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September/October 2022 - Volume 57 - Issue 5

  • Johanna Dwyer, DSc, RD
  • 0029-666X
  • 1538-9839
  • 6 issues / year
Happy Fall, Dear Readers,

We are providing you with some highly relevant food for thought this month.

We all hope that this is the last year we have to worry so much about Covid and can settle back down into our normal, but now forever-changed, lives. However, many of us notice our clothes fit a little tighter than they did before the virus struck, and many admit that all the restrictions tended to make many of us champion couch potatoes. Let's look at this month' s articles that offer some ways to get back on track with healthier diets and more active lifestyles. 

For starters, consider the weight problem. Somebody once said that the 19 in Covid 19 didn't stand for the year of the epidemic but rather for the 19 pounds many people gained during the lockdown and subsequent restrictions. Part of the problem was not getting out and about as much as usual. 

Guillermo García Pérez de Sevilla, MsC, Beatriz Sánchez-Pinto, MD provides a succinct summary of the perils of physically inactive, sedentary lifestyles and why we all need to get a move on in this month's continuing education article entitled “Physical inactivity and chronic disease". A second Covid-related problem was our tendency to overindulge in food and drink, and the combination of this plus physical inactivity led to large gains in weight for many. We have a second article that may be helpful on that side of the equation by Drs. Perez de Sevilla and Sanchez-Pinto, who provide a quick look at some of the health benefits of the “Mediterranean Diet and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease." Although it isn't a weight loss diet —it tastes good and can get you back on a healthier path when eaten in moderation. Speaking of weight, there is also another good piece on weight management authored by a team led by Dr. Kevin Metcalf and his team looking at barriers to implementing weight management recommendations that dietitians often experience. The dietitians are experts in food and diets but, as this review and the survey indicate, they sometimes find it challenging to design programs that meet authoritative weight management recommendations.

Back to COVID-19 for a moment more, it seems that the blame game on what went wrong with health communications during the epidemic will never cease. But, as our columnists Sylvia Rowe, MA, Nick Alexander, BA, point out in their article on “Darkness into … Darkness: Further Health/Science Communication Challenges in the Wake of COVID," there are some important communications lessons to learn from all the mess. Read all about it here.

We round out the issue with an interesting letter to the editor from Dr. Richard (Dick) Shader, a world class psychopharmacologist and psychiatrist. In his spare time, he happened to wander down the supermarket aisles where all the different brands and types of salt are sold, and he noticed how few were iodized. This led him to some interesting observations on iodine, health, and salt which you'll enjoy reading.

Speaking of diets, a few months ago we ran an article about a person who adopted the Paleo diet and ate it for a year. Now Karsten Øvretveit, MSc and Ingar Mehus, MSc, PhD recount the real-life experience of this same person as he exited the cave in an article entitled: “Exiting the Cave: Exploring the Transition from Paleolithic to Omnivorous Dieting"

And speaking of food, don't forget the spices! Our columnist Keith Singletary provides a great review of “Sesame: Potential Health Benefits." These seeds, so beloved in the Middle East are also dear to many other cuisines and may have some very interesting constituents that may be associated with health benefits.

We continue our series on one of the most illustrious female nutritionists of the 20th century and present another CE article on the contributions to human metabolic research of Dr Doris Howes Calloway by Dr. Molly Kretsch and her colleagues. The article shows that human metabolic studies bring their own challenges and some of the tricks of the trade are described for those who may be planning to do them. ​

Best regards,
Johanna Dwyer DSc,RD
Editor, Nutrition Today

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