

    Great post as usual!

  102. That book looks very interesting. I’m not a vegan, just a “conscious omnivore” (though vegans usually don’t like this term). I know (and agree) the ethical concerns behind veganism, but I would really want to learn more about the health issues, because a lot of the popular studies suggest that dairy is good for you, and that was the way I was grown (Mom always said “Drink your milk now!”). So I always thought if I consume cruelty-free dairy, then I’m OK. But if I learn more about the health risks about it and convinced, then maybe I can choose the veganism path for the rest of my life.

  103. Thank you for reminding me that I need to read this book! I hear it mentioned all the time, but for some reason I’ve never read it despite reading most of the rest of the vegan canon. I didn’t even know the specifics of what it was about until you mentioned it, shamefully enough.

  104. If I don’t by some small chance win it, I’m buying it nonetheless… just as soon as I finish Kris Carr’s new book. I’m particularly interested in the scientific approach I’ve heard so much about.

  105. I’m curious about this book that I’ve heard mentioned on 30 bananas a day . I have never heard or read it before and I will take your word that everyone should read if for themselves.

  106. Hi Gena,
    Until a financial situation claimed my ability to pay for it (and anything else for that matter), I had a website dedicated to health, mostly raw. I was reading and reviewing as many books on raw food, and health that I could get my hands on. I simply can not afford to buy this book – it has been on my to buy list for months! Thanks for the chance – (I know it’s not your problem! 🙂

  107. I’d like to read this book because of the fact that its based on an actual study. So many books and articles just spit out information and don’t show much evidence for it. I think it’d be a great read with concrete details so that i can share with others why veganism is healthy.

  108. I’ve been eating vegan for a week now! I’d love to read that book. I heard a quote (I can’t remember where…) that “baby cows stop drinking their mothers milk at a certain point and eat grass, but humans continue to drink it their whole lives” I read it. Processed it, and the only question that I had was “Am I a vegan now?” It just made sense. Anyone, The China Study would be such a benefit to me and my new lifestyle.

  109. I have been interested in this book since I first heard about it, mostly so that I have good facts for the times when people try to convince me that eating animal products is the healthy way to eat.

  110. I would love to read this! I’ve heard about this ever since going vegan and since I just celebrated my one year veganniversary I think it’s about time I read it for myself! Thanks Gena for your insight!

  111. Thanks for holding this wonderful giveaway! I would like to win this book because I was a vegan up until just a few months ago when my iron levels hit an all time low. I’ve started eating grass fed beef, but there’s just something that doesn’t sit right with me. I would love the chance to read this book and learn more about meat and health.

  112. i need help! i believe the china study would give me the facts and figures i need when in a discussion about veganism with a skeptic. so far, “because i say so” isn’t holding much water.

  113. I’ve heard a lot about the China Study and want to read it soon. Coming from the world of finance, not too many of my colleagues would consider veganism for the ethical reasons I find compelling. One co-worker excitedly told me she was now vegan after reading “Skinny B” because she wanted to be model thin. I felt I had even less in common with her. Another friend asked if I was vegan for political reasons. A compelling, scientific argument for the vegan diet certainly goes a long way in fleshing out the sound judgment of choosing vegan for reasons not related to sex or power.

  114. I would love to read the china study because I have heard so many great thing about it on all of the bLogs I read

  115. I’d like a copy because while I went vegan for compassionate reasons that’s not the best angle to approach everyone so I’d love to brush up my facts on health-related reasons to help sway people!

  116. I would love to read it so I can convince my boyfriend, with scientific backup, to stop drinking casein protein shakes before bed!

  117. I would love to win a copy of this. I think it would help to cement my conviction to a vegan diet even more, and once read, I could pass it on to others.

    I really admire your reasoning in this post. I think it’s true that vegan is the only ethical way, at least in the modern industrialized countries. It seems the reason so many raw vegans are turning to animal foods is because many of them were doing it only for personal health gains. They become convinced for one reason or another that they can’t be healthy without those animal foods, and apparently ethics was never a big concern. It can be pretty disheartening.

    Thanks for giving us the opportunity to receive a copy of this book.

  118. I read this on my kindle so I’d love to have a hard copy to refer to and loan out if need be.

    Have you been listening to “The Great Health Debates”? Interesting references to the China Study.

    More vegan nutritionists are saying that veganism isn’t the be-all end-all diet. But I still remain convinced that animal products are toxic to the human body. Sure one can be healthy and still eat them, but I think they are dodging a bullet and just lucky.

