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Topics this week include: the problem with alcohol research, legislation for eating disorders prevention and treatment, millions of kids at risk of losing school lunches, 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 definition of the optimal diet, published in 1959.
One Health: COVID, Ecosystems, and Human Health
Humanity is facing a faltering relationship with nature, where the health of the environment is reflected in the health of humans. NBC News reports on the pandemic two years into this latest zoonotic viral spillover event, and the “one health” concept, described by epidemiologist and veterinarian, Dr. Raina Plowright, as the connection between human well-being and that of animals and ecosystems. Watch this NBC story.
Confused About Alcohol Risks?
A recent study published in Nature offers evidence that any alcohol consumption can harm the brain. A day earlier, the American Heart Association reported that moderate drinking was associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) attempted to settle the moderate drinking debate in 2018 by stating that no amount of alcohol consumption improves health. Confused? Read this DW News article for some clarity.
Legislation for Eating Disorders Prevention & Treatment
Four pieces of legislation to address eating disorders (ED) are circulating at the Capitol, propelled by increases in anxiety, food shortages, isolation, and other pandemic stressors. With 2.8M people experiencing ED in their lifetime, and more than 10,200 deaths annually in the US, according to Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, lawmakers are acting to improve prevention, treatment and research efforts. However, insurance coverage is addressed by only one bill, and would apply only to patients with Medicare. These are important first steps, but we need to do much more. Read about it at Roll Call.
10M Kids at Risk of Losing School Lunches
Education officials, nutrition directors and city mayors are urging Congress to extend the soon to expire pandemic-instituted universal free meals program serving an additional 10 million students each day. A proposed extension failed in the Senate and it was left out of the latest spending bill. With food insecurity increasing to nearly 18 percent of US households with children during the pandemic, according to New York University researchers, now is the time for the government to revisit this urgent need. Get this article from POLITICO.
Pioneer Archives Post: Francis M. Pottenger Jr., MD’s Definition of the Optimal Diet, Published in 1959
Learn how Francis M. Pottenger Jr., MD defined the optimal diet, in this informative summary of an article from the Journal of the International Institute of Clinical Physiology—as relevant today as it was when it was published in 1959. Inside, he looks back at civilizations that enjoyed extraordinary health, considers the negative impacts of modern dietary fads and prejudices, discusses optimal diets for infants and pregnant women, explains why “the metabolism of every individual determines his optimal dietary,” and more. Read more in our Pioneer Archives Post.
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