Raw, adjective: 1. uncooked, as articles of food: a raw carrot.

Erghh, cancer on the brain, what with today's news of Tony Snow's death to colon cancer at the young, young age of 53, and then on top of that this unbelievable story about the 24-year-old Olympic swimmer Eric Shanteau who found out just a week before the Omaha trials that he was sick with testicular cancer. Two men who were/are far too young to be fighting such an ugly disease.

Reminds me of a good feature the Sunday Chron had a couple of weeks ago that I've been carrying around in my stack of notebooks. Dr. Daphne Miller, a local SF M.D. who's studied under Dr. Andrew Weil in the past, has a new book out called "The Jungle Effect: A Doctor Discovers the Healthiest Diets from Around the World - Why They Work and How to Bring Them Home." Miller traveled the world and studied the diets of indigenous peoples with surprisingly high life expectancies. Her findings won't be shocking to anyone who's followed the work of, say, Michael Pollan or Dean Ornish; she repeats the growing wisdom that we should eat close to the earth, consuming fresh local foods, lightly processed and not in excess.

I appreciate that Miller's an allopathic doctor who recognizes that food is medicine and that a poor diet is really the source of so many of the primary health problems in affluent Western societies like ours, where over-consumption is really the issue anymore in terms of heart disease, diabetes, etc. My frustrations with Western medicine continue to lie in the fact that doctors are so quick to recommend pills or invasive procedures to "solve" health problems without even trying radical diet and lifestyle changes first.

Good on you, Daphne.

Dr. Daphne Miller's Jungle Diet (SF Chron)
Cancer claims ex-Bush press secretary Tony Snow (AP)
Olympic swimmer Shanteau has testicular cancer (AP)


claudia said…
so Dr. Miller is the partner of my Doc I've told you about, Dr. Swan! I love that you know about this book. Yay to discovering your blog Rachy! Its about time.

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