  119. Great review! I would love to own this book for my own personal education. I’ve always been interested in the subject of nutrition. It’s good to be reminded that food serves the purpose of providing sustenance; it’s not just something to quiet a grumbling stomach. I would like to improve my ability to make informed food choices.

    I would also like to pass the book on to my boyfriend. Not for the purpose of pushing veganism on him, but in the hopes that maybe some research will get it into his stubborn head that he can’t have takeout for every meal and eat chips all day. (Although I have to give him credit for his willingness to try most of my vegan creations. He even admitted to liking spinach! We are currently obsessed with your French toast recipe and make it at least once a week.)

  120. I was just reading about this book in Kris Carr’s book Crazy Sexy Diet (in which i notice you have a recipe published) Im trying to transition to veganism and would love to read this one.

  121. I’m currently going back & forth about becoming a vegan. I’m thinking this book might help me solidify a decision!

  122. You are so sweet to give one away! I’d love to win a copy of this book. I’m going to be participating in a vegan study that is based highly on the information in The China Study so it would be great to read more about it as I go along.

  123. Ahhh awesome! I am going to see Brendan Brazier speak in a couple of weeks and I’m so excited about it!

    I want to win a copy because I became vegetarian after reading ‘Eating Animals’ and right now I just want to read as much as I can about it and educate myself on the subject/topic. I am planning on buying The China Study and reading it anyways, but it would be even sweeter if I won it for free 🙂

  124. This is not the first blog to discuss this book and not the first blog to give it as a give away. Since there definitely is a buzz about this book, I’m very interested in learning more. I’m not a vegetarian or vegan, but I tend to not eat many animal products. Since I’m almost there already, I definitely would like to look at the science behind eliminating animal products from your diet and perhaps make a permanent change.

  125. I’m very interested in reading this book. I’ve transitioned to a “pescatarian diet,” but I’m cutting back and am planning on cutting dairy completely out in the near future. I don’t want to say that I’ve committed to vegetarianism, or that I’ll ever commit to veganism, as I don’t want to restrict myself in any way. But, at the risk of committing myself to one thing, I do feel that I am slowly becoming a full-fledged vegan. It’s going to be a long process, but for both ethical and health reasons, I’m absolutely sold on the lifestyle.

  126. I’ve had this on my to-read list for a while now. I’m not vegan (yet) but have read other vegan books out there, like The Kind Diet, which focus on the ethics. Though I do enjoy those books, I’m interested to read about the science behind going vegan as well.

    On a side note about books, I downloaded the No Meat Athlete Marathon Road Map and was so excited to see you contributed to it!

  127. The China Study is on my book wishlist! I’ve been wanting to read it for a while now–I’m currently changing my diet to a more plant-based one, and knowing that this study is a huge one in nutrition would be a great starting point! I’m also a health researcher, so any study is fun for me to read 🙂

  128. I would love to win this. Like many, I decided to be healthier this year, but somehow it stuck, and I’ve gotten very interested in nutrition and food production. I’m trying out vegetarianism as my new month resolution for February, and so far it’s going great. I’d love to read this and try out being vegan.
    *fingers crossed*

  129. As a long distance runner, I’ve begun making the switch to a more vegetarian diet as I’m tired of attempting to run fifteen miles when my stomach is filled with heavy food. The issue with vegetarian/vegan diets right now is that I am unsure what the nutritional necessities are for me. And since I run so far every day – I absolutely have to make sure Im eating properly.

    It’s the one thing that’s prevented me from cutting meat out entirely – the fact that I need the proteins that meat gives me. This book would go a long ways towards helping me out by laying out the science for me.

  130. I am in the middle of The China Study, and I absolutely love it. It’s scientific, nitty gritty, and hard-hitting. No sugar-coating and sprinkles of the facts. I agree that it should NOT be seen as the holy grail, but as a support for the fact that veganism is the healthiest way to go, although I also agree that it is not the only healthy way to live.

    I look up to Colin Campbell immensely, he is an amazing scientist and his study is exactly what the world needs; it is a back-up for those moments when people say that there is no basis for the health claims of veganism. Uhh, really?!

    However, I strongly dislike the opposition it faces from anti-vegans, meat eaters, and nutritionists/health professionals alike. I often am swayed to think that those individuals are simply defensive of their own practices and can’t face the truth, however haughty that may sound.

