“THE DAY IS COMING WHEN A SINGLE CARROT, FRESHLY OBSERVED, WILL SET OFF
A REVOLUTION.” – PAUL CEZANNE
In this issue of IMMpress Magazine we satiate our appetites as we explore some of the history, science, trends of nutrition and recent discoveries in metabolism. In recent years, there has been an explosion of food- and lifestyle-related content in Western popular media. From Netflix specials lauding the benefits of a meat-free diet, to the ever growing organic, hormone-free, GMO-free and antibiotic-free food labels at the supermarket, and even the recent revamping of Canada’s Food Guide, the amount of nutritional information can sometimes seem overwhelming. While navigating this topic can be challenging, it is a journey worth pursuing, as the interplay between diet, physical activity, genes and microbiome form the foundation of our health.
We begin this issue with an in-depth look at the history of the human diet (pg. 8), and the evolutionary pressures that have shaped our dietary preferences. Next, we examine the relationship between the gut microbiome and neurological disorders (pg. 12), highlighting a potential link between our diet and brain health. We also review how dietary choices directly shape our gut microbiome (pg. 22). Finally, from a more clinical perspective, we highlight new and emerging treatments for food allergy (pg. 14) and the targeting of cellular metabolic pathways in cancer therapy (pg. 24).
As the magazine enters its 7th year, it is with great gratitude and sadness that the IMMpress team says goodbye to Sintia Teichman, who is stepping down as co-Editor-in-Chief of the magazine. Sintia has long been an avid contributor to the magazine and IMMpress has flourished under her strong leadership. Her journalistic vision has helped create many of IMMpress’ most memorable pieces, such as our issues on Mental Health, Ethics and Addiction. Sintia’s incredible dedication, insight, and leadership will be greatly missed. In her place, we would like to extend a warm welcome to Yoojin Choi as our new co-Editor-in-Chief. Yoojin has already been a highly productive writer and designer for IMMpress, and we are very excited to have her creativity, passion, and enthusiasm on board. Lastly, we would like to extend our gratitude to the many writers, designers and editors, without whom this magazine would not be possible.