Stuart Richer, OD, PhD, FAAO, is director of ocular preventive medicine at James Lovell Federal Health Care Facility in Chicago. He is also associate professor of family and preventative medicine at Chicago Medical School and assistant clinical professor at University of Illinois at Chicago department of ophthalmology and visual science. Reach him at [email protected]
In the city of Chicago, there’s a 95-year-old retired pathologist and professor with a wry smile on his face. More than 50 years ago, Joseph Kraft, MD, identified that many tinnitus patients were in fact pre-diabetic.1 Back then this was a leaner America, and far fewer citizens had diabetes. Of course, much has radically changed.
Diet and nutrition play significant roles in the maintenance of health and prevention of disease.1,2 Every five years, our government releases dietary guidelines based upon all the players in the “food fight.
Fifty years of dietary guidelines have emphasized “low fat” and “low cholesterol” eating, so manufacturers obliged by creating foods with increasing sugar and wheat/gluten content while promoting exercise and widespread use of statins to lower cholesterol. Yet Americans have become overweight, obese, and typically less healthy at an alarming rate. The newest 2015-2020 U.S. dietary guidelines, eighth edition, are attempting to address this issue by limiting “added sugar.”1
Paul Chous, OD, MA, and his scientific team, as published in a recent British Journal of Ophthalmology clinical scientific study, have just raised the bar for public service, professional practice, and fiscal responsibility.
If the poor and disenfranchised cannot receive accurate health information from their doctors or the news media, whom can they trust? The percentage of Americans meeting average micronutrient-rich plant food consumption (vegetables and fruit) in the U.S., remains appallingly inadequate at 15 to 20 percent. It is worse for the poor.