April 13 Speaker Robert J. Davis, Ph.D.
Invocation - James Brewer-Calvert
Visiting Rotarians - Shawn Intofa from the Dunwoody Club
Guests - Sam Graddy and Jackie Coleman, guests of Fred Turner; Jackie Ginn, guest of Susie Brown; and Alice Murray, guest of Linda Harris
From the Speaker - Linda Harris introduced Robert J. Davis, a Decatur resident, media entrepreneur and award-winning health journalist who is founder and CEO of Everwell, a company that creates and distributes health video content through its own TV network in 1000 doctors' offices nationwide and through the Web.
Robert spoke about his most recent book, Coffee Is Good For You, in which he encourages the wise use of science to establish the veracity of claims about what is good in our diets and what we should avoid.
He held up a 1920 copy of a book by a health "expert" who advocated that to live a long life one should avoid any kind of fruit and try not to eat vegetables.
Robert noted that in the past we had to rely on faith, hunches, anecdotal evidence and such as we tried to figure out what in our diet was healthful. Now we have modern knowledge based on science, so why, our speaker asked, do we know more yet seem more confused than ever?
First, he blamed the media which only deals in snippets with the result that we miss or ignore the larger picture. Second, the internet is allows bad ideas to spread further, faster so ideas based more on faith than science can easily take hold. And third, "we" are part of the problem as we look and long for simple answers and magic bullets.
Robert urged us all to use information wisely as modern science helps us get closer to the truth about nutrition and health.
|Alice Murray, Robert Davis and Linda Harris catch up during lunch|
|Robert Davis admits he loves chocolate but not coffee!|
|John Adams & Charlie Bell greet our speaker|
|Todd Speed and Bob Wilson discuss the pros and cons of eating fruit and vegetables|
Sam Graddy challenges Vee Nelson to a weight lifting contest - Brenda Leder and Betty Spiker place their bets