Lifestyle medicine is the medicine for now and future as it is preventative medicine
Our lifestyle medicine page provides world class scientific information on the role of healthy foods and lifestyle choices.The information here can have a major impact on what you choose to eat and the lifestyle habits you choose to live everyday. Our goal is to help millions of people to live a healthier longer life with less disease,and to be better able to deal more effectively treating cancer,multiple sclerosis, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure,arthritis,osteoporosis, and other lifestyle induced degenerative diseases.The main treatment will be with healthy foods and lifestyle changes if it is possible to use this modality of treatment.Each patient has to be properly examined to determine what may have to be changed in their diet and lifestyle habits and at what stage they may be in with their particular medical problems.
The Duke University Rice Diet program, Dr. John McDoughall’s Lifestyle program, Dr. Michael Klaper’s Medical Lifestyle program, and other similar medical lifestyle programs have helped thousands of patients to regain their health and reversed many types of degenerative diseases.
This lifestyle medicine page is a public service for you to read free of charge many articles on healthy eating and healthy lifestyles. if you require medical lifestyle help you can contact Dr. John McDougall and others. If you have cancer, coronary artery disease, diabetes type 2 etc. you should seek directions from a physician or other qualified health professionals to monitor the effects of any lifestyle changes you do. With the advancement of scientific information on how food and lifestyle habits can dramatically effect our health for good or worse.This is helping to expose corruption and deceit that is rampant in the food industies ,various media,governments,nutrition scientist etc.It is not easy to get the best available information on healthy foods and healthy lifestyles to the general public.Many still want to hinder this information from becoming widely known.But dedicated health professionals are making an impact in the world. Money is made from people being sick.If half the populations of Vancouver British Columbia, Toronto Ontario, Los Angeles California, Seattle Washington,New York,New York, London England, Moscow Russia all consumed only healthy foods, had regular daily exercise,did not smoke tobacco or use drugs,and depended little on the use of over the counter drugs ,had regular sleep and drank about 8 glasses of clean water a day had some sun exposure and were able to cope with high stress situations.This would have an enormous impact on the way the rest of the world may choose to select the foods they eat and how they would look after their overall lifestyle habits.Such a change by millions of people would help create more blue zones in the world where people live longer with less disease.One blue zone worthy of mentioning is Loma Linda California. Health professionals dedicated to advancing the knowledge on healthy foods and lifestyle habits want to see the earth’s blue zones grow larger. I dedicated my life as a christian to help others. When I studied nutrition and lifestyle habits and fitness in college and university. I discovered I had a talent for health promotion. I conducted many health seminars in Canada and Washington State USA at a cost of $100 to $300 canadian dollars.These were all successful. You do not always need a big budget to have an impact. When I was in Edmonton Alberta Canada in 1980 –1982 I created a private business to conduct a health festival for the residences of the City of Edmonton Alberta Canada. This was a totally private venture where I trained some friends how to help me along with the Gray Cup Champion Edmonton Eskimo Football team, The Edmonton Drillers Soccer team, The Red cross, The Lung Association, The Northern Institute of Technology Pulmonary Department,the Biochemistry Department at the University of Alberta and many others.We had free use of Victoria Composite High School and with a budget of less than $1200 Canadian dollars, we had thousands of people attend our health festival.It was exciting, the school gym and other rooms we used were filled to capacity people who came were searching for good health information.
The Mayor and Recreations Department for the City of Edmonton decided to sponsor my health promotion concept again in 1981, the venue this time would be the Commonwealth Games Sports Complex in Edmonton.I wrote premier Loughed the premier of Alberta to see if they would donate their professional display booths to be used in the next health festival.The Alberta Government granted permission for their professional booths to be used for free. Thousands of people again come out to this successful health festival event. So by being resourceful and having a good imagination as well a solid health background; many health professionals can do a lot in their towns and cities to help educate the public about sound health principles.
My private work in Edmonton resulted in personal attacks by some who wanted my health work stopped at any cost.This has resulted in a legal story of major magnitude that will be told in the future. Some people who have worked in projects I created are Dr. William Castelli MD Past Medical Director of the Framingham Heart Study. Ralph Nader, Colonel James Irwin Apollo 15 Moon landing.
We hope all who study the articles here or buy DVD tapes or books or food products from Dr. John McDougall or others will benefit greatly and then share with others.
BSC MSC Health Science
Breaking News: The McDougall/OHSU Diet and MS Study Officially Published and is “Open Access” for You to Read and Share with Friends and Physicians
After more then 3 years of delay, completing the trial in March of 2013, the full study is now available in a scientific and highly respected medical journal. The goal of the study was to show the safety and practicality of a low-fat, starch-based diet for people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). We accomplished this and much more. Our work (that of the McDougall Program and the Neurology Department of OHSU, Portland) has changed the world of medicine. Nutrition is the hottest topic at neurology conferences worldwide, and now, with this publication, OHSU has taken the leadership in the movement for diet as the fundamental treatment of neurologic disorders. We also offer our gratitude to Roy Swank, MD, who was the former head of the OHSU Neurology Dept. for 23 years, and the originator of the low-fat diet for MS.
This approach is especially important because there is no alternative, the drugs used currently are criminally expensive ($75,000 annually), ineffective, and often dangerous.
My July 2014 Newsletter has my unofficial discussion on the results of this randomized, rater-blinded, controlled study (the gold standard of research).
John McDougall, MD
Announcing our new Medical Director
Anthony Lim, MD, JD
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Lim to the McDougall Program
As Medical Director, Dr. Lim oversees the medical care of participants in the McDougall Program. Dr. Lim is a board-certified family physician, and enjoys working closely with patients to help them adopt healthier habits that can significantly improve their overall health. He is a graduate of Stanford University with a degree in Human Biology, and subsequently obtained his law degree from Harvard Law School and his medical degree from Boston University. He completed his residency training at Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency and has a busy career combining patient care, teaching, and community advocacy focused on whole food, plant-based nutrition. He has a special interest in the role of diet and lifestyle medicine in both preventing and treating chronic illnesses such as obesity, diabetes, cancer, autoimmune conditions, and heart disease. Dr. Lim lives in Santa Rosa, CA and is happily married to his college sweetheart, Jean. Together they have a son and daughter who bring them endless joy and laughter. Outside interests of his include hiking, biking, playing tennis, cooking healthy meals, learning guitar, and continually growing in his Christian faith.
Dr. McDougall was Fired from Speaking at the Obesity Medicine Conference
The Obesity Medicine Conference will be held on April 6 to 10, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco. On the morning of April 7 a discussion of various treatments of obesity by three experts with three very different viewpoints on diet was scheduled: the low-fat, high carbohydrate, starch-based diet (John McDougall, MD), the Mediterranean Diet (Michael Ozner, MD), and the low-carb Atkins Diet (Eric Westman, MD). The so-called “Mediterranean Diet” is a multibillion-dollar global brand and in the distant past was healthier than the usual Western diet, because it was once abundant in starches, vegetables, and fruits. The diet was healthy in spite of the olive oil and nuts that are now promoted as the miracle components of the diet. Currently, children and adults living around the Mediterranean Sea are among the most obese in the world. Low-carb diets are based on meat, poultry, cheese, eggs, fish, and vegetable oils, foods that are the polar opposite to my beliefs for achieving good health.
Dr John McDougall
The Egg Industry: Exposing a Source of Food Poisoning
In my June 2015 newsletter article, “There Are Lies and Damned Lies: Damned Lies Harm the Public and Planet Earth,” I expressed my outrage over an “Opinion” piece in the June 23/24, 2015 Journal of the American Medical Association. The article applauded the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s (DGAC) recommendation for the “elimination of dietary cholesterol as a ‘nutrient of concern’…and the absence of an upper limit on total fat consumption.” The JAMA article was referring to the updated 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, released in January of 2016.Previous US Dietary Guidelines had recommended that people consume less than 300 mg per day of dietary cholesterol, which is about one large egg.
Here are some health tips to consider when looking for a girl friend,boyfriend or husband and wife:
Food, Sex, and Attractiveness
Part 1: The Role of Body Weight
Attractiveness is a quality that arouses interest and pleasure. People are drawn to each other by clues indicating good health rather than superficial qualities, such as the shape of a nose or the size of a cleft in the chin. The ideal picture of good health intimates fertility, productivity, strength, and youth. A person’s healthfulness is communicated to others, most importantly by sight and scent, and the health messages we send are dependent on the food choices we make.
Here are some health tips to consider when looking for a girl friend,boyfriend or husband and wife:
Food, Sex, and Attractiveness
Part 2: The Roles of Skin (Color, Oiliness, and Acne) and Body Odor
Excellent health is attractive. Our appearance to others is within our control and largely dependent upon the food choices we make. Last month’s newsletter (Part 1: The Role of Body Weight; November 2015) focused on the role of body fatness in attractiveness. The rest of the picture of health involves the appearance of our skin and the odor of our body.
