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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

Yannis (Ioannis) Zabetakis (@yanzabet) has studied for his BSc in Chemistry in the Univ. of Athens and then he spent 8 years in UK where he studied for a PhD in Food Science in the Univ. of Leeds, did postdoctoral research on alkaloids in the Univ. of Durham and worked as a Lecturer in Food Chemistry in the Univ. of Leeds.

During his lectureship in Leeds (1998-2001), he also studied for a M.Ed. in Food Chemistry. From 2003 to 2015, he had been working in the laboratory of Food Chemistry in the Univ. of Athens (2003-2008 as a Lecturer of Food Chemistry, 2008-2015 as an Assistant and Associate Professor of Food Chemistry). He joined UL in 2015 as a Lecturer on Food Lipids.

He is also involved in consulting and auditing (as a Lead Auditor) food industries. As a hobby, he likes to write articles on food safety in specialised food sector magazines and newspapers. Contact Dr. Zabetakis via

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