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Straight talk from Dr. Joel Fuhrman:  “October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month…is there anyone out there who has never heard of Breast Cancer? It should be called Breast Cancer **Prevention** Month! ”

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Dr. Fuhrman on Atkins/The Zone/South Beach diets

The conclusion….

“Sure, there are even unhealthier ways you can eat, and sure, many overweight Americans eat an even worse diet. But wouldn’t you want to see a more heart healthy plan from a heart doctor? The tragedy is that many people with atherosclerotic heart disease will follow his popular plan and die unnecessarily, when they could be enjoying life for years to come.

My book, Eat To Live, documents and describes the healthiest way to eat to protect and reverse heart disease. At the same time, you will easily lose your extra weight in the process.

Quick weight loss programs such as the Atkins diet plan and the South Beach diet, may lower triglycerides and even lower cholesterol a little bit as people lose a little weight and cut out processed grains and sugar. For those looking for long-term good health and freedom from heart disease, they must learn more and do more.”

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And I say… weird is good

“… Okay, you say it’s weird. And I say weird is good. People who show originality openly, without fear, are people I admire. And people I stand up for.”

“… When people say I’m okay because I’m not as bad as [XYZ Person]. That is such an awful way to control someone. How am I supposed to respond. Be glad you’re not going to treat me like we were in high school and I was the weird guy you can get away with abusing? Or go ahead and say what I think and let you be the asshole you just said you would be if I said something that wasn’t from a cookie cutter.”

Dave Winer

Life is too short to worry about stuff like that. It’s too bad it comes up. We’re all gonna die people, let’s get some work done! And have fun!

I would just like to add that some things that people think are radical or weird are simply not if you step back from 2012 and/or Massachusetts for a second. For example, the school we send our 4 and 7 year old to — Sudbury Valley School — might seem unusual to people who are used to schools in the context of 2012 USA. But if you step back and think BIG about concepts like HUMAN RIGHTS and THE HUMAN CONDITION, and start asking some questions like “what did people do for school in the 1800s?” and “what is school actually for?” (preparing to become effective adults in the society), then one might start to realize that, if anything, it’s most other schools that are unusual.

Our our house. With 16″ inches of insulation in the walls instead of the standard (none to 6″). It seems very very normal to me.

Or nutritarian eating (ala Dr Joel Fuhrman and others). It’s 49 weeks on the NYTimes bestseller list and is now #1. Do you think most people in the US 2012 eat this way?

That’s just three examples, but it seems to crop up a lot.

The Power of the Particular David Brooks

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Fuhrman: Organic Fruit vs No fruit

Q: “Is it dangerous to eat more fruits and vegetables because of the increased consumption of pesticides? Do I have to buy organic?”

A: “Keep in mind, every study done to date on the consumption of food and its relation to cancer has shown that the more fruits and vegetables people eat, the less cancer and heart disease they have. All these studies were done on people eating conventionally grown, not organic produce. So, clearly, the benefit of conventional produce outweighs any hypothetical risk.” (But he also suggests avoiding the EWG “dirty dozen” if you can and non-organic dairy and beef.)


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