[PHNUTR-L] Re: [Ncc] Mineral deficiency in food must be tackled,
jgunn-mcquillan at nwhu.on.ca
Fri Feb 10 06:33:44 PST 2006
I would take it one step further and question whether continually telling
people they need to consume fruits and vegetables etc. is the most effective
way of improving health (haven't we been doing this for years??)? Do we not
know that increasing the access and availability of food as having the
greatest impact? YES! Do we not know that allowing individuals to gain more
control over their life to increase their health? YES! We need to focus on
the broader determinants of health to make the largest impact on population
health. Not saying that there needs to be a huge paradigm shift tomorrow,
but, there definitely needs to be more attention paid to these health
determinants by government, and health professionals alike.
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Subject: [PHNUTR-L] Re: [Ncc] Mineral deficiency in food must be
Kendra, excellent comments - and thank you for bring them to my
attention! We should all be so attentive.
McConahy, Kendra wrote:
> Dear Kathryn,
> Thanks so much for passing this along. It's good to know what's in the
> Maybe I'm just in a bad mood, but I just feel compelled to express my
> opinion... see comments below in red if you promise not to take
> offense (just delete this otherwise)... Guess I'm feeling argumentative!
> Kendra W. McConahy, R.D., L.D./N.
> Clinical Nutrition Manager, Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, 7050 Gall
> Blvd., Zephyrhills, FL 33541-1399
> Kendra.McConahy at ahss.org
> 813-783-6119 x 1332
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> Mineral deficiency in food must be tackled, says expert
> 09/02/2006- An innovative mineral supplement could help food makers
> overcome the poor nutritional value of food that is currently
> undermining consumer health, claims a nutrition expert.
> Dr David Thomas, a primary healthcare practitioner and independent
> researcher (anyone know what kind of practitioner?) who recently made a
> comparison of government nutritional tables published in 1940, and again
> in 2002, argues that the gradual degradation of the micronutrient value
> of food must be tackled by industry, consumers and regulators.
> "We seem to be responding in a symptomatic matter without understanding
> the problem in the first place (He's apparently describing his own
> actions... put a bandaid on the problem - see below)," Dr David Thomas,
> a primary healthcare practitioner and independent researcher told
> "It seems to me we dont need to be so sophisticated we just need to step
> back and look at the reasons why we are unhealthy (I guess it couldn't
> be lack of exercise, lack of fruits and vegetables and/or
> overconsumption of foods that are patently bad for us - we're too
> sophisticated to figure that out... the big culprit must be a lack of
> minerals in our food). Usually it's the bodys response to environmental
> stresses. We need a common sense approach."
> He believes that the food industry has a vital role in reversing this
> "I work with supplements. But a while ago, it occurred to me that
> functional food ingredients would be a much better way of bridging this
> gap between a recognition of the need to consume micronutrients and the
> lack of these in everyday food."
> Thomas argues that food manufacturers need to promote not just good
> looking, wonderful tasting and great smelling food, but also
> nutrient-rich food.
> "This is the way forward," he said. "From an economic point view, food
> makers are selling added value products, and ultimately improving the
> health of consumers." (good news for the food makers, I guess, but what
> about the people who can't afford this stuff?)
> Thomas has a commercial interest in this. He is the European distributor
> for ConcenTrace, a mineral supplement developed from the Great Salt
> Lakes in the US (OMG! I hope they've taken all the industrial poisons
> out of this!!!). The company behind the product, Trace Minerals
> Research, says that it uses a natural process to remove the sodium to
> leave a formula about 26 times more concentrated than other liquid trace
> minerals on the market (Yet below, the doctor says it's a salt base and
> thus a flavor enhancer).
> "When I was working in Africa, I was surprised to see evaporated
> seawater being used as medicine,(not a daily supplement, medicine)" he
> said. "Later I came across a similar product from the salt lakes that
> had been evaporated to remove sodium chloride crystals, to leave a kind
> of soup that contained trace elements of magnesium, selenium, boron and
> "All these have roles in physiology. Magnesium is vital for example in
> the Krebs Cycle.
> "This is basically what ConcenTrace is. I see huge potential for this
> product in the functional food sector. Were just at the beginnings of
> it. But I can see possibilities for its use in smoothies, energy bars,
> its an ideal product."
> Minerals and trace minerals are the catalysts for all the vitamins and
> other nutrients your body uses for developing and maintaining good
> health. The minerals contained in ConcenTrace are ionic, which means
> that they are readily assimilated into the body.
> And because it is salt-based, it has a flavouring aspect.
> Thomas says that the poor nutritional value of food is an issue that
> must be tackled (If this is true, I agree). His recent conclusions on
> the micronutrient value of food, which were published by the Food
> Commission this month, certainly make for alarming reading.
> For example, the iron content in 15 different varieties of meat had
> decreased on average by 47 per cent (THIS is a big concern if people are
> depending on meat for their iron, but aren't we advising people to go
> vegetarian? I'm interested in how this pans out with plant foods), with
> some products showing a fall as high as 80 per cent, while the iron
> content of milk had dropped by over 60 per cent (hasn't milk always been
> considered as NOT being a source of iron? Why are we worried about the
> iron content of milk?).
> Copper and magnesium, essential for enzyme functioning, also showed
> losses in meat products. Magnesium levels have typically fallen by 10
> per cent while copper levels have fallen by 60 per cent. (same as above)
> But things are slowly getting better (What's better about just putting
> the supplements in special expensive foods that only a few people know
> to buy... and compliance would need to be 100% the rest of their lives
> for the 'better' to continue? Maybe instead of marketing his product,
> we need to be looking at why the levels are dropping and what farming
> methods need to be employed to make sure the food supplies adequate
> nutrients?). "There are also more and more functional drinks," said
> Thomas. "Silver Spring for example has just launched an omega 3 drink.
> There is quite a lot of innovation this niche, value added market is
> increasingly becoming the norm."
> Ultimately says Thomas, education is the key, both children and parents
> (What are we to educate them to do? Eat twice as much? Take his
> mineral supplement? I don't think this is the solution).
> "Little by little, as they say. What my background in geology (Geology?
> Does evolution play a part in Geology? I thought evolution applied to
> living things?) taught me is that everything is an evolutionary process.
> There isn't always a way of forcing things." (Evolutionary process?
> Does he mean we'll evolve to need fewer minerals or that we'll evolve to
> magically be able to buy his supplement and be compliant with it for the
> rest of our lives? Telling people their food isn't nourishing so they
> have to take supplements the rest of their lives sounds like 'forcing
> things' to me)--
> Kathrynne Holden, MS, RD < fivestar at nutritionucanlivewith.com > "Ask the
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> with Parkinson's disease"
> "Parkinson's disease: Guidelines for Medical Nutrition Therapy"
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