Diet: One Important Solution to Sexual Abuse
“Men gawking at daughter has mom worried” is the title of the Sunday, July 26, 2015 TEENlife article in our local newspaper. The mom continues, “My daughter, 14 blossomed overnight into a well-endowed gorgeous young woman. I’m appalled at the gawking men (of all ages)…” The article was syndicated in other newspapers.
The normal age of human sexual maturity is between 16 and 19 years. The modern Western diet, based on meat and dairy products, is causing dramatic changes in human development, triggering the onset of precocious puberty at an average of 8 to 12 years, long before nature ever intended.
Dr. McDougall’s Dietary Therapy:
An Online Course for Reversing Common Diseases
Dr. McDougall’s Dietary Therapy:
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John McDougall, MD shares four decades of clinical experiences and a century of scientific research during these lectures. His prescription is usually curative, simple, cost-free, and side effect-free. View the 10 lectures in this online course.
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Get Out of the Medical Business
A Primary Goal of the McDougall Program
Atul Gawande, a staff writer for The New Yorker and a practicing medical doctor, wrote “Overkill, An avalanche of unnecessary medical care is harming patients physically and financially. What can we do about it?”
Helping Friends Understand the McDougall Diet
Once you know the benefits of a starch-based diet, you will want to share the good news with family and friends. And maybe with everyone you meet. Some people will be ready to listen and learn while others may need more education and experiences before you can open their eyes. You will not be able to identify the willing until you try. Once you know better, it is your obligation to share the good news about a starch-based diet with others. Consider your best communication assets and gracefully move into the other person’s world so that you may help them.
Desperately Ill People Are Not Always Easy to Influence
A well-educated dentist came into my office with heart bypass surgery scheduled for the next week. I (John McDougall, MD) reviewed his coronary angiogram pictures with him, pointing out blockages in two of the three major blood vessels feeding his heart. I explained that these ominous-appearing shadows really represented old, healed scars and that they were not life threatening.
The man had plenty of time to change his diet and regain his lost health. If this were an emergency, I pointed out, his doctors would have operated last week. And he had no chest pains. The major scientific studies on the results of coronary artery bypass surgery show that this operation does not save lives. The dentist knew these medical facts and that he had a dietary disease that could easily be stopped by taking my recommendations. From my viewpoint, there was never a more suitable candidate for change: he was intelligent, successful, motivated, and had every reason to live. He walked out of my office with much to ponder.
John A. McDougall, MD: Inflammatory Arthritis
Presented at the September 5 to 7, 2014
McDougall Advanced Study Weekend
Watch the Internet Broadcast of the entire September 5 to 7, 2014 Advanced Study Weekend for the next six months.
The next Advanced Study Weekend is March 13-15, 2015
John McDougall, MD “Diet in the Prevention and Treatment of Common Cancers”
Presented by John McDougall, MD at the March 2015 Advanced Study Weekend in Santa Rosa, CA.
A Healthy Diet Will Slow and/or Stop Most Cancers. Why Not?
More than 30 years ago, I (John McDougall, MD) performed and published the first study on the dietary treatment of breast cancer. Although it was a small study circulated by an obscure journal, this was an important beginning for the current medical thinking that a healthy diet should be fundamental therapy recommended by physicians for all cancer patients.
On February 13, 2015, the American Cancer Society published their recommendations that cancer survivors should follow “prudent diets,” plant-based diets that are high in fruits, vegetables and unrefined grains while at the same time being low in red and processed meats, refined grains, and sugars. Its report states, “These diets are contrasted to ‘Western’ diets,’ which have the opposite pattern and are heavy in meats, sweets, other processed foods, and dietary fat.” They also recommend weight loss and exercise in order to prolong survival for people with cancer.
Patients Advised to Take More Blood Pressure Pills
Worldwide headlines were released on September 11, 2015, through the general media (newspapers, Internet, radio, and TV), about benefits derived from more aggressively treating high blood pressure (hypertension) with drugs. This news was based on the unpublished SPRINT trial: a randomized clinical trial of over 9,000 Americans, 50 years and older with high blood pressure, and an increased risk for heart and/or kidney disease. Half the participants were given a blood pressure target of 120 mmHg systolic pressure (top number) and the other half were given a target of 140 mmHg. An average of 3 kinds of antihypertensive medications were needed to reach the lower target goal (120 mmHg), whereas, only 2 drugs achieved the higher target (140 mmHg). The new target of 120 mmHg was publicized to reduce the rate of heart attacks, heart failure, and stroke by 30%, and cardiovascular deaths by 25%. (Likely, these figures are relative risk reductions, rather than absolute reductions, which means the perception of benefit is greatly exaggerated.)
Joel Kahn, MD: Preventing Heart Attacks Through Lifestyle Education
Dr. Joel Kahn was a recent guest speaker at the McDougall Advanced Study Weekend in Santa Rosa, CA.
Dr. Kahn is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Michigan School of Medicine. He is an interventional cardiologist and Clinical Professor of Medicine in Detroit at Wayne State University School of Medicine. He serves as Reader’s Digest Holistic Heart Doc and is the author of The Whole Heart Solution and Dead Execs Don’t Get Bonuses. He is a frequent commentator on Fox News, Huffington Post, Mindbodygreen, and other sites. His goal is to prevent 1 million heart attacks through educating on the lifestyle for optimal plant based health and longevity.
Luigi Fontana, MD: Med Students Should be Taught Nutrition in Medical School
Dr. Fontana is an internationally recognized physician scientist and one of the world’s leaders in the field of nutrition and healthy longevity in humans. His pioneering studies on the effects of dietary restriction in humans have opened a new area of nutrition-related research that holds tremendous promise for the prevention of age-related chronic diseases and for the understanding of the biology of human aging. Fontana’s work defines integrative human biology, and has helped direct how different aging phenotypes can and should be applied to various human populations based on both molecular and physiological parameters. As such, his work has the most profound importance as strategies are formulated and tested for improving healthspan in humans.
He is a Full Professor of Medicine and Nutritional Sciences at Brescia (Italy) and Washington University in St.Louis (USA) Schools of Medicine, and co-directs the Longevity Research Program at WUSTL. Dr. Fontana has published over 80 manuscripts in prestigious journals including Science, Nature, Cell, New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Circulation, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Diabetes and PNAS. He has been invited to present his work at international conferences and top medical schools and research institutes around the world, including Harvard, Cambridge, Yale, Universitè Paris “Pierre et Marie Curie”, Max Plank Institute of Aging, Sydney, among others. Dr. Fontana’s is the recipient of two prestigious awards: the 2009 American Federation Aging Research (AFAR) Breakthroughs in Gerontology Award and the 2011 Glenn Award for Research in Biological Mechanisms of Aging. He is a Scientific Member of the Board of Directors of the American Aging Association.
Update on Cows Milk Consumption and How it Impacts Human Health by Causing Disease
Got Milk, Got Disease
The British Medical Journal reported in the news on October 29, 2014 on “Milk intake and risk of mortality and fractures in women and men: cohort studies.” This observational study found higher death rates for men and women who drank 3 or more glasses of milk daily, compared to less than a glass a day. There were also more fractures in general, and hip fractures, in the higher milk-consuming women. The researchers from Sweden focused on the milk sugar, D-galactose, as the trouble causer. They believe that oxidative stress and inflammation all over the body is caused by D-galactose.
An accompanying editorial in the British Medical Journal, as well as the worldwide lay press; have tried to put these findings in perspective for the consumer. In reality, this balanced reporting has kept the consumer from making sensible decisions that would undermine the dairy industry.
Cow’s milk is not only unnecessary for strong bones and healthy bodies, but this category of food is a more important cause of obesity and illness than is red meat. See my article: When Friends Ask: Where Do You Get Your Calcium?
May I remind you of some of the harmful qualities of this product?
1) The milk sugar, galactose, is toxic. As far back as 1981, cow’s milk was reported to causecataracts of the eyes.
2) The fat you eat is the fat you wear. (Overweight and obesity.) Whole milk is 50% fat, milk advertised as 1% (low fat) is still 18% fat, and cheese is 70% fat.
3) Risk for heart attacks and stroke is most strongly tied to animal fats also called saturated fats. Dairy fat is 97% saturated fat. Dairy is loaded with cholesterol.
4) Milk is loaded with people poisoning chemicals. High levels of pesticides and herbicides are present in these foods. They cause cancer and brain damage.
5) Milk is filthy with microbes. Cow’s milk drinkers consume bovine leukemia viruses, bovine immunodeficiency viruses, listeria bacteria, mad cow prions, and much more.
6) Osteoporosis and kidney stones are from bone loss caused by eating animal proteins and dietary acids. Hard cheese is the greatest source of dietary acids.
