Saturday, April 29, 2017

Happy World Qigong Day!

World Qigong Day is here again!

Lee Holden explains what "qi" is, and in this video, gives a brief history of qigong. Unlike some forms of yoga, it has no religious elements to it.

And here is a 10 minute "press release" talking about the celebration and showing scenes from past World Tai Chi and Qigong Days:

Digestive Tune-Up Webinar # 6 - Chapter 9

I can't find any video replay from April 20th, the week my husband was on vacation and we were out of the house almost all day, every day. Was it even held? I didn't think so until Gustavo says on this one that there were questions about last week's talk. Neither Gustavo's or Dr. McD's YouTube pages have it, so I'm going to assume it was never held for some reason. With all the technical glitches they've been having, I can't say I'm surprised if it was cancelled.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

What's Been Happening

My husband was off work from Good Friday until this past Monday. He first started taking a Spring vacation when the kid was in elementary school and had the week off, and just continued to take them even after he (the kid) was homeschooled, then in college and beyond. I was not looking forward to it this year, since I'm still not 100% recovered from that darn bronchitis. I still have the occasional coughing fit, my voice is still "off" and some days the laryngitis returns, and my strength is still only about half of what it should be.

But we had our schedule to keep, and every day we had somewhere to go, something to do. We had hair cuts, I had lab work, we hit some stores a half hour a half hour away and others more than an hour away, we had both cars brought in for Spring checkups, then wound up needing work done on one of them, then had an even bigger problem with it the day after we got it back. Of course, the garage couldn't reproduce the problem so have no idea what caused it or how to fix it. We now live in dread it's going to happen again.

One of the good (?) things that happened during vacation was my husband buying me an iPad Mini as kind of a get well gift, something to try make me happy again after going through these 2 months of coughing and extreme fatigue. It's my first Apple product, and my brain is as fatigued as the rest of my body, so of course I'm having problems understanding how different apps work and getting frustrated because the Apple mobile versions of various programs are so stripped down from the PC versions that I use. I've threatened to hit the "Return to factory defaults" button and return it to Best Buy a few times already, and have until next Monday to do so. I'm still not sure I want to keep it today, 10 days after purchase. My son is mad, because he's the one that suggested to my husband he should buy it for me, even though he (the kid) knew my objections to mobile devices for over a year now. The only reason I didn't already return it as this guilt trip I knew he would lay on me if I did and how disappointed my husband would be in "rejecting" his gift. I'd rather he spent the money on a VitaMix.

Another day we hit Trader Joe's and Whole Foods, usually an hour drive away, but thanks to roadway construction on almost every road between here and there, it took over 90 minutes each way. It wasn't worth the time or aggravation. The selection in both stores was awful, and almost everything I touched in Whole Foods was outdated, one jar of engine 2 sauce dated October 2015 - yes, 2015! It was the trip home, after being detoured for the third time in 5 miles, when the car started acting up, the engine revving at a high rate while we were stopped at a red light. Although in drive, the car wasn't trying to race forward - it was just making the revving noise. We got home, tossed frozen food in the freezer, refrigerated food in the fridge, and called the mechanic who worked on it the day before, who said to bring it right in. He kept it for 3 days, using it as the shop car all that time, and not once did it happen again. He blamed the car's age. It's only 25 years old! 

I got my yearly labwork drawn on Wednesday. Great news for a change when we went on Friday afternoon for the results. Here's just a snippet of it, but the most important part:

When I have the doctor's phlebotomist draw the blood at the office, my LDL and trig results had been high; but when I go direct to the LabCorp lab in town, I get results like these. Needless to say, I'm not having his phlebotomists draw blood ever again.

Both the student and the doc did their exams, and the doc was happy to hear how clear my lungs are, even though I'm still not 100% recovered from the bronchitis. He said it's going to take time. It's been 2 months, doc! My vocal chords are still inflamed and my voice is weak from it, and I still have a cough, but thankfully not as bad as before. I told him I'm still weak and fatigued, not even able to get through the grocery store without having to stop and rest every few aisles. "Keep at it" was his response. I was told to go and live my life, not come back unless I get sick again, that I don't even need to repeat labs next year. Office policy has changed and I can now request renew for my meds on-line, without having to make another office visit. Now if only the state of NJ would change their laws and let us get our own labwork without a prescription, I'd be a happy gal.

