Our issue this month deals with several interesting and controversial topics in involving clinical and consumer issues. We lead off with a question that troubles many consumers: Can food processing enhance cancer protection? The expert group involved in putting together this piece found the news was mostly good. Dr. Esther Myers, our resident expert on dietetics takes on the question of whether you and your professional association are getting your perspectives into the public policy area. Dr. Chris Rosenbloom, has filed a simply marvelous piece on popular diets and sports performance that many of us will use in counseling our favorite young adults. Dr. Kathy Kolasa and her associates weigh in with case studies on some new medications, the incretins, for type 2 diabetes and what their implications are for dietary management and weight. We wind up this hearty clinical fare with a splendid historical piece about the pioneers who trekked to the western states (then territories) of the US along the Oregon Trail. The fare they ate makes the worst greasy spoon look pretty good.
-Johanna Dwyer DSc, RD, Editor