In This Issue:
Nathan Pritikin - McDougall's Most Important Mentor
An Independent Critique of Low-carb Diets: The Diet Wars Continue (Part 3)
Featured Recipes

February 2013 Printer Friendly PDF Volume 12 Issue 2


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Nathan Pritikin – McDougall’s Most Important Mentor

There are only two people in my lifetime whose words of wisdom I always eagerly awaited* and one of them was Nathan Pritikin (1915 – 1985). During my final year of Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Hawaii in 1978 I was given a set of audiotape lectures. I felt a sense of relief as I listened and realized someone else had come to similar conclusions to those that I had reached during my time as a sugar plantation doctor on the Big Island of Hawaii between 1973 and 1976. As a young physician practicing general medicine, I witnessed first-generation Filipinos, Japanese, Chinese, and Koreans thriving on diets of rice and vegetables. I also saw their children and grandchildren abandon the traditional ways for meat and dairy products, and become fat and sick.


An Independent Critique of Low-carb Diets: The Diet Wars Continue (Part 3)

In the September and October 2012 McDougall newsletters, I presented readers with articles addressing the dangers of low-carbohydrate diets, which are also popularly known as Paleo and Primal diets and as Atkins-type diets. Please take this opportunity to read these articles.

In this article I look at some specific populations who lived before the globalization of the western diet and explore the health of a number of cultures that lived both on low-carbohydrate (meat, poultry, fish, egg, and milk) based diets and high carbohydrate (rice, corn, and potato) diets.

I present findings on the health of the nomadic populations from the Steppes in Central Asia and the Pampas in South America who lived the “low-carbers dream”, subsisting on enormous amounts of grass-fed meat and milk. Their ways of eating did not protect them from obesity, heart disease, and cancer. On the other hand, I present populations from Asia-Pacific and Africa, subsisting almost entirely on plant foods (up to 95% of calories from carbohydrates), which were lean, muscular and largely free of heart disease, stroke and cancer.


Featured Recipes
Kid-Friendly Snacks, Dips and Spreads

  • Favorite Pre-packaged Snacks for Kids
  • Some of our favorite crackers
  • Eggless Egg Salad
  • Tofu Mayonnaise
  • Red Pepper Aioli
  • Hummus
  • Mock Tuna Spread
  • Creamy Dill Tofu Dip
  • Tofu Sour Cream
  • Spinach Dip
  • Simple Bean Dip
  • Pumpkin Muffins


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