The McDougall Newsletter - June 2002
  June 2002   Vol.01 Issue 06

The Liver – Savior from Our Own Abuses

The liver is our largest internal organ and plays a central role in the maintenance of our entire body.  Dietary proteins, fats and carbohydrates are synthesized and broken down, and cholesterol and triglycerides are regulated, by the liver.  The liver is the primary site for activation, clearance, detoxification and excretion of most medications, drugs, and toxins that enter our body.


Health Myths Dispelled: Omega 3 "Good" Fats

Many popular books and authorities on cancer recommend the replacement of saturated and omega-6 fats (the kinds of fats that are found predominately in corn and safflower oil) with omega-3 fats (the kind found in cold-water marine fish and flaxseed).  There is evidence to support their recommendations;  however, I believe these authorities are overlooking some important research that says this is a very dangerous practice.


Atkins' Diet and His Cardiac Arrest

Robert Atkins, MD, the founder of the high-fat, high-cholesterol, high-protein, low-carbohydrate Atkins diet, recently suffered a cardiac arrest attributed to an underlying cardiomyopathy (April, 2002).  (Cardiomyopathy is a disease weakening the heart muscle, often leading to congestive heart failure and death.  Cardiac arrest is when the heart stops beating effectively.)


Dairy Industry Admits They Sell Death
While at the University of California at Davis, helping my youngest son with his housing plans for his sophomore year, I was wandering through the Food Sciences building looking for a bathroom, when I coincidentally found a wall mounted rack distributing dairy industry propaganda – a small magazine called the "California Dairy Dispatch – Research, Education and Service to Support the Dairy Industry" (Spring 2002).  On page 6 they say, "Since dietary fat intake is known to contribute to obesity, heart disease, cancer, stroke and type 2 diabetes.

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