Jane Goodall Cites Dr. Fuhrman in New Book

Remember Jane Goodall? She is the naturalist who became famous for her work with chimpanzees. She has written tons of books. The newest one is on a topic that's very relevant to this blog: how the food we eat affects our health.

Jane Goodall's book Harvest for Hope discusses Dr. Fuhrman and his approach to eating. Dr. Fuhrman says he has never met her, and was pleasantly surprised to find that he was mentioned in a book.

Followhealthlife reader Frederick Conroy emailed the following review (which I have edited slightly for length):

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Tuesday Health Notes

Intuitive Eating

In his books and in his practice, Dr. Fuhrman repeatedly describes the idea that we should learn to listen to our bodies and respond to "true hunger," as opposed to "toxic hunger." Toxic hunger, as he writes in Disease-Proof Your Child, is not the product of your body saying it needs nourishment, but rather "withdrawal symptoms from an unhealthful diet."

The notion that our bodies know, on some level, how to eat healthily, is supported somewhat by some new research. Dr. Steven R. Hawks of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah has been instructing people in what he calls "intuitive eating," and in a pilot study they have reportedly been losing weight and feeling good.

Reuters Health News desbribes the approach:

To become an intuitive eater, a person also needs to adopt two key behaviors. They must learn how not to eat for emotional, environmental or social reasons and they must listen to their body and eat only when hungry and stop when full. They must also learn how to interpret body signals, cravings, and hunger and respond in a healthy way.

Of course, the day before Thanksgiving--our national salute to overeating--could be just about the worst time to bring this up, right? Something to keep in mind, anyway.

Mary Lynn's Getting Hungry at Pizza Night

A Michigan blogger named Mary Lynn just started Dr. Fuhrman's Eat to Live diet, and she's writing about it in an amusing fashion. For example, here's her tale of pizza night at the church:

I was at church last night for the kids Harvest Party and they had pizza. I was so hungry, but pizza obviously breaks all of the Nazi food rules. There was a lone, shiny, beautiful apple sitting on the kitchen counter. I asked one of the guys, "Whose apple is that?" He said, "I don't know, eat it."

"I'm not going to eat somebody else's apple! That would be kind of like......oh I don't know...stealing??" I replied.

This chivilrous knight picked up the apple, took a big honking bite out of it and handed it to me. "There, now its yours." He says.

My hero. I ate it down to the core.

Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment Strategies

Osteoporosis affects 8 million American women, and 2 million men, causing 1 1/2 million fractures each year. As many as 18 million more Americans may have low bone density (osteopenia), a precursor to osteoporosis. As women age, many develop collapse of their lumbar vertebrae resulting in pain and disability. Even after screening and diagnosis most women are offered drugs and calcium, without addressing all the additional causes of osteoporosis, which are discussed below.

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