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Everyday Wellness Podcast: The Nutritional Battlefield & Debunking Chronic Diseases: How Most Food Has Become Poison with Dr. Robert Lustig

Cynthia Thurlow, Everyday Wellness

Listen to this Everyday Wellness podcast to hear Dr Lustig's take on modern medicine and chronic disease, and learn what you can do to navigate the modern-day nutritional battlefield.


Evidence shows that modern, western-type diets - and ultra-processed foods in particular - are a key factor in the relentless rise in rates of chronic, systemic diseases worldwide.

Few people are better placed to provide an accessible summary of the research in this area, and the limitatitions of medical approaches that fail to consider nutrition, than Dr Robert Lustig.

In this podcast, he discusses his latest book 'Metabolical', which explains the backgroud to his own discoveries - from 40 years as a frontline medical doctor and researcher specialising in childood obesity and hormonal influences on appetite - about the importance of diet, and the limitations of purely pharmaceutical approaches to health and disease.

Purchase Metabolical: The truth about processed food and how it poisons people and the planet here.

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Podcast by Everyday Wellness 

I am happy to have Dr. Robert Lustig joining me today! He is an Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology and a Member of the Institute for Health Policy Studies at UCSF. Dr. Lustig is a neuroendocrinologist with expertise in metabolism, obesity, and nutrition. He is one of the leaders of the current “anti-sugar” movement that is changing the food industry. Dr. Lustig graduated from MIT in 1976 and received his M.D. from Cornell University Medical College in 1980. He also received his Masters of Studies in Law (MSL) degree at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2013. He is the author of the popular books Fat Chance (2012), The Hacking of the American Mind (2017), and the recently-released book Metabolical: The Lure and the Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition, and Modern Medicine.
Many people assume that any food sold in the grocery store is healthy. But the truth is that most of the food-like substances that people are consuming today are far from real, and they do not metabolically support either a healthy body or a healthy lifestyle. Dr. Lustig lived in the ecosystem of modern medicine for forty years. Then, after doing some research, he saw that the data he was generating did not conform to the party line. So, in 2007, he started speaking out about what he thought to be the biggest problem in nutrition- sugar. Stay tuned to find out how Dr. Lustig is debunking modern medicine and chronic disease, and learn what you can do to navigate the modern-day nutritional battlefield.
  • What Dr. Lustig discovered when he started doing research.
  • Why Dr. Lustig wrote his first book, Fat Chance.
  • The difference between nutrition and food science. 
  • How most food has become poison. 
  • Why the concept of calories should be disregarded. 
  • Dr. Lustig talks about leptin resistance and explains what you can do to overcome it. 
  • Why eighty-eight percent of Americans have metabolic dysfunction. 
  • Dr. Lustig explains what we need to eat to have a healthy diet 
  • Dr. Lustig shares his proposed definition of healthy.
  • The importance of fiber.
  • The problem with Big Pharma.
  • Dr. Lustig explains why food subsidies do not make sense.