Book by WFUBMC Professor to be Featured by National Booksellers

January 5, 2005

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – A new health and diet book by Floyd “Ski” Chilton, Ph.D., professor of physiology and pharmacology at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, will be featured by national book chains Barnes & Noble, Borders, and Walden Books in January and is one of only a few books chosen for display status in Wal-Mart stores throughout the country.

In “Inflammation Nation,” Chilton draws a link between diet and inflammation. He believes that many inflammatory diseases, such as asthma, arthritis, allergies and diabetes, can be controlled – and in some instances reversed – by diet.

“Many of the foods we’ve been lead to believe are the healthiest may actually be making us sick,” he said. “We eat too many of the foods that cause inflammation and not enough of the ones that offer protection. Certain types of fish, such as farm raised salmon, or meats like turkey, often promote inflammation.”

In his book, Chilton provides eating plans to help treat and reverse inflammatory diseases. A leading expert in inflammatory diseases, he has developed an inflammatory index that assigns an inflammatory potential to the most common foods. Chilton estimates that 50 percent of Americans suffer from inflammation diseases and spend more than $10 billion a year on medications.

The book is being published by Fireside, a division of Simon & Schuster. The company will advertise the book in the Jan. 13 issue of USA Today and has scheduled Chilton to do interviews with radio stations and newspapers across the country. Locally, Chilton will be a featured speaker at Heathy Living Expo at the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem on Feb 19. Addtionally, the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce has planned a special event for its members at Borders Book Store on Jan. 20 to help launch the book.

Chilton’s research career has focused on the role that diet or “medical foods” can play in human disease. As the founder of Pilot Therapeutics, he developed an over-the-counter medical food to manage asthma attacks. The product was designed to reduce the production of leukotrienes, substances known to cause asthma attacks.

Chilton has served on the faculty of major medical centers, including Johns Hopkins and Wake Forest Baptist. The author of more than 110 articles and textbook chapters, Chilton holds 32 issued and 17 pending patents.


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