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Obama pledges to quickly sign anti-smoking bill

Below are the main things the anti-smoking bill would do to diminish cigarette usage and help the health care crisis. Let’s brain storm and think about what we could legislate with a similar  bill with meat, dairy, eggs, and refined foods. Food for thought and health??

Excerpts from JIM ABRAMS, Associated Press Writer 

Under this bill:

• Cigarette packages will have warning labels that cover 50 percent of the front and rear. The word “warning” must be included in capital letters.

• Any remaining tobacco-related sponsorships of sports and entertainment events will be banned, as will giveaways of non-tobacco items with the purchase of a tobacco product. A federal ban will be imposed on alloutdoor tobacco advertising within 1,000 feet of schools and playgrounds.

• Point-of-sale advertising will be limited to adults-only facilities, and remaining vending machines will disappear except in places restricted to adults. Retailers who sell to minors will be subject to federal enforcement and penalties.

• Smokers, particularly the younger crowd, will find they can no longer buy cigarettes sweetened by candy flavors or any herb or spices such as strawberry, grape, orange, clove, cinnamon or vanilla. Cigarettes advertised as “light” or “mild,” giving the impression that they aren’t as harmful to health, will no longer be found on store shelves.

With an estimated 3,500 young people smoking their first cigarette each day, the ban on flavorings alone could have significant health benefits, said Dr. Adam Goldstein, director of the University of North Carolina Tobacco Prevention and Evaluation Program.

He said it was not inconceivable that adult smokers, now more than 20 percent of the population, could be reduced to less than 5 percent in 20 years.

Other factors that could cut into tobacco use include the sharp rise in prices — Congress earlier this year approved a 62-cent a pack increase in the federal cigarette tax to pay for a children’s health program — and measures by the states to ban smoking in public places.

New FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg said the agency was ready to “roll up our sleeves” to meet the new obligations.

The Senate passed the FDA bill on Thursday by a 79-17 vote and the House followed suit on Friday, with a 307-97 vote.

Marlboro maker Philip Morris USA, the nation’s largest tobacco company, came out in support of the bill, saying it was behind tough but fair regulation. Its chief rivals were opposed, saying that FDA restrictions on new products would lock in Philip Morris’ share of the market.

Costs of the new program will be paid for by a new user fee imposed on the industry. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that assessments could rise from $235 million in 2010 to $712 million in 2019.

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My interview with Joshua Katcher of The Discerning Brute!

DBTV: Plant Strong! Texas Firefighter, Rip Esselstyn of “The Engine 2 Diet”

Rip Esselstyn lives in Texas. He’s a firefighter, a triathlete, and author of the book “The Engine 2 Diet“, which started out as a 28-day challenge to lower the cholesterol of his fire crew (some with digits in the 340s!), and ended up giving them all (and hundreds of other Austin, Texas firefighters) much more than they bargained for! I chatted with Rip the other day about his book and how it’s changing people’s lives in under 30 days. We talked about everything from amazing pizza recipes, to boners, sports and manliness. Check it out:

The Heart Attack Grill. You won’t believe your eyes or your arteries!!!

“A meal to die for” aired this morning on The CBS Early Morning Show.  This is both humorous and very sad.

 
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What is the answer to the health care/obesity crisis? Plant-Strong Nutrition!!!

 

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Plant-strong and lean David vs. S.A.D.-weak and tubby David

We will not legislate ourselves out of the health care/obesity crisis. That makes absolutely zero sense. The only way to get ourselves out of this crisis is one PLANT-STRONG bite at a time!!! Spread the word and make it happen…get a friend or family member to jump on board the plant-healthy wagon and we CAN deliver a knock out blow to this ridiculous crisis.

Check out this incredible graph on the obesity epidemic and watch how the graph populates itself over the last 20 years.

http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/…

How I reversed my Heart Disease by Robert Cross

Here is a personal disease reversal story by Robert Cross. This comes from Dr. John McDougall’s website, www.drmcdougall.com.  John is one of the great pioneers of plant-based lifestyle medicine and is a big, big, hero of mine who I mention numerous times in my book.  Robert changed his dietary ways after reading my father’s book, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, and hasn’t looked back. Goooo Robert, gooo!!

When my chest pains began I was in fairly typical health for a man of 61 years of age who eats the Standard American Diet. My body had gradually deteriorated over the years and I had become a frequent customer of doctors and pharmacists. Several times a day I swallowed pills for blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, and re-current kidney stones. Worst of all, it seemed that every few months I needed higher doses of these medicines, and none of the lifestyle suggestions made by my doctors or the dieticians seemed to be doing me any good. I was resigned to watching my health deteriorate, while hoping that I would avoid the serious consequences that loomed on the horizon. My 250-pound body weight was another forecaster of the future soon to come.

