September 2002    Vol. 1   No. 9

In Search of the Perfect Bowel Movement – Part 1

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.

Interest in bowel movements may seem perverse to many, but is actually a very common source of worry for most people and a topic of discussion for more of us than you can imagine.  Young children and the elderly do not find this subject off limits – in fact they seem to enjoy talking about their daily accomplishments.  Walk through your local drug store and observe the aisles of laxatives, stool softeners, bulking agents, stimulants, and antidiarrheal remedies – somebody must have concerns – they’re spending billions on these products.  For example, Americans spend $725 million a year on laxatives alone.

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Cholesterol - When and How to Treat

Elevated cholesterol is the most common concern I face in my live-in clinic in Santa Rosa, California, and it is one of the most common health worries among people of Western cultures.

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Treat “High Normal” Hypothyroidism

The normal adult thyroid gland consists of two lobes connected by an isthmus and is located in front of and below the larynx (voice box).  The thyroid synthesizes several hormones.  The most important ones are called L (levo) - thyroxine and triiodothyronine, and their production depends upon the entry of iodine into the thyroid gland.   Thyroid hormones influence the growth and maturation of the body’s tissues, total energy expenditure of the body and the metabolism of essentially all substances in the body.

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Vegetarian Times Spreads Protein Misinformation

Thank you for sharing my concern that influential people are spreading misinformation about the nutritional value of plant foods.  In summary, the Nutrition Committee of the American Heart Association has taken the scientifically unsupportable position that plant foods are deficient in amino acids and therefore must be classified as incomplete proteins.  I have tried to correct their error. You can read all about this in the August 2002 McDougall Newsletter at

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Featured Recipes

Fall Garden Bounty Soup
Barbecued Bean Salad
Texas Barbecue Wrap
McDougall Wraps
Spicy Garbanzo Pinwheels

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Heather McDougall with a degree in English and a love for cooking, especially with her mother, will be a frequent contributor to the newsletter. We invite you to contribute your thoughts and recipes to the McDougall Newsletter also. Write


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