Letter to the Editor

Dietitians give doctors guidance on nutrition

Saturday, January 26, 2002

To the editor:

I have a nephew who is a doctor, a cousin who is a minister and another cousin who is a funeral director. They tell me I have it made, but that doesn't necessarily have to be true. My doctor nephew furnishes me with solutions in dealing with various health problems. They are all good.

In the paper my attention was directed to an article concerning dietitians giving doctors a nutritional guide for the elderly. A doctor carries much weight on his shoulders regarding a person's health. His profession is satisfying and rewarding but certainly not relaxing. What a giant step, then, for dietitians to offer of suggest food guides for the elderly as well as a mention of medications that are often overprescribed and interfere with one's food intake or condition. I am a firm believer in moderation for both.

Doctors are not always aware of one's reaction to medications which can sometimes harm more than help a patient. That is where the nutritionist can be of such help to a doctor.

As far as weight is concerned, I have always been convinced that people with small bones will weigh less. One's wrist is an example. Be satisfied with the weight you are and enjoy the food you eat. You only live once.

PAULA E. KEMPE

Cape Girardeau