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Topics this week include: big food producers accused of profiteering from inflation, medical contributions by Africans and Black Americans, and others—stories to keep you informed of health news in your community and worldwide.
In our #TBT Pioneer Archives post, read Francis M. Pottenger, Jr., MD’s 1965 editorial about the impact of agricultural practices on nutrition.
Big Food Producers Accused of Profiteering From Inflation
Meat prices are skyrocketing above inflation’s 7%. According to Truthout, corporate greed is the culprit. In the final quarter of 2021, Tyson’s average price of beef increased more than 30%. While Tyson and other big food company CEOs are touting their booming profits, consumers and particularly poor and low-income people are hurting. Thankfully, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is on the case, and Tuesday on Twitter accused CEOs of using inflation as a smokescreen to increase prices of meat, vegetables, and other products. Find out more at Truthout.
Medical Contributions by Africans and Black Americans
Contributions to the health and wellness of our society by Black physicians over centuries are many and often forgotten. We’re sharing this MedPage Today Black History Month feature from 2021 as a reminder of just a few of the countless Black doctor and scientist pioneers who made indelible improvements to modern medical practices. Learn more at MedPage Today.
Vitamin D for Protecting Against Severe COVID
New research provides empirical evidence that vitamin D is protective against severe COVID. Health officials in numerous countries recommended vitamin D supplementation before this latest study, reported in The Times of Israel. Will this new evidence propel the CDC to finally recommend this low-cost readily available immunity booster for Americans? Read more at WebMD.
Pioneer Archives Post: Francis M. Pottenger, Jr., MD’s Editorial about the Impact of Agricultural Practices on Nutrition
In 1965, Francis M. Pottenger, Jr., MD shared his concerns about the potentially deleterious effects of developments in agricultural practices (such as synthetic chemicals, pesticides, and forced-growth practices), on human nutrition and health. Read this editorial from the Journal of Applied Nutrition to learn why he believed those practices could produce deficiencies in subsequent generations: Read more in our Pioneer Archives Post.
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