I just happened to run across John McDougall's website again tonight and it brought back the same flood of emotions that it always does, so I wanted to post a rant, to get it off my chest.... His website is http://www.drmcdougall.com/
Every time I see Dr McDougall I immediately think of the televangelists and faith healers I used to watch when I was a pentecostal Christian. Anyone remember Benny Hinn? http://www.bennyhinn.com/
-- I liked a lot of the stuff Benny Hinn would say on TV, about having faith in God and trusting Him. He was charismatic, fun to watch, and he believe in Jesus like me, but I was never completely comfortable with his ministry. He was living an unapologetically extravagent lifestyle which I didn't feel was right, using God as just a sales point to get more donations and "faith partners" and never telling the whole truth. Those are the same things I think of when I hear John McDougall speak. Last time I heard him speak was at an animal rights conference two years ago, and I enjoyed every speaker but him. His speech reminded me of the tv evangelists who were trying to make money off of something good that people trusted but twisting it to sound better than it really was in hopes of making more money. McDougall's whole speech was selling up his Wellness Center where people could go to be healed of any illness, or continually peddling his books. He went through his whole speech rather quickly, never sharing many details and at the end during Q&A whenever someone had a question he would tell them to buy his book and it's all explained in his book. He mentioned his fancy cars and houses and told us how he had to rush off to catch a plane so he could make it to his cruise on time, as if we would feel happy hearing how rich he was. It was just like the TV Evangelists telling how God wants us all to be Rich and live in mansions here on earth, except he wasn't saying all that, he was just describing his lifestyle. His big selling point was that everyone on his diet lost weight because, he said, they were finally eating healthy. But when we talked about it afterwards at dinner (McDougall was gone by then), our group discussed how his diet was really just a starvation diet, very very low calorie intake, and it would be no surprise for anyone to lose weight on that diet, but that no one could continue on a starvation diet over the long term. Somehow his empassionate way of speaking led me to purchase his book, and looking through it I was again sadened by the misinformation. During the Q&A someone asked about B12, and McDougall basically dismissed them by stating that B12 stays in our systems for a long time so we really don't need to worry about that, but if we feel we are lacking that we can take a multivitamin. Early editions of his book didn't even address B12 deficiency, claiming that you could get all the B12 you need from unwashed organic fruits and vegetables (the mainstay of his diet program). Anyways, I hope people that hear him speak or read his books really think before the buy into all the hype. Just because someone is a charismatic speaker, doesn't mean everything they say is true or worth listening to, especially if speaking engagements are how they sell their goods.