Message-from-the-Director

Message from the Director

I gave up on magazine subscriptions a long time ago. I just never could find the time to keep up with the reading. So, I was pleasantly surprised recently when I received three magazines in the mail in one day. Pleasantly because they were free, and surprised because all three were about health, more or less. I thought I would scan quickly through them and into the recycling bin they would go. But I found some items of interest in each that I thought would be nice to share with you.

One magazine, Inspire Health (January/February, 2017), had an article about healing with citrus (Tami Charbonnet). Citrus is so easy to buy, usually very inexpensive, and includes oranges, mandarins, satsumas, tangerines, lemons, lime, citron, and so on. The article states that the healing benefits of citrus are a direct result of vitamin content. We all know about Vitamin C from citrus, but citrus also contains an impressive list of essential nutrients, such as both glycemic and non-glycemic carbohydrates, potassium, folate, calcium, thiamin, niacin, vitamin B, magnesium, copper and riboflavin. It's like your own special multi-vitamin and mineral pill! The nutrients are found in the pulp, juice and even skin. My suggestion: put your choice of citrus, the whole fruit, in the blender with some crushed ice and make a citrus crush, thereby enjoying a delicious "healing" treat.

Another magazine, Louisiana's Health & Fitness Magazine (February 2017), expounded on the association between oral health and a healthy heart (Dr. Neil Baum). I was vaguely aware of this association, but didn't know much about it. Study data are showing that diseases of the gums are associated with heart disease. This does not mean that gum disease causes heart disease, but evidence is showing a strong connection between the two, and gum disease increases the risk of heart disease. One supposition is that inflammation caused by gum or periodontal disease may be responsible for this connection. Well, it makes sense to practice good oral hygiene in and of itself, but by doing so you may also be lowering your risk of heart problems. Amazing, isn't it?

The final magazine is My Rouses everyday (January/February, 2017). Everyone knows that the Tulane PRC does not sponsor one business above another, but this complimentary magazine has some very interesting and informative articles about healthy eating. Rouses suggests "Look for the Logo," the "Eat Right with Rouses" in a heart-shaped apple sign which is on more than 500 groceries handpicked by Rouses registered dietician. So, in addition to doing most of your shopping in the fresh produce section, take a look at these items as well. There is also a quick and easy recipe for hummus, which I love, and I tried it. It really tastes pretty good for being so easy. So, if you happen to be in Rouses pick up a copy of the free magazine and enjoy the articles, including one about the Goldring Culinary Center and Dr. Gourmet, Tulane's own Dr. Tim Harlan. You will find out that these cooking classes are open to the community, and you might want to check it out. Enjoy!

Carolyn C. Johnson, PhD, FAAHB
Director, Tulane Prevention Research Center

February 2017

Topics:   health communication , diet , nutrition

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