June 2007

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Confessions of a Fish Killer 

I fell in love with the ocean at age 5 (in 1952) after watching a film in my kindergarten class about undersea life: fish, corals, giant clams, and hermit crabs.  When I was 12, I became a SCUBA diver, but my underwater explorations were limited to the murky waters of Michigan lakes. During my early teens, our family vacations were to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where we always included some deep sea fishing—catching and eating flounders, blues, and Dorado. My first ocean SCUBA diving experience at age 18 was at John Pennekamp National Underwater Park in the Florida Keys—here thousands of colorful fish swam through a forest of corals.  I enjoyed this experience so much that Mary and I returned to the Keys and more diving for our honeymoon in 1972.  That same year we moved to Hawaii.  Here we collected small tropical fish for our saltwater aquariums from the shallow waters surrounding Oahu. Unfortunately, within a few days of being removed from their natural environment, most of them we found floating belly-up.


Save Your Kidneys—Part 1
The Hard Way, with Medications

The prevalence of chronic kidney disease in the US adult population is estimated to be 10.8% (approximately 19.2 million people). In 1999 in the USA 357,000 people had end-stage kidney disease and the annual cost of dialysis and kidney transplant exceeded $15.6 billion. Almost 70% of new cases of end-stage kidney disease are due to hypertension, diabetes or glomerulonephritis—and these common conditions are in most cases a direct result of foods consumed on the Western diet.


“Death by Veganism” Begins Its Slow Demise

On June 24, 2007 the Public Editor for the New York Times started a long overdue correction of the public’s misconceptions about a vegan diet.  This came about largely because of the letters many of you wrote to the Public and Op-Ed editors of the New York Times about the Nina Planck article called “Death by Veganism.”  Consider these recent events as a good start for a diet revolution that will change everything.


Featured Recipes

  • Falafel Wraps 

  • Thai Green Curry Rice

  • No-Bake Strawberry Pie with Chocolate Chunks

  • Tomatillo and Avocado Salsa

  • Chu Visits the Southwest Soup

  • Yellow Bell Pepper Vinaigrette

  • Green Chili Orange Dressing




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McDougall Wellness Center   P.O. Box 14039, Santa Rosa, CA 95402


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