A year ago this weekend, I was in sunny California with my friend, Marian, attending one of the McDougall Advance Study weekends. We learned so much in that weekend!  We had spectacular weather, 70s and sunny, and for the first time ever, I lost weight at a conference… because the food was SO good and oh so healthy!  All our food for the weekend followed the McDougall Plan (starches plus fruits and veggies… no added oil).


I had grand plans of blogging about everything we learned, but Life threw me a curve ball and I never quite got to everything. So on this anniversary of sorts, I thought I’d share some of the random tidbits, on a variety of topics, that we learned over that weekend…in no particular order.



Blood pressure meds do not improve mortality (because the underlying conditions causing the elevated bp still exist).
There is no difference in mortality between women who have mammograms and women who do not.
Animal protein contributes to heart disease and we’ve known this since 1905. We’ve been blaming the fat, but animal protein is more significant.
The minimum requirement of protein is 6-7%, the recommended daily allowance (optimal) is 8-9%. The average American eats 17-18% protein. The excess protein contributes to a variety of health issues. (Note: I think this means 6-7% of calories but it’s not explicit in my notes. Regardless, the point is that we eat much more protein than we need.)
The #3 killer in the US is actually medicine (adverse Rx reactions, deaths due to medical care, additional illnesses when hospitalized, etc.). You won’t see this listed by the CDC, however.
Moderate exercise leads to a 25-50% reduction in sick days.
Gargling with warm salt water 30 seconds per day is most effective for preventing upper respiratory tract infections.
The USDA won’t call eggs “healthy”… or safe or nutritious.
Erectile Dysfunction is a blood flow issue.  ED also means “Early Death”.
Cancer needs methionine to grow. Chicken and fish are the worse sources; vegan diets restrict methionine.
A single serving of cruciferous veggies each day cuts your risk of breast cancer in half. And your recurrence risk drops from 16% to 4%.
There’s a direct link between chicken and UTIs. Doesn’t matter how well you cook it.
Top 12 diseases we seek medical care for can all be prevented by diet.
Our health is in our control… in our feet (exercise), forks (food) and fingers (smoking).
“The solution to pollution is dilution.” Always wash your produce.
Avoid all oils – they damage the endothelial cells (which contributes to heart disease).
Present day cardiology doesn’t cure patients.
We spend too much time focusing on individual nutrients (taking supplements, etc.) but it’s more about the countless interactions of all those nutrients in the food. Multi vitamins and other singular vitamins are damaging, and fish oils are worthless.
We can expect long term implications of GMOs – They are changing one gene without regard to all the others.
For onions and garlic, they are fresher if they have fewer outer layers. The more layers, the older the onion.
Don’t eat potatoes with sprouts. Ok to eat onions and garlic with sprouts.
90% of successful weight losers never miss breakfast, and they weigh themselves frequently.
There’s only one chronic illness:  poor nutrition.  What you remove from your diet is important.
Nutrition is more important than exercise.
Minimize nuts and avocados if trying to lose weight.
The Dietary Guidelines are published every 5 years.  In 2010, plant based diets were touted.
80% of the antibiotics in the USA are used on animals.
Meat consumption doubled in the last century to about 200 pounds annually per person.
USDA has a huge conflict of interest.  On one hand they set the guidelines for what people should eat. On the other hand, they are responsible for increasing the consumption of meat, dairy and eggs.  So how can they tell you “don’t eat meat” when their job is to get you to eat more meat…?
All diets work, to some degree.  They may all help you lose weight, but it’s because they put your body into ketosis. So you may lose weight in the short term, but in the long term, it’s damaging your body.
“People love to hear good news about their bad habits.”
Once you damage the brain, it cannot be repaired. (Aluminum poisoning, pesticide poisoning, etc.)

Additional resources:



Read “Meatonomics”… the author, David Simon, spoke and there is just way too much to include here!
National Weight Loss Registry examines behaviors of successful “losers”. (If you are at least 18 years of age and have maintained at least a 30 pound weight loss for one year or longer you may be eligible to join this registry.)
PubMed.gov is a great place to research any health topic.

