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The Fat Vegan
Favorite Articles from Recent Medical Journals
Featured Recipes

December 2008    

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The Fat Vegan

You may consider this title an oxymoron—a figure of speech that combines two normally contradictory terms, but in real life this concurrence is all too common. You may also think the title is offensive. My intention is to help, not to provoke anger.  People who have declared themselves “vegan,” have said “no” to eating all animal-derived foods. At extraordinary personal costs, many of these guardians labor tirelessly to protect the welfare of all animals. Fat vegans, however, have failed one important animal: themselves. Furthermore, their audiences of meat-eaters and animal-abusers may be so distracted by their appearance that they cannot hear the vital issues of animal rights and the environment; resulting in an unacknowledged setback for a fat vegan’s hard work for change. 

I have a vested interest in helping vegans lose weight and become healthier. People living the vegan lifestyle have already embraced the most important tenet of the McDougall diet: consuming meat, poultry, fish, and dairy-products is at the root of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and intestinal problems. Ours is a growing relationship. When I began my lifestyle-oriented medical practice as an internist in 1978, I was interested in dietary change only for the sake of my patients—I was unaware of animal rights and environmental issues. Over the years I have grown to understand that changing what humans eat is also essential for planet survival; meaning eliminating cruelty at the dinner table, and slowing climate change and pollution.  People who believe in any or all of these issues must stand together; helping each other in order to make a difference in the future.


Favorite Five Articles from Recent Medical Journals

  • Undeniable Evidence: Diabetes Treatments Do More Harm Than Good

  • Brain Impairment from the Atkins Diet

  • Breast Cancers Spontaneously Disappears

  • The Ancient Human Diet Is Starch-based

  • Diet Benefits Prostate Cancer (Another Ornish Contribution)


Featured Recipes

  • Vegetable Udon Soup

  • Vegetable Curry

  • Lima Bean Soup

  • Quick Tomato Salsa

  • Lima Bean Surprise

  • Creamy Soy Dressing

  • Mango Raspberry Dressing




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