Click here for the full story!!  <http://www.drmcdougall.com/misc/2009stars/starrobert.pdf>

Heart Disease fells another Firefighter

My heartfelt prayers go out to family, friends, and fellow firefighter’s of James Hall, from Canton, Ohio. Heart disease kills more firefighters and Americans than any other disease with instant death being the first symptom 50 percent of the time . This is brutal and incredibly sad given they will never get another chance. A chance to change diet and lifestyle habits which we KNOW beyond a shadow of a doubt can not only halt but also reverse heart disease in its tracks. Heart disease and the other major western chronic killer diseases are “paper tigers” which have zero power when you take away the fuel which feeds them; meat, dairy, eggs, and refined foods. 

Fireman Died Of Heart Attack

CANTON, Ohio — A funeral with full honors is planned for a local firefighter who suffered a fatal heart attack playing a charity basketball game. Canton’s fire chief said 40-year-old James “Marty” Hall is considered to have died in the line of duty because his death Saturday came less than 24 hours after he worked a shift. Chief John Whitlatch said a death such as Hall’s can be tied to work-related stress, according to International Association of Fire Fighters standards. 

Friday’s funeral is expected to draw hundreds of firefighters from throughout the region. A procession will include fire vehicles, an honor guard, color guard and pipers.

Hall was a Canton fire captain but the shift he worked before his death was for a suburban volunteer fire company.

An Engine 2 Success Story from Marion, Iowa!!!!

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Kathy Hogan, an E2, plant-strong Queen!!!

Below are two emails I received from our featured Engine 2 success story, Kathy Hogan from Marion, Iowa. Here is a big, rocking, e2licious shout out to you for taking control of your health. GOOOOOOOOOOO Kathy!!!!!  I am so proud of you for making the decision to drop the contaminated and disease promoting animal based foods and gravitating towards delicious and nutritious health promoting plant-based foods. It’s all about GAINING health, LOSING weight, and doing it in a way that is sustainable, permanent, and fun.

Hi, I just wanted to say, I saw this featured on CBS Sunday morning a couple months ago, ordered the book and started April 28 of this year. I’ve been on this eating plan for 5 weeks, and am now down 11 pounds. I love it! It’s not like a diet - it’s fun and enjoyable and so easy. I’ve tried and tried to lose weight (I’m 51, female and going through menopause).

It’s delicious and I don’t miss my steaks, hamburger, chicken or oils/dairy, etc. I used to eat fish and chicken, but am very satisfied with this eating arrangement!

My cholesterol was 134 a couple weeks ago…..never was high, but I’m overweight and I don’t want to get Type 2 like my brother did last fall (he’s 54). I’ve noticed I have no more heartburn and have more energy. I’m walking and swimming too, but feel more like doing those things. Thank you sooo much for this!

I haven’t stopped my one to two cups of coffee in the morning, and occasionally have a bit of olive oil mixed with mustard and balsamic for salads, but other than that - I’m doing the vegan thing.

I still have high blood pressure 140/98….but I imagine that will get better as I stick with this and drop more weight. 

Again…..thanks!! It’s so wonderful to eat all the farmers’ market veggies now too.

Kathy Hogan, age 51

Marion, Iowa

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Rip! Oh my gosh, to my great surprise I received your email this morning (while eating my vegan bacon strips and whole grain toast).

I’ve been on every commercial diet in the world and lost some, gained some, mostly gained….but this is the best. It’s so hard to lose weight as you age (especially for a woman, I think).

The photo I’m attaching is my “before” photo….I don’t have one from today, but I can try and take a digital and send at some point.

Bless you and I am so glad I “found you.” Being featured would be awesome. Thank you.

Best to you,

Kathy Hogan

Bariatric Surgery; Gastric Bypass, Gastric Band, and Gastric Endoluminal. Or you can eat plant-strong.

In an effort for people to be saved from themselves they are turning to several different types of bariatric, or weight loss, surgeries, which are the various procedures performed by surgeons to treat obesity by modification of the gastrointestinal tract to reduce nutrient/caloric intake/absorption.

This is absolutely ludicrous. As I’ve gone around the country promoting the Engine 2 Diet book, I’ve run into many people who have undergone these expensive and invasive procedures, and who tell me that they initially lost many pounds, but within two to three years they often gained their weight back . Still, with more than 33 percent of America considered OBESE, the medical field will continue to come up with more and more costly procedures so we don’t have to look in the mirror and take responsibility for our erroneous ways.

