Letters

CALCIUM, DAIRY, WEIGHT LOSS
Re: “Calcium: the new fat buster?” by Brobson Lutz M.D. Health column, May 2009 issue.
I’d like to keep my weight down as much the next girl, but I happen to know that dairy may not be our best choice as a source of calcium to help with that. Countries with the highest rates of animal protein consumption, including the protein in dairy products, actually have the highest rates of osteoporosis (not to mention cancers, heart disease and any other diseases). According to The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, among other sources, eating animal protein makes our bodies more acidic, and to buffer this acid, calcium is leached out of the bones, making them weaker and more prone to fractures. So drinking more milk may keep us skinnier, but at the cost of weaker bones. I’d like to see some more excellent plant-based sources for calcium added to the list as well, such as beans, tofu, tempeh, collards, kale and turnip greens. The calcium in these foods is easy to absorb and won’t make the body more acidic. And they’re yummy!
Leslie Brown M.D.
Mandeville

RAY STEVENS’ TRIBUTE
Re: “All Aboard!: Kermit Ruffins Sings a Classic,” by Jason Berry. Music column, May 2009 issue.
I just read Jason Berry’s article about Kermit Ruffins’ new album. It made me think about an album that came out a year or so after [Hurricane] Katrina, a New Orleans tribute album by Ray Stevens, entitled New Orleans Moon. I’m still stumped that it was never given a review or mention by New Orleans Magazine. As a New Orleans native, now living in Hawaii, I’ve never been so emotionally moved by the musical arrangements of New Orleans and Louisiana standards performed by Ray [Stevens] on this album. The title cut, the only original song on the album, has for me become a “standard” equal to “Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans” (which is included on the album).
Charles Morel
Kailua, Hi

QUESTIONS OF RACE
Re: “Race-Baiting: Guess Where it’s Being Stirred Up?” Speaking Out column, May 2009 issue.
No doubt race baiting is being used to cling (to power), but make no mistake racism is alive and well in the greater New Orleans area.
As a young professional I see that racism is pumping through the veins of change. The younger generations are more educated and better versed in describing their views with a rhetoric, so sweet observers are hypnotized into believing we all get along. I draw to your attention to the still separate but equal social activities for YPs: the Young Leadership Council and the Urban League Young Professionals. How integrated are they really?
I look forward to the day when Dr. King’s words are true, but I disagree when you claim New Orleans’ City Hall is the center of the racial divide.
Qiana Wilson
New Orleans

VOODOO WOMAN
Re: “The Gumbo of Vodou,” by Morgan Packard. June 2009 issue.
Great article recapping Morgan Packard’s Vodou discussion with Ms. Glassman. She set it up so one could read it with an open mind…and gain insight into elements of Vodou that I certainly never knew or understood. The city is lucky Sallie decided to come in from the cold of Maine. Be interested in seeing how her healing center progresses.  
Jim Murray  
Atlanta, GA

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