2013/10/21

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.

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