The McDougall Newsletter - October 2005
  October 2005   Vol. 4 Issue 10

How to Choose a Primary Care Doctor — If You Must

Sick people visit doctors, take medications, and undergo surgeries—healthy people don't.  Your goal is to get as far away as possible from the medical and pharmaceutical businesses. The only way to safely accomplish these goals is to become and remain healthy.  Genuine health comes from proper nutrition (a near vegetarian, low-fat diet), clean air and water, moderate activity, adequate sunshine, and a comfortable psychosocial environment.

Pharmaceutical Companies Promote Sleeping Sickness

Lately, you have been hearing much about the importance of sleep—like, "Any time you're depriving yourself of sleep you're putting yourself in an unhealthy state," and "Sufficient sleep is as important as a healthy breakfast for best school performance."   Why are millions of media dollars being spent to teach you to sleep more?  Is this really so that you and your family can be healthier?  Or more likely, is there some money to be made?

Folic Acid Supplements are a Health Hazard

Taking supplements with as little as 0.8 mg/day of folic acid has been shown to increase your risk of dying of heart disease and cancer, according to the results of the first large randomized treatment trial to carefully examine this issue.1 The Norwegian Vitamin Trial (NORVIT) of 3,749 patients, who were followed for 3.5 years was designed to show the benefits of taking supplements—but the results were contrary to expectations.

Mary In Your Kitchen - Thanksgiving Planning

I first shared this planning schedule with you in 2004 and I heard from quite a few people who used this schedule and shopping list for a successful Thanksgiving last year.  Since I plan to use this same schedule, and mostly the same menu, myself again this year I am including it in this 2005 newsletter.  This year I am adding the Squash Butter (newsletter October 2005) as a spread for the rolls.

Featured Recipes

Creamy Pumpkin Soup

Mashed Potatoes

Rich Brown Gravy

Holiday Stuffed Pumpkin

Cranberry Sauce

Squash Butter

Elephant Garlic Spread

Maple Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Creamy Dessert Puddings

Wicked Chocolate Pie

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