Monday, February 25, 2013


You've seen it on the evening news, you've read it in the paper, you've heard it on the radio, you've seen it all over the internet...OLIVE OIL IS OK!  SO ARE NUTS!  What a relief!  Life was tasteless without OLIVE OIL!  Now I can drizzle it all over everything just like I used to...right?????


NO OIL!!!!!

Olive oil is just as harmful to the lining of the blood vessels today as it was yesterday and last year and 10 years ago, long before this deeply flawed unscientific study from Spain, the land of Olive Oil, published today in the NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE.  

Dr. Esselstyn calls the study "misleading research". Here is a quote from Dr. Esselstyn himself a few hours ago: "...those in the Mediterranean diet study still had heart attacks and strokes. So, all the study showed was that the Mediterranean diet and the horrible control diet were able to create disease in people who otherwise did not have it." (See this Blog for 02/03/13)

We'll all do just fine without olive oil. In fact, we'll be slim & trim, healthy and well, eating all those fresh tasting greens, beans, whole grains, colorful and starchy fruits and vegetables with a spritz of lemon or a dash of balsamic vinegar.  And our brains will be sharp, our thinking will be clear and we'll be able to see right through misleading research full of biases and flaws. 

Eat well, be well, my friends...

Friday, February 22, 2013


Mark Bittman

Six years ago, three former surgeons general — Richard Carmona (who served under the second President Bush), David Satcher (who spanned the Clinton-Bush years), and Koop (who was appointed by Ronald Reagan) — appeared before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and declared, in Carmona’s words, that the scientific information that they wanted to bring to the American people was being vetted and censored for political reasons, and that he was “often instructed on what to say and not to say.”
“We felt,” Carmona told me last week, “that science was being politicized. And if the surgeon general is not empowered to state the nonpartisan case based on the best science, then who will?”

Good question. Because it’s the surgeon general’s job — or should be — to evaluate science and present a considered, impartial recommendation. (Carmona thinks a “State of the Nation’s Health” should be a required annual report, like the State of the Union.) Lacking that, there is no official and identifiable spokesperson for the nation’s public health, and the obfuscation and confusion sown by Big Food, along with its outright lies and lobbying might, has created a situation in which no one in power will speak the truth: that our diet is making us sick, causing millions of premature deaths each year and driving health care costs through the roof.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Real Paleo Diet

I'm always elated when I find a reliable source of information regarding the relationship between nutrition and health in an easily accessible form. Here's the latest from Dr. Michael Greger, M.D., my go-to doc for an up-to-date discussion distinguishing fad from fact.


Monday, February 18, 2013

Robb's Breakfast Treat

Very Berry Peach Reduction on Blueberry Flapjacks...and they're 100% Plant-Based no added oil!  Am I not the world's luckiest mother-in-law?!

Robb's Secret Recipes follow:

Very Berry Peach Reduction
1 handful frozen peaches
1 handful frozen mixed berries
1tbls brown sugar
1 tbls Balsamic Vinegar
Bring to boil and cook til soft (up to 10 mins)

Blueberry Flapjacks
1 cup 100% whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbls brown sugar
3/4 cup light soymilk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Mix in 1 handful fresh or frozen blueberries
Drop batter by scoopful onto hot ungreased griddle
Devour with Very Berry Peach Reduction

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Addressing the Nutrition Gap in Medical Care

The following letter was submitted to The Cape Gazette on January 28 with 52 endorsers. 5 others have been added since original publication making 57 endorsers. The Open Letter was published online with 10 signatures on January 31, but not in a print edition of the paper that we are aware of. Rachel Swick Mavity, writer for the Cape Gazette, followed up with the article above.
We encourage you to make your voice heard regarding the benefits of Plant-Based eating by contacting The Cape Gazette at and/or Jeff Fried at

An Open letter to Beebe Medical Center

We celebrate the news of Beebe Medical Center’s Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence and applaud your current health initiatives to make Sussex County one of the healthiest in the nation.  Despite these accolades, there remains an issue of great concern.

Beebe Medical Center has demonstrated in its treatment of patients that it does not recognize the critical connection between diet and chronic diseases even though it is an established fact that cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes and some forms of cancer can be prevented and even reversed by dietary change. 

We are a group of residents of Sussex County Delaware who have discovered what has been known but largely ignored for decades--that diet has a dramatic impact on health. Following Bill Clinton’s example, many of us are choosing to eat a Plant-Based Diet rather than the Standard American Diet of meat, dairy, sugar, white flour and oil.  The results have been phenomenal:  dramatic weight loss, lowered blood pressure and cholesterol, elimination of medications and increased energy.  These extraordinary results are being obtained across the nation as more and more individuals take charge of their own health through dietary change.

We need and support our community hospital and its medical staff and employees. But to make Sussex one of the healthiest counties in the nation, we believe that nutritional education toward dietary change is vital--for patients, for medical staff and for the community. We urge the introduction of intensive and sustained nutritional counseling as an essential component in the hospital’s standard of care.  To this end we advocate hospital-wide nutritional education and support for all medical staff and employees. Ideally, community nutritional education and support would follow.

We realize that dietary change is not easy, but it is vitally important in the achievement and maintenance of good health.  Without such change the efforts of Beebe Medical Center to improve the health of Sussex County residents can never be more than marginally effective.