    Everyone should read this book at least once, and make their own opinion of it! Being well-informed and making a decision is much more honorable than being un-informed and defensive:)

  131. I just finished reading Kris Carr’s _Crazy Sexy Diet_ and am on day 5 of her “adventure cleanse.” CSD is a great read, but I would love understand more of the science behind vegan nutrition. I’ve read about _The China Study_ numerous times and have been wanting to pick it up. Thanks!

  132. I’d love a copy. I’m a new vegan and would love to get more knowledge about the science between our bodies and animal protein.

  133. My husband and I listened to the China Study during a long drive, however I do not own the book. Listening to it influenced my husband, a “red neck” bow hunter to eat a primarily vegan diet. I have always leaned towards vegetarianism, but this study swayed me and now I am a creative vegan cook and every night my husband is amazed not only with how enjoyable the meals are but how much better he feels!

    Diana

  134. I completely agree with you Gena. There is no reason to base a life style choice on one source of information. The China Study is a great resource for those looking into the harmful effects of meat and dairy on the body, but there are, like you said, so many other reasons to choose veganism. I also think that the people who hold this book up as proof that they are living the correct and most healthy lifestyle by being vegan should really rely on the results that their lifestyle is giving them, not on literature. If you are healthy and happy, there really is no other defense necessary! Let your results speak for themselves, and if this causes interest in others, the China Study is a great resource to point out to them. It should not be used as a manifesto. I do not own he book, and I would love to be able o re-read it, and then pass it on to other budding vegans!
    Ali

  135. Hey Gena!!

    I already read the book, so I’m not entering the giveaway. I just wanted to give my two pennies. 😉

    I think that more male readers get affected…probably because it’s more scientific. Not to sound sexist or whatever but females get more affected emotionally while the male brain tends to be more analytic. Also, it basically says you don’t need that much protein, which we know all body-building machos obsess over.

    Heh. I agree with you that veganism might be the most ethical way to eat…but not completely agreeable that it’s the healthiest. Still, I really respect how you take such an objective and balanced view. I have met ppl like you said who think The China Study is some kind of bible with absolute principles.

    Bah, anyway, point is: I totally love you for being one of the most approachable, real person I know. (hugs)

  136. I would like to read this because I would love to have evidence to back up this issue that we shouldn’t be eating animal products, for our own sake’s.

  137. I have a growing interest in veganism–the result of a long, slow, and lovely shift in the way I think about my relationship to food–and would love to read the book.

  138. Thanks for writing about this book! I’ve been wanting to read it, I’m very new to the vegan lifestyle and would love to add this book to my collection. So far I’ve read Skinny Bitch and Crazy Sexy Diet which were both good. I’d also like some more info to be able to share with people who try to tell me that cutting out meat and diary is unhealthy. I know that’s the farthest thing from the truth but sometimes I don’t know what to say to them to convince them otherwise…

  139. I first heard about “The China Study” last year when I read “The Kind Diet”, which initially prompted me to make the switch from lactose intolerant vegetarian to strict vegan. I often times make reference to this book when discussing veganism with other people who are less familiar with the nutritional aspects of this way of life. However, I must confess that I haven’t gotten around to reading the book myself! I would love to though – and I plan to in the near future. I am really excited to read it although I tend to get intimidated by readings as scientifically dense as this one…

  140. I don’t need to win this since I’m quite familiar with it, but damn girl, I just had to say THANK YOU for everything you’ve said here. You’ve put beautifully into words what I’ve struggled to express for quite some time. I agree that The China Study is compelling, but dangerously revered. Dangerous because it *is* so open to scrutiny and skepticism (some of the critiques are pretty intense). Dangerous even more so because veganism is so much more than a personal panacea. Thank you for so eloquently explaining that. =)

    ps – If I win I’ll turn around and give this away on my own blog, ha!

  141. I’d like to read this because I just finished reading Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Diet and this would be a great follow up. Thanks Gena.

  142. As many have said, I intend to read this but just haven’t picked up a copy yet. I’ve read quite a few books on veganism, but this seems like the ultimate “must read”. Thanks for the giveaway!

  143. I am very new to the vegan community and have pretty much converted over night without a source or anyone to help support me in my journey. This past month has been really hard for me because I have only received negative comments and been ridiculed by my friends and family regarding my decision. Several diseases have plagued my family without any real rhyme or reason. This book would help empower me to help open the eyes of my family members about my decision. I would hope that this book would also help my family become a little less judgmental and more supportive of my decision to become vegan.

  144. I’d love to have a copy of the book for my own personal growth and because I am coaching and educating others on their health journeys.

