January 2007 - Issue: 10

WHAT’S COOKING is a monthly bulletin to keep you informed about the healing power of food, great new recipes, individual success stories, and the latest from Dr. Fuhrman guiding you on the path to optimal health.

Dr. Fuhrman’s Tip of the Month
To Feed a Cold and Starve a Fever?

In acute illnesses, such as colds and flu, the symptoms – such as fever and cough – are the best remedies for the virus. The fever encourages the brain to secrete interferon, which then further activates white blood cells to fight the virus. The cough aids in expelling the mucus and preventing it from settling within the lung. The body has the innate intelligence and power to heal itself from within, if not hampered. We assist this renewal by thorough rest, which includes not eating much or not eating at all.

We naturally lose our appetite when we are ill. When ill with a typical viral syndrome, it is best to rest, drink water, avoid cooked food, and only consume fresh fruit and raw vegetables if hungry. Fasting when ill speeds recovery, reduces mucus production, and activates the immune system’s defenses to rapidly and dramatically eliminate the viral load.

Suggested reading to learn more:

Dr. Fuhrman’s Healthy Times Newsletter March 2003

Dr. Fuhrman’s Healthy Times Newsletter March 2004

– Joel Fuhrman, M.D.
January Menu

Easy Crock Pot Cooking

Quinoa Breakfast

Green and Yellow Split Pea Soup

Tasty Chickpea and Tomato Soup

Corn and Bean Stew w/ Baby Spinach

Broccoli and Tofu in Spicy Sauce w/ Brazil Nuts

Sweet Potato–Cabbage Casserole

Dr. Fuhrman's Online Members Support Center offers hundreds of delicious, nutrient-dense recipes and menu ideas. Member Benefits
Food for Thought
The most effective artillery we have to protect ourselves against the potential damaging effects of influenza and other infectious disease is nutritional excellence. Micronutrients – meaning vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals – fuel various defense mechanisms within our bodies. It also has been demonstrated that when diets are low in consumption of green and yellow vegetables (which are rich in carotenoids and other phytochemicals), viral illnesses take a more serious form. Low nutrient intake enables microbes (viruses and bacteria) to spread easily and develop into dangerously stronger forms. The fact that this is happening should be of no surprise since ubiquitous consumption of fake foods such as white bread, pasta, oil, and sugar has become the norm. We make matters even worse by combining misuse and overuse of antibiotics with our poor nutritional habits.

A powerful but virtually ignored public health measure that can be taken to protect modern society from the flu and other infectious illnesses is the implementation of a program of nutritional education. You can avoid the flu, and if you do get it, you can make sure that it is a mild illness for you and your family. The key is excellent nutrition. To enhance health and well being, we need to learn how to choose foods that deliver maximum nutrient density per serving. A diet based on nutrient rich plant foods is our best defense against most diseases of abundance like obesity, cancer, heart disease and diabetes in addition to common colds and the flu. Vitamins, minerals, fiber, and a fascinating array of phytochemicals all add up to determine the nutrient density of a food item.

Dr. Fuhrman has developed a Nutrient Density Scoring System (can you create an ad tracker link that is anchored to the nutrient density article on this page?) that can help you make the best food choices. For a preview of the nutrient density of foods visit our library at Dr. Fuhrman.com and find out what the most healthful foods are and see where the foods you eat rank on this list! Stay tuned for a more comprehensive listing available through Dr. Fuhrman’ Member Support Center coming soon.

Other Suggested Reading
Dr. Fuhrman’s Healthy Times Newsletter January 2004
January's Member Teleconference:

Nutritional Supplementation
Date: Monday, January 22, 2007
Time: 9:00 pm EST
(SeeDr. Fuhrman’s Online Member Center for details)

Recipe of the Month

We thought that January would be a good month to feature crock pot recipes so that you could put your new crock pot to good use. Those of you who have "old" and forgotten crock pots can get them out & dust them off to try these delicious recipes. We, at DrFuhrman online, have been working hard to perfect these recipes so we hope that you’ll try them and we are sure you’ll enjoy them!

Crock pot cooking is an easier way of cooking because all you usually have to do is add all of the ingredients at the same time, therefore eliminating many steps required in some recipes. At any time of year, a slow cooker can make life a little more convenient because, by planning ahead, you save time later. What a treat to wake up in the morning to the smell of a nutritious quinoa breakfast or to come home from work to the aroma of a Eat To Live soup or stew!

Broccoli and Tofu in Spicy Sauce w/ Brazil Nuts
The featured recipe combines health promoting broccoli with protein rich tofu along with a delicious spicy sauce. The addition of Brazil nuts, the most nutrient dense of all nuts, gives this delicious dish added nutrition and crunch.

The staff at DrFuhrman online wishes you and your loved ones a happy and healthy new year as you Eat To Live!


Lori attributes the amazing health of her children to Eat to Live

Dear Dr. Fuhrman,

Dr. Fuhrman immediately struck me as being very knowledgeable, very committed to his work, and amazingly informed about how nutrition affects each part of the body and its’ specific function. My husband and I both converted to Dr. Fuhrman’s plant–based approach to eating. As a result, we found a tremendous increase in energy levels, lowered our cholesterol levels, lost excess weight and were able to conceive our first child. I enjoyed two complication–free pregnancies, no small detail, giving birth to our son at the age of 39 and our daughter at age 44. Dr. Fuhrman helped tremendously with bouts of nausea during my pregnancy, but I did not experience any other complications.

I believe that our nutrition choices — pre–pregnancy, during pregnancy, and as we introduced foods to our children — have changed their lives forever. Our children have always eaten a plant–based diet, enjoying all types of fruits and vegetables making meal time a pleasant experience. Neither one has ever needed antibiotics, nor have they ever suffered from ear infections, allergies, asthma or persistent childhood illnesses. They do get the occasional cold, but they quickly recover. My son is now a very energetic 6 year old, but very well–behaved and not hyperactive. He has an excellent attention span for his age and excels as a home–schooled student.

I am so thankful that Dr. Fuhrman offers the option for telephone consultation, since it is very difficult to find classically–trained medical doctors who understand and advocate the nutrition component of disease prevention and natural living without the use of medications.

–Lori M.

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