December Physician Focus: Food and Your Health

What we eat and drink has an enormous effect on our health, yet for many, it’s one of the least understood and perhaps most neglected areas in health care.

The December edition of Physician Focus – in a two-part program – offers some of the latest information on how food affects our health from nutrition and dietary experts.

Guests are Edward Saltzman, M.D., (center, photo) Academic Dean for Education and Associate Professor of Nutrition at the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and Chief of the Division of Clinical Nutrition at Tufts Medical Center, and Amy Taetzsch, M.S., R.D., L.D.N., (right) a registered dietician and weight loss counselor in the Energy Metabolism Lab at the Jean Mayer US Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University. Hosting this program is primary care physician Bruce Karlin, M.D. (left).

Among the topics of discussion are the elements of a healthy diet, the link between food and chronic disease, how consumers can make more informed choices about the foods they buy and eat, and expert opinions on more than a dozen individual topics, including gluten, vitamins, probiotics, “super foods,” genetically modified organisms, and organic food.

Physician Focus is available for viewing on public access television stations throughout Massachusetts. It is also available online at,, and on YouTube (part one) and YouTube (part two)

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