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family parties on the 4th of July

I hope you’ve all enjoyed family and fun–plus a chance to reflect on the great blessing of our freedom–this Independence Day weekend!   My two oldest brothers are in town from Dallas and Boston, and with the other four brothers and sister who live here, we’ve had a blast.   Golf, volleyball, and a tennis […]

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Need motivation to eat less meat and more plants? . . . part 5 of 12

Today, some good stats about eating a vegetarian diet:   According to Journal of the American Dietetic Association (this research was published in other journals as well), the average IQ of U.S. children is 99, and the average IQ of vegetarian US children is 116.   Obesity rate among the general population: 18 percent   […]

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Need motivation to eat less meat and more plants? . . . part 3 of 12

More today on whether dairy products contribute to health:   Calcium absorption rates according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition:                       Brussels sprouts                       64%                   […]

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Are Europeans healthier than we are?

So as you can see, Europeans have fast food.   McD’s is found in 10 locations in the very hip and cosmopolitan city of Barcelona, for instance.   They don’t have nearly as many chains or locations as we do, though.   I have a weird little game I played in airports and train stations […]

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THAT old story: Grandma smoked a pack a day and lived to be 108 years old

This Aussie lady named Mary we ate dinner with every night on our two-week cruise to Asia . . . she was so funny.   The third night in a row she held court, telling everyone that diet and lifestyle have NOTHING to do with how long you live (a big study she saw on […]

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Eating right while traveling internationally . . . part 3

On the cruise, of 841 guests, fewer than 5 percent were Americans.   The vast majority were Europeans and Aussies, more than 50 percent of the ship from England.   (I know, I know–you’re mocking me for how much I love weird statistics, I get it.) My friend Shari and I were each told once […]

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Childhood obesity epidemic . . . part 2

More from Levine and Stein of the Washington Post.   Read it and tell me if I’m crazy for saying in my last post that raising an obese child (by apathetically feeding him nonstop junk food) doesn’t qualify as abuse.   I realize that my words are strong, but I stand by them. At least […]

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Surgeon General calls childhood obesity epidemic a “national catastrophe” … part 1 of 2

[I'm out of the country until June 7, but my blogs will still magically appear here!] Levine and Stein of the Washington Post pulled no punches on the front page of my local newspaper May 18, the first in a five-part series.   The pictures, sidebars, and article took up more than a full news […]

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pain and misery at the happiest place on earth

There’s a lot of pain and misery at Disneyland, especially considering it’s supposed to be the happiest place on earth.   We had a blast there.   But every year, we observe more and more people in wheelchairs, very few of them elderly.   This year we saw rides stopped while obese people struggled to […]

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it’s not ALL nutritional bad news

I just read this: “Food is cheaper now by a long way, more abundantly available, more highly refined and more pressingly sold to us by very clever advertising companies and techniques.   The remarkable thing is how anybody stays thin.” –Dr. Andrew Prentice, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine True and false.   Everybody […]

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