7) Constipation is caused by lack of dietary fiber. Dairy products contain no dietary fiber. Plus cow’s milk protein causes allergic reactions, which paralyze the bowels making it almost impossible for children and adults to move their rock-hard stools.
8) Cow’s milk protein is the most common dietary cause of allergy and autoimmune diseases, including nephritis (kidney disease) and severe forms of arthritis.
9) Lactose, the basic milk sugar, causes the majority of people worldwide to become sick with diarrhea, stomach cramps, and gas (lactose intolerance).
10) The factory farming of dairy cows is considered to be animal abuse and production of dairy foods is a leading cause of environmental pollution and climate change.
Hopefully, today’s headlines will cause you to eliminate all cows’ milk products from your life.
John McDougall, MD
Ancel Keys and Cherry Picking: Can We Please Get This One Thing Right?
Many health professionals and news reporters have misrepresented Dr. Ancel Keys, a world famous researcher on human nutrition. This has mislead the general public so they would not fully understand how nutrition can affect their health. Please read the below article of Ancel Keys and Cherry Picking to learn how his work has been misrepresented.
Opinions about nutrition are varied and passionately held. Some of us are vegans and some of us are carnivores but we all feel we have well-informed views. That probably won’t change anytime soon. But regardless of our views we should be able to agree on facts when they are obvious. We should also agree that it’s wrong to perpetuate false attacks on an innocent individual. None of us should intentionally bear false witness against anyone, yet that’s what we see done over and over against a famous researcher named Ancel Keys.
Search his name and see what is said about him. The “Authority Nutrition” guy, Kris Gunners, says he intentionally excluded data in a 1953 paper of his. He calls this cherry picking. He provides a clip from a movie making the same charge, Tom Naughton’s Fat Head. Naughton says Keys left out “reliable data.” Joe Mercola saysthe same thing. Referencing Gary Taubes, John Tierney of the New York Times told us this, too.
Lies and Damned Lies: Damned Lies Harm the Public and Planet Earth
Last week’s (June 23/24, 2015) “Opinion” piece in the Journal of the American Medical Association about the 2015 US Dietary Guidelines lifting the ban on total dietary fat meets my criterion for “damned lies.” The authors applaud the “elimination of dietary cholesterol as a ‘nutrient of concern’…and the absence of an upper limit on total fat consumption” in the updated guidelines. The facts Drs. Mozaffarian and Ludwig provide to support their opinions are flawed and favor the food industries. Meat, poultry, dairy, and eggs are the primary dietary sources of cholesterol and fat for Americans. Vegetable oils are the next largest source of dietary fat. Fat is the “metabolic dollar” stored in the body for future energy needs, crucial for survival during times of food shortages. “The fat you eat is the fat you wear,” regardless of the source. “Good fat,” like olive oil, is no more attractively worn around people’s waistlines than “bad fat” from lard.
Help Stop the Lying by the Media On Health and Nutrition
The New York Times (3-17-2014), The Wall Street Journal (5-6-2014), and Time Magazine (6-23-2014) have written inflammatory articles promoting the animal foods industries, largely based on the work of Ronald Krauss, MD (aka “Dr Lard.”). The WSJ and Time slandered Ancel Keys by falsely reporting on the science. Are investigative reporters simply lazy or does the problem go as deep as dishonesty tied to industry? Dr. Oz was outed by John Oliver last week (6-21-2014). My hope is that Big Food will also be called to answer to the public for the harms they have done. Do your part: write to the media and your legislators. Tell them that they are shirking their responsibility. Send them the following article by Plant Positiveand share it with your friends and family.
The annals of internal medince March 18, 2014, states that it is safe to eat saturated fat, eggs and meat. The Media does the rest to tell the world. This is the truth, or is it? Read on.
1) I agree with the conclusion that polyunsaturated fats (fish oil) and monounsaturated fat (olive oil) are not going to prevent heart disease. They are at least fattening and most likely promote cancer.
2) However, I know that one of their main conclusions is wrong: That it is OK to eat animals. Dairy, meat, and eggs are bad for people and the planet.
This March 18, 2014 Annals of Internal Medicine article will become a feeding frenzy for the animal-food-industries: a “nugget of proof” that their saturated fat-laden foods can be eaten guiltlessly. Millions of people worldwide, especially those who are looking to hear good news about their bad habits, will die of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and obesity, and if left unchallenged, resulting increases in livestock production will accelerate global warming even faster.
Please read on if you are an interested in the details:
1) The main scientific study they used showing the safety of saturated fat (reference 12), was a study supported by the National Dairy Council. (Siri-Tarino PW, Sun Q, Hu FB, Krauss RM. Meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies evaluating the association of saturated fat with cardiovascular dis ease. Am J Clin Nutr. 2010;91:535-46.) This is the single study used to promote eating animals by the low-carb movement and the animal food industries.
Jeremiah Stamler, MD wrote an editorial in this same issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition criticizing this flawed paper that has received so much attention in the lay press.
Letters to the editor that followed were also highly critical of this advertisement for meat and dairy (saturated fat).
2) In the results section of the Annals of Internal Medicine (March 18, 2014) article they wrote: “Seventy-two unique studies were identified (Figure 1 of Supplement 1 and the Table). Nineteen were based in North America, 42 in Europe, and 9 in the Asia-Pacific region; 2 were multinational.”
I would like to look at the 9 in the Asia-Pacific region and the 2 that were multinational, independently. This would show the effect of different diets on health (and coronary heart disease).
In the nineteen that were based in North America and 42 in Europe, people all ate the same diet (full of saturated fat, ie. Dairy, meat, and eggs) – how could you possibly see any difference in health?
3) This is an incorrect statement in the discussion of the Annals of Internal Medicine (March 18, 2014) paper:
“For example, the influence of metabolism seems particularly relevant for the de novo synthesis of even-numbered saturated fatty acids in the body, compositions of which are largely determined by dietary factors, including carbohydrate and alcohol consumption(33–35), and other metabolic pathways (36, 37) rather than direct dietary intake.”
Excess Starch (and even Sugar) Does Not Turn to Body Fat (Easily)
A widely held belief is that the sugars in starches are readily converted into fat and then stored unattractively in the abdomen, hips, and buttock. Incorrect! And there is no disagreement about the truth among scientists or their published scientific research.5-13After eating, the complex carbohydrates found in starches, such as rice, are digested into simple sugars in the intestine and then absorbed into the bloodstream where they are transported to trillions of cells in the body in order to provide for energy. Carbohydrates (sugars) consumed in excess of the body’s daily needs can be stored (invisibly) as glycogen in the muscles and liver. The total storage capacity for glycogen is about two pounds. Carbohydrates consumed in excess of our need and beyond our limited storage capacity are not readily stored as body fat. Instead, these excess carbohydrate calories are burned off as heat (a process known as facultative dietary thermogenesis) or used in physical movements not associated with exercise.9,13
The process of turning sugars into fats is known as de novo lipogenesis. Some animals, such as pigs and cows, can efficiently convert the low-energy, inexpensive carbohydrates found in grains and grasses into calorie-dense fats.5 This metabolic efficiency makes pigs and cows ideal “food animals.” Bees also perform de novo lipogenesis; converting honey (simple carbohydrates) into wax (fats). However, human beings are very inefficient at this process and as a result de novo lipogenesis does not occur under usual living conditions in people.5-13 When, during extreme conditions, de novo lipogenesis does occur the metabolic cost is about 30% of the calories consumed—a very wasteful process.11
Under experimental laboratory conditions overfeeding of large amounts of simple sugars to subjects will result in a little bit of de novo lipogenesis. For example, trim and obese women were overfed 50% more total calories than they usually ate in a day, along with an extra 3.5 ounces (135 grams) of refined sugar. From this overfeeding the women produced less than 4 grams (36 calories) of fat daily, which means a person would have to be overfed by this amount of extra calories and sugar every day for nearly 4 months in order to gain one extra pound of body fat.10 Obviously, even overeating substantial quantities of refined and processed carbohydrates is a relatively unimportant source of body fat. So where does all that belly fat come from? The fat you eat is the fat you wear.
5) Hellerstein MK. De novo lipogenesis in humans: metabolic and regulatory aspects. Eur J Clin Nutr. 1999 Apr;53 Suppl 1:S53-65.
6) Acheson KJ, Schutz Y, Bessard T, Anantharaman K, Flatt JP, Jequier E. Glycogen storage capacity and de novo lipogenesis during massive carbohydrate overfeeding in man. Am J Clin Nutr. 1988 Aug;48(2):240-7.
7) Minehira K, Bettschart V, Vidal H, Vega N, Di Vetta V, Rey V, Schneiter P, Tappy L. Effect of carbohydrate overfeeding on whole body and adipose tissue metabolism in humans. Obes Res. 2003 Sep;11(9):1096-103.
