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Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition by Howard Jacobson, T. Colin Campbell

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Reductionism Invades Nutrition

The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn but to unlearn.

—GLORIA STEINEM

Now that we understand the fundamental flaws of the reductionist paradigm in general, it’s time to explore how this paradigm has distorted and degraded nutrition and human health.

I know food and nutrition aren’t considered to be very important outside my little world. The newspapers I read have sections on politics, business, sports, and entertainment, but none of them devotes a daily section to food policy. Food writers are restaurant critics or purveyors of recipes, relegated to the same pages of the newspaper devoted ...

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