We stand ready to help Beebe Medical Center bring dietary change and good health to the residents of our extended community.


Dorothy P. Greet                                                                                      28 January 2013

Kathleen Baker, Rehoboth Beach               Ruth M. Barnett, Lewes
Rich Barry, Millsboro                                   Sue Barry, Millsboro
Linda Blumner, Lewes                                  Sue A. Brown, Rehoboth Beach
Brenda Butterfield, Rehoboth Beach           Carmela Coleman, Rehoboth Beach
John V. Coleman, Rehoboth Beach              Mel Dole, Clarksville
Barb Donelan, Lewes                                    Rita M. Zassenhaus Dubow, Millville
Denise Emery, Lewes                                    Janice Erich, Lewes
Bill Fintel, Lewes                                           Sally W. Fintel, Lewes
Bob Gallagher, Lewes                                   June Gallagher, Lewes
Susan Goudy, Rehoboth Beach                     David L. Greer, Lewes
Rachel Grier-Reynolds, Lewes                     Gretchen Hanson, Rehoboth Beach
Patricia Haddock, Georgetown                     Mary Harris, Lewes
Gail Hauswirth, Lewes                                   Diane Issel, Lewes
Cindy Johnson, Rehoboth Beach                   Clarissa Johnson, Lewes
Keith V. Kiernan, Lewes                                Barbee Kiker, Rehoboth Beach
John Kiker, Rehoboth Beach                         Janet Koch, Rehoboth Beach
Gerald A. Lechliter, Lewes                            Leslie Lantz, Clarksville
Polly Magargal, Lewes                                   Chuck Mezger, Lewes
Rob Morgan, Lewes                                       Barbara Mullin, Lewes
Joyce Pepper, Georgetown                             Edith Shanahan, Lewes
Elaine S. Simmerman, Lewes                          Rosanne Smith, Rehoboth Beach
JoAnn Szczepkowski, Rehoboth Beach          Don Szczepkowski, Rehoboth Beach
Judy K. Turner, Rehoboth Beach                   Eileen VanDyke, Long Neck
Thomas F. Warner, Bethany Beach               Philip P. Wheeler, Millsboro
Caryl Ekirch Williams, Lewes                        George B. Williams, Lewes
Kit Zak, Lewes                                                Johanna Barbati, Lewes
Scherrie Barry, Georgetown                           Bill Barry, Georgetown
Jim Henriksen, Lewes                                    Judy Henriksen, Lewes                                

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Nutrition: The Future of Medicine

Dr. T. Colin Campbell T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., author THE CHINA STUDY

"...there is not a single medical school in the country that teaches nutrition as a basic medical science. At best, a few may have an elective course that treats the subject in a most superficial manner.
Public citizens, therefore, are left to fend for themselves against the hyped up claims of the food and drug industries.
If we are to understand the true value of nutrition, we must begin by considering the health value of whole foods, not the nutrient parts extracted from them. In that context it is whole, plant-based foods that express an effect that is far more then the sum of its parts. When done right, advanced heart disease can be cured, type 2 diabetes stopped and reversed, cancer can be prevented and, with some newer evidence, controlled after it appears. The range of diseases that can be prevented is more than impressive. The breadth and rapidity of the nutritional effect not only prevents disease but actually treats many of these diseases while restoring and maintaining health. The totality of these health effects are far more than almost anyone knows." T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., Nutrition: The Future of  Medicine 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Plant-Based Obesity Expert

You can believe this Plant-Based Obesity Expert!  Yours Truly walks the talk with amazing results.  Won't you join me in this walk for optimum health and weight?

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013


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Baby Boomers Not Living Healthy
By Katie Moisse | ABC News Blogs 
Baby boomers are living longer lives than their predecessors, but not necessarily healthier lives, according to a new study that warns of rising health care costs.
Men and women born between 1946 and 1964 were more likely to suffer from high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes than the generation before them, according to the study, published today in JAMA Internal Medicine. They were also more likely to be obese and less likely to exercise.
"Despite their longer life expectancy over previous generations, U.S. baby boomers have higher rates of chronic disease, more disability, and lower self-rated health than members of the previous generation at the same age," the study authors wrote. "On a positive note, baby boomers are less likely to smoke cigarettes and experience lower rates of emphysema and [heart attacks] than the previous generation."
The study supports a gloomy forecast for healthcare costs as the oldest baby boomers approach their 70s. Americans spend roughly $147 billion on obesity and $177 billion on diabetes, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"We've got a mixed report card here," said Dr. William Schaffner, chair of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. "We've got some As and Bs, but certainly some Cs and Ds with pretty serious implications for medical care in this country."
But Schaffner say it's never too late to turn things around.
"Exercise and diet continue to be very important as we get older, and it's never too late to quit smoking," said Schaffner, adding that exercise doesn't mean "training for the Olympics." "There are lots of easy things people can do: walking, swimming, gardening - physical activity of any kind."
ABC News' chief health and medical editor, Dr. Richard Besser, said the study should serve as inspiration for baby boomers with a lot more living to do.
"You can start to make a difference in your risk for all of these by making small changes in what you eat and how you move," he said. "It may not be easy, but it's very simple: Start small, achieve success, and build from there."

Sunday, February 3, 2013


Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn author of PREVENT & REVERSE HEART DISEASE tells us the truth about OIL, yes, even OLIVE OIL in the 4 minute video below.