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FIRST--- This from Dr. Mal Ing, a friend of mine from Harvard '56, on the addictive power of "junk food " in our society today:--- 

----- Original Message -----
From: Malcolm Ing, M.D.
To: Bruce Downey
Cc: Warren Scoville; Hugh Wang; John Sawyer ; Alan Chow ; Ken Wright, M.D. ; David Stager, M.D.
Sent: Monday, April 19, 2010 3:18 PM
Subject: RE: On 'healthy recipes' --- can we have yours?--- and other matters--- all new at "The York '52 Weight Room"

Hi Bruce,
 Looks like you and Hugh are covering the subject, "Are we digging our Graves with our Forks?" pretty well., Don't forget that your advisees have to be aware that they are going to have to wean themselves off junk food. Turns out that junk food is just as addictive to rats as drugs. Read the article, "Your Brain on Junk Food" which describes all of this in a study  reported by Paul Kenny in THIS WEEK April 16, 2010. page 19.---SEE ARTICLE REPRODUCED HERE BELOW




The man who rose to fame as The Naked Chef, has a new show on ABC, aimed at revolutionizing the way Americans eat. Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution is set in Huntington, West Virginia, dubbed  the Most Unhealthy City in the US in 2008. The show follows the British chef as he tries to instill an appetite for meals that include fresh fruits and vegetables, in kids who have grown up on fast food. Watching the first episode, you get a sense of why obesity has become an American epidemic. These kids are quite simply, hooked on processed foods.

Researchers have suspected for some time that the sugar- salt- and fat-laden food that's a hallmark of the drive-thru menu, can be addictive. Now we may know why. A study published this week in the journal, Nature Neuroscience, has shown that the compulsion to overeat is driven by the same molecular mechanisms that turn heroin users into addicts.



This Is "Your Brain on Junk Food"

What happens in addiction is lethally simple, explained Paul J. Kenny, associate professor at Scripps Research Institute, and one of the authors of the study. The reward pathways in the brain become so over stimulated that the system basically turns on itself, adapting to the new reality of addiction, whether the fix of choice is cocaine or cupcakes.

In their research, Kenny and his colleagues divided rats into three groups. The first group ate a well-balanced diet; group two had the healthy diet, as well as one-hour a day access to high-calorie foods. The last group of rats were given a healthy diet, but also had full access to high-calorie, high-fat, high-sugar foods like bacon, cheesecake and Ding Dongs. The open door policy to junk foods triggered compulsive overeating in the third group, and that quickly led to obesity. "The animals completely lost control over their eating behavior," said Kenny.  "They continued to overeat even when they anticipated receiving electric shocks."

The dopamine receptors of the brain showed the very same changes occur in the brains of rats that over consume cocaine or heroin, and are thought to play an important role in the development of compulsive drug use.

The study, said Kenny, "presents the most thorough and compelling evidence that drug addiction and obesity are based on the same underlying neurobiological mechanisms."

 A Very Telling Show and Tell

Back in Huntington, Chef Oliver is trying to reform the town's youngest junk food junkies. He tests the students' vegetable intelligence, with an array of foods fresh from the garden. Turns out, the kids can't tell a tomato from a potato. In fact, there's not a single vegetable they can correctly identify. While they flunked the veggie IQ, when the chef held up a chicken nugget, and asked, "What's this," it was a no brainer. The kids aced that test.

Judging from the amount of fresh food being dumped in the cafeteria trash, Jamie Olivier's meal makeover experiment didn't win many high marks from the school kids. The intrepid chef is discouraged but not deterred. His quest to win the hearts and minds--and stomachs--of the American public continues, one episode at a time. It remains to be seen whether Oliver's "revolutionary" ideas, like serving kids fresh, nutritious school lunches or getting families to eat dinners that they cook rather than pick up, will take root in Huntington. But as with the war on drugs, the fight against obesity starts with education. 

"Junk Food' --- there's so much to know.  Some info follows here immediately below.  But don't forget to see Dr. Malcolm Ing's  reference to this same subject--- a reference that is so important, I put it upstairs at the link I have labeled "   HEALTHY RECIPIES  Found at the very top of this same screen.