8) McDevitt RM, Bott SJ, Harding M, Coward WA, Bluck LJ, Prentice AM. De novo lipogenesis during controlled overfeeding with sucrose or glucose in lean and obese women. Am J Clin Nutr. 2001 Dec;74(6):737-46
9) Dirlewanger M, di Vetta V, Guenat E, Battilana P, Seematter G, Schneiter P, JÇquier E, Tappy L. Effects of short-term carbohydrate or fat overfeeding on energy expenditure and plasma leptin concentrations in healthy female subjects. Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 2000 Nov;24(11):1413-8.)
10) McDevitt RM, Bott SJ, Harding M, Coward WA, Bluck LJ, Prentice AM. De novo lipogenesis during controlled overfeeding with sucrose or glucose in lean and obese women. Am J Clin Nutr. 2001 Dec;74(6):737-46
11) Danforth E Jr. Diet and obesity. Am J Clin Nutr. 1985 May;41(5 Suppl):1132-45.
12) Hellerstein MK. No common energy currency: de novo lipogenesis as the road less traveled. Am J Clin Nutr. 2001 Dec;74(6):707-8.
13) Tappy L. Metabolic consequences of overfeeding in humans. Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care. 2004 Nov;7(6):623-8.
Is it Safe to eat lard?
Ronald M. Krauss, MD—The Doctor Who Made Lard-eating Fashionable
Ronald M. Krauss, MD is a well-publicized author in both the lay press and medical journals. He is a UCSF Adjuvant Professor, Endocrinologist, and the Director of Atherosclerosis Research at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute. Dr. Krauss’ work has provided one of the most important foundations for popular discussions about how eating meat, dairy, and eggs are not health hazards for people. Even though it may not have been a direct intention of Dr. Krauss, lard is back on the dinner table thanks in part to his publications.
Dr. Krauss has not acted alone in turning nutrition wisdom on its head. Robert Atkins, MD of the Atkins Diet fame, Gary Taubes (science-writer) and best-selling authors William Davis, MD (Wheat Belly), and David Perlmutter, MD (Grain Brain) have made valuable contributions to this latest trend.
A Preliminary Evaluation of Chowdhury Meta-Analysis on the Association of Fatty Acids with Coronary Risk
I’m an active reader/researcher on nutrition, finance, climate change, and politics. The NY Times piece on the Chowdhury paper made me at first angry, and then very concerned. From previous research into these areas plus my work experience as an Intel engineer, I know how data can be cherry-picked and distorted. Thus, I felt compelled to do an objective evaluation of the saturated-fat claim in the Chowdhury paper, because it is this aspect that the mainstream media has latched on to. Could the net effect become as bad as Atkins in the 1990’s, Gary Taubes in the previous decade, and the Paleo-diet proponents are doing in this decade? Too soon to tell.
Am I biased? Sure. I’m biased by all the research that I have read, and by my own experiences. But as a trained scientist and engineer, I know how to do an objective evaluation, and that is all that I can promise. In finance, they say “follow the money.” In this case, I will follow the data to see where it takes me.
Saturated Fat and Heart Disease Meta-Analyses: Were Scientists Wrong?
In the April 2014 McDougall newsletter, I addressed two meta-analysis studies that are frequently cited as evidence against the hypothesis that dietary saturated fat increases the risk of heart disease, as was the case in a recent problematic article featured in Time magazine. I demonstrated that the cohort studies included in these meta-analyses, as well many other studies provide strong evidence that diets rich in saturated fat, including low carb diets increase the risk of death from heart disease.
In this article, I address these meta-analyses in further detail, examining the association between saturated fat and incidence of heart disease (both fatal and non-fatal). In particular, I address how several serious errors and problems biased the findings of these meta-analyses against showing an adverse effect of saturated fat, casting significant doubt on the validity of the conclusions of these studies. I also examine the problem of reductionism, and why the focus should be directed to a fiber-rich plant based diet, naturally low in saturated fat for optimal heart health.
The Paleo Diet Is Uncivilized (And Unhealthy and Untrue)
Low-carbohydrate (low-carb) diets are fueling the destruction of human health and our planet Earth. “Low-carbohydrate” means a diet high in animal foods and low in plant foods. Only plants synthesize carbohydrates (sugars). The body parts of animals, including red meat, poultry, seafood, and fish, and eggs, contain no carbohydrates. Animal secretions (like mammalian milk) contain sugars synthesized by plants (the cow eats the grass that made the sugar). The original Atkins Diet is the ultimate in low-carb eating. This diet works by starving the human body of carbohydrates in order to induce a state of illness (ketosis), which can result in weight loss. People become too sick to eat too much.
In an attempt to remedy the obvious harms to human health caused by very low-carb eating, apologists (including the Atkins Nutritionals) have added fruits and non-starchy vegetables to their programs. This effort is supposed to disguise, and compensate for, the unhealthy effects of consuming animal foods at every meal. |MORE|
Extreme Nutrition: The Diet of Eskimos*
The carnivorous diet of traditional Eskimo inhabitants of the frozen, northern, circumpolar regions of planet Earth (Siberia, Alaska, Canada, and Greenland), serves as a testament to the strengths and adaptability of the human species. The foods consumed by these hardy people are in “polar” opposition to those recommended by me (the McDougall Diet of starches, vegetables, and fruits): a carnivore vs. an herbivore diet. Unfortunately, misinformation surrounding the all-meat diet of the Eskimo has promoted dangerous eating habits to the modern-day general public.
For more than 6,000 years, natives of the frozen North have lived with almost no contact with the rest of the world. Not until the mid-1800s were reliable records made of their daily lives, their diets, and their health. Early reports describe these people as looking beautiful and athletic when they were young, but then they aged quickly, and “men and women who appeared to be 60 or over were rare.”
Dr. Esselstyn Demonstrates AGAIN: Plant-Based Is the Cure for Heart Disease
It was less than a week ago that Dr. Esselstyn published a new study. That study show how, in a group of nearly 200 individuals, the plant-based, no-oil, low-fat diet stopped heart disease 99.4% of the time. (You can scroll down to read about that.)
Now Dr. Esselstyn has another new article published in a major journal — The Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cardiology.
The new article is titled “The Nutritional Reversal of Cardiovascular Disease — Fact or Fiction? Three Case Reports.”
This article looks at three individuals who had very serious heart conditions, who decided to try Dr. Esselstyn’s program. As you might expect, all three experienced dramatic improvements in multiple ways.
This is an exciting paper that makes it crystal clear: any cardiologist who isn’t telling her patients about Dr. Esselstyn’s ground-breaking findings — should not be practicing.
Every patient has a right to know they can stop their heart disease in its tracks, and even reverse it, just by changing what they eat.
Read Dr. Esselstyn’s new study now: (PDF file – requires free Adobe reader)
The nutritional reversal of cardiovascular disease fact or fiction! Three case reports by Dr. Cadwell Essseltyn jr. MDPublished in the journal of experimental & clinical cardiology
Most Important Plant-Based Study of the Decade?
Over 25 years ago, Caldwell Essselstyn Jr. MD, brought together a group of 17 people who were dying from heart disease. He had a hypothesis he wanted to test: that a low-fat plant-based diet could arrest and reverse heart disease.
25 years later, we know he absolutely proved his hypothesis with this small group. The next logical step would be to see if he could reproduce his findings in a larger group. Today the Journal of Family Practice published landmark new research from Dr. Esselstyn and his team on just this question. And today you can read the full published research yourself. (See link below.) In a nutshell, Dr. Esselstyn and his co-authors followed 198 consecutive patient volunteers who undertook a plant-based diet with Dr. Esselstyn’s guidance. Out of the initial 198, 177 individuals were compliant with the diet (89%). Of this compliant group, only one individual suffered a recurrent event of heart disease. That is an event rate of .6% — the lowest recurrence rate to date of any study of plant-based diets and heart disease. 21 individuals of the original 198 in the research group did not adhere to Dr. Esselstyn’s diet program. They went back to the standard American diet. 13 of these nonadherent participants — or 62% — subsequently experienced adverse cardiac events. It is worth nothing that the individuals who did not eat the plant-based diet were still under typical cardiology care and received standard medical interventions like pills and procedures. Yet 62% of them still succumbed to more adverse heart events. 62% got worse with a standard diet and standard medical care, whereas only .6% of the people who followed Dr. Esselstyn’s diet had any further heart problems. That means Dr. Esselstyn’s diet appears to be ONE HUNDRED TIMES more effective than standard care from a typical cardiologist. It’s not just 2 or 3 times better, it’s 100 times better. It is, quite literally, the difference between dying of heart disease versus curing the disease. This study should be broadcast from every rooftop. Every cardiologist should give a copy of this study to their patients, in case that patient wishes to avoid heart disease altogether and just cure it. This study essentially confirms that people can choose whether or not to have heart attacks, strokes, angina or other cardiovascular issues. Apparently heart disease is a completely optional disease. It’s a choice — and the best news is you can choose to prevent it or reverse it, avoiding it entirely. Read Dr. Esselstyn’s new study now (PDF FILE): http://dresselstyn.com/JFP_06307_Article1_watermark.pdf Dr Esseltynes new cookbook on preventing and reversing heart disease will be available for sale in September 2014.