Toss in a trip to the laundromat, another to DMV, 2 visits to the local grocery store, one to Walgreens, and that's how we spent our April vacation. Hubby's next planned week off work is in August. He already made me promise not to drag him to Whole Foods and Trader Joe's again. I made him promise not to buy me any more electronics. Already that vacation looks better than this past one.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Local on the 8's from The Weather channel

I used to be such a Weather Channel geek! Jim Cantore with a full head of hair, being referred to as the Italian Stallion by his castmates; female forecasters with growing bellies suddenly appearing with flat tummies and no mention ever of the pregnancy or birth; the cheering in our home when one of them appeared in a place we knew, or taking bets on who would get stuck there for that particular storm (usually Sea Bright, NJ during any hurricane. More than once they stood across from my uncle's former home).

Heck, I was trying to find someone who went to Starbucks so they would buy me the CD of the songs they used on air, but at the time we had no Starbucks near us. Even now we don't have one in our city, but I do know of 2 the next city over, but I doubt very much they carry a 20 year old specialty CD.

TWC changed so much over the years, and now I can barely get a weather report on it because every time I tune in they're airing something like "So You Think You'd Survive" or "Highway Through Hell". Just tell me the temperature!!!

And that's all this 1 hour video is - snippets of local weather reports and Local on the 8's. None of the on-air personalities, just samples of the actual weather reports across the years. Sometimes I play this while at the computer just for background music as I do other things.

Yeah, I'm weird, but you guys already knew that. 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

It Looks Like A Jungle In There!

That's what my husband said Friday afternoon after all the groceries were put away and some batch cooking was done.

Top shelf: Almond milk, on top of that is a box with "live" Bibb lettuce, asparagus in a cup, bottom container - roasted Brussels sprouts, middle container - hummus, bag on top - broccoli crowns, the next pile is washed and dried romaine, 3 pounds of mushrooms on top of that, an open bag of uncooked kale on the bottom. Ignore my son's bottle of orange soda in the back on the left side.

Second shelf - container of diced red onion, container sliced tomatoes; squirt bottle of Sweet Fire Sauce from the Engine 2 Seven Day Rescue book, behind that assorted jars of pickles and other condiments hubby uses on his sandwiches, a jar of leftover rice and veggies, a few bottles of water in front of a container of nooch, 5 containers of roasted Normandy veggies for VFB, and a package of Ezekial English muffins. The open applesauce is leftover from my son's breakfast he inhaled before he left for work.

Bottom shelf - a few 1-cup containers of cooked brown rice, 2 packages of pre-cut butternut squash (BOGO sale!), behind that is a container of cooked kale, more leftover rice and veg in a jar, this one with nooch sauce added, bottom container is cooked beans, top container is more kale. Behind them are bags on Lundburg rice.

In the left drawer I have vital wheat gluten, garbanzo flour, some ww pastry flour, and a bag of flax seeds, In the right drawer is celery, 2 bags of carrots, some white potatoes, scallions, and the remnants of a bag of celery. Behind the squash is a few bags of soy curls.

And this doesn't count what's in the freezer - over 20 bags f frozen veggies.

I don't know what he's complaining about. The only thing different I bought was the asparagus.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Another Dr. Lisle Q&A Webinar

I haven't had a chance to watch this one yet, either. Had the landlord up doing work in the apartment. I was able to tune in for a minute about half-way through, saw comments were turned off, shook my head in disbelief (How does one have a Q and A without questions?) and planned on watching it sometime today while my husband watches his Netflix rentals.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

McDougall Digestive Tune-Up Webinar

This was supposed to be about chapters 8 and 9 of the Digestive Tune-Up book, bowel sickness. I left the webinar about 25 minutes into it when he was still talking about the topic of his latest newsletter, McDougallcare. Maybe I'll try watch this some time this weekend and just fast forward until he gets to the topic of the webinar.

Grilled Potatoes the SpudFit Way

While killing time on the computer today, I found almost a dozen "draft" posts on Blogger, posts I started writing ages ago and never posted for some reason. A number of them I just deleted, but a few of them, like this one, will be popping up the next week or so. Some are silly, some aren't, like this one that I wrote last November.
I could never make waffle potatoes without severe sticking. I even bought a brand new waffle maker, thinking my old one just lost its non-stickiness, but the same thing happened each time I tried. It's not for lack of heat or time - I would turn the waffle maker up to its highest temp and leave them in for 20 minutes or more. Not for lack of the "right" potato, because I would always use Yukon Gold, either microwaved or cooked in the pressure cooker. I was always glad I bought a waffle maker with removable plates so I could soak the burnt on messes.

Now that I'm once again testing potatoes and (so far) can eat them with no reaction, I want crispy ones again now and then. Oven fries, to me, are just dried out, hard-as-leather potatoes. I've been told that potatoes made in air fryers are identical to oven/broiler made, just a bit quicker and in a self-timed electrical device.