Have you ever heard of MSG (MonoSodium Glutamate)?  It's everywhere--- in fast food restaurants like Burger King and the like--- in prepared foods in our grocery stores --- and perhaps especially in all Chinese food--- a general category of food that Mal Ing and Hugh Wang most certainly are experienced in.  MSG's are a major contributor to obesity in this country today--- especially obesity in our children.  I've asked Punky Stevens, York '52 to look into the shopping carts of those waiting in line with him at his food store and observe what kind of food they were buying.  And so he did, reporting back that their baskets were piled high with 'prepared foods' and soda pop--- and that most of those in-line with him looked to be at best overweight--- if not obese--- and that their children behind them looked just like they did!
MSG's are the "silent killers" --- for they affect your brain --- and you don't even know it!


First up here is a video clip serving as an introduction to the problem of MSG's in our food supply even as we now speak.  It's a little out-of-date, for I do believe that MSG's were removed from all "prepared baby food' sometime ago. 

Next up, here's what Dr. Hugh Wang has to say about MSG's:---
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jeannine and Hugh Wang" <>
To: "H. Bruce Downey" <>
Cc: "Mal Ing"
Sent: Monday, April 19, 2010 11:18 AM
Subject: MSG

> Hi, Bruce and weight room gang:
> While we are talking about aspartame and other sweeteners causing
> hormonal omental fat that can be shed without doing any
> exercise(amazingly no one publicizes this other than Mal and me since
> I have not seen this anywhere), I am reminded of MSG in Asian and
> other foods.  It began I understand in Japan as Ajinomoto, in China
> it is called Vei Tzing, and now is worldwide as MSG.  I'm not certain
> but I hear it has the same addictive qualities as aspartame.  Somehow
> the MSG and aspartame are connected.  Perhaps Mal knows.  MSG also
> enhances omental fat.
> Jeannine, my wife, is the canary in the mine.  She gets headaches and
> swollen fingers from MSG.  I don't.
> We always ask to have no added MSG.  Sometimes we can't avoid it,
> because it's already in the tank of won ton soup, and they cannot
> remove it.  There is no doubt that it enhances flavor.  She and I try
> to drink less of the soup which helps.  Ingesting polysyllabic
> chemicals that your body does not recognize as food is something we
> should all avoid (learn to read labels, since we don't have the
> instincts of animals.  One sniff and they know to eat something else.
> We have to depend upon the advice of gurus (not always
> infallible).  You still have to think for yourself ( I tell my
> children and gkids all the time).  For instance, it is not enough to
> believe that Mal & I are correct in the hormonal causes of getting
> fat (eating gobs of food is the other cause).  You must ask yourself
> if it could  be logical or reasonable.  Do you have any trust in the
> source?  Then you should test it to prove the theorem like geometry.
> Following our recommendations, you will find the waistline shrinking
> and the scale showing losses to your delight.  You don't have to
> exercise (some is good for CV and toning, and you will because you
> can as the lbs. are shed), you need to know no chemistry, and you
> have to study no nutrition.  You only need to be spoon fed by Bruce
> and let the ripples rise upon your shore.
> One last reminder, this is a marathon.  I (and you) are so fortunate
> to have Bruce beating the drum and cheering you on.  You've
> undoubtedly been on many determined jaunts to lose weight and get
> healthy.  Like the continuing smoker, your weight continues
> inexorably higher over the years as you continue eating (the bad
> stuff).  Don't let this one get away!
> To your health and longevity, Hugh

And then additionally, here's what Dr. Mal Ing has to say about MSG's:---
NOTE:--- For the lack of any indexing to my material that I assemble from time to time in creating "The York '52 Weight Room"--- I lost an important e-mail from one of my friends, Mal Ing and Hugh Wang--- being the generous contributors of information that they are.  As Hugh puts it so succinctly, " You cannot believe everything you read anyway.  Ask Mal or me for validation.  Vee haf vays!" 
And for the friends they are to us all, Mal and Hugh both re-sent that which I had mislaid.  Here then is that lost e-mail from Mal--- now with Hugh's added introduction that in itself relates back to my forgetfulness:--- 
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jeannine and Hugh Wang"
To: Bruce
Sent: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 10:54 PM
Subject: Mal's note

