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

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7

Reductionist Biology

Explanations always go in one direction, from the complex to the simple and, in particular, toward what is less distinctly human.

—T. H. JONES

We’ve just looked at how reductionist design leads to reductionist answers and excludes the true nature of biological complexity. Now it’s time to revel in that mind-boggling complexity, specifically when it comes to nutrition.

In this chapter I want to introduce you to an old friend of mine: an enzyme called mixed function oxidase (MFO), which ultimately converted me from a reductionist to a wholist.1 Sharing more about the function of enzymes, those amazingly complex and powerful ...

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