Today I found this video by Andrew (Spud Fit) Taylor:

I remember making sliced potatoes like that in my George Foreman grill years ago, before it lost it's non-stickiness. I wonder how sliced potatoes would do in the waffle iron closed lightly, not hard-pressed, squish-the-spuds-into-the-holes way.


I wish I had a thick slicing blade for my food processor like Andrew has. Those look perfect! I guess I'll have to slice my spuds by hand.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Forgot to Add this to the Videos Post

My head is still messed up from this bronchitis thing.

I forgot to add one of the most important link of all to the post about Jeanne Schumacher's videos!!

Dr. McDougall is now featuring her videos on his web site! The link is in the drop down menu under Education/Recipes/Featured Recipe Videos.

I can't wait until I feel healthy again, physically AND mentally! I may be sleeping better but I'm still coughing the rest of the time. Still waiting for the steroids to finally kick in.

McDougall-Based Videos to Watch

McDougaller Jeanne Schumacher has been making short little videos of the foods from the McDougall books and newsletters that she's been making. She also has a bunch of interviews with some big names in the WFPB world, like Pam Popper, Jane Esselstyn, and even our beloved Dr. John McDougall.

She posts them to her YouTube page, as well as her own web site called Plant Powered, which has loads of information on WFPB eating, including links to the biggies' web sites, resources, even recipes. Her sites are well worth the visit.

Here's the video with Dr. McDougall, where he talks about starting the Maximum Weight Loss program:

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Dr. Fuhrman Demos Recipes from his New Quick and Easy Book

Edited - see below
~*~*~ The Eat to Live Quick and Easy Cookbook will be released the first week of May. If you pre-order it and fill out the form on that page, you'll be sent a few bonus recipes that didn't make it into the book and a 7 day meal plan.

In the meantime, Dr. Fuhrman has been doing videos showing him in his kitchen making up some of the recipes. The first is his basic salad:

and in the latest one he makes his chickpea burger and chocolate banana ice cream.

Remember, McDougallers, Dr. McDougall does allow the peanut butter and nuts that Dr. Fuhrman uses in his recipes in all but the MWLP version of his food plan. Just remember to watch the portion size.


BTW, I *did* pre-order the book, then cancelled the order after getting my bonuses (above). Why? Well, it seems that all the recipes I glanced at already are in the recipe section on Dr. Fuhrman's web site. If you're a member, you already have access to them, and if you're not but you get his daily recipe emails, I'm sure these have either already been sent over the years or may in the future. And some are not so quick - many of the bonus recipes take 30 minutes, and one even needs to cook for 45 minutes after assembly. And as expected, lots of nuts and lots of dried fruit in the desserts. Thank goodness for Amazon's liberal return policy, even on pre-orders. 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Dr. McDougall Says: "Eat"

Jill McKeever does a quickie interview with Dr. McDougall before the Health Fest in Marshall, Texas this weekend. She said Mary McDougall will be interviewed today, so I'll keep my eyes out for that one, too.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

On the Road to Wellness

Official diagnosis: Asthmatic Bronchitis

Unofficial diagnosis: lung full of gunk, throat as red as raw meat.

Back on the bronchodilator/steroid, on a round of antibiotics.

Rest and liquids. "Should have seen me sooner." Boy, did he get an ear full from me & my husband about this! He just shrugged.

More to come later.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Still Hacking and Wheezing

Going out for a half hour Saturday in the gloomy grey dampness did nothing to improve my spirits or the cough.

And yesterday I woke up with laryngitis and a weird squeak after each cough. This morning, I can't speak at all, not even in hushed tones. Lovely.

This time tomorrow I *should* be home from the doc, hopefully with a new prescription for Advair, and within 2 weeks, the time it usually takes for a med like that to start working. If the doc is unhappy with what the inside of my throat looks like or the sound of my lungs, I may even be gifted with a script for oral prednisone. Oh, joy. Instant 50 pound weight gain if that happens. :(

And yes, my poor son now has this full blown, nearly identical to mine, as opposed to the version he started out with 5-6 weeks ago. He still refuses to see the doc. Oh, well.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Saturday, March 25, 2017

And It Only Gets Worse

No doc yesterday. The office manager tried, and even had me penciled in at one point, but then the doc had her cancel all afternoon appointments because he had a meeting to go to. Oh, come on! You only have like 12 office hours all week, and now you cancelled 4 of them??

So, I either hold out until Tuesday afternoon or hit an urgent care center. Since what I'm probably going to have ordered for me is the combo steroid and bronchodilator inhaler, and since it'll take at least 2 weeks before it actually does anything, I guess I'll wait.