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IMDb: Tidbits of Travel (1918)


A year ago this weekend, I was in sunny California with my friend, Marian, attending one of the McDougall Advance Study weekends. We learned so much in that weekend!  We had spectacular weather, 70s and sunny, and for the first time ever, I lost weight at a conference… because the food was SO good and oh so healthy!  All our food for the weekend followed the McDougall Plan (starches plus fruits and veggies… no added oil).

I had grand plans of blogging about everything we learned, but Life threw me a curve ball and I never quite got to everything. So on this anniversary of sorts, I thought I’d share some of the random tidbits, on a variety of topics, that we learned over that weekend…in no particular order.

Blood pressure meds do not improve mortality (because the underlying conditions causing the elevated bp still exist). There is no difference in mortality between women who have mammograms and women who do not. Animal protein contributes to heart disease and we’ve known this since 1905. We’ve been blaming the fat, but animal protein is more significant. The minimum requirement of protein is 6-7%, the recommended daily allowance (optimal) is 8-9%. The average American eats 17-18% protein. The excess protein contributes to a variety of health issues. (Note: I think this means 6-7% of calories but it’s not explicit in my notes. Regardless, the point is that we eat much more protein than we need.) The #3 killer in the US is actually medicine (adverse Rx reactions, deaths due to medical care, additional illnesses when hospitalized, etc.). You won’t see this listed by the CDC, however. Moderate exercise leads to a 25-50% reduction in sick days. Gargling with warm salt water 30 seconds per day is most effective for preventing upper respiratory tract infections. The USDA won’t call eggs “healthy”… or safe or nutritious. Erectile Dysfunction is a blood flow issue.  ED also means “Early Death”. Cancer needs methionine to grow. Chicken and fish are the worse sources; vegan diets restrict methionine. A single serving of cruciferous veggies each day cuts your risk of breast cancer in half. And your recurrence risk drops from 16% to 4%. There’s a direct link between chicken and UTIs. Doesn’t matter how well you cook it. Top 12 diseases we seek medical care for can all be prevented by diet. Our health is in our control… in our feet (exercise), forks (food) and fingers (smoking). “The solution to pollution is dilution.” Always wash your produce. Avoid all oils – they damage the endothelial cells (which contributes to heart disease). Present day cardiology doesn’t cure patients. We spend too much time focusing on individual nutrients (taking supplements, etc.) but it’s more about the countless interactions of all those nutrients in the food. Multi vitamins and other singular vitamins are damaging, and fish oils are worthless. We can expect long term implications of GMOs – They are changing one gene without regard to all the others. For onions and garlic, they are fresher if they have fewer outer layers. The more layers, the older the onion. Don’t eat potatoes with sprouts. Ok to eat onions and garlic with sprouts. 90% of successful weight losers never miss breakfast, and they weigh themselves frequently. There’s only one chronic illness:  poor nutrition.  What you remove from your diet is important. Nutrition is more important than exercise. Minimize nuts and avocados if trying to lose weight. The Dietary Guidelines are published every 5 years.  In 2010, plant based diets were touted. 80% of the antibiotics in the USA are used on animals. Meat consumption doubled in the last century to about 200 pounds annually per person. USDA has a huge conflict of interest.  On one hand they set the guidelines for what people should eat. On the other hand, they are responsible for increasing the consumption of meat, dairy and eggs.  So how can they tell you “don’t eat meat” when their job is to get you to eat more meat…? All diets work, to some degree.  They may all help you lose weight, but it’s because they put your body into ketosis. So you may lose weight in the short term, but in the long term, it’s damaging your body. “People love to hear good news about their bad habits.” Once you damage the brain, it cannot be repaired. (Aluminum poisoning, pesticide poisoning, etc.)

Additional resources:

Read “Meatonomics”… the author, David Simon, spoke and there is just way too much to include here! National Weight Loss Registry examines behaviors of successful “losers”. (If you are at least 18 years of age and have maintained at least a 30 pound weight loss for one year or longer you may be eligible to join this registry.) PubMed.gov is a great place to research any health topic.

*****

IMDb: Tidbits of Travel (1918)