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Robert Lustig on The Colbert Report

Let’s round out the week with a little levity, shall we? Robert Lustig sure does make the rounds, and last night he was the guest on The Colbert Report to report his new book, Fat Chance.

There’s really not much new here. It’s entertaining, but most of all, it warms my heart to see Lustig make such inroads into popular culture. Something good may come of this…

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How The Foods You Eat Are Making You Sick – Michael Rothman, MD

There’s a certain endearing quality to Dr. Rothman that I can’t quite put my finger on. I don’t agree with everything he says (I found myself responding instead of listening to some of his Fish Oil discussion…so I need to go back to that), but the premis of his talk seems right on target:

  • Our food choices are responsible for many/most of our chronic diseases
  • The medical establishment mostly treats the symptoms of these diseases without trying to resolve the cause of them
  • Sugar, vegetable oils, and refined carbohydrates should be considered toxic and removed from diet
  • Cholesterol is not the hobgoblin of ill health it has been made out to be
  • Be weary of statins (and take CoQ10 if you’re on them)

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Nutrient Density: Sticking To The Essentials – Mathieu Lalonde (AHS12)

I’ve been a big fan of Mathieu Lalonde ever since I saw his Science of Nutrition lecture. Seriously, if you can buy a copy or attend one of these all day affairs, you’re going to come out with a lot of knowledge you didn’t have when you walked in.

So it was with great anticipation that I’ve been awaiting his Ancestral Health Symposium (AHS) 2012 presentation: Nutrient Density: Sticking to the Essentials. Well, it’s finally out, and as with most things Matt Lalonde, it’s well worth watching.
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Addicted to Pleasure: Sugar

In this BBC show, Brian Cox takes us on a tour of the history of sugar…how it is produced, how it is marketed, how it is consumed, and ultimately, how it affects us. If you’ve been paying attention to sugar in your diet, you won’t find any health news in this documentary, but it’s a great show for giving a more or less comprehensive history of how it came to be such a mainstay in our diets.

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The Deeper Roots of Health and Diet – Ron Rosedale (AHS12)

Dr. Rosedale’s presentation at Ancestral Health Symposium 2012 (AHS12) is not great. But it is damn good. In his talk, he takes the long view on a lot of nutrition topics. In this context, you might expect “the long view” to mean 10 million years or so… but no, he takes the long looong loooooooooong view. As in, ~4 billion years long. He starts from the earliest forms of life on Earth and walks us up to the present, touching on various implications for nutrition along the way.
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Dr. Oz Reconsiders Position On Cholesterol – Update

I covered Dr. Oz’s recent change of heart on cholesterol in a previous post. Linked from that post are video clips from the cholesterol segment in question. Unfortunately, there’s an obvious lacuna in the videos hosted on Dr. Oz’s website. Thankfully, Fitness Coach Mark had the presence of mind to record the show and he posted a clip of the missing segment to YouTube:


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Why We All Don’t Get Cancer – Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

A fantastic talk at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center by Craig P. Thompson, President and CEO of Memorial Sloan Kettering.

It starts off with a great overview of cancer in general and the associated metabolic pathways of cancer cells, including the Warburg effect and why cancer cells light up in a PET scan (hint, it’s the glucose!). He also touches on the problems of overconsumption leading to increased IGF-1 stimulation and the resultant increase in glucose uptake by all cells. This, of course, drives tumogenesis.
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Targeting Energy Metabolism in Brain Cancer – Thomas Seyfried (AHS12)

Thomas Seyfried’s talk at Ancestral Health Symposium 2012 (AHS12) is a deep dive into the origins of cancer, loosely framed around the question, “Is cancer a metabolic disease?” In some ways an extremely provocative talk, but fascinating to watch him step through the science behind assertions like, “Regardless of what you might read, mutations are not the cause of cancer.” (Hint: it’s the mitochondria! “We never find completely normal mitochondria in any cancer cells.”)
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The Role of a Low Carb Ketogenic Diet in the Treatment and Prevention of Cancer – Dr. Rainer J. Klement (AHS12)

A fantastic lecture by Dr. Rainer J. Klement (Medical Physicist) of Lets Go Paleo on the role of a low carb ketogenic diet in the prevention and treatment of cancer. The actual title of the Ancestral Health Symposium 2012 (AHS12) presentation is, “Is there a role for a paleolithic lifestyle in the treatment and prevention of cancer?”, but most of the talk focuses on how a low carb diet implemented with good food quality choices (as are often found in paleo nutrition) can not only prevent cancer, but can be used as part of treatment.
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