I’ve had the pleasure of corresponding with Fred Ottoboni recently and I have some good news to share: He and Alice are currently readying for print a second edition of Modern Nutritional Diseases.
Fred reports that the new edition will contain several new chapters, including:
- Ch. 9 – Essential Fatty Acids and Eicosanoids
- Ch 10 – The Diet-Disease Connection
- Ch 11 – Prevention, the Shunned Science
Reportedly, the new version will dive deeper into the inflammation connection to many of the modern chronic diseases, more on Omega-3’s, and of course, the benefits of a low carbohydrate diet.
If you read the first edition, you’ll understand why I’m so psyched to hear that a new edition is coming. When it was written in 2002, Modern Nutritional Diseases was a book very much ahead of its time, and predated (if not informed) much of the low carb and paleo writing that has became mainstream in the last decade. Frankly, their review and explanation of the science has done more for my understanding of nutrition than just about any other single book I’ve read (and you know how much I like to read). Even today, it stands up against contemporary writing: For example, I’ve yet to find a better explanation of metabolic pathways than the one carefully described and illustrated by Alice and Frank. Sure, perhaps better ones exist in the nutritional literature, but the Ottobonis present the information in a way that is approachable for a non scientist, without dumbing it down to the point that it becomes meaningless (a fault I see often elsewhere).
Prior to now, if you wanted to get a copy of Modern Nutritional Diseases, you had to search the used book markets and third party resellers. Now it sounds like a revised edition is close enough to print that you could hold your breath for it and not pass out. In fact, if you really can’t wait for it, you can check out an early version as a Kindle edition (the first two chapters are free for anyone to read!).
So, if you haven’t read it yet and you are interested in the research and science behind nutrition, health and disease, you’d be hard pressed to find a better place to start than Alice and Frank Ottoboni’s, The Modern Nutritional Diseases.
- Modern Nutritional Diseases, 2nd Edition – Print Version – Coming Soon!
- Modern Nutritional Diseases, 2nd Edition – For Kindle
- Note: First two chapters are free! Look for the “Sample This Book” link in the sidebar!
- Modern Nutritional Diseases, 1st Edition