  145. It’s a book I’ve wanted to read since I heard about it a few months ago when I decided to read skinny bitch having no idea what that was all about! lol I’d been on a weights loss mission and picked up skinny bitch by accident thinking it would give me tips on how to lose weight and boy did it ever! It opened my eyes in a very big way and I’ve been vegan ever since. My 6 year old son is also going me on this journey and i’ve seen remarkable changes in us both since we’ve chosen to eat a plant bases diet! My family and some friends, however are giving me a really hard time and I would love to have more information for them so they can better understand the choices I’m making and why.

  146. I definitely want to read this – it’s a big reason my sister went vegan. I am vegetarian, but I’ve been slowly eliminating most dairy products and can’t eat eggs anymore either really. I’d love to read this book because I have a feeling it would help me inform my decision.

  147. I borrowed this book from the city library a year ago, but never got the chance to pick one up. I would love to own a copy! 🙂

  148. i am extremely interested in reading this book because i’ve read so much about the china study already that it is just silly that i haven’t actually read the darn thing yet. i am vegan and just recently a friend sent me an interesting blog post debating the findings of the china study (http://rawfoodsos.com/2010/07/07/the-china-study-fact-or-fallac/ if you are interested). to be honest, i was a little upset after reading it and decided then and there that i need to read the entire book before forming an opinion!

    • Wow – that link shows a very involved critique. I hope Gena can offer her opinion about this.

      • Great link indeed. I own the book and like much of it but there are problems with his statistical analyses. He essentially cherry-picked correlations that indirectly fit his hypotheses when there were far stronger correlations in the data (eg sugars, alcohol). He failed to regress out many important nuisance variables and fails to address the problematic lack of direct correlation between meat/dairy and disease, relying instead on indirect correlations of each with a third intermediate variable (plasma protein etc). I haven’t looked at the data myself but these concerns are pretty serious and call his objectivity into question. So I would not recommend the book to anyone, unfortunately. Lots of animals are carnivorous; it’s not really surprising that meat isn’t exactly toxic for us. The best arguments for veganism in my opinion are ethical- most of the health benefits may not relate to intrinsic properties of meat/dairy, but to fat, preservatives, etc…

  149. i’d love to add this book to my personal library – my latest book addition is “eat drink & be vegan;” THE CHINA STUDY would smoothly link to the cookbook!
    thanks, gena, for the contest!

  150. I’ll be honest, it’s a difficult read. And I’m a reader. But once you read it, it’s really hard to think of food the same way you used to.

    Another fabulous book is Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn’s Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease. The two men are the subject of a documentary that will be widely released this summer called Forks Over Knives. I was lucky enough to see the movie a few weeks ago at a preview in Cleveland. Dr. Esselstyn was there and when he spoke after the movie he mentioned that the National Institute of Health said that his research had established “proof of concept of his theories” which is extremely significant accorning to my DH (ie a no added fat vegan diet does not appear to be total nonsense to those in power). But Gena you are correct, these theories are really just beginning to be tested.

    I personally find that a vegan diet meets my ethical as well as health standards so I sticking with it. There is a group called the Nutritional Research Project which is actively trying to raise major funding to test the theories like Dr. Fuhrman’s, Dr. Esselstyn’s and T. Colin Campbell’s. It might be great if people reading your blog took an interest in this organization. They have a Facebook fan page.

  151. I would like to read this book becasue I find nutrition information useful and interesting. I have had Type 1 Diabetes for 28 years and have found that the best way to maintain my health is by using food as medicine. Eating raw has made a world of difference for my nerve damage as well as the amount of insulin I rely on. Also, by cutting out processed foods, animal foods, and sugar, I am able to better predict the amount of insulin I will need to maintain a healthy, normal blood sugar level. I gained all of this knowledge without the help of doctors and western medicine. I read books. Lots and lots of books. And blogs. And magazines. I bet this book would help in my arsenal of knowledge to live healthy with diabetes!

  152. Id like to read this book because after all these years and all this education, I STILL find myself leaning toward meat options when I eat out and I think this technical study could be the final nail in the coffin, so to speak.

  153. I am not a vegan, but my wife and I are attempting to eat more plant-based foods purely for health reasons. I would like to read this book (and if I don’t win, I think I’ll definitely head to the library to check out a copy) just to see what the scientific evidence is. That’s the selling point for me. I don’t need someone screaming at me that meat is murder, but I will happily listen to the scientific reasons for why a plant-based diet may be better for me.

  154. Interesting that you posted this b/c I’m in the middle of reading The China Study right now, and I’ve been wondering what people in the field think about it.