Diet Research, Stuck in the Stone Age
You cannot get a good answer to a lousy question.
The current diet study making headlines purportedly asked, and answered this question: which is better for weight loss and improving cardiac risk, a low-fat or a low-carb diet? For starters, that is a truly lousy question, resurrected from something like the Stone Age. I doubt even the Paleo clan find the question attractive, since they like prehistoric food; not prehistoric research questions about food.
Why prehistoric? Because it is long known and well established that dietary fats run the gamut from good to bad to ugly. No good diet should willfully exclude the monounsaturated fats and omega-3s in nuts and seeds and avocados; I’m pretty sure everybody not stuck under a boulder knows that.
Is October Breast Cancer “Awareness” or “Industry” Month?
PROBLEMS WITH EARLY CANCER SCREENING
Dr. Peter Gotzsche, M.D. does not recommend mammography or prostate cancer screening
Peter Gøtzsche, MD:
Director of The Nordic Cochrane Centre
Mammography and Prostate Cancer Screening
This is part one of a three-part interview.
Early Detection for Cancer Is a Risky Business
Accepting an examination of your body parts in an effort to find cancer earlier means you are willing to risk your life today for the theoretical possibility that you will gain extra years in the distant future.
For example, I have known perfectly healthy people in their forties suffer a perforation of their bowel during a routine colonoscopy and die—all from an effort to prevent colon cancer in their sixties or seventies.
While attempting to prevent one death from colon cancer with 1,000 examinations, two people may suffer from this potentially fatal complication (in addition to other complications, such as those from bleeding and anesthesia). Fortunately, similar cancer benefits can be had with a safer sigmoidoscopy examination, at almost no risk, or a test of the stool for blood or DNA at no risk of physical harm.
Screening for cancer is “disease mongering” at its worst. By casting a large net with early detection schemes, people are roped into laboratory tests, imaging, doctors’ office visits, biopsies, surgeries, radiation treatments, pharmaceuticals, chemotherapies, and hospitalizations. Disease mongering turns people into patients, and few will benefit.
Mammograms do little to catch deadly breast cancers before they spread
Dr. H. Gilbert Welch of Dartmouth Medical School was the keynote speaker at the February 2012 McDougall Advanced Study Weekend in Santa Rosa, CA. He, along with his co-author, Dr. Archie Bleyer of St. Charles Health System and Oregon Health & Science University, published an article in the New England Journal of Medicine on Thursday, November 22, 2012, showing how mammograms do little to catch deadly breast cancers before they spread, and at the same time, 1.3 million women in the past 30 years have been treated for cancers that never would have threatened their lives. (They were over-diagnosed.)
This is one more key piece of evidence explaining why women need to avoid looking for breast cancer with mammograms. The Cochrane Collaboration, the highest authority in medical research, made the definitive statement earlier this year by officially recommending that women should stop getting mammograms. They have published brochures in 13 languages to convey their scientific conclusions.
Watch Dr. Welch’s presentations from the McDougall Advanced Study Weekend free:
H. Gilbert Welch, MD (from the McDougall February 2012 ASW) Speaks Out on Amy Robach’s Double MastectomyFollowing a Mammogram
ABC’s Amy Robach discovered her breast cancer after an “on-air mammogram” on October 1st, 2013 for “Good Morning America’s Pink Day.” The news was announced to the world on November 11, 2013 on this national early morning TV show, and her doctors told her bluntly that this test saved her life. Her public efforts, she believes, will save many other women’s lives by encouraging them to have their breasts examined. The scientific truth tells a far different story, one of great harm done, when celebrities go public about their diseases. The facts are:
If 2000 women are screened regularly for 10 years, one will benefit from the screening, as she will avoid dying from breast cancer.
At the same time, 10-20 healthy women will, as a consequence, become cancer patients and will be treated unnecessarily.
Furthermore, about 200 healthy women will experience a false alarm (resulting in anxiety and worry, often followed by further testing and treatments).
Do Vegetarians Live Longer Than Health Conscious Omnivores?
Although the question as to whether a plant-based diet extends life expectancy is likely determined by the quality of foods used to replace animal foods, numerous proponents of low-carb and Paleo diets have claimed that diets that exclude flesh do not favor longevity, and are even likely to promote premature death. Whenever health benefits are observed in vegetarians, these proponents have often simply attributed this to other healthy aspects of a vegetarian lifestyle, unrelated to abstention from meat.
In this article, I examine a number of these concerning claims, and review the literature addressing the life expectancy of vegetarians and health conscious omnivores. In addition, I address a number of important limitations of studies carried out on vegetarians, and in particular, how paradoxical findings can result as the consequence of participants adopting a vegetarian diet in response to deteriorating health.
Nutrition Journal Publishes Results of 1615 McDougall Patients
Study: Effects of 7 days on an ad libitum low-fat vegan diet: the McDougall Program cohort
Epidemiologic evidence, reinforced by clinical and laboratory studies, shows that the rich Western diet is the major underlying cause of death and disability (e.g, from cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes) in Western industrialized societies. The objective of this study is to document the effects that eating a low-fat (=10% of calories), high-carbohydrate (~80% of calories), moderate-sodium, purely plant-based diet ad libitum for 7 days can have on the biomarkers of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
Retrospective analysis of measurements of weight, blood pressure, blood sugar, and blood lipids and estimation of cardiovascular disease risk at baseline and day 7 from 1615 participants in a 10-day residential dietary intervention program from 2002 to 2011. Wilcoxon’s signed-rank test was used for testing the significance of changes from baseline.
The median (interquartile range, IQR) weight loss was 1.4 (1.8) kg (p?<?.001). The median (IQR) decrease in total cholesterol was 22 (29) mg/dL (p?<?.001). Even though most antihypertensive and antihyperglycemic medications were reduced or discontinued at baseline, systolic blood pressure decreased by a median (IQR) of 8 (18) mm Hg (p?<?.001), diastolic blood pressure by a median (IQR) of 4 (10) mm Hg (p?<?.001), and blood glucose by a median (IQR) of 3 (11) mg/dL (p?<?.001). For patients whose risk of a cardiovascular event within 10 years was >7.5% at baseline, the risk dropped to 5.5% (>27%) at day 7 (p?<?.001).
A low-fat, starch-based, vegan diet eaten ad libitum for 7 days results in significant favorable changes in commonly tested biomarkers that are used to predict future risks for cardiovascular disease and metabolic diseases.
Rice Diet Program was Developed at Duke University in the United States
Sample statisics for the Duke University Rice Diet four week lifestyle intervention program. Dr. Robert Rosati and his wife Kitty Rosati who ran this program have written a book called the rice diet solution.
Walter Kempner, MD – Founder of the Rice Diet
Walter Kempner, medical doctor and research scientist, is the father of modern day diet therapy and creator of the Rice Diet. All who have followed in his footsteps, including Nathan Pritikin, Dean Ornish, Neal Barnard, Caldwell Esselstyn, and myself, owe homage to this man and his work.
Kempner’s Rice Diet program began at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina in 1939. The treatment was a simple therapy of white rice, fruit, juice, and sugar, and was reserved for only the most seriously ill patients. Although low-tech, the benefits of the Rice Diet far exceed those of any drug or surgery ever prescribed for chronic conditions, including coronary artery disease, heart and kidney failure, hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, and obesity.
Originally used for only short time periods and under close supervision due to concerns about nutritional deficiencies, subsequent research proved the Rice Diet to be safe and nutritionally adequate for the vast majority of patients.
A major breakthrough occurred by accident in 1942 when one of Dr. Kempner’s patients, a 33-year-old North Carolina woman with chronic glomerulonephritis (kidney disease) and papilledema (eye disease) failed to follow his instructions. Because of Dr. Kempner’s heavy German accent she misunderstood his instructions to return in two weeks, and after two months, she finally returned, with no signs of deficiency, but rather with robust health. The woman had experienced a dramatic reduction of her blood pressure, from 190/120 to 124/84 mmHg, resolution of eye damage (retinal hemorrhages and papilledema), and a noticeable decrease in heart size.
Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
The Wrong Low-carb Answer for Bowel Troubles
I recently received the following email: “I am writing to you about my 44-year-old niece who has been told by her doctors that she has SIBO. They have put her on a NO CARB diet, just protein and fat, as well as a second course of antibiotics. She is doing miserably and is very upset with her constant constipation, bloating, and GI distress.”
