In This Issue:
George McGovern's Legacy: The Dieary Goals for the United States
An Independent Critique of Low-carb Diets: The Diet Wars Continue - Part 2
Report from the September 7-9, 2012 Advanced Study Weekend
Holiday Meal Planning
Featured Recipes
Dr. McDougall Speaks Coast to Coast

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George McGovern’s Legacy: The Dietary Goals for the United States

George McGovern, former Democratic Senator from South Dakota, died October 21, 2012 at age 90.  A true pioneer, ahead of his time, he fought for hardworking people and was the driving force behind the 1977 Dietary Goals for the United States, also known as the “McGovern Report.” These new guidelines on eating were expected to have similar health-changing effects as the 1964 Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking. The prevalence of smoking cigarettes has been reduced from 50 percent of the adult population in the seventies to fewer than 20 percent today.

At the time the McGovern Report was published, animal fat intake from red meat, poultry, and dairy foods was at an all time high and so was the death rate from heart disease and strokes. The McGovern Report found that, "…there is a great deal of evidence and it continues to accumulate, which strongly implicates and, in some instances, proves that the major causes of death and disability in the United States are related to the diet we eat. I [Dr. Hegsted of Harvard School of Public Health] include coronary artery disease, which accounts for nearly half the deaths in the United States, several of the most important forms of cancer, hypertension, diabetes and obesity as well as other chronic diseases."


An Independent Critique of Low-carb Diets: The Diet Wars Continue - Part 2

This is Travis again. In continuation from the September 2012 newsletter, I now present my second critique of the claims of Denise Minger and others in the low-carb camp, documenting many of their very serious inaccuracies and omissions.

In this second critique I present evidence of the dangers of diets rich in "organic" and "pasture raised" animal foods, and describe the ill-health of remote populations free from western influence who were sickened by such diets. I provide evidence from over one million individuals demonstrating that consumption of whole grains that the low-carbers typically refer to as "poison" actually significantly reduces the risk of developing chronic and degenerative diseases and improves the chances of overall longevity. I also cover the scientific literature regarding the controversy surrounding blood cholesterol, including the effects that modifying LDL, HDL and triglycerides have on health and longevity. Furthermore, I show how a plant based diet promoted healthy longevity a century ago, just as it does today.

Please consider my findings and conclusions in my second critique. If you judge my writings worthy, please share them with others. Please e-mail me at with any questions you may have.


Report From the September 7 to 9, 2012 Advanced Study Weekend

Over 250 people attended this biannual McDougall event in Santa Rosa, California, and more than 400 watched it “almost live” over the Internet. You can see highlights of the event or watch the entire weekend.


Holiday Meal Planning

This time of year, the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays frighten many people who eat a healthy diet. They wonder how to socialize with friends and how to prepare a meal in their home. These two days are supposed to be the largest feasts of the year. Yet in fact, both dinners are the healthiest, most vegetarian-like, most McDougall-like meals people eat all year long. Traditionally, these holiday dinners consist of mashed white potatoes, roasted sweet potatoes, a bread stuffing, butternut and acorn squash, cranberries, and a variety of green vegetables, including Brussels sprouts, carrots, cauliflower, and green beans. For dessert, pumpkin pie ends the feast. That's a cornucopia of starches and vegetables.


Featured Recipes

  • Kale Avocado Salad
  • Red Lentil Dahl
  • Roasted Garlic and Shallot
  • Garlic and Shallot Buttah
  • Almond Chile Sauce with Pasta
  • Basic White Sauce
  • Basic Red Sauce


Upcoming Speaking Events: Dr. McDougall

November 3, 2012 – The Wellness Forum, Columbus OH

November 10, 1012 – TED Conference, Palo Alto, CA

November 13, 2012 – Hawaii Vegetarian Society Conference






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