Because I kept dozing off while sitting up watching tv yesterday (Can't lie down - that's when it's worse), I tried sleeping in a rocking chair in the living room last night. Not too bad. I slept about 6 hours in 2 hour intervals - the most sleep I've had in 2 weeks. It's just so sore on the butt. I need to find the gel cushion we used when that chair was my husband's headquarters after his CABG surgery. He said it was pretty comfy at the time.

And hey - I may actually get out of the house today! Our cars haven't been moved since we did our last grocery shopping trip before the recent ice storm, 2 weeks ago today, the day I got sick. Hubby would walk to a mom and pop store and grab a few items we needed, like his bread and bananas, but no big order, so we're starting to get low on a few things again. I wish I could go, but people would hear me coughing and gagging and run the other way. I'm a public health hazard, to say the least. So hubby is taking one of the cars and is getting a small order. Small, because 1) He has to shop for and carry it all alone and 2) I really haven't been eating much of anything so don't need to restock the freezer or pantry with much. We've had a lot of leftovers lately.

Anyway (I always wander so far off the subject), after he gets home and we get all the stuff put away, we'll see how I feel and how the weather is. It's supposed to hit 60 this afternoon, but rainy. If it's not too bad, and if I feel up to it, we'll head out again with the other car and take a ride around town, then get gas. I may actually be out for an hour! I haven't even been dressed for the past 2 weeks! I have 2 appointments on Tuesday (podiatrist and primary care), so I better get used to getting up and about again.

My son brought this thing home from work 5 weeks ago today, and he never got rid of it. It lessened to a great degree, but never stopped completely. Just when he thought it was ready to finally fade, he tells me that Thursday night he developed a sore throat again. By the time he got home from work yesterday, if you closed your eyes you wouldn't be able to tell us apart. Stereophonic coughing! You only knew who any particular hacking wheeze was coming from by which room it was emanating from. I'm sorry, kiddo! Referring to us as the 2 Muto from Godzilla the other day was a joke! I didn't want you to get it as bad as I have it again!

Oh, he was on the same asthma med as I was for the longest time, but he stopped taking it on his own once he hit college. He was on it a few years before I was. He refuses to even consider going back on it. Maybe if he sees it working on me to get rid of this cough in a few weeks he'll consider asking the doc for it back again.

Better get my day going. It's going to be a busy one for a change. Hopefully I will get out and hopefully the fresh air will do me some good. Cross your fingers the rain holds off until we get back home.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Digestive Tune Up Webinar #3

Off to See the Wizard - I Hope

I'm now running a fever of 101 for the past 24 hours; I'm still not sleeping; still coughing, coughing, coughing, gagging; and now add nausea and lack of appetite to the list. Yesterday I had maybe 2 teaspoons of oatmeal, no lunch, and less than a half cup of rice and veggies for dinner. I was just too nauseous to eat any more.

In the early afternoon, my husband called the doctor's office to get me an appointment ASAP. Well, Tuesday at 3pm IS ASAP. The office manager said to call back this morning because if there was any cancellations she can slide me into it. I'm going to tell my husband if she can't schedule me today, to ask which urgent care center the doctor recommends, because I'm not playing around with a 101ยบ fever and nausea for the next 5 days. That's what happens when the office has no weekend OR Monday hours. I've been a patient of the practice since 1983 - they better be able to squeeze me in today.

Last night I was awake all night, with the exception of 15-20 minutes here and there while watching the March Malice marathon on TCM. Gojira, King Kong, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Thing from Another World, and I gave up and got out of bed as soon as The X From Outer Space came on. My poor husband was trying to sleep but aside from the few minutes of respite, I was constantly coughing, coughing, coughing. At least me getting up at 3am he can have 3 hours of peace and quiet.

Wish me luck.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Argh (hack, hack, cough, cough, wheeze, gag, cough)!!

Things got so bad yesterday that I had to start taking my asthma rescue inhaler ever 4 hours and had to restart my inhaled steroid/bronchodilator med. By bedtime (a bit after 7pm) I was able to sleep in 45 minute to 2 hour segments, but since I woke up this morning at 5:30 am (kept waking my husband so I gave up), the cough is just as bad as it's been the past 2 weeks. If I go 5 minutes without an attack I feel it's a "win".

And when I woke at 2am to hit the bathroom, I was once again drenched with sweat from head to toe, including my sheets and pillows, so it was hard getting back to sleep after that. I did, but woke again around 4:15am, and wound up chuckling myself back to sleep.