The newest fad diagnosis for explaining why people feel poorly for no apparent reason is called Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)—meaning there is an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine; the section of the intestine beginning just below the stomach and ending at the start of the large intestine. We consume large amounts of bacteria with our foods and found naturally in the saliva in our mouth. Our stomach acids kill most of these bacteria before the remnants of the chewed and partially digested food pass into the small intestine. Thus, in a normal state, relatively few bacteria reside in this part of the gut.
Dr. McDougall Criticizes Low-Carb Diets (Rice Diet Is the Ultimate Diet)
Presented by John McDougall, MD at the
February 2014 Advanced Study Weekend
Plant-Based Diets Are Not Nutritionally Deficient
Important letter by Craig McDougall, MD and John McDougall, MD published in the Kaiser Permanente medical journal, The Permanente Journal.
There is no such thing as protein, calcium, or omega-3 fat deficiency on a starch-based (vegan) diet.
The above mentioned letter is a response to the article Nutritional Update for Physicians: Plant-Based Diets.
Craig McDougall, MD
John McDougall, MD
The McDougall Program
Santa Rosa, CA
Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us
By Michael Moss
Michael Moss, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter at the New York Times, has written a #1 bestselling book that I recommend you buy and read.
Salt Sugar Fat is an expose of how food companies use and manipulate science to sell the maximum amount of food to consumers. The book makes many important analogies with the selling practices of the tobacco industry. The food industry knows their products are fattening and sickening hundreds of millions of people, and like tobacco, they justify their behavior by claiming, “It’s not our fault, that’s what the consumer wants—we’re not making them buy our products.”
Medical Problems With Statins Explained Here
Who Should Take Cholesterol-lowering Statins?
Everyone or No One?
Statins Lower Cholesterol but Do Little for Better Health
THE DRUG STATIN DOES NOT IMPROVE HUMAN HEALTH !
Statins Fail to Save Lives
“The trial was flawed.”
“The JUPITER trial involved multiple conflicts of interest.”
“It was conducted by a sponsor with obvious commercial interests.”
“Nine of 14 authors of the JUPITER article have financial ties to the sponsor.”
“These failures strongly suggest that the presumed preventive effects of cholesterol-lowering drugs have been considerably exaggerated.”
The authors also took this important position: “The emphasis on pharmaceuticals for the prevention of CHD (heart disease) diverts individual and public health attention away from the proven efficacy of adopting a healthy lifestyle, including regular physical activity, not smoking, and a Mediterranean-style diet.”
Heart Surgeons Kill First Man on the Moon:
This Tragic Loss Should Become One Giant Leap for Mankind
Neil Armstrong, who made the “giant leap for mankind” as the first human to set foot on the moon, died on Saturday, August 25, 2012. The cause of death according to his family was “complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures.” He had just celebrated his 82nd birthday when he went to the hospital on Monday, August 6, 2012 for a cardiac stress test. He flunked, and on Tuesday surgeons bypassed four blockages in his coronary arteries. This limited information from the media is enough for me to conclude that his death was avoidable; he should have never been operated on. His doctors gambled and we lost an American hero.
Learn About the Criminal Behavior of the Pharmaceutical Industry—Save Yourself and Your Family
People who believe that there is a “pill for every ill” and the next miracle is going to save them from a miserable life and an early death are wrong. You must resolve this misunderstanding so that you can begin to focus on what will make a difference; and that is no-cost, side-effect-free changes in the way you eat and live.
The pharmaceutical industry has no morals—they will lie and cheat to make a profit no matter how much it hurts the ones you love. That is a fact you can verify with a little reading. Here are 3 very valuable recommendations from me. These two books are among the best summaries I have read about this subject—they are entertaining and easy to understand for the non-professional reader: |MORE|
How to Protect Yourself from Abusive Medical Doctors
There are some important lessons to be learned from my recent encounter with a medical specialist over the care of one of my patients from the Midwest.
The patient is a middle-aged woman (I will call her Marsha) with a history of precancerous changes in the tissues lining her uterus (endometrial hyperplasia). Over the past two years her condition had progressed to an early stage cancer diagnosed by repeated biopsies. She had consulted two surgeons who had recommended a hysterectomy as the treatment. Marsha has been following a healthy diet; but this discussion is not about diet but about obtaining helpful and respectful medical care based on scientific research rather than a doctor’s best guesses and professional prejudices.
During early October of this year (2011) Marsha sought a second opinion on what she should do about her condition from a young Obstetrician/Gynecologist. I will refer to this doctor, who graduated from medical school in 2002, as Anna Hopeful, MD (not her real name).
Diet Is Destroying Workers’ Competitiveness
At the beginning of the second decade of the 21st century, the number one concern for Americans is jobs, and the primary topic for politicians is job creation. I have yet to hear anyone speak about improving the health of our workforce, a fundamental step to solving the problems with our economy and unemployment.
In order to ready our workers, there are three major issues that need to be addressed:
1) Most American Are Too Sick to Compete in the World Market National statistics are damning, with two-thirds of adults overweight and one-third obese. Based on pharmaceutical company-sponsored TV commercials, we know that cholesterol, erectile dysfunction, GERD, diabetes, and arthritis are rampant among our workforce. Employees spend valuable work hours worrying about and dealing with their minor and major health issue, from constipation to cancers. Most employees feel so poorly on a day-to-day basis that they dread starting their workday. The byproducts of poor health in the workplace include reduced productivity and intellectual capacity, as well as increased absenteeism. Sick employees contribute to the failure of businesses, and that means even more unemployment. To keep the doors open, many employers have resorted to exporting jobs to other countries.
Newsweek Magazine Warns about Modern Medicine
Newsweek magazine’s August cover story, “The One Word that Can Save Your Life: No!,” by Sharon Begley is a summary article about the importance of avoiding common medical tests and treatments, the same ones I have been talking to you about for the past 30 years. I am saddened when I think of the lives ruined and lost because this information has been hidden from the public by my medical colleagues, largely for motives of profit. Please read this Newsweek article now.
Stay Out of the Medical Businesses
You and your family cannot win by being familiar with doctors, drugs, and hospitals. Just like you do not want to be on a first name basis with morticians, lawyers, auto mechanics, and plumbers, you do not want a doctor as a best friend or your calendar littered with appointments to visit these professionals. An undeniable fact is that the more you see doctors, the more likely you are to be tested and treated; for better or worse. The best way to stay out of the medical businesses is to be healthy. That means you must fix the primary cause of common diseases: the rich Western diet.
I have written a series of articles that will help you understand how to work with MDs, when unavoidable. If you get routine annual physical examinations, you are looking for trouble. There is unanimous agreement by major health policy-makers worldwide that these intrusive visits do more harm than good, especially when your doctor encourages you to take “early detection” tests, such as a PSA or mammogram for cancer prevention.
The Egyptian Mummy Diet Paradox
Reports over the past century have shown that heart disease and other forms of hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) were present in about half of Egyptians entombed as long as 3500 years ago. This finding has raised questions about the dietary causes of modern diseases, and has given rise to the “Egyptian mummy diet paradox.” The paradox being, if the diet of most Egyptians living during these ancient times was nearly vegetarian, consisting mainly of vegetables, fruits, and breads made from emmer wheat or barley (meat, cheese, and eggs were rarely consumed), why was evidence of heart disease and atherosclerosis being found. This observation seems to be in contradiction to the current scientific consensus that atherosclerosis is caused by a diet high in saturated fats and cholesterol (which means animal foods).
The Egyptian mummy diet paradox has fueled the rise of the theory that carbohydrates are the cause of obesity, heart disease, type-2 diabetes, and other modern diseases. And not just carbohydrates in the form of refined sugars, but also naturally carbohydrate-rich foods, such as rice, corn, potatoes, wheat, beans, and barley. Popular low-carb diets promoting this belief are Atkins, Carbohydrate Addicts, Zone, South Beach, Dukan, and Protein Power. Authors have specifically invoked the Egyptian mummy diet paradox as solid evidence to support their theories that grains, vegetables, and fruits are the sources of illnesses for Westerners, and that meat, dairy, and eggs are actually health foods. But a closer look is warranted.
The U.S. government is poised to withdraw longstanding warnings about cholesterol
Significant amounts of cholesterol are found only in animal foods. Plants (starches, vegetables, and fruits) are “cholesterol-free” foods.
