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Nutrition Notes

Nutrition Notes

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Food and Nutrition

The term “nutrition” means mean a lot of different things to different people. Some people adopt the term as a professional label; many companies borrow the term to claim a relationship to professional nutrition. Universities may have departments of nutrition. Often the study of nutrition is disconnected from the real world of agricultural practices, food processing and distribution. The intense marketing efforts of food and drug companies flood the media with deliberately biased information that confuses everyone.A majority of health problems are food-related; so these problems get a lot of our attention.

Food is the most intimate part of the environment because we ingest it. When something goes wrong, it makes good sense to look at the flow of substances through the mouth for the source of the problem. We look not only at the composition of the food but also, and more importantly, at the interaction of the ingested molecules with body. Adverse reactions to food are common and produce many disturbances by a variety of mechanisms. Diagnosing adverse reactions to food is an important task of clinical medicine, despite the fact that it is not currently taught in medical schools.
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There are two aspects to nutrition:
1 The normal play of nutrients in the body.
2 The real story of complex food-body interactions with disease-causing problems.

Here is Dr Gislason's Preface:

Nutrition notes began as my notebook, studying nutrition more than 30 years ago. As a student, I was fascinated by biochemistry and drew large charts on my walls showing the interrelationships of intermediary metabolism. Nutrients are the input to metabolism and you might assume that foods in reasonable combinations will provide the necessary input.

When you are a student, you are busy learning what is known and lack the experience to ask good questions about what is not known. I, for example, did not have any questions about problems involved in digesting foods into nutrients and problems absorbing nutrients. I never imagined that such good things as food proteins could cause disease. I never considered that the immune system would interact with the food supply and produce disease. These questions arose many years later, after I became ill and discovered that some foods made me so. The notes continued as explanation to my patients of food-related illness and the complex task of choosing the right foods to avoid food-related illness, while obtaining optimal nutrition.

I have heard the comment that physicians are handicapped because they have no training in nutrition. My response is usually to ask who would teach them and what kind of nutrition would they learn? The kind of nutrition learned at colleges and university tends to be practical and dogmatic. It is based on food group meal planning and intends to train people who work in institutional food services.

I hope that Nutrition Notes will fill the physicians need for therapeutic nutritional knowledge. I hope that dietitians will read this book so that they can apply their knowledge to help people solve health problems. I also hope that all intelligent people who have to learn about nutrition to solve their own health problems will benefit from reading this book and keeping it as a reference.

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