Anyone familiar with the Godzilla movie from 2014? Godzilla himself had a very minor role in the storyline, but the kanji stars were the 2 Mutos, a male and female. One of the plot lines pointed out that the "signal" that was being detected were the 2 Mutos calling out to each other. For some weird, sick reason, that part of the movie kept popping into my head early this morning. Here was my son in his bedroom, getting ready for work (He has to leave a bit before 5am), coughing his head off, like he has been for the past 4 weeks, and there was I in my bedroom, hacking and gagging.

I started chuckling. He would cough almost to the point of gagging, then I would do the same. I laughed enough to bother my husband and wake him up, and he asked what was wrong. I told him to ignore the Muto, go back to sleep, and he did, and I dozed off again soon after him. During the middle of his work this morning he comes into the bedroom where I'm trying to rest (while coughing, coughing, coughing), and he says: "By the way, did you talk about Mutos calling you at 4am? I had to think for a minute, then cracked up laughing (between gasping, wheezy inhalations), and said Yeah, I guess I did, but forgot all about it. He shook his head and left the room. I can't wait to tell my son when he gets in from work at 3:30pm. He already knows his mom is weird.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


After being advertised on both the McDougall Talks Facebook and the official forums, it looks like the webinar on children I mentioned here a week or so ago is not available to watch and is now marked as private. I just noticed, too, that even though I registered to see it and got the link, I never got an email with replay information.

And I didn't get a chance to watch it "live" because I've been sick again. This time, like the last 2, it started as a sore throat, but for a change it went right into a constant nagging cough, a cough so bad I can't sleep, can't taste my food so have no appetite, and have problems eating and drinking because the cough can come up suddenly and without warning, in the middle of a sentence or middle of a bite of food. Forget about sleeping! If I get 4 interrupted hours total a night that's a lot, and I only managed to get that twice in the past 10 days.

I really can't wait until this winter is finally out of here!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Starch Solution in the Comics Section!

Six Chicks March 16, 2017

If the comic doesn't show up, go to this link.

New Cookbook from Dr. Fuhrman

Dr. Fuhrman
Dr. Fuhrman’s fantastic new book, Eat to Live Quick and Easy Cookbook, is set to hit stores on May 2, 2017. This collection of 131 delicious, fast and simple recipes, which covers everything from delightful breakfasts to on-the-go lunches, hearty dinners, satisfying salads, tasty dips and salad dressings, desserts and much more, is sure to become your go-to kitchen manual. Your family and friends will enjoy these tasty and healthful dishes, which require minimal preparation without sacrificing flavor. And you’ll love the way you feel when eating these healthful foods!
But you won’t need to wait until May 2nd to start enjoying Dr. Fuhrman’s quick and easy recipes!
FREE when you preorder Dr. Fuhrman’s Eat to Live Quick and Easy Cookbook TODAY: an exclusive downloadable booklet that contains a 7-day meal plan with 30 bonus recipes that are not found in the main cookbook. You’ll be able to start creating and enjoying delicious Nutritarian meals right away – even before you receive the Quick and Easy Cookbook!
This special bonus booklet is only available for a limited time, as a gift with preorders of the Eat to Live Quick and Easy Cookbook – so don’t delay; order yours today!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Monday, March 13, 2017

TWO McDougall Webinars this Week

I just got an email telling about another webinar tomorrow - Tuesday March 14, 2017 - besides the Digestive Tune-Up ones on Thursdays.

Implementing a Health Promoting Diet for Children.

John McDougall, MD
In this live webinar, you will be able to interact directly with Dr. McDougall as he discusses how to implement the McDougall plant-based diet for children (and parents!).

He will explain what the negative effects of consuming meat, oil and dairy are.

Dr. McDougall will also talk about how much protein a child really needs and how to get it in the cleanest and safest way possible.

Dr. McDougall will also talk about what the best milk is for babies and toddlers.

And he will answer YOUR questions as well!

Register now for this free webinar and let your friends know too!
The Registration Button is at the bottom of this page.

TO SEND QUESTIONS, please email

CANNOT ATTEND THE LIVE WEBINAR? No problem, go ahead and register and you will automatically receive the REPLAY when it becomes available!
Tuesday, 14 March 2017, at 01:00 pm
Eastern Time (US and Canada), GMT -4

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Dr. Esselstyn Replies

Remember those posts last week about Dr. Esselstyn's name being on one of many who authored a study on CVD that "concluded" nuts and oils are heart healthy? Well, we were right to be skeptical.

