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Metabolical: The Lure and the Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition, and Modern Medicine

Metabolical: The Lure and the Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition, and Modern Medicine

Written by Robert H. Lustig

Narrated by Charles Constant


Metabolical: The Lure and the Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition, and Modern Medicine

Written by Robert H. Lustig

Narrated by Charles Constant

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4.5/5 (8 ratings)
Length:
12 hours
Publisher:
Released:
May 4, 2021
ISBN:
9780063027756
Format:
Audiobook

Description

The New York Times bestselling author of Fat Chance explains the eight pathologies that underlie all chronic disease, documents how processed food has impacted them to ruin our health, economy, and environment over the past 50 years, and