If you can’t read Cancer as a Metabolic Disease, this might be the next best thing. It’s an interview with Thomas Seyfried, in which he covers much of the material in his book (albeit at a more approachable level for the average Joe).
I know I just published my review of Cancer as a Metabolic Disease, but I stumbled across some news that I thought was worth relating.
One of the most beautifully written and compelling parts of Seyfried’s exhaustive hypothesis is the idea that metastasis is too complex of a process to be accounted for by random genetic mutation. The idea that many different types of cancer cells would all somehow collect the right genetic mutations that would make them able to enter and exit tissues, evade detection by the immune system, and spread throughout the body seems ludicrous. From the very beginnings of Cancer as a Metabolic Disease, Seyfried begins to question this and show how the process of metastasis involves abilities already present in some macrophages and leukocytes:
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.
You may remember Walter Willett from about this time last year, when Gary Taubes took him to task on the pages of Discover for promoting sloppy science. His piece included an excoriating indictment of Willett’s work, agenda and track record:
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.
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…
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…
Today a new article by Gary Taubes was published in the British Medical Journal. It’s entitled, “The science of obesity: what do we really know about what makes us fat?“, and it’s a good one.