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The American Cancer Society Reverses Its Strong Position on Mammograms and PSA Testing
Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society told the New York Times on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 , “We don't want people to panic, but I'm admitting that American medicine has overpromised when it comes to screening. The advantages to screening have been exaggerated.”
How does your personal physician communicate confidence and comfort to you now? “I am sorry I recommended a mammogram that resulted in an unnecessary amputation of your breast?” How consoling do these words feel, “It is a shame you haven’t had an erection in the past 10 years due to the PSA test I insisted you get, that led to debilitating prostate treatments—I hope you and your wife understand I was just following orders from the American Cancer Society?” Tens of millions of women and men have been irreparably damaged by the universal and enthusiastic recommendations for “early detection programs,” also known as “screening,” from their personal physicians, neighborhood breast and prostate clinics, community hospitals, national medical associations and medical societies over the past four decades.
Report from the September 11 to 13, 2009
Advanced Study Weekend
Over 160 people attended this biannual McDougall event in Santa Rosa , California. As always the enthusiasm, education, food, and friendship were over the top—far greater than anyone expected.
Internet Broadcast Availability Extended
Due to Demand for More Time to View this Fabulous Presentation the date for viewing the Internet Broadcast of the September 2009 Advanced Study Weekend has been extended until December 31, 2009.
- Three Sisters Stew
- Tofu Fried Rice
- Curried Mixed Lentil Soup
- North African Bean Stew
- Mushrooms, Kale & Potatoes
Holiday Meal 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 2009 newsletter.
We usually have a large crowd of friends and family with us every year to celebrate, and my menu doesn’t vary much from year to year. Many of the recipes that are a tradition in our home I have shared with you over the past several years, either in one of the cookbooks or in a newsletter. The following recipes will be part of our holiday meal again this year. The starred (*) items are ones I suggest for a basic meal plan, and then add as many more dishes as you feel your Thanksgiving dinner needs to fit your celebration.