    I’m glad you’re able to look at it with some perspective because as persuasive (and well researched) as a lot of it is, I feel like some of the assertions are a bit flawed. Regardless, I’m really enjoying it. I know it will help me become even more conscious of my food choices, and their impact on my long-term health.

  155. I’ve been married for 2 years to a wonderful man. I’ve been vegan for just over 3 years. My husband eats a lot of animal products (think breakfast, lunch & dinner). He is respectful & supportive of my diet, but I am worried about him. Since he is very scientifically minded, I thought this book might appeal to him, and maybe teach us both some more about the pros of plant-based diets!

  156. As someone that loves statistics, charts, and graphs – The China Study seems right up my alley. It would also be helpful to have a more scientific background on vegan eating. I eat a well-balanced diet and have definitely noticed a different in how I feel since I began last May, but it gets frustrating when friends don’t understand and try to argue that “there’s no way I’m getting all the protein and nutrients I need.”

  157. I’d like to read this book because I’m always interested in gaining more information to expand my knowledge of the benefits of veganism. I would definitely read this and pass it on! 😀

  158. I’d like to read it because of your intriguing review. It would be nice to discuss this with my parents the next time they tell me that I need to eat some animal protein.

  159. I absolutely, totally agree with you & I really thank you so much for writing this!!

    Don’t enter me in the giveaway because I already own the book, but I tweeted about it so others who want to read it will know where to enter. 🙂

  160. i’ve been meaning to get my hands on a copy of this for some time now. being already painfully shy, it’s pretty hard to defend my eating choices with omnivores sometimes, and i lack some ‘arguments’ to some of the things thrown my way. i’d really like to read this and be able to share the information with loved ones 🙂

  161. I read the book and liked it, and found his argument backed with lots of thorough evidence and research, which I also appreciated. There are still some science-y things that elude me and I wish I understood it more so I could take away more from the book.

    I (personally) think that men probably take away more from it because it’s so “sciency” and less focused on how veganism can “clear your skin and give you that glow” or help you be a “skinny bitch”. Look at it this way-both the China Study and Skinny Bitch are about veganism (I have not read SB, but I’ve heard it promotes a lot of processed soy products, am I right?) and look at the people who buy them…you don’t see many guys buying skinny bitch, right? That’s just my idea. I hope I’m wrong, because that’s pretty sad, but likely true.

  162. Believe it or not, I don’t own this book! I would love to have my own copy. I have read tons and tons of excerpts online, on blogs, in forums, but never read the whole thing in book-format, on my own.

    Very cool you love the book, but that don’t put it on the top of the mantle, as the ONLY great book out there.

    And thank you for including the caveat: “A person can thrive so long as he or she eats animal food in strict moderation, avoids processed junk, and eats an abundance of plant foods.”

    Thank you for being open minded, as always, Gena 🙂

  163. While I’ve heard so many tidbits from the book, I’d like to read it in its entirety in order to really assess the overall argument before passing judgment.

  164. i completely agree with you 100% you have articulated my exact thoughts about the china study, veganism, vegans who don’t understand the valid criticisms, ex-vegans and FANATICAL paleo eaters (LOVE IT)… uhmazing post. im sure the book will go to someone very deserving with great benefit.

  165. I retweeted your post about the China Study giveaway. I have read a library copy of the book, but would love to read it again and have it to share some points from the book with others on my blog! Thanks for the opportunity!

  166. I would love to win a copy of The China Study. It has been on my list of books to read but have yet tackled.I would love more information that would hopefully allow me to see past my love of dairy!

  167. I wanna read the china study to remind myself why I became vegan not for Ed reasons but for life and kindness thank you so much!!!

  168. im interested in reading the china study because i love graphs and charts and data and it just sounds interesting.

  169. I’ve been meaning to pick up the book. I tried eating vegan a few years ago, purely for health reasons and when it turned into a hassle I let it go. This book may give me more motivation. Wouldn’t mind a free book, otherwise there’s the local library. 🙂

  170. I’d like to read this because a friend of mine, who was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago in his early twenties, turned to veganism after reading this and I’d love to be able to talk about it all with him.

    Thank you for your moderate approach, too – I, too, am wary of any text/idea becoming a holy grail for groups of people.

    • Several members of my UU covenant group have read this book and as a result have eliminated animal protein from their diets. I am currently recovering from a cardiac catheterization and am having to face my own mortality and all of the past bad habits that brought me to this place. For these reasons it is my sincere hope that the powers of the universe will provide me with a copy of The China Study…hence, please enter me in your drawing.