McDougall to give two lectures in Rockford

McDougall to give two lectures in Rockford


Best-selling author and diet doctor John McDougall, M.D., will give two different lectures in Rockford on Jan. 14.

Sponsored by SwedishAmerican’s Midwest Center for Health and Healing and the Coronary Health Improvement Project (CHIP), the lectures will be held in the main auditorium at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford on Parkview. Cost is $10 per person for each lecture.

The first lecture, “Hazards of High Protein Diets,” will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Dr. McDougall will explore why these types of diets are so popular, including the fact that people lose weight extremely fast while on them. This is because stored carbohydrates contain large amounts of water. Hence, a speedy weight reduction. In addition, if the diet is low enough in carbohydrates, like the Atkins Diet, then the body goes into ketosis ( a natural state that occurs when people are sick), causing suppression of the appetite, therefore individuals eat and suffer less. However, over time, this is not healthy.

McDougall will discuss the inherent dangers of high-protein diets, such as how they can cause damage to the liver and kidneys. For example, in affluent societies where diets are high in protein, people generally lose about 30 percent of their kidney function by the eighth decade of life. Other “protein and fat myths” include the thought that athletes perform better on high-fat diets or that high carbohydrate diets drive insulin levels up.

The second lecture, “Women’s Health Issues,” will be from 4 to 5 p.m. McDougall will explode the “mystery” of women’s disease-and why it’s not “in her genes”, including changes women can make to help prevent breast cancer, how to strengthen cancer-fighting forces within the body, how to break the cycle of cardiovascular disease, and how to build strong healthy bones. McDougall dismantles what he calls one of the greatest myths in our culture that increasing milk consumption will help prevent osteoporosis. On the contrary, a 1985 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, commissioned by the Dairy Council, shows how when skim milk was added to the diets of post menopausal women, they actually lost more calcium than they could replace!

For more than 20 years, McDougall has been studying, writing and speaking out about the effects of nutrition on disease. Board certified in Internal medicine, he is the author of several national bestsellers including The McDougall Plan: 12 Days to Dynamic Health; McDougall’s Medicine: A Challenging Second Opinion; The McDougall Program for Maximum Weight Loss, The McDougall Program for a Healthy Heart; and The McDougall Program for Women. McDougall has developed a nourishing, low-fat, starch-based diet that not only promotes a broad range of dramatic and lasting health benefits such as weight loss, but most importantly, can also reverse serious illnesses such as heart disease without drugs.

To register for one or both of these lectures or for more information, please call the Midwest Center at (815)484-8745.

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