The problem is “the animal foods” – blaming individual components (i.e. cholesterol) is a risky business:
In common, animal foods (meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, and seafood) are:
- High in fat and/or high in protein
- Contain no dietary fiber
- Contain no energy giving carbohydrate (mammal milk is the exception)
- High in environmental contaminants (POP)
- Transmitters of microbes (zoonosis) – bacteria, viruses, parasites, prions
- Expensive (money) sources of calories
Meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy are:
- Deficient in essential fats (omega 3 and omega 6)
- Deficient in vitamin C
- A (the) major source of global warming gasses and environmental damage (land and water)
- Loaded with allergens that cause autoimmune diseases through molecular mimicry
- Meat, poultry, and fish are deficient in calcium and dairy is deficient in iron
*Deficient means that they are unable to meet dietary needs of children and adults
John McDougall, MD
USDA Demonizes Starch, While Promoting Meat,
Dairy, and Disease
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the government agency responsible for the health of Americans, has recently enacted two national nutrition policies that limit the consumption of starchy grains and starchy vegetables, two traditional food groups that have provided the bulk of human diets for all of recordable history.
The first policy will radically change the diets of school children. In the January 2011 report School Meals: Building Blocks for Healthy Children, the USDA Committee on Nutrition Standards for National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs recommended a reduction in starchy vegetables, such as white potatoes and corn, to one cup (total) per school week. Children, however, are encouraged to eat turkey sausages, egg patties, cheese omelets, chicken quesadillas, beef eggrolls, hot dogs, hamburgers, pepperoni pizza, roast beef, deli ham, chocolate milk, and margarine.
The second policy prevents needy families from getting financial assistance to buy potatoes. Currently, the USDA provides vouchers through the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program for fresh fruits and vegetables. However, fresh potatoes are now specifically excluded from the list of allowable vegetables. In other words, under this second wide-reaching nutritional policy, a WIC recipient can receive butter, cheese, whole milk, and eggs through the program, but not a single white potato.
Diet and Multiple Sclerosis
Presented by John McDougall, MD at the Advanced Study Weekend September 11, 2010
Note: You will need a fast internet connection to watch this video. Time: one hour, 7 minutes.
Dr. McDougall discusses the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) and other autoimmune diseases with a low-fat diet.
Help the Diet and MS Study
Please help fund the Diet and MS study being conducted at OHSU (the medical school in Portland).
Too few people are told that within 10 years of diagnosis nearly half of those with Multiple Sclerosis will be unable to walk unassisted, wheelchair bound, bedridden or dead from their disease – even with the best treatments available. With this hard look at the reality of MS more people would be interested in a treatment that is cost-free, side-effect free and stops the disease in over 90% of those people with early disease. The low-fat diet treatment for MS was developed by Roy Swank, MD, former head of the department of Neurology at the University of Oregon Medical School. He has treated over 5000 people over the past 50 years and the results are remarkable.
Star McDougaller Kim Hoffman
It all started when I was 21 years old. I had just gotten home from working the closing shift. I was having a snack and watching TV, when suddenly an electrical wave washed over me – from my neck to my feet, for lack of a better word, I went numb. I remember thinking, “this can’t be good.” But I did what any logical person would do; I ignored it until it went away.
However, the feeling did not go away and after about a week, I couldn’t take it anymore and hit the Internet for answers. “I got it – I have anemia! I just need some iron.” So, off to the doctor I went. He examined me for about 20 minutes, asked me a few questions, and declared that the problem was all in my head. Seriously. Left to figure it out myself, I had another epiphany – issues with the nerves cause numbness, I must have pinched nerves! Off to the chiropractor I went. I had six pinched nerves and after a month of numerous adjustments, I was back to normal.
Over the next several years, “pinched nerves” would plague me as well as several new symptoms that seemed relatable at the time. Each time I would return to my chiropractor for a month of treatment, followed by a month of personal rehab to get my strength, endurance and muscle flexibility back.
Fast forward six years and my reprieves came less frequent, my symptoms were getting progressively worse, and eventually I was having “attacks” multiple times a year. I was on a steady downward decline. Everything stayed isolated to my right side, I was experiencing greater numbness, my muscles grew weaker and my balance and stamina were failing me. I was having memory, hearing, sight, and speech issues. “Pinched nerves” were slowly consuming my life.
I kept pushing through it until 2009 when I experienced two attacks back to back, which turned out to be the worst attacks of my life. You name it, I had it: muscle spasticity, foot drop, and numbness. I could barely move the right side of my body, half of my face didn’t move, I couldn’t get a sentence out clearly, I was running into things because I had no balance, and walking any short distance was exhausting.
Eight days and two hospitals later, I knew pinched nerves weren’t my only problem. I had Multiple Sclerosis. I didn’t know what the disease was, but I didn’t think I wanted it. I felt my life was over before it even started. I was afraid of losing my independence. To make matters worse, I was told I would never recover, and would probably be in a wheelchair, bedridden, or dead in 10 years.
I was angry – I declared war on my MS!
The day I was finally released from the hospital, I started researching. I immediately found Dr. Roy Swank and the Multiple Sclerosis Diet Book. It took me two days to read his book cover to cover. Dr. Swank believed that saturated fat fed MS; so I immediately purged my kitchen of any offending food. As far as I was concerned, saturated fat was killing me and it therefore became the enemy. I started the Swank Diet immediately and never wavered. But, I didn’t stop there…I kept researching. I wanted the latest and greatest information on MS…and that led me to Dr. John McDougall a protégé of Dr. Swank. After studying McDougall’s information, I quickly converted to a starch-based diet, free of all animal products.
In the meantime, I landed at the Cleveland Clinic’s Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis, a state-of-the-art facility and one of the largest, most comprehensive programs for MS care and research worldwide. When I asked about Dr. Swank and diet, both were immediately dismissed as nonsense. All I was offered was a list of MS drugs (with a longer list of side effects) to choose from.
While in the past it had only taken me one month to recover from an attack, it took me six months to recover from the attack that lead to my diagnosis. In the meantime, out of fear, I had also started Copaxone, an autoimmune suppressant drug for MS.
I stuck it out for three years until I decided that I wanted off the drug. I decided that I had to talk to McDougall face to face, look him in the eye, and see if he was full of…well you know. I attended McDougall’s 10-Day Live-in Program and asked McDougall to explain to me step-by-step, in layman’s terms, how MS worked and what was going on in my body – something I had been unable to uncover in all my research. When he was done, the answer was clear – it was the food. I stopped taking Copaxone that day and have never looked back.
Nearing six years later, still in remission and drug-free, I have no doubt that it’s McDougall’s starch-based diet that stopped the MS in its tracks. While I was initially determined to get rid of the MS, I have learned that I can’t – it’s just how my body works now. But, I can keep it from “waking up” by controlling what I eat – and that is better than any drug!
By learning the right way to eat, I have my life back. I am no longer waiting for the next attack. While I still think of it daily, MS no longer consumes my life. The last question I asked Dr. McDougall was what I should do next (to help with the MS). He told me to go live my life…I took his advice to heart immediately.
Since getting my health and life back, I have become a plant-based health advocate in my own way. I started the Healthy Hoff, a holistic health & wellness blog dedicated to the vegan lifestyle. I published my own whole-food, plant-based, oil-free cookbook and I am now a certified Health Coach dedicated to helping others beat MS.
Thank you Dr. McDougall. You not only changed the course of my life…you saved my life. Thank you for all your hard work – never stop fighting to get the truth about food out to people so that you can help the next person.
Star Rebecca Lewis:
MS No Longer Controls Her Life
Calcium Supplements Are Harmful
Effect of calcium supplements on risk of myocardial infarction and cardiovascular events: meta-analysis
by Mark J Bolland published in the July 2010 issue of the British Medical Journal found, “Calcium supplements (without coadministered vitamin D) are associated with an increased risk of myocardial infarction. As calcium supplements are widely used these modest increases in risk of cardiovascular disease might translate into a large burden of disease in the population. A reassessment of the role of calcium supplements in the management of osteoporosis is warranted.”1 This analysis consisted of 12,000 participants from 11 randomized controlled trials. Calcium supplements were associated with about a 30% relative increase in the incidence of myocardial infarction and small increases in the risk of stroke and overall mortality. The authors’ simplified summary of the effects was, “treatment of 1000 people with calcium for five years would cause an additional 14 myocardial infarctions, 10 strokes, and 13 deaths, and prevent 26 fractures.”
Vitamin D Supplements Are Harmful—Sunshine and Food Determine Health
Worries over vitamin D, once known as “the sunshine vitamin,” have turned hundreds of millions of people into patients with worse, not better, health. The latest, and likely the final, analyses of the studies performed on treating people with vitamin D supplements has shown that this multiple billion-dollar business does not work. The authors, after thoroughly examining the results of nearly a quarter-million people from 46 major randomized trials, conclude: “Our findings suggest that vitamin D supplementation with or without calcium does not reduce skeletal or non-skeletal outcomes in unselected community-dwelling individuals by more than 15%. Future trials with similar designs are unlikely to alter these conclusions.”
