The indomitable Dr. G
Just by being vegan, we eat a much healthier diet than if we were omnis or even vegetarians. But there’s always new information waiting to be discovered. Is spirulina good for you? Is MSG harmful? Which are healthier, red onions or white ones? The answers to these and more probing questions await you in two new nutrition DVDs from Dr. Michael Greger, director of public health and animal agriculture for HSUS.
In Latest in Clinical Nutrition 2007, Dr. G reveals horrifying facts such as that we might already have cancer cells growing within us in the womb (yikes!). The good news is that by eating well, we can slow down their growth; only three spinach leaves a day can make a difference! (I did not know that.) Other gems: As far as lung cancer’s concerned, one joint is the equivalent of a pack of cigarettes. Spirulina and blue green algae contain neurotoxins that can lead to Alzheimer’s. A handful of nuts a day can cut your cardiac risk in half. And the good doctor has this to say about the fiber-loving ways of vegans: “Vegans are just regular people.” Argh! (Actually, I enjoy his corny sense of humor. I hope you do too, because the DVDs are rife with it!)
In the 2008 edition, Dr. Greger uses a quiz show format to introduce such questions as: Is MSG harmful, harmless or helpful? (Harmless.) Which is healthier, black beans or pinto beans? (Black.) And he offers up facts like: U.S. milk has the highest allowable pus content in the world (yum!); some vitamins will actually make you die faster; and because of the dioxins they contain, aquacultured fish can be considered…farmed and dangerous (d’oh!).
Each 90-minute DVD contains a TON of info, which normally might be too much to digest. But their pace is akin to that of a language video, in which an unseen instructor pauses and allows you to répéter before moving on. There also isn’t a lot of visual movement; most of the shots are stills, though cute photos of hamsters do appear in each DVD.
All proceeds are going to the farm animal welfare department of HSUS. You can glean some of Dr. G’s wisdom for free here; this includes the full text of Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching. More free stuff: To subscribe to the doc’s nutrition newsletter, send a blank e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. To sign up for his Monthly Pandemic Updates (cheery stuff!), go here. Oh, and the original incarnation of each DVD is a yearly presentation, so be sure to check Dr. G out in person when he’s in your area.