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  May 2009 Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine  

News and Campaign Updates

Wyntergrace WilliamsTeen Celeb Promotes Healthy School Lunches
It’s as eye-catching and kid-friendly as any commercial shown during Saturday morning cartoons. But unlike commercials that hawk fast food and other junk foods, PCRM and Wyntergrace Williams have an important message for students: “Some of us don’t eat right. Fast food, junk food—sometimes even our school lunches have way too much fat and cholesterol.” Watch the commercial > 

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pig Pigs Killed in North Dakota Trauma Training Course 
April was a cruel month for pigs. At North Dakota State University, live pigs were unlawfully killed after they were subjected to the trauma of confinement and experimentation. But you can end this unnecessary cruelty. Join PCRM in asking the university to end animal use in its Advanced Trauma Life Support course taught by instructors from MeritCare Hospital. Goats killed in Galveston >

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crackerCancer on a Cracker? Five Worst Packaged Kids Meals
Lunchables and similar packaged lunches seem like cheap and convenient options, but many pack a hidden cost—an increased risk for chronic diseases like cancer and diabetes—according to “The Five Worst Packaged Lunchbox Meals,” a new analysis by dietitians with the Cancer Project. Maxed-out meals >

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chimpThe Pleasure Principle: Promoting Animal Happiness
Birds do it. Chimpanzees do it. Even fishes in seas do it. They seek joy, rapture, jubilation, and countless other states of pleasure. And humans have a moral obligation to allow animals to experience these rewards. So how can we reconcile practices—such as laboratory experiments—that deprive animals fulfilling, enjoyable lives? The Pleasurable Kingdom author answers that question in his latest paper. Iguana indulgence >

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zitty milk cartonGot Pimples? Dairy and Sugar Linked to Acne
Teens who avoid milk and sugary foods may experience fewer skin blemishes, according to a new study in April’s International Journal of Dermatology. Hope Ferdowsian, M.D., M.P.H., and her co-authors reviewed 27 previously published scientific studies and found that the more milk young people drank, the more likely they were to develop acne. Chocolate and zits >

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Simon ChaitowitzIn Memory of Simon Chaitowitz
The animals lost one of their strongest voices when Ms. Simon Chaitowitz, PCRM's longtime communications director, passed away in April. She suffered from a blood disorder caused by the treatment she underwent for breast cancer. Activist for progressive causes >

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Super Size MeMorgan Spurlock Asks Super Size Me Viewers to Support PCRM
SnagFilms.com is a Web site where you can watch full-length documentary films for free. Each of the documentaries is matched up with a charity, and the viewer is encouraged to watch a film and then spring into action by supporting the chosen cause. Morgan Spurlock has named PCRM the charity connected with his breakout documentary, Super Size Me. Watch Super Size Me >

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ABC News quotes PCRM president Neal Barnard, M.D., on new vegetarian teens study

Galveston, Texas, newspaper prints letter by PCRM’s John Pippin, M.D., F.A.C.C., opposing ATLS course at the University of Texas Medical Branch

Cleveland’s The Plain Dealer prints op-ed by PCRM nutritionist Kathryn Strong, M.S., R.D., on school lunch stimulus package

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