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Readers opine about high-tech medicine and the July 2012 SEC move, covered in the managing innovation spring issue, and continue discussion about  sustainable energy from the winter issue. Your opinions are welcome. Keep reading, and keep writing.

MIZZOU magazine staff

Alternative to high tech

Your article, “Wired for Health” [Spring 2012], caught my attention, but not necessarily for the reasons you might expect.

I know you’re right on with technology today, but it seems to me that we should be striving for prevention instead of doctors’ calls, pills and poor diets. With the right changes (easy changes, by the way), we can eliminate bad health and live better and more economically.

Have you ever read The China Study by T. Colin Campbell? He is a biochemist who shares his findings about the causes and remedies for our poor health, mainly through his studies in China, verified by other researchers throughout the world.

Campbell demonstrates an easy solution: Cut back to less than 10 percent animal protein (beef, chicken, fish, lamb), and eliminate dairy products and processed foods from your diet. Then eat all of the whole and plant-based foods you want!

The results? Hey, guess what. You may not be visiting your doctor with all the high-tech stuff and super recordkeeping, or taking the latest pills touted by the pharmaceutical industry.

My wife and I are prime examples of the power of such a lifestyle change. I am 82, and my blood pressure — in the 150/100 range even with statins for 40 years — is in the 120/70 range. In about a month, my weight has dropped almost 20 pounds. And, yes, I even jog a few times a week, ride my stationary bike or run on my trampoline. We are also trying Tai Chi, which seems to be made for us seniors.

Raymond D. Mathews, BS ME ’56, Raleigh, N.C.

Using plants for energy

I read, with interest, the article in the latest MIZZOU magazine [Sustainable Energy, Winter 2012] about using plants for generating energy. Fine. Now, how about coming down here to the Southeast (especially Greenville, S.C., or Spartanburg, S.C.) and garnering lots of our kudzu vine? I’m sure we would not dislike sharing that with you for the sake of energy. That would be a positive use for it, instead of taking over the Southeast. It has been accused of being the North’s revenge for the Civil War. Don’t you think the Northerners could forsake that revenge by now and take it back — especially for the sake of energy?

Carolyn Eigel, BS Ed ’63, Greenville, S.C.

Happy about SEC news

I arrived home this evening to find my Spring 2012 issue of the MIZZOU alumni magazine in today’s mail. I especially liked the short article “Settling into the SEC” [Around the Columns, Page 12]. Also in the mail today was my University of Georgia Graduate School magazine.

As a graduate from both institutions (University of Missouri, BS Ag ’76; University of Georgia, MLA ’82), I am thrilled that MU has joined the Southeastern Conference. I think Mizzou will gain a lot by joining the conference, and the conference will also gain by having Mizzou. I am taking Director of Athletics Mike Alden’s challenge to help sell out home games. I plan on being at the first football game with one of the SEC teams, the Georgia Bulldogs, Sept. 8 at Mizzou. I will also take the challenge to travel to away games, especially to beautiful Athens, Ga., home of the University of Georgia.

I have had a lot of fun and have been kidded about a house divided by fellow Mizzou and Georgia graduates regarding what could become a great rivalry. I am proud to be a graduate of the two best institutions in the SEC Eastern Division. However, my loyalties remain stronger to my first alma mater, Mizzou.

John J. Hicks, BS Ag ’76, St. Louis

Not happy about SEC
As a [Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Mo.] alumnus who was born in Kansas City and has been a loyal follower of Mizzou all my adult life, I am extremely disappointed in the University of Missouri’s decision to turn its back on the Big 12, the University of Kansas rivalry and the history that goes with the Big Six, Big Seven, Big Eight, et al. I believe the University of Missouri will come to regret the decision to abandon the Big 12. The SEC is not “greener pastures.” If the University of Missouri had the courage to poll its alumni before it made the move, I believe it would have found the alumni overwhelmingly supportive of remaining in the Big 12.

Robert Powers, Fontana, Calif.

Clamoring for more
I read the “Chew chew train” article [Spring 2012] about dining aboard a train, but I am unable to find a contact number for the company. Any way I could get the contact information?

Erica L. Campbell, BA ’08, MSW ’10, St. Louis

Editor’s note: Certainly. For more information about the dinner train, call 573-474-2223.