John Oliver on Sugar – More Evidence of a Growing Cultural Awareness?

You may be familiar with John Oliver from his previous contributions to The Daily Show. He’s since moved on to host his weekly news and commentary show on HBO: “Last Week Tonight.” In time for Halloween, he covered the subject of sugar.

From a science perspective, there’s nothing new in his coverage. But the fact that he’s bringing to the public eye the gross over-consumption of sugar in our diet and the concomitant health issues…well this suggests a growing cultural awareness of the problem we’re all facing. That this is now the subject of public discourse and not just the domain of research science and health practitioners…well that’s a sweet development indeed.


Robert Lustig’s ‘Fat Chance: Fructose 2.0’

Robert Lustig attempts to reprise his viral hit, Sugar the Bitter Truth with a new installment. This one borrows part of the title from his book: “Fat Chance: Fructose 2.0”.

As you might expect, it’s a pretty darn good view. Favorite quote? How ’bout this: “It’s never gluttony and sloth. It’s always biochemical. The question is, ‘Are you smart enough to figure out what the biochemistry is?'”

For those of you interested in Leptin, this is a must watch.


Eric Clapton Says His Pattern Of Addiction Started With Sugar

In this fascinating interview with Ed Bradley, Eric Clapton says his pattern of addiction started with sugar.

It [the pattern of addiction] started with sugar. When I was 5 or 6 years old I was cramming sugar down my throat as fast as I could get it down. Sweets, you know, sugar on bread and butter…I became addicted to sugar because it changed the way I felt.


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.



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…


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…

More »


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…
More »