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Ed Blonz: Health and Nutrition (Fall 2019)

So, Ed, thank you for joining us in this myriad
of ways. Thank you, Susan. And thank you to all of you for being here,
it shows that you have these active minds, intellectual curiosity. Let me run through a couple of things. Some of us are trained in the sciences, while
others are trained in the arts. We are an educated group. But we have this healthcare institution that
we have to trust for making decisions, but then the news comes along, this study or that
study, this exercise, that diet. How do you deal with these things? How do you know what you should run with and
what you should just say not for me? And then we’ve got the whole healthcare institution
where we have to find people to trust to make decisions for us that we can’t make for ourselves. I mean, some of us have health issues right
now, most of us are in that 50+ area, others have kind of these little hints that there
are things down the road. We need to know how to proceed. So, in this course, I was trying to come up
with a title of current controversies, I’m gonna try and cover it all. That first section is gonna be talking about
how science comes to the press. Science wasn’t always newsworthy, it used
to be in the back pages. But then, they started coming up with science
writers, putting it on the front page, and that actual process by which the research
gets done but then publicized, is very informative. And it will let you know how money is a part
of that game to influence you- shock- in what you do. The next thing I’m gonna talk about is health
fraud, which is one of the things I got started with when I was a professor at the University
of Minnesota. Health Fraud is Not All it’s Quacked up to
be, is what I’m gonna title that aspect, and I’m going to go through all of this issue. Social media has had a remarkable impact. We’ve got all these gurus out there. How do you know to shift from why to why not? As we know, con artists are not limited by
the facts, we see that in DC all the time. This goes on in science, too. Because scientists might be these erudite
figures, but they’ve got egos. They’ve got funds. They’ve got reputations. So we need to understand what’s going on. The third week, and we’re dealing with four
weeks here, I’m going to deal with some current themes that really haven’t changed much over
the years. These will be the types of themes the understanding
of which can insulate you, that when these stories come along, it can water it down a
little bit, let you step back, and put it in perspective. And then in the last, we’re gonna go through
all the popular diets. The keto diet, gluten, paleo, all of these
things, so that you understand when you, your friends, your children, come at you “I’m doing
this, I’m doing that,” you’ll have that perspective. Finally, you can find out more about the course,
go to the page, the syllabus is there, it tells you in a little bit more detail. As Susan said I’ll be speaking two weeks from
today at that summit, but I encourage you all to come on October 30th right here, where
I’m going to be giving a talk on my research relating to Alzheimer’s Disease. It’s called Fuel for Thought: Deconstructing
Alzheimer’s to Find the Road to Remember. My research has come up with some very optimistic
ways of looking at this disease. We can stop it from starting. And this is talking about decades before that
first symptom of not knowing where your keys are. This is an exciting, transitional period,
right now we’re just doing the pill for an ill, which has not been working. So, everybody in this room either knows, has
friends, has experience, with Alzheimer’s Disease, so let’s come and talk and change
the paradigm, and we will tell you what to do while we are waiting for that paradigm
to shift. Thanks. Thank you, Ed.

Randall Smitham