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Do We Need Books?

By: , Posted on: March 24, 2017


In the era of internet, of virtual resources, of distance learning, of twitter and facebook, do we really read? Are we really reading an article from the first till the last word? Or do we just flip through the lines? These are few questions that come to mind every time my students use their mobile phones during (!) a lecture.

I guess the fundamental issues here are about resourcing information. Do we google or do we go to a library? Or perhaps both? I have to confess that I am a rather traditional guy when it comes down to sourcing scientific information. I very much prefer spending quality research time in front of a pc and among shelves in a library rather than just surfing the internet. Stemming from these, I have a belief that books are invaluable sources of information. But books are something more than mere information sources.

Writing a book constitutes a political praxis. An author has the chance to critically evaluate information, to provide a novel insight but also promote her/his views on how we can improve our practices. Having this in mind, I think that writing a book is a unique opportunity to expose a novel idea to the world. With this in mind, I am glad that I have started writing a book for Elsevier on the value of nutrition in relation to cardiovascular diseases. In this book, we are going to have the chance to address the side-effects of statins and make a scientific statement on the unique value of a balanced diet. We plan to take a critical stance on how things are run now.

In the process of acquiring material for this book, I have started studying papers on medical practices, pharmacology and how drugs and foods affect our immune system; material that is rather enlightening on how short-sighted our current practices are today.

After all, as mentioned above, writing a book is an opportunity to promote a novel idea. The idea that we are going to promote is that human diet is the only valid medicine against cardiovascular diseases. Drugs cause inflammation and therefore promote CVDs.

If you would like to share some information with us during the process of writing this book, please drop me a line. I would be happy to hear from you.

Further reading

  1. Statins stimulate atherosclerosis and heart failure: pharmacological mechanisms
  2. Marine Oils (From Sea to Pharmaceuticals)

About the Author

Dr. Zabetakis is Lecturer on Food Lipids at the Department of Biological Sciences in the University of Limerick (UL). His main research interests are:

  • on the link of food lipids to inflammation and the related onset of Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs),
  • the contamination of food chain by heavy metals and the impact of these pollutants to human health and
  • bioformation of food flavour and food sensory properties.
    His current research projects include:
  • the assessment of anti-inflammatory activities of dairy and aquacultured products (e.g. milk, cheese, salmon),
  • the development of novel nutraceuticals againsts CVDs and
  • the valorisation of food industry by-products in order to develop novel functional animal and fish feeds against CVDs .

The focus of his team is towards the sustainable production of functional food and nutraceuticals against inflammation. Dr Zabetakis has edited a book on marine oils, published >60 peer-reviewed articles (h-index 19) and is a co-inventor in two patents. He is currently writing a book on “The Impact of Nutrition and Statins on Cardiovascular Diseases” for Elsevier.

Contact Dr. Zabetakis at

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