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Peter Attia’s Ted Talk: What If We’re Wrong About Diabetes

Peter Attia’s “What if we’re wrong about diabetes” talk from TEDMED 2013. This is his famous talk about the science behind diabetes and obesity, and how his own personal biases were influencing his judgement as a physician. Well worth watching.

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A Low Carbohydrate, Ketogenic Diet Manual – Eric Westman

A scan of Eric Westman's book, "A Low Carbohydrate Ketogenic Diet Manual"
A Low Carbohydrate, Ketogenic Diet Manual – Eric Westman
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I don’t think it’s a secret that I’m a big fan of Dr. Westman. We’ve covered him a lot here at Ketopia.com, and so it’s no surprise that we’re going to take a look at his latest book: A Low Carbohydrate, Ketogenic Diet Manual: No Sugar, No Starch Diet.

It’s a small book, so this will be a brief review. Just how small it is may, in fact, surprise you though. It’s all of 24 pages in length, including disclaimers, table of contents, etc… Anything this brief will by necessity keep things to the bare minimum, especially when tackling a subject as complex as obesity and the ketogenic diet.
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Noam Chomsky and The Most Lethal Substance Known to Man

Looks like Noam Chomsky is clued in to the dangers of sugar. Check out the 35 second mark of his talk, where he compares the lethality of marijuana vs. tobacco vs. sugar:

Nothing new for anyone likely to be reading this site, but it’s nice to see that this is understood by big thinkers like Noam.

Thanks go out to @garytaubes, who noted this back in April (and I’m just now getting around to seeing…

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Preview of Peter Attia’s TEDMED 2013 Talk

Peter Attia’s TEDMED 2013 talk has been given some great reviews, but we’re going to take some time before it’s available on video. Until then, we have a teaser video that covers his own prejudism against the overweight and obese as a young(er) doctor. He tended to blame his overweight patients for their weight related diseases, and he remarks how fundamentally different this was to how he treated his other patients.

At any rate, here’s a couple minute of what looks to be a very engaging talk. Let’s see if it tides us over…


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NuSi Awarded $40-Million In Research Funding

The Arnold Foundation, which previously granted NuSi $5-million in seed money, has donated an additional $40-million to conduct three experiments examining the relationship between nutrition and disease. According to a press release not (yet?) available on the NuSi site, these experiments will be run across six universities/research institutions over the next three years.

Can’t wait to read about the study designs here…
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Former Brand Manager for Kraft Breaks Down In Tears At Lustig Presentation

There’s no doubt that Robert Lustig has a powerful (though not new) message, and he’s gaining an increasingly broad audience for his message. More and more people are making the connection between excess sugar (carbohydrate) consumption and obesity, disease and ill health.

Still, what happens at this event is striking. Lustig takes a question from a woman who claims to be a former brand manager for Kraft1 who worked on Fruity Pebbles cereal. She breaks down in tears as she confesses to sitting in focus groups and hearing parents of children report that they feed their kids Fruity Pebbles in the morning because they feel good about giving their children fruit first thing in the morning.

Ahhh, marketing…
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