Unfortunately, wine-for-health advocate and author of The French Paradox Gene Ford died last week from complications following surgery.
His viewpoint was easygoing:
A sense of humor, an optimistic outlook, some duct tape and a glass of wine would fix anything.
More than any single person Mr. Ford spearheaded the movement toward rational discourse with respect to alcohol consumption.
From his website:
Americans don’t "think" of drinks as foods because of a century of anti-drinking policies in medicine and public health. We are told that drinks are as dangerous as illicit street drugs and that every drinker is at risk of abuse. This propaganda discourages coverage of the good news found in the scientific journals.
No one needs to drink to be healthy and I have no interest in trying to change minds among those who choose to abstain. My advocacy speaks to the over 125 million Americans who drink in moderation and in good health — and to others who abstain for irrational fears engendered by the public health propaganda.
Mr. Ford also wrote The Science of Healthy Drinking.
Seattle Times obit here.
Tip of the glass to 30 Second Wine Advisor.