May 2007

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When Friends Ask:
“Why Did You Quit Meat?”

In my youth, I thought meat meant good health and strength. I reasoned this must be ideal food for my body, because my body is made up of meat; just like the body parts of cows, pigs and chickens; therefore, these foods must contain every nutrient I could possibly require.  Logically, could anything be better for building muscle than eating muscle? This kind of faulty reasoning caused me to suffer problems as ordinary as acne and as rare as a stroke by the time I was 18 years old.  I am alive and healthy today at 60 because 35 years ago I changed to primarily plants for my foods.  (It is not too late for you.)


Who Should Take Statins?

Cholesterol-lowering medications, commonly referred to as statins, are considered so beneficial that some enthusiastic doctors declare, “they should be put into the drinking water.”  The pharmaceutical companies and their sales staff (most medical doctors) would like you to believe that simply lowering your cholesterol number is the major solution to your health problems.  And that is untrue.

Statins do reduce cholesterol measured in the blood, but what is unclear is the real benefit for the patient—will the patient live longer and/or healthier?  Or will he or she simply have a fatal heart attack the same day (as would have occurred without the medication), but with a lower blood cholesterol level?  The decision to take these medications should not be made lightly.  This is a lifetime commitment and for a young person this could mean 50 years of drug-therapy with the potential of serious side effects at a cost of more than $1000 per year.


Update on “Death by Veganism” by Nina Planck:

The Public Editor of the NY Times was asked to comment; here is his response on this matter:

I asked David Shipley, the editor of the Op-Ed page, for his thoughts.  He said, "I think Nina Planck is on firm ground in her Op-Ed.  Her reading of the science is that it is indeed the case that children (and all of us) need animal-derived nutrients, and she's able to summon studies backing up her assertion -- just as the vegans are able to summon up studies showing that you can indeed survive on plants alone."


Featured Recipes

  • No-Huevos Rancheros

  • Potato Chowder

  • Three Bean Chili

  • Hummus

  • Artichoke Spread

  • Black Bean Dip










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