The McDougall Newsletter - December 2005
  December 2005   Vol. 4 Issue 12

Thyroid Deficiency Strikes One in Six

Hypothyroidism is the most common of all the "hormone diseases," yet most people who have it are unaware.  The test for this deficiency is simple and almost painless, and the treatment is effective, safe, and inexpensive. Left unattended, a subtle malfunction could mean heart disease and an earlier death.  With only a slight decrease in thyroid hormone activity there are no symptoms; however, because this gland affects the function of almost every tissue in the body, severe deficiency can cause coma with multisystem failure.

Lessons to Be Learned from the "Fiber Not a Cancer Stopper" Story

With few exceptions, every news service throughout the Western world told people what they wanted to hear: "Well, scientists now find that there may be no need to "rough it" after all… For most of us, there seems to be no benefit for loading up on rough fruits, beans, and vegetables."  These welcome comments were based on a December 14, 2005 article by Yikyung Park in the Journal of the American Medical Association. This article and the accompanying media coverage provide some excellent examples of how the truth can be distorted to support people's gluttony and avoid arousing their feelings of guilt.

Jay Gordon, M.D., F.A.A.P., I.B.C.L.C.

In the middle of his residency training, pediatrician Jay Gordon took an unusual step. Deciding that he needed greater knowledge about nutrition, vitamins, and alternative medicine in order to practice medicine the way he wanted to, Dr. Gordon took a Senior Fellowship in Pediatric Nutrition at Sloan-Kettering Institute in New York City.

Intensely interested in infant nutrition and breastfeeding, Dr. Gordon is the first male physician to sit for and pass the International Board of Lactation Certification Exam and has served on the Professional Advisory Board of La Leche League for twenty years.

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