The McDougall Newsletter - July 2002
  July 2002   Vol.01 Issue 07

The Pancreas - Under Attack by Cow-milk

This article continues a series exploring the health of your intestinal tract.  Consider the strongest contact with the world around you is through your food, processed and absorbed by your intestine.

Most likely you will never know you have a pancreas, yet without it you would become very sick, and likely die.  So this little organ is working 24/7 for you, most of the time without a single complaint.  Anatomically, the pancreas is about six inches long and two inches wide, weighs about 3 ounces, and is situated in the posterior, upper left part of your abdomen.  In the butcher shop this organ is sold as sweetbread (from a cow).  Based on its functions, the pancreas would best be thought of as two separate organs: the organ that makes digestive juices (the exocrine pancreas) and the one that makes hormones for the whole body (endocrine pancreas).


Nutrition Committee and AHA Battle

The story begins with the publication of an article on the hazards of high protein diets (Atkins, the Zone, Sugar Busters, etc.) by the Nutrition Committee of the American Heart Association (AHA).  Unfortunately, the Committee made a serious error when writing about plant-food based diets.  As you will read below, I have attempted to correct this mistake; so far without success.  And it appears the battle for the truth may have just begun.


What's a Woman to Do?  Stop HRT Says Major Study

A large federal study on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in postmenopausal women was halted on July 8, 2002 because the drugs caused an increase in the risk of invasive breast cancer.  There was also an increase in heart attack, stroke, and blood clots. There were benefits seen from HRT with a slight decrease in colon cancer and hip fractures.  These findings will be officially published in the July 17, 2002 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.


Antioxidant Vitamins (In Foods) Prevent Alzheimers Disease

Two studies in the June 26, 2002 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association found less chance of Alzheimer's disease with more antioxidant intake.  Antioxidants are substances that remove damaging compounds, known as free radicals, from our bodies. Damage caused by free radicals may disrupt normal cell function and lead to the death of nerve cells.  (Free radicals are very active substances that can damage our tissues.)  Lesions are present in the brains of Alzheimer's disease patients that are typically associated with attacks by free radicals.

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