We are truly at a turning point in the fight against disease. Each of us has anenormous opportunity to take charge of our lives to transform our health. You can make decisions about your habit . The data generated when we study our habit like medicine clearly show that our habit can influence our health in specific and beneficial ways.
Drug treatments alone cannot keep us healthy. The question thenbecomes, how can we do a better job at preventing disease, before we have tocure it? One modern answer: food. Every doctor knows that poor diet islinked to preventable disease, and food is becoming a topic of ever greaterimportance in the medical community. Some avant-garde medical schoolshave even added culinary classes to their curriculum. Food is easilyaccessible and dietary interventions do not rely on expensive pharmaceuticaltreatments.Not many doctors know how to discuss a healthy diet with their patients.This is through no fault of the individual doctors, but rather a side effect ofhow little nutrition education they receive. According to David Eisenberg, aprofessor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, only one in fivemedical schools in the United States requires medical students to take anutrition course. On average, medical schools offer a mere nineteen hours ofcoursework in nutrition, and there are few postgraduate continuing educationclasses on nutrition for doctors already in practice.Compounding this problem is that the different branches of science that study food and health have traditionally worked independently, as separatefields. Food technologists study chemical and physical properties of ediblesubstances. Life science researchers study living organisms, includinghumans. Epidemiologists study real-world populations. Each field contributesimportant perspectives and ideas, but they rarely converge to answer practicalquestions about which foods and beverages might be responsible for a healthbenefit in the human body, in what amounts, and what is within a specificfood that causes the effect.
Some Other Tips
- If you are traveling to an area where insect-borne disease is present, take and use an insect repellent containing DEET. In many tropical regions, mosquitoes can carry malaria, dengue, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, or other serious infections.
- Get your shots before you leave the United States. Avoid getting any unnecessary shots, immunizations, or tattoos abroad. Needles and syringes (even the disposable ones) are reused in some parts of the world.
- Do not consume ice while traveling. Freezing does not kill all water-borne infectious microbes.
- Drink only bottled drinks—such as soft drinks or bottled water—that have secure caps. Be aware that some fruit juices may be made with impure local water.
- Boil all tap water before drinking or drink only bottled water; use bottled or boiled water to brush your teeth.
- Do not eat uncooked vegetables, including lettuce; do not eat fruit you haven’t peeled yourself.
- Do not consume dairy products (milk may not be pasteurized).