Vitamin D supplements are so powerless that the benefits of supplements can only be seen at the extremes of need, such as with institutionalized elderly women (and even then the benefits are with a combination of vitamin D and calcium, not vitamin D alone). In other words, if grandma can be wheeled onto the outdoor patio several times a week, she will reduce her risk of fractures far beyond any benefits hoped for by adding pills or injections of vitamin D.
Glucosamine and Chondroitin Do Not Help Arthritis
Effects of glucosamine, chondroitin, or placebo in patients with osteoarthritis of hip or knee: network meta-analysis by Simon Wandel, published in the September 22, 2010 issue of the British Medical Journalconcluded, “Compared with placebo, glucosamine, chondroitin, and their combination do not reduce joint pain or have an impact on narrowing of joint space. Health authorities and health insurers should not cover the costs of these preparations, and new prescriptions to patients who have not received treatment should be discouraged.”1 They went on to say, “Our network meta-analysis of all 10 available large scale patient blind randomised trials in 3803 patients with knee or hip osteoarthritis showed no clinically relevant effect of chondroitin, glucosamine, or their combination on perceived joint pain.”
Comment: The most common form of arthritis afflicting humans is osteoarthritis, often referred to as degenerative arthritis, because the joints slowly deteriorate as a result of “normal wear and tear associated with aging.” Doctors commonly advise people to lose weight, especially if they have disease of the joints of the lower extremities, and to avoid prolonged and strenuous use of the affected joints. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as Motrin and Advil, are commonly taken for pain relief. Paradoxically, these NSAIDs also accelerate the loss of cartilage in the joints and delay bone healing.2,3 This then worsens the osteoarthritis.
The fad of following high protein diets seems to never fade. Not only are the weight loss results temporary, but you put your health at risk by following these plans. They are filled with fat, cholesterol, animal protein, microbes, and environmental chemical contaminants; and deficient in dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, essential carbohydrates, and other phytonutrients. In the extreme forms (Atkins-type), they cause weight loss by causing you to become sick. The others work by the time-honored “starve-yourself-methods” (Zone-type), or by a combination of the two methods (South Beach Diet). For lifelong weight loss and good health eat like thin people eat (rural Asians, Central Americans, Africans, etc.) a diet based on starches, vegetables and fruits.
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Five Major Poisons
Inherently Found in Animal Foods
Protein, fat, cholesterol, methionine (a sulfur-containing amino
acid), and dietary acids, which are all superabundant in animal
foods, are poisoning nearly everyone following the standard Western
diet. Most people cannot fathom this, because it takes four or more
decades of consumption before disability, disfigurement, and death
become common from these endogenous toxins. This long latent period
fools the public into thinking there is no harm done by choosing an
animal-food-based diet. If the case were one of instantaneous
feedbackone plate of fried eggs caused excruciating chest pains,
paralysis from a stroke followed a prime rib dinner, or a hard
cancerous lump appeared within a week of a grilled cheese
sandwichthen eating animal foods would be widely recognized as an
exceedingly unwise choice. Similar failures to appreciate slow
poisonings from our lifestyle choices are seen with tobacco and
alcohol use. If one package of cigarettes were followed by a week on
a respirator or a bottle or two of gin caused hepatic (liver) coma
then no one would indulge in these instruments of long-drawn-out
death either. The difference defining the failure to take long
overdue actions is that the dangers from tobacco and alcohol use are
universally known and accepted, whereas almost everyone considers
red meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products necessary parts of a
Learn why rice and other foods contain arsenic and how to deal with this problem
Putting Pollution In Prospective
The “king of poisons,” arsenic, is found in rice. Articles about this connection have distressed health-conscious consumers who recognize the nutritional value of this inexpensive, high-energy, health-promoting staple. The best examples are from Consumer Reports magazine in November 2012, and Nature magazine in October 2014 that have encouraged people to stop eating rice, or at least to switch to white rice.
Exposure to arsenic, the “poison of kings,” (notorious for killing royalty, like Napoleon Bonaparte in 1821), should be minimized as much as possible. In reality, this basic element is unavoidable because it is naturally distributed throughout the soils and waters of our planet. Industries, especially those in mining and coal burning, and the uses in animal feed, pesticides, and wood preservatives, have made matters much worse by polluting our entire environment. Efforts to reduce significant exposure are crucial, but giving up rice should not be one of them.
Better Moods from a Vegetarian Diet
“Food Poisoning” Causes Cancer, Heart Disease, Diabetes, Obesity
Tips on preventing food poisoning: a free Ebook.
Dr. McDougall has created a fun, easy to understand e-book. He explains that food poisoning is more than just about washing the salmonella off your bread board. Food poisoning causes diabetes, obesity, heart disease, cancer, autoimmune diseases — you name it.
Avoid the foods that poison you, and focus on the foods that bring health!
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A whole-foods, plant-based diet has never been easier or tastier—300 brand-new recipes for cooking the Forks Over Knives way, every day!
Forks Over Knives—the book, the film, the movement—is back again in a Cookbook. The secret is out: If you want to lose weight, lower your cholesterol, and prevent (or even reverse!) chronic conditions such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes, the right food is your best medicine. Thousands of people have cut out meat, dairy, and oils and seen amazing results. If you’re among them—or you’d like to be—you need this cookbook.
Del Sroufe, the man behind some of the mouthwatering meals in the film, proves that the Forks Over Knives philosophy is not about what you can’t eat, but what you can. Chef Del and his collaborators Julieanna Hever, Judy Micklewright, Isa Chandra Moskowitz, and Darshana Thacker transform wholesome fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes into 300 recipes—classic and unexpected, globally and seasonally inspired, and for every meal of the day, all through the year:
- Breakfast: Very Berry Smoothie, Breakfast Quinoa with Apple Compote
- Salads, Soups and Stews: Kale Salad with Maple-Mustard Dressing, Lotsa Vegetable Chowder, Lucky Black-Eyed Pea Stew
- Pasta and Noodle Dishes: Sicilian Cauliflower Linguine, Stir-Fried Noodles with Spring Vegetables
- Stir-Fried, Grilled and Hashed Vegetables: Grilled Eggplant Steaks
- Baked and Stuffed Vegetables: Millet-Stuffed Chard Rolls
- The Amazing Bean: White Beans and Escarole with Parsnips
- Great Grains: Polenta Pizza with Tomatoes and BasilDesserts: Apricot Fig Squares, Bursting with Berries Cobbler. . . and much more!
Simple, affordable, and delicious, the recipes in Forks Over Knives—The Cookbook put the power of real healthy food in your hands. Start cooking the plant-based way today—it could save your life!
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Do We Need Flu Vaccines?
I Say “No” to Flu Vaccines
In the US, national guidelines for receiving an annual flu vaccine extend to almost everyone over the age of six months old. Nevertheless, I recommend that my patients of all ages not take these incessantly promoted immunizations, primarily because of their lack of effectiveness.
In addition, there are some risks from influenza vaccines, including injection site pain, allergic reactions, fever, fatigue, headache, and narcolepsy (excessive sleepiness).
I understand that you have been led to believe flu shots are a modern medical advancement. Your suspicions should be raised because direct advertising to consumers is intrusive, obnoxious, and nonstop. A phone call to your local pharmacist begins with a message to get “the flu shot,” which happens to be conveniently provided at the pharmacy without an appointment or a physician’s prescription. Supermarkets offer a sizable discount on groceries if you will allow yourself to be injected (or infected) with three or four viral proteins derived from past outbreaks, and sometimes a touch of mercury.
No More Alzheimers:
Prevention is the Cure
No More Alzheimers:
Prevention is the Cure
Would you like to know how to recognise and prevent Alzheimer’s disease?
Neal Barnard MD can tell you this and much more about Alzheimers and dementia, right now, in a special, fantastic 1-hour video presentation.
We are posting the entire talk from Dr. Barnard’s presentation at one of our recent Healthy Lifestyle Expose.
This is not only to give you information that can save your life, but to show you an example of the calibre of speakers we will have at our Expo in October 2014.
Watch full video of Dr. Barnard now (64 minutes) and share with everyone:
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Dr. Garth Davis, MD: Bariatric Surgeon, Says Surgery Will Not Cure Obesity
Dr. Davis is a bariatric surgeon who runs The Davis Clinic for Surgical and Medical Weight Loss. He is the medical director for weight loss surgery at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital and an assistant professor of surgery at The University of Texas Health Science Center. He was featured in TLC’s docu-series “Big Medicine’, and is the author of “The Expert’s Guide To Weight Loss Surgery.” Most recently he has combined his many years of experience working with people trying to lose weight, with his extensive research into diet, to write “Proteinaholic”.
The Center For Science in Public Interest can help you better understand how to understand labels put on food products, and to understand food safety issues so you can eat healthy easier. Check them out.
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