Even though I have been in circles where the China Study was heavily discussed, I have purposely not read it. Here’s the thing, it is never a one size fits all. We are unique individuals and as such some function on one type of regimen and others function on a very different regimen. I am a yoga instructor as well as a PFT, so I travel in vegan and raw only circles. I have tried vegetarian, vegan, raw, juicing, etc. Each one left me weak, sickly, and with a very low immune tolerance. If you could label me as anything, I guess that might be Ayurvedic which basically says to listen to what your body needs. I have found that my body is nurtured with mostly cooked foods. I love veggies and include a fair amount of protein, very few grains, and minimal fruits. My meat is all organic pasture-raised. I try to help my clients find the best regimen for them, encourage them to eat whole foods, and give them resources to pasture-raised meat if they prefer. Books like the China Study use the fear factor and try to bring people under a burden to become vegetarian. Then people always feel defeated because they can’t quite get to that point. It brings food angst, not much far away from an eating disorder. So I give my clients the best information about foods that I can and let them make what is the best and intelligent choice for them.
The China Study is very misleading, and has been completely dismantled/debunked. Here are some great links that anyone who is interested in The China Study needs to read.
and heres a podcast as well 🙂