Dr. McDougall was right, again


Subject: Dr. McDougall was right, again
Date: May 6th 2012

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Jeff & PennyDear VegSource Reader,

You may know that John McDougall MD began his medical career as a plantation doctor for Dole Foods in Hawaii, almost 40 years ago.

There he saw generations of families who had immigrated mostly from Asia to work in the sugar fields. He noticed the older workers were in better health than each subsequent generation. Dr. McDougall discovered that it was the type of food they ate that accounted for the quality of each generation's health. You can watch Dr. McDougall describe this in a short excerpt from our award-winning documentary, Processed People -- link to short video of Dr. McDougall describing his plantation work.

Well Team VegSource (aka the Nelson family) is in Hawaii right now -- and were struck that Dr. McDougall's observations are as valid today as they were decades ago when he first made them.

Sabrina was admiring some paintings of a local artist, Neal Matsuyama. Asking how long he had lived in Hawaii, Mr. Matsuyama replied he was third generation. His grandfather had come from Japan to work on a plantation. His grandfather was 17 and his "picture bride" was 14 when they arrived.

Sabrina mentioned she had a friend who had worked as a plantation doctor and had observed that the older patients were healthier than the younger ones. Before she could elaborate, Mr. Matsuyama laughed and said his 87-year-old mother is stronger than he is, and observed that the older generations ate very simply, had gardens and ate what they grew, with an occasional chicken, pig or fish, but for the most part they ate fruits and vegetables. He said that his own generation was the "canned food generation," and that their health wasn't nearly as good for that reason.

So here was someone telling Sabrina -- nearly verbatim -- what Dr. McDougall has been talking about for almost 4 decades!

We bought several of Mr. Matsuyama's paintings, he's very gifted.

Hope you enjoy these photos of Team VegSource from today in Kauai!

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