Learn all about food safety

By John Nadeau | Dec 15, 2011

With all the articles on nutrition and food safety that appear in newspapers and magazines, why bother to offer a college course on the subject?

         “Articles published by the news media tend to give you fragments of information, and sometimes they’re misleading,” says Dr. Harvey Carroll.

         “My course will clarify and tie together these pieces of information into a coherent whole,” he adds.


“Though I’ve designed the course for older adults, much of the content will apply to everybody.”

         Dr. Carroll, who has a PhD in organic chemistry, will offer his course, Nutrition and Food Safety, at the Creative Retirement Institute (CRI), sponsored by Edmonds Community College.  He promises no chemistry will be involved.

         Classes will meet on three Tuesdays, Feb. 28 through March 13 from 1 to 3 p.m.


How about fads like the Paleolithic Diet, which tells us we should eat pretty much the way our caveman ancestors did?

         “Agriculture and the domestication of animals took place about 12,000 years ago,” Carroll says. “Human beings are versatile and adaptable. Many have learned to handle food like dairy products and sugar that Paleolithic man didn’t have. Unfortunately, those whose metabolism hasn’t adapted can get many of the diseases of aging too early.”

         How about the value of vitamin D?

         “People living in sunny climes get all the vitamin D they need, but for those of us in the Northwest, supplements may be a good idea, although the question is how much?” 

         Calcium to ward off osteoporosis?


“Because high-dose calcium supplements may result in arterial wall deposits that can cause atherosclerosis, take the tablets in smaller doses with meals and with magnesium.”

         Red wine to retard some aspects of the aging process?

         “Studies suggest the resveratrol in red wine may protect against some of the diseases of aging. Again, we’re not sure what the dose is. Also, it’s genes that always play the most important part in longevity.”


Dr. Carroll will also discuss food safety and the role all those government agencies – like FDA, USDA, EPA, and CDC – play in protecting us.

         “We’ll talk about which agencies are responsible for what.”

         Until you receive more comprehensive advice in his course, Dr. Carroll says you should follow the advice your mother gave you.

         “Eat your fruit and vegetables, “he advises. “But be sure to wash them all thoroughly with soap – even melons!”


You can learn more about this course and about 30 other CRI offerings by requesting a free course listing at 425-640-1830.

         The Creative Retirement Institute is open to all adults, regardless of educational background.

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