Below is a list of the different bariatric procedures so you can decide if any sound appealing. I have copied and pasted these from the website cited in case you want more information.

THE BYPASS (from www.mayoclinic.com.) In gastric bypass, the surgeon creates a small pouch at the top of your stomach and adds a bypass around a segment of your stomach and small intestine. He then surgeon staples your stomach across the top, sealing it off from the rest of your stomach. The resulting pouch is about the size of a walnut and can hold only about an ounce of food. The pouch is physically separated from the rest of the stomach. Then, the surgeon cuts the small intestine and sews part of it directly onto the pouch.

THE BAND (from www.realizeband.com.) Gastric banding limits food intake by causing you to feel full after eating a small amount of food. During gastric banding surgery, an adjustable band is placed around the uppermost part of the stomach. The band divides the stomach into two portions: one small and one large portion. Since the stomach is divided into smaller parts, most patients feel full faster, thereby decreasing their need for large amounts of food to satisfy their hunger. No part of your stomach is stapled or removed during surgery. Likewise, the intestines are not rerouted and can continue to absorb nutrients from food.

THE GARDEN HOSE THROUGH THE MOUTH (www.sciencedaily.com.) “This dramatic advance is the future of bariatric surgery,” says spokeperson Dr. Garber. “The endoluminal technique introduces the instrument that reduces the size of the stomach through the mouth, reducing the risk of infection from surgical incisions, preserving future treatment options, nearly eliminating pain for the patient, and requiring less recovery time than open or even minimally-invasive laparoscopic procedures.”

Or, you can chose THE ENGINE 2 DIET (theengine2diet.com  or  engine2academy.com.) Here you do nothing but eat delicious, nutritious foods that are filled with fiber, antioxidants, and phytochemicals - as many and much as you want - and enjoy a healthy, long, and disease-free life.

Grilled Zucchini & Avocado Panini’s!!!

Here is my office mate, Adam Butler, of The Butler Brothers Ad Agency in East Austin preparing and then getting ready to chow down on a steaming hot grilled zucchini and avocado panini on whole grain hemp bread. Adam was one of my original Engine 2, plant-strong, pilot study guinea pigs and has been plant-determined and plant-healthy for two years and counting. He was one of four Engine 2′ers who were able to get their total cholesterol to 100 mg/dl or below…Wow!!!!…the equivalent of a rural Chinaman or a Papua Highlander from New Guinea. Adam lives and breathes this lifestyle and was overheard today saying that the answer to the health care crisis is NOT more legislation-it’s people learning to stop eating contaminated and disease promoting foods. I hear you loud and clear, Adam. You rock!!! Here’s an E2 shout out to my buddy, office mate, and Engine 2  rock-star, Adam Butler!!!

 

Adam displaying his sandwich. Home grown sliced and slightly pan seared zucchini( with tamari) on the left and a sliced avocado on the right.

Adam displaying the innards of his sandwich. Home grown zucchini, sliced and slightly pan seared in a tamari sauce on the left and a sliced avocado on the right.

 

 

 

Adam pops the sandwich into the panini maker for one minute.

Adam pops the sandwich into the panini maker for one minute.

 

And Wala!!! it's ready to be eaten!!!!

And viola or wala!!! It's ready to be eaten!!!!

Medical Bills responsible for 60% of U.S. bankruptcies

Incredible as it may seem, 60 percent of U.S. bankruptcies are due to medical bills. This is distressing and makes a seminal statement on the health of individuals, families and the whole health care system. While listening to NPR yesterday I heard that health care now accounts for a WHOPPING 18 percent of America’s GDP. Ladies and gentleman, health care is a thing of the past. In todays climate of rampant obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, a more appropriate term would be sick care. What is the answer? The answer is the United States UNITING in a show of solidarity and embarking on a whole new concept called “self care”. SELF CARE  with everybody taking responsibility for their health and wellness starting with the foods at the end of their forks and spoons. Start a plant-strong bucket brigade at your house and in your city and get everybody to eat more plant-healthy foods in the form of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. A trite old saying which needs repeating is ” You are what you eat”.  Let’s all put our best forks forward and start taking back the health of our citizens and our country. Now go out there and get the job done! Break!!!!!!

Medical bills underlie 60 percent of U.S. bankrupts: study (Reuters)
Reuters - Medical bills are behind more than 60 percent of U.S. personal bankruptcies, U.S. researchers reported on Thursday in a report they said demonstrates that healthcare reform is on the wrong track.
 http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090604/hl_nm/us_healthcare_bankruptcy