Wow, it's been a long time since I posted anything. In part, I have been busy enjoying life, and in part it often feels like I might not be helping anybody.
The only people (I think) viewing this blog already know about Dr. McDougall, and I have seen few questions here. When it comes down to it, this is really simple.
Dr. McDougall often says that, concerning his program, that there is only one card on the table. And that card is whether a person is going to follow his advice. Everybody who does follow his advice gets better - usually markedly and quickly.
So many people are interested in esoteric nutritional or psychological questions about diet. But for those who give the program a real try, success in inevitable, and anybody who does try it (with real adherence) does not question that Dr. McDougall is correct because the results are so dramatic and rapid.
What about people who don't experience good results? Simply, they are, usually knowingly, but sometimes unknowingly, failing to adhere to the recommendations. Dr. McDougall cites the case of smoking. When smokers quit, they all get better. When alcoholics quit, they all get better. And when those who eat our Western diet follow Dr. M's recommendations faithfully, they all get better.
There truly is only one card on the table. Are you going to do it? If you are going to do it, there is plenty of help available, including here, and all you have to do is ask. For those who don't want to do it, or who want to do their own version of the program, I wish you success but expect failure I could cite many cases of people who try partial adherence and remain fat and sick. There is no known benefit to knowing about what Dr. McDougall teaches, or talking to others about it. You have to play the card.
You might want to view my friend Laura' blog. http://www.mrsdoodlepunkslaststand.blogspot.com/
Laura thought that she was an obese McDougaller (there is no such thing). I challenged her to eat nothing but unprocessed whole plant food of low calorie density for a month. You can see the results in her blog. She played the McDougall card and won big time.
So there is only one card on the table. It takes some effort at first to play that card, but it makes all the difference in the world.