SPICES AND HEALTH

Dr. Galati is pleased to have David Winston on the program to discuss his

perspectives on the role of spices in health and wellness. It has been shown that spices

have great healing power, and can help lower cholesterol and fight diabetes, cancer, and

more.  

David Winston is an Herbalist and Ethnobotanist with over 37 years of training in

Cherokee, Chinese and Western herbal traditions.  He has been in clinical practice for

over 28 years and is an herbal consultant to physicians, herbalists and researchers

throughout the USA and Canada.

 

Mr. Winston is the founder/director of the Herbal Therapeutics Research Library and the dean of David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies, a two-year training program in clinical herbal medicine. He is an internationally known lecturer and teaches frequently at medical

schools, symposia and herb conferences.  He is also the president of Herbalist &

Alchemist, Inc. an herbal manufacturing company,

 

David is a contributing author of American Herbalism, published in 1992 by Crossings Press, the author of Saw Palmetto for Men & Women, Storey, 1999,  the co-author of Herbal Therapies and Supplements; A Scientific and Traditional Approach, Lippincott, 2001, and the author of Herbal Therapeutics, Specific Indications For Herbs & Herbal Formulas, HTRL, 2003. In addition, David is a founding/professional member of the American Herbalist Guild, and he has served three terms on the Board of Directors.

 
 

MCDONALD''S AND NUTRITION?

 Melanie Warner from the NY Times, who recently wrote and article on McDonald''s and their attempt to introduce a healthier meal for consumers, will join Dr. Galati on Your Health First this week.

The enormous success of the Dollar Menu, where all items cost $1, has helped stimulate 36 consecutive months of sales growth at stores open at least a year. In three years, revenue has increased by 33 percent and its shares have rocketed 170 percent, a remarkable turnaround for a company that only four years ago seemed to be going nowhere.

McDonald''s has attracted considerable attention in the last few years for introducing to its menu healthy food items like salads and fruit. Yet its turnaround has come not from greater sales of healthy foods but from selling more fast-food basics, like double cheeseburgers and fried chicken sandwiches, from the Dollar Menu.

While that may have helped many low-income customers save money, there could be a heavy health cost. McDonald''s has marketed the Dollar Menu to teenagers, young adults and minorities who are already plagued with an especially high incidence of  obesity and related health problems like diabetes.

Many nutritionists say fast food is one of the worst things in the American diet, because of its calories, trans fats, lack of fiber and added sugars and processed carbohydrates. "If you''re looking at the Dollar Menu in terms of how much food you get it really appears as a good bargain," said Connie Schneider, a nutrition adviser for Fresno County in California. "But if you''re looking at it as how many nutrients are you getting for a dollar, it''s the least economical."

McDonald''s says it seeks to provide options for its customers, at both low and higher prices. "We''re proud of the choices we offer customers," said Bill Lamar, chief marketing officer for McDonald''s United States business. "You can come in and order Apple Dippers, salads with low-fat dressing, yogurt, or you can order an Egg McMuffin, which is a very nutritious sandwich. People can make the decisions about how to eat for themselves."