Preventing Chronic Diseases

Nutritionist and epidemiologist Eric Ding, PhD, discusses the challenges of chronic disease prevention, as well as his research on cocoa

By Karolyn A. Gazella

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Harvard researcher Eric Ding, PhD, provides an overview of his recent analysis of 21 studies involving cocoa that was presented recently at the American Heart Association Conference. He also discusses cocoa dosage, disease prevention, and cancer.


Approximate listening time is 40 minutes.
Eric Ding, PhD, a nutritionist and epidemiologist, is a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital, and founder and director of the Campaign for Cancer Prevention. His research primarily focuses on obesity and nutritional risk factors for diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, as well as translation for population prevention, economics, public policy, and global health. After completing his undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins University with honors in public health and election to Phi Beta Kappa, he earned his dual doctorate in epidemiology and nutrition at from Harvard University. In 2004, for his tobacco control initiatives, he received the Health Commissioner's Commendation Award from the Baltimore City Health Department. A lifelong cancer prevention advocate, he founded the Campaign for Cancer Prevention, currently with over 6 million members.


About the Author

Karolyn A. Gazella is the publisher of the Natural Medicine Journal and the host of the Natural Medicine Journal Podcast series. She also co-hosts the Five to Thrive Live weekly radio show on the Cancer Support Network, which is also widely available as a podcast. She has been writing and publishing integrative health information since 1992 and is the author or co-author of several books and booklets on a variety of holistic health topics.