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From: Jon (
Subject:         Re: Newbie - Weight Loss
Date: December 19, 2008 at 11:09 am PST

In Reply to: Newbie posted by Terri on December 17, 2008 at 7:11 pm:

Hi Terri,

If you have not had a "cardiac event" - heart attack, stroke, angina, etc, OR false alarms of same ... (See below).

If your interest is firstly in avoiding any possible future heart problem, while losing weight, then another book might
be useful too - McDougall Maximum Weight Loss. AS WELL AS the others mentioned previously.

It emphasizes green and yellow vegetables plus starches. The trick is that many are 1 or 2 calories per gram, versus
oil and meat at 9 calories per gram. Plus they are actually MORE satisfying than meat after a few weeks. How so? Well
the recipes are one long comfort food binge. Plus Esselstyn recommend's ground flax seed, for Omega-3 (?
). Which has been shown recently to improve mood. Possibly an effect like the endorphins from heavy exercise?
Whatever the cause, the combination of diet, flax seed and heavy exercise make one feel EXTREMELY good. "Chew
steel and spit bullets." (ER, wouldn't that be lead, which is contraindicated for digestion? ...)

Three years down the road, can report that with lots of exercise AND eating Ann Esselstyn's recipes (like a horse),
lost forty eight pounds in about eight months.

False Alarms, or I digress
False Alarms of "cardiac events" are sometimes hard to tell from the real thing and the medical industry will happily
take your $12,000 (asking price) and shove a coat hanger up your leg in order to tell you "we (you) can fix this by
diet and exercise." "But what was it, on ALL the tests I failed?" you ask. "False positive," your cardiologist will blithely
reply. "By the way could I have a cheque for $1500, $2500 $4,000 AND $12,000, on your way out?" YOU should
read McDougall's McDougall Program for a Healthy Heart. But be aware that FEAR can still cause you to say "When
can you take me for procedure X (with 1% mortality)." DOH!


Best wishes,


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