Nutrition and Science: A Darwinian Perspective on Nutritional Medicine
This book offers a completely up-to-date summary of nutritional medicine as it applies to frontline medical professionals, medical students and the interested layperson. Newspapers often give contradictory and confusing reports on issues such as alcohol intake, dietary sugars versus fats and the value (or lack thereof) of taking supplements. In addition, many GPs are as confused as their patients on these matters as they get very little education in nutrition either at medical school or afterwards. However, nutritional medicine is not really that confusing. There is some disagreement among experts, but there is a consensus on the most important issues, albeit with slight variations. The book summarises these generally agreed opinions, but explains where there are differences of opinion, detailing the reasons for these.
John A A Nichols graduated with an MB ChB from Liverpool Medical School in 1967, before spending a year with Dr Ian Watson at Shere Surgery near Guildford in Surrey. They published a joint paper on measles immunity in 1975. Since then, Nichols has conducted research into public awareness of health hazards, trace elements and fertility, exercise on prescription, folic acid, smoking cessation and probiotics. In 1999, he embarked on a Master’s degree in Nutritional Medicine at the University of Surrey, UK. He spent 42 years as a Guildford GP, before retiring in 2015. He is still involved in academia as a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Surrey, and is active as a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners.
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