Hey There Vegalicious Ones!
Today I’m reviewing two books that I’ve been reading recently, namely Whole by Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Anti Cancer – A New Way of Life by David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD. First, let’s talk about Whole by Dr. Campbell and contributor, Howard Jacobson, PhD.
Whole is Dr. Campbell’s follow up to The China Study. I would strongly recommend that you read The China Study first before digging into WHOLE! Why? Because you will have a much better understanding of where he’s coming from in regards to his overall view on human health and diet, before jumping into this one, which main focus is on reductionism and how it taints our overall view. Using the analogy, that we literally can’t see the forest for the trees! Publisher’s weekly gives this excellent review,
“The entirety of the book is a passionate and convincing case for that ideal diet. Campbell has not written a book of diet tips, or even provided recipes. In fact, at times the book delves so deeply into scientific process— for example, explaining how cancer develops or how metabolism works—that many may find themselves having to read slowly to understand his point. Yet he makes the case that Americans are too prone to take pills to solve health issues (and doctors too prone to prescribe them) as a result of “reductionist thinking”. His years of scientific study and calm, measured tone are highly convincing, making a firm case that changing one’s diet is the best way to assure good health. Readers will be inclined to put down their processed food snacks once they read what could be a life-changer of a book.”
The book is much more scientific than The China Study, but do not let that dissuade you from reading it! I have gotten on Audible because I love listening while I’m driving, so this is where I’ve first “read” the book and it made it easier to digest. However, that said, I have ordered a hard copy of it because once you get to chapter 12 the book gets really juicy, in my opinion! You will learn just how corrupt the system that we’re living under really is! I don’t think you’ll look at certain organizations the same way again…I already knew some of this, but still, Dr. Campbell, makes an excellent point at stating that there’s not one single individual to blame – that the problem is systemic!
Anti Cancer – A New Way of Life by Dr. David Servan-Schreiber is well written and I must admit that I am only half way through this book. I have it both on my Kindle/Audible and in hard cover form. I have throughly been enjoying his writing style, his personal story, as a physician in regards to becoming a patient when he discovered that he had a brain tumor. I have been learning a lot more about cancer and its development. This book is definitely a “crowd pleaser” because he doesn’t tell you that you shouldn’t eat meat or dairy. Instead, he recommends that you eat grass fed beef (three times per week or less) and drink organic milk. But if you’ve read The China Study, you will know that it doesn’t matter if it’s organic or grass fed. Meat and dairy still contain dangerous levels of animal protein that promote tumor growth! There are a few other serious contradictions in this book that I would like to point out.
In Part Three, called, “You can’t be healthy on a sick planet”. Dr. Servan-Schreiber mentions how the polar bear is the most contaminated by toxic chemicals because it eats large mammals that eat seals and big fish, which live on smaller fish. Then says, “There is another mammal that reigns at the top of its food chain, a mammal whose habitat is, moreover, distinctly less protected than the polar bear’s: the human being.” (p. 81) Yet, despite pointing out that we too are at risk for contamination and subject to all sorts of toxins from our environment, he still recommends that we eat fish on page 96. He writes, “Fish (mackerel, sardines, salmon, even farmed.” I am sorry, Sir! “Even farmed!” YUCK! Farmed fish are some of the most contaminated fish there are! They live in a toxic waste pool of their own waste, plus many are still given growth hormones before going on the market!
Dr. Servan-Schreiber asks some great questions and makes excellent comments throughout his book, for example, he writes, “Clearly, in every country there is a direct connection between the cancer rate and the consumption of meat, cold cuts, and milk products.” (p.79) However, he still doesn’t tell you to completely cut them out! He just recommends that you eat less and that they be organic! I believe that this is fine for some, but it will not cure the majority in the long run! He also writes about the obstacles to change, comparing it to the tobacco industry, once you’ve read WHOLE by Dr. T. Colin Campbell, you will understand in much more depth why this is so. Another gem that I found in the book, when talking about toxins in our environment, he writes,
“As with tobacco, there are very powerful economic reasons for not wanting to know more. Many politicians believe that pesticides promote agricultural productivity, although there’s little hard data to support this belief.” (p.91)