Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine Reaches Out to Japan

New Japanese website.

I discovered PCRM - Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine - last year while researching ways to improve my health after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke last year. Founded by Dr. Neal Barnard, I soon discovered that one of the people working there as director of public affairs, was Elizabeth Kucinich, wife of the former U.S. Congressman and Democratic Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich. I found that to be interesting since Dennis is the only Presidential candidate to whom I've ever made a contribution. After checking out what they have been doing, I have also become a PCRM supporter.

Politics aside (although it has a lot to do with America's health problems), I found Dr. Barnard to be an amazing researcher and health activist, as well as advocate for the humane treatment of animals.

PCRM has recently added a Japanese Language page to their website. I hope it will help people here to deal with the problems that are showing up in Japan as the population adopts more American eating habits. Cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and other problems have been on the rise in the post war period, particularly since 1960. Most of it can be traced to the change in diet. Looking over the recipes on the new Japanese section, I will send some recommendations as some of them are clearly based on ingredients that are more commonly available to Americans as opposed to what is likely to be found in a Japanese household. A minor issue. Inn general, it is a great start.

Here is an excellent interview, in two parts, with Dr. Barnard by Thom Hartmann. Enjoy, and learn.

Part 1 - about 13 minutes

Part 2 - about 12:30 minutes

To explore PCRM go here: http://pcrm.org/

The new Japanese section can be found here: http://pcrm.org/kickstartHome/japan/index.cfm

The program is designed to get Japanese people on the road to optimal health and includes:

Three weeks of recipes including tofu and sesame noodle salad, eggplant rice balls, and lotus root burgers

The Vegetarian Starter Kit

Fact sheets on cholesterol and heart disease, essential fatty acids, fish, hypertension, soy and health, and high protein diets

Be well.


Typhoon 26 - Wipha

In Japan we simply number the typhoons every year. Elsewhere they give them names. The most recent, which passed over us last night and early this morning, was called by a female Thai name - Wipha (wee fa).

This was the strongest typhoon since one that hit a month before I moved here in 2004. Winds were nearly 100 knots near the center, and it dumped a huge amount of rain, causing landslides that killed 13 and injured many more. Not sure how much rain we got here, but it was a lot - perhaps 10 cm per hour - and winds of over 50 knots. Around 30 Shinkansen bullet trains suspended operations, while over 500 flights were cancelled, according to NHK.

Thankfully for us we live in a raised area which drains into the sea 3.5 kilometers to the east and Lake Kitaura 2.2 kilometers to the west. Our house has a tight roof thanks to repairs done after the earthquake of 3/11, and our windows have metal shutters. Our only problems were minor ones. The noise kept us awake much of the night; K's scallop shells which lined part of our garden were blown or washed away; my okra plants were pretty badly beaten up; we lost use of the water due to our well pump being inundated and shorting out for several hours.

Momo has a bed inside the house for such conditions where she was safely ensconced for the night. Her doggy house was weighed down with concrete bricks and sustained no damage.

So, we clean up, rest, and life goes on.