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 July 2004

Vol. 3   No. 7   


Coffee - Pleasure or Pain

Of the world’s population, 80% consumes caffeinated beverages – Coffee is the most widely consumed of all these stimulating drinks. The user is seeking enhancements in mood, mental performance, and physical activity. (Starbucks’ popularity can be directly tied to the potency of their brew – 550 mg of caffeine per Coffee Grande.)   Within minutes of that first morning cup, people become keener, more alert, and wide awake.  Not only is the mind awakened but so are the bowels – a cup of coffee starts the day right with a vigorous elimination.  For some people, coffee serves as a weight loss aid by suppressing appetite and increasing metabolism (burning calories).  If not for the side effects, this might be the ideal legal, mind-altering, drug.  But, as with all drugs, there are prices to be paid.

Complete Article Here

Over-treat Your Blood Pressure and You Could Die Sooner

If you have high blood pressure, your doctor may insist that your blood pressure must be lowered all the way to “normal” (110/70 mmHg* or less) – but he’s dead wrong.  And no matter how much the pharmaceutical companies protest with their billions of dollars of marketing money for research and advertising, over-treatment of your hypertension increases your risk of heart attacks, strokes, and early death.

Your doctor may tell you that by treating your high blood pressure with drugs you will cut your risk of a stroke almost in half.  You think, “I’d be a fool to take that risk.  If I don’t take the pills I will certainly have a stroke and the medication is unquestionably beneficial.”

Complete Article Here

The Skinny on Atkins, Part II
By Michael Greger, M.D.

The current Director of Nutrition at Harvard advises that all physicians should produce a handout warning about all of the adverse effects of the Atkins Diet. Not only should the handout explain explicitly that the diet may increase one’s risk of heart disease, cancer, and stroke, but also that "Other health risks include… dizziness, headaches, confusion, nausea, fatigue, sleep problems, irritability, bad breath, and worsening of gout and kidney problems; osteoporosis, since a high ratio of animal to vegetable protein intake may increase bone loss and the risk of hip fracture in elderly women; a rise in blood pressure with age…and rapid falling blood pressure upon standing up (orthostatic hypotension), which can… put older patients at higher risk for falls."253 After running through the adverse effects associated with ketosis, the American institute for Cancer Research wrote, "Those are the short-term effects. The long-term effects are even more dire."

Complete Article Here

Catered McDougall Foods for the Bay Area, California

We have received excellent reviews from people who have had their McDougall Foods prepared and delivered by A Chefs Eye.”  The foods are McDougall-Style, which means they are pure vegetarian and low-fat with whole ingredients used in most preparations. 

Complete Article Here

Featured Recipes

  • Fresh Tomato Gazpacho
  • Baked Potatoes
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Roasted Potato Chunks
  • Mushrooms McDougall
  • Easy Tomato Sauce

Complete Recipes Here


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