Hi, Bruce:
Sometimes it pays to be lazy, or slow, or inefficient. Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin, was going on vacation, and he left a few petri dishes unwashed in his lab.  When he returned, he found some mold in them and a clear zone of no bacteria around the mold.  That the was the antibacterial effect of the mold that was to become Penicillin.
I returned to my computer to find Mal's note still in my "IN" box.  Here it is:

Hi Hugh,
You can take some credit ,also, for the "Treatise on Health Maintenance: " (By the Individual-not the Medical Insurance Company, which has a very Limited role in the Endeavor). MSG was taken out of Baby Foods in the 50's, I believe, when it was found to be neuro-toxic. I used to get the migraine headaches from the Chinese Food Syndrome until I made the connection  and stopped eating all MSG- laden products in the 60's. The Aspartame(NutraSweet) Story is more complicated. Rumsfeld, when working for Bush 1 was able to encourage the FDA to approve aspartame as a diet drink and other food additive. Interestingly, Rumsfeld worked for Searle before becoming a government official and the  head of the FDA revived a position with Searle upon retirement from his government  job. This is another example of the FDA not doing a good job at "protection". The whole story is on the Internet if you care to check it out. In addition to becoming aware of all these food stories, you both need to see "Food, Inc." You can rent it from"Netflix".

Ed note: Please don't interpret Mal's story of the link between (1) Rumsfeld, (2) the unnamed head of the FDA during that period, and (3) the drug company, GD Searle, Inc., as having anything to do with Mal's own political persuasion.  Mal's reference to these participants in the FDA approval of Aspartame (Nutrasweet) is simply that---they were historical participants in why we have Aspartame products in our food supply today.


In regular soda pop what's bad for your health is the HFCS these soft drinks contain.  But in the 'diet' versions of these same drinks--- and found similarly in 'diet' foods on the shelves of our food stores--- is another danger to our health called Aspartame or by other names such as NutraSweet, Canderel, Splenda, and AminoSweet ---- BUT NOT 'STEVIA'--- to name but a few.  Want to know more?  Read what Dr. Hugh Wang has to say about the ill effects of these 'artificial' sweeteners in what follows here:---

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jeannine and Hugh Wang"
To: Bruce
Cc: Mal Ing
Sent: Sunday, April 11, 2010 3:44 PM
Subject: Sweeteners

Hi, Bruce:

As I drink my vegetarian coffee sweetened by Stevia, I am reminded to speak to you about most sweeteners being bad for any health conscious person, the worst of which is aspartame known  under various names.  Here's what one physician says about it, and it is my opinion as well after reading many medical papers about it:

Aspartame is the most controversial food additive in history, and its approval for use in food was the most contested in FDA history. In the end, the artificial sweetener was approved, not on scientific grounds, but rather because of
political and financial pressure. After all, aspartame was previously listed by the Pentagon as a biochemical warfare agent!  It's hard to believe such a chemical would be allowed into the food supply, but it was, and it has been wreaking silent havoc with people's health for the past 30 years. The truth is, it should never have been released onto the market, and allowing it to remain in the food chain is seriously hurting people - no matter how many times you rebrand it under fancy new names.

The Deceptive Marketing of Aspartame

Sold commercially under names like NutraSweet, Canderel, and now AminoSweet, aspartame can be found in more than 6,000 foods, including soft drinks, chewing gum, table-top sweeteners, diet and diabetic foods, breakfast cereals, jams, sweets, vitamins, prescription and over-the-counter drugs.  Aspartame producer Ajinomoto chose to rebrand it under the name AminoSweet, to "remind the industry that aspartame tastes just like sugar, and that it's made from amino acids - the building blocks of protein that are abundant in our diet."  This is deception at its finest: Begin with a shred of truth, and then spin it to fit your own agenda.  In this case, the agenda is to make you believe that aspartame is somehow a harmless, natural sweetener made with two amino acids that are essential for health and present in your diet already.  They want you to believe aspartame delivers all the benefits of sugar and none of its drawbacks. But nothing could be further from the truth.

How Aspartame Wreaks Havoc on Your Health

Did you know there have been more reports to the FDA for aspartame reactions than for all other food additives combined?  In fact, there are over 10,000 official complaints, but by the FDA's own admission, less than 1 percent of those who experience a reaction to a product ever report it. So in all likelihood, the toxic effects of aspartame may have affected roughly a million people already.

While a variety of symptoms have been reported, almost two-thirds of them fall into the neurological and behavioral category consisting mostly of headaches, mood alterations, and hallucinations. The remaining third is mostly gastrointestinal symptoms.  This <
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/12/23/the-dangers-of-aspartame.aspx>video will familiarize you with some of the terrifying side-effects and health problems you could encounter if you consume products containing this chemical.  Unfortunately, aspartame toxicity is not well-known by doctors, despite its frequency.  Diagnosis is also hampered by the fact that it mimics several other common health conditions, such as:
Multiple sclerosis
Parkinson's disease
Alzheimer's disease
Multiple chemical sensitivity
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Attention deficit disorder
Panic disorder
Depression and other psychological disorders
Lupus Diabetes and diabetic complications
Birth defects
Lyme disease
How Diet Foods and Drinks CAUSE Weight Problems

In recent years, food manufacturers have increasingly focused on developing low-calorie foods and drinks to help you maintain a healthy weight and avoid obesity. Unfortunately, the science behind these products is so flawed, most
of these products can actually
double your risk of obesity - the complete opposite of the stated intention behind these "zero calorie" drinks.  The sad truth is that diet foods and drinks ruin your body's ability to count calories, and in fact stimulate your appetite, thus boosting your inclination to overindulge.

Unfortunately, most public health agencies and nutritionists in the United States recommend these toxic artificial sweeteners as an acceptable alternative to sugar, which is at best confusing and at worst harming the health of those who take their misguided advice.

Even More Toxic Dangers of Aspartame

Truly, there is enough evidence showing the dangers of consuming artificial sweeteners to fill an entire book -- which is exactly why I wrote
Sweet Deception. If you or your loved ones drink diet beverages or eat diet foods, this book will explain how you've been deceived about the truth behind artificial sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose -- for greed, for profits, and at the expense of your health.
As mentioned earlier, almost two-thirds of all documented side effects of aspartame consumption are neurological.  One of the reasons for this side effect, researchers have discovered, is because the phenylalanine in aspartame dissociates from the ester bond. While these amino acids are indeed completely natural and safe, they were never designed to be ingested as isolated amino acids in massive quantities, which in and of itself will cause complications.
Additionally this will also increase dopamine levels in your brain. This can lead to symptoms of depression because it distorts your serotonin/dopamine balance. It can also lead to migraine headaches and brain tumors through a similar mechanism.  The aspartic acid in aspartame is a
excitotoxin. Excitotoxins are usually amino acids, such as glutamate and aspartate. These special amino acids cause particular brain cells to become excessively excited, to the point that they die.  Excitotoxins can also cause a loss of brain synapses and connecting fibers. A review conducted in 2008 by scientists from the University of Pretoria and the University of
Limpopo found that consuming a lot of aspartame may inhibit the ability of enzymes in your brain to function normally, and may lead to neurodegeneration.  According to the researchers, consuming a lot of aspartame can disturb:
  • The metabolism of amino acids
  • Protein structure and metabolism
  • The integrity of nucleic acids Neuronal function
  • Endocrine balances

Furthermore, the ester bond in aspartame breaks down to formaldehyde and methanol, which are also toxic in their own right. So it is not surprising that this popular artificial sweetener has also been found to cause cancer.

Bruce, I'm back to talk about Splenda which itself is not bad.  It was approved by the FDA which tested it as a natural sweetener which I am trying to grow in my back yard having ordered it from a mail-order nursery.  It is struggling, and I'm not sure if it doesn't like my heavy clay dirt or if I'm not watering enough or too much.  It is sweeter than sugar, and fast became a favorite for diabetics.  A cup of coffee requires only a twentieth of a teaspoon.  Here's where the fraud occurs.  After the approval, the company added sugar to bulk up the packet to a teaspoon or more, so now what was okay for diabetics and obese patients with omental baggage is now causing insulin/leptin resistance and rises in blood sugar.  The company markets it as "made from sugar" without the downside of sugar.  Boo!
Stevia has nothing added to it, and you use a tiny spoon about the size of a quarter of a little fingernail to equal a teaspoon of sugar.  It can be found at health food stores and I think Trader Joe's.  It will not raise your blood sugar or anyone else's.  You can cook with it.