Sunday, March 11, 2012

still benefitting from the magic, a tribute, and more

I am completely flabbergasted by the way "Strong Medicine" is STILL working.  If you follow Dr. Donaldson's directions perfectly, you lose weight at a steady predictable rate.  If you occasionally make a minor diversion, you MAY do even better. 

Yesterday, my porky breakfast was overlarge, and my lunch appetite didn't appear; i varied things up with half a small acorn squash with butter and a couple of ounces of sake in mid-afternoon.  Then i had my freshly-crockpotted chuck roast for supper (without the coffee) ... and found myself down a WHOLE pound this morning.

Why, in the names of all the gods at once, is this book not still in print?!  I'm forever in the debt of that dear lady, H, who recommended it -- and i'm going to change the template of my post in her honor, because she mentioned the current one bothers her eyes!

So far, today has already been stellar in the blogging world, with Pal Jabekk and Zoe Harcombe contributing intelligent, fact-rich, applicable-in-vivo-as-well-as-in-theory articles.  One can read a long time without picking up stuff that one can actually USE.... 

As a matter of fact, Mr. Jabekk wrote a very good essay last year, on the subject of "setpoint theory" which i agree with intellectually as well as through experience.  I've always HATED the acceptance this HYPOTHESIS has so long enjoyed, as it's absolutely unfathomable by my "instincts of rightness" ... or call it "intuition"!  Sorry, but when my subconscious mind puts the brakes on believing in something, i've learned (over 56 years) that it pays to heed it!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend, everyone!


  1. Tess, thank you for your kind thoughts, and for your kind gesture. Having older eyes, I do like dark test on a very light background. All I have to do is to click and make the text larger! :)

    I'm so glad you like Strong Medicine. Just thinking about that book helps to keep me on a clean, food plan. It's pollen season, and I want to be as medicine-free as I can. He is the only one, as far as I know, other than the FailSafe diet folks, who talks about green vegetables causing troubles.

    If you keep a watch at, you might get lucky and get a copy of Strong Medicine at a reasonable price. I got mine for $10 or $15, and it often sells for well over $100. Or maybe, you'll have a really fortunate day and find it at a thrift store or garage sale for a quarter. :)

    Are you working towards being very strict about the walk, and the water, and the eight hours of sleep, and only water between meals?

    I always smile at his writing about the demitasse of coffee. I remember older folks in the late 50s and early 60s having those tiny cups of weak coffee.

    I'm glad you are doing so well. :)

  2. Oops, I'm sorry. That ought to have been "dark text on a..."

  3. :-) i already checked abebooks and the prices were high -- i'll KEEP looking, though!

    when i'm at home by myself, it's easy to take the 6-8 ounces of (salted) meat per meal, with a cup of coffee (i don't worry about the size of it, but it has to be decaf in the evening). i usually manage to drink my water and take my walks (later in the day), too. i make every effort to get 7-8 hours lf sleep in any case, though i'm not alarm-trained yet. :-) so as you see, i'm not perfect, but still get incredible results. i can actually expect to reach my goal weight this time! wow!

  4. Tess, Strong Medicine must really suit you splendidly. Congratulations to you! :) I had the what-to-eat worked out from Dr. Kurt Harris' old PaleoNu recommendations and Dr. Jan Kwasniewski a la Peter Dobromylskyj. Dr. Bernstein's book, The Diabetes Solution, got me VLC, and giving up fruit, and then his Law of Small Numbers and eating very small meals put the whole thing together for me.

    I so appreciate it that so much information on LC is available on the internet.

    I wish you continued success, and much joy taking Strong Medicine. :)

    If you don't have these yet, here are a couple of Stefansson things:

    Stefansson-Anderson preliminary report on Arctic Expedition, 1914:

    Stefansson results at, several books:

    Article on Bellevue experiment (Stefansson and Anderson):

    A pdf of The Fat of The Land, by Stefansson:

    Mrs. Stefansson's preface to Eat Fat and Grow Slim, by Dr. Richard MacKarness:

    (You might have to register at LCF to read that.)

    Dr. Richard MacKarness' book, Eat Fat and Grow Slim:

    Mrs. Stef's preface was not in the edition posted online.

    I got Dr. MacKarness' book through abebooks or, too.

    And, here is the McClellan-DuBois report, of 1930, on the Bellevue experiment, to which Dr. Donaldson refers in his book:

    Dr. Alfred Penningtons' diet for obesity, 1953, based on Dr. Donaldson's work:

    Experiences with the Pennington Diet in the Management of Obesity, 1961:

    That ought to be reading worth a few pots or tea and some lamp oil. :)

    I really like reading the work of the pioneers in LC. Those are the main VLC links I have, of the early researchers/clinicians.


  5. WOW! what a lot of great resources -- thanks, H!