Apparently, Dr. McDougall wrote him about it, and Dr. McDougall shared his reply on the forums:

As I crawl from underneath the bus, it is essential for me to clarify your criticism of me in regards to this week’s committee authored American College of Cardiology (ACC) publication. 
On page 1182 of the ACC paper there is reference to three of my publications immediately followed by the statement “On this basis, it appears that a whole food plant based diet may halt progression of coronary atherosclerosis and achieve evidence of angiographic disease regression.” The reference to my publications numbers 133, 134, and 135 appear on page 1187 of the ACC paper. To update you further, in 2016 I published an article in the Journal of The American College of Lifestyle Medicine entitled “Defining an Overdue Requiem for Palliative Cardiovascular Medicine” and I just completed a paper entitled “Coronary Artery Disease: A Mandate for Effective Therapy.” to be published later this year in a geriatric journal issue edited by Robert Ostfeld. In two weeks, on March 19th, I have been given 12 minutes to preset my research and clinical strategies how to prevent and reverse heart disease before the membership of the American College of Cardiology in Washington, D.C. 
My point is that in none of these writings or presentations in the past, present, or future have I deviated from my “NO OIL” plant based nutrition message. 
While I would like nothing more than to have the ACC paper echo my hard and fast no oil plant based approach, you can appreciate the conflicts of some of the authors resulting in compromise and in brutal editing, not surprising in a committee authored article. 
Thank you for sharing my response with your audience. 

As a reminder, the whole thread with links to the study can be found here

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Digestive Tune Up - Webinar 1

This is the book being discussed: Dr. McDougall's Digestive Tune-Up

This week's discussion based on: My Stomach Is On Fire and I Can't Put It Out newsletter article

The video is in 2 parts because after the first few minutes Dr. McDougall lost his connection and when he was finally able to get reconnected the talk started with the week's subject.

Next week is Dr Doug Lisle talking about his video The Perfect Personality, first seen at the 2010 ASW.

Friday, March 3, 2017

AJ's Tupperware Webinars (Edited)

Overpriced? Yeah, but Aunt Cassie was such fun to watch!

Edited to add:

And I just noticed she did another Tupperware demo but with Kurt. I haven't watched this one yet, but if he says "Shut the front door!" we'll know it's Cassie's other persona.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March Is Auto-Immune Disease Awareness Month

In honor of Auto-Immune Disease Awareness Month I'll once again post the link to the Mixed Connective Tissue Disease Foundation site.

This is the crap disease I have to live with daily. 

I refuse to take the chemotherapy or steroid drugs that are usually handed out like jellybeans by rheumatologists, so I stick to the WFPB no added SOS food plan and eliminate foods that cause me pain, like gluten and (sob) potatoes in all forms. At least I'm not reacting too badly to nightshades right now so I can still have tomatoes a few times a week.

I know eventually, as my disease progresses, I'll have to go on some of those strong medications, chemical concoctions whose side effects are worse than the disease(s) it tries to control, but if doing without my beloved spuds not only lets me sleep at night with a little less pain but keeps me one more day away from that poison, so be it. Once again let me say, maybe Dr. Fuhrman was right.

More by Jeff on That CVD Study

Jeff Novick does a follow-up on the study I mentioned in that previous post, and promises even more about it in the future. As it turns out, once you read the entire study you see what was really concluded.

I suggest you read  the entire thread, but here's a snippet from one of his posts:

I agree 100% with most all of it including... 
no to - - juicing- - (most) supplements- - coconut oil- - eggs- - hi fat diets
yes to..- -veggies, - - protein from plant foods- - (fruits)/berries.  

The question is on nuts, which we do allow in moderation but they are not recommended for weight loss, which is exactly what the paper recommends, limiting intake to one ounce a day (30 gm) and that "Moderate quantities are required to prevent caloric excess." No argument there. 
The real question is liquid vegetable oils like corn, olive & canola oils which I have addressed in this forum in detail and in my talk. I would recommend reading the paper on this issue. It says they found that when substituting these vegetable oils for saturated fat, there was a decrease in the numbers but no evidence on better CVD outcomes.That is exactly what I say in the fats talk and in this forum.  

It says olive has some more evidence from some MED studies and PREDIMED Trial, which I discuss in this forum and in my talk. They also say there are no studies comparing the MED to the Okinawan which uses virtually no nuts or oils and has great outcomes too. 
Most of what they are discussing is the impact of these oils on those on the SAD moving in our direction or on a current unhealthy MED diet. They are not discussing what happens when someone is on our diet and lifestyle and then adds the oil to them. These are all the same points I make in my writing/talks. Olive oil may be shown to decrease LDL or LDL oxidation when someone is not on a very healthy diet, but it is not going to decrease LDL or LDL oxidation even more when someone is strictly adhering to our recommendations.  

It's like the example I use on the nuts studies that show that adding nuts to a typical diet may lower TC 4.5% and LDL 6.5%. Yet, changing ones whole diet to the one we recommend without the use of nuts, lowered TC and LDL 25-30%, Will adding nuts now to that diet lower TC and LDL even more?

New Cardio-Vascular Disease Study Results

Jeff Novick posted this over on the McDougall forums. He has the thread locked so body can reply, so here it is in its entirety.

(Edited to add:)
Looks like Dr. Fuhrman was right all along. Maybe his program deserves another look.

Trending Cardiovascular Nutrition Controversies- Nuts, Oil..

Just published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

The authors include Dr Barnard, Dr Esselstyn, Dr Ornish & Dr Williams

Trending Cardiovascular Nutrition Controversies
(J Am Coll Cardiol 2017;69:1172–87)

Andrew M. Freeman, MD,a Pamela B. Morris, MD,b Neal Barnard, MD,c Caldwell B. Esselstyn, MD,d, Emilio Ros, MD, PHD,e Arthur Agatston, MD,f Stephen Devries, MD,g,h James O’Keefe, MD,i Michael Miller, MD,j Dean Ornish, MD,k Kim Williams, MD,l Penny Kris-Etherton, PHDm

Full text


The potential cardiovascular benefits of several trending foods and dietary patterns are still incompletely understood, and nutritional science continues to evolve. However, in the meantime, a number of controversial dietary patterns, foods, and nutrients have received significant media exposure and are mired by hype. This review addresses some of the more popular foods and dietary patterns that are promoted for cardiovascular health to provide clinicians with accurate information for patient discussions in the clinical setting. 

A Look to the Future

In summary, the future health of the global population largely depends on a shift to healthier dietary patterns (Central Illustration). However, in the search for the perfect dietary pattern and foods that provide miraculous benefits, consumers are vulnerable to unsubstantiated health benefit claims. As clinicians, it is important to stay abreast of the current scientific evidence to provide meaningful and effective nutrition guidance to patients for ASCVD risk reduction. In this brief review, just a few of the current trends in nutrition have been highlighted to serve as a starting point for the patient-clinician discussion. Available evidence supports CV benefits of nuts, olive oil and other liquid vegetable oils, plant-based diets and plant-based proteins, green leafy vegetables, and antioxidant-rich foods (Central Illustration). Although juicing may be of benefit for individuals who would otherwise not consume adequate amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables, caution must be exercised to avoid excessive calorie intake. There is currently no evidence to supplement regular intake of antioxidant dietary supplements. Gluten is an issue for those with GRDs, and it is important to be mindful of this in routine clinical practice; however, there is no evidence for CV or weight loss benefits, apart from the potential caloric restriction associated with a gluten-free diet.

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Looks like Dr Esselstyn just put his name on a published paper endorsing nuts & oils

In Health

Monday, February 27, 2017

Friday, February 24, 2017

Jane Esselstyn at the Plant Based Cooking Summit

There's a Plant Based Cooking Summit going on right now, hosted by Kelley Williamson. She's already had such guests as Chef AJ and Wendy Solganick. You can still register and get these Skype talks that already aired.

This morning we received the link to Jane Esselstyn's talk. Lots of great information on how to eat WFPB, especially for families with kids, and all her tips, hints - and meal ideas - are perfect for those following the Engine 2 Seven Day Diet Rescue. Everything is also McDougall-legal, too, of course.

And great news - she's coming out with an Engine 2 Cookbook January 2018! That 10 months is going to DRAG!!

This is Why I Take Vitamin D Supplements

A Sunny Day Can Mean All Sorts of Distress


SUMMERTIME is not so easy for people living with certain autoimmune diseases. The sun, heat and even air-conditioning can intensify symptoms and cause problems that linger for months, if not years.
For doctors who manage those diseases, primarily lupus, scleroderma and Raynaud's phenomenon, the challenges of educating their patients about sun avoidance become greater, too.
"These are diseases where an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," said Dr. M. Kari Connolly, an associate professor of dermatology and medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, whose practice focuses on patients with autoimmune diseases. "A little bit of overexposure to the sun can present a whole lot of problems, and if we can get patients to be compliant with sun avoidance and protection, we can minimize the chances of their getting additional complications of their disease."
Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that causes damage to tissue and prolonged episodes of pain. The Lupus Foundation of America says that 500,000 to 1.5 million Americans have received a diagnosis of the systemic form of the disease, known as systemic lupus erythematosus, which affects the skin, joints, tissue, blood and organs. About 25 percent of these patients will also develop skin lesions. Discoid lupus, which affects only the skin, is found in roughly the same number as the systemic kind; 10 percent of these cases, however, progress to the systemic form of the disease.
Lupus is the most common autoimmune disease in which patients are photosensitive, or reactive to both ultraviolet A and B rays from the sun. The foundation says that 75 percent of patients with systemic lupus and 90 percent of discoid lupus patients will suffer flare-ups of symptoms from even brief exposures to sun or heat.
"Photosensitivity can trigger the whole darn disease, including full systemic flare and joint pain and kidney failure," Dr. Connolly said. "The younger patients sometimes say, 'The heck with this, I'm tired of carrying sun block,' and they'll stay out there, and it's not just that they are going to give themselves a bad rash. This is something to take seriously."
The link between the sun and lupus flare-ups is thought to be a set of inflammatory protein molecules called cytokines, which are activated when ultraviolet light hits the skin. The skin inflammation that results can create a chain reaction of other symptoms.
Julianne Lewis, 35, of Santa Rosa, Calif., said she began to show symptoms that were referred to generically as undifferentiated connective tissue disease 13 years ago. When her second son was born four years ago, Ms. Lewis became so sick with stiff, swollen joints, aching skin and lumps on her feet that she couldn't get out of bed. Lupus was confirmed, she said, and since then Ms. Lewis has undergone chemotherapy treatment and taken immunosuppressant drugs to prevent kidney failure. She also takes blood pressure medicine, an antimalarial drug and occasional steroids to keep her symptoms in check.
"I have to avoid the sun because I developed the butterfly rash," Ms. Lewis said, referring to the telltale rash that afflicts 40 percent of lupus patients. "It develops across my nose and cheeks. I get it pretty severely, and mine will go on my chest and arms. I have scars on my arms where the rash blistered so badly my skin was burned."
Ms. Lewis said she had suffered flulike aches and fatigue from even a short time in the sun. She has given up swimming outside with her younger child, she said. Reading a book on the grass is also out of the question. And while Ms. Lewis says she still plays softball occasionally, she wears a hat, long sleeves and wraps a handkerchief around her face.
"It freaks people out because I look so funny trying to cover up," she said. "I have been slow to come around to the hat and sunscreen thing. And I've probably made myself sicker longer because I don't want to accept it."
Doctors say a UVA and UVB sunscreen is just one component of a multiprong approach to limit the extent of her symptoms. Other strategies include sun-protection clothing, applying a sun-protection coating to car windows and staying indoors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
But for patients with scleroderma and its most common symptom, Raynaud's phenomenon, the solution can sometimes be as painful as the problem.
Scleroderma is a chronic autoimmune disease of the connective tissue that causes the skin to become so thick and leathery from inflammation that hair stops growing and sweat glands strangulate and die. The disease often begins in the fingertips before it works up the arms and throughout the rest of the body. In 90 percent of patients, it is accompanied by Raynaud's phenomenon, where blood vessels become thickened, too, shutting off the flow to the extremities.
The Scleroderma Foundation estimates that of the 300,000 Americans with the disease, nearly a third have the systemic, or diffused, form. The rest have a form limited to a certain place on the body.
That is how the disease began in Dolores McCausland of Cape May, N.J. Two years ago, Mrs. McCausland, 75, had a biopsy taken of a sore on her arm. Doctors confirmed scleroderma as well as pulmonary hypertension, a common result of the disease's affect on the kidneys, she said. She takes a combination of medicines to treat her blood pressure as well as an antihistamine and gabapentin to treat the pain and itching. She is also treated with oral chemotherapy and an immunosuppressant.
Mrs. McCausland said that covering her arms while driving to avoid exposure to sunlight or using her backyard pool was nearly impossible because the sores on her arms make them sensitive to touching.
"If you saw my arms, you would say, 'Oh, my God, there's something wrong with her,' " Mrs. McCausland said. "You know when you put a blood pressure cuff on your arm? My arms look like they have been squeezed, and it's forcing the muscle out to my elbow and shoulder. It's very painful and itchy."
Covering the entire body, even in the heat, is critical for scleroderma patients because they have greater susceptibility to skin cancer. And since the blood vessels can also become sclerotic, or thickened, full coverage helps protect people from the shock of entering an air-conditioned environment.
"The problem is that in the summer these patients go from dramatic warm to cold, and they can become very symptomatic from that," said Dr. Chris T. Derk, an assistant professor of medicine in the rheumatology division at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. "It's exceedingly rare, but we have people with Raynaud's of the heart vessels, and they can go into spasms and give you a small heart attack. You have to cover the whole body because if they can't rewarm the hand, they can break it."
Mrs. McCausland said she coped by keeping her house temperature warm and wearing Isotoner gloves to the grocery store, even during the summer months.
"People think I'm some kind of nut," she said. "I have never been sick a day in my life, and I had to come up with this. "