Professor Michael Crawford, President of the McCarrison Society, details here the Society's involvement over many decades with all the principles of the 1001 Critical Days cross-Party initiative, organising and participating in Conferences and other direct action.
We intend to arrange meetings with those concerned with running the Government's interest in reduction of poverty, one of the main reasons for which is the epigenetic influence of poor maternal nutrition on poor learning and behavioural pathology.
See the new Mini-site at http://1001criticaldays.mccarrisonsociety.org.uk/
Emma Graham-Harrison in Samangan. The Guardian, Sunday 26 January 2014 14.52 GMT
Emma Graham-Harrison's graphic dispatch from Afghanistan draws attention to the evidence that early-life deficiencies in nutrition and healthcare can have lifelong, largely irreversible, impacts on learning achievement, physical stature and adult earning potential. And these in turn impact on longer-term national prosperity and growth. . .
But even in emerging market countries that have committed resources to tackle chronic problems of maternal and child health, a tremendous amount remains to be done in this area.
Evidence-based answers to these problems were revealed this month at a symposium on maternal and child health and nutrition in emerging markets at Green Templeton College, Oxford. New evidence allows us to specify optimal environments, health and nutrition regimes, and new criteria for measuring outcomes. The evidence allows us to say that under optimised conditions every child on Earth could have identical prospects for healthy, productive lives irrespective of ethnicity. And because it opens new pathways for human resource development it offers the prospect of healthier, more educable, more productive adult populations, without which long-term economic growth, cohesive societies and political stability cannot be achieved.
Governments around the world, particularly those in emerging market economies, need to accept these scientific findings and take a fresh, longer-term perspective on social investment in pre-conception, neonatal, child health and nutrition.
Professor George Alleyne Chancellor, University of the West Indies,Professor Ana Langer Harvard school of public health, Dr Sania NishtarPresident, Heartfile, Pakistan, Professor Srinath Reddy President, Public Health Foundation of India, Professor David Watson Principal, Green Templeton College, Oxford, Shengman Zhang Chairman, Citi Asia Pacific
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Sarah Boseley, health editor - The Guardian, Tuesday 4 February 2014
A global drive to tackle the causes of cancer linked to lifestyle, such as alcohol abuse, sugar consumption and obesity, has been urged on Monday by the World Health Organisation as it predicted the number of new cases could soar 70% to nearly 25 million a year over the next 20 years. . .
Crawford MA. Nutr Health. 1985;4(1):7-15. - That diets have been modified by trade is illustrated from the author's experience in Uganda where dramatic differences occur in the diets in the North and South of the country. Internationally, the incidence and pattern both of cardiovascular disease and cancer varies with the ecology of the regions. What is seen in miniature in Uganda is to be seen enlarged upon a world scale. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3834356
- Crawford M and colleagues (2005) The Lancet 366 714-715
The exchange between The Lancet and the Royal Society(1,2) is important because it brings to focus the failure of health policy to prevent the escalation of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and western cancers. . . .
View this article on the Lancet website here - http://www.fabresearch.org/892
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We work to promote health by advocating sound nutrition according to the teaching of the late Sir Robert McCarrison, who believed that the most important factor in restoring health is healthy nutrition, and the Society was formed to honour him. He carried out the very first experiments to demonstrate the effect of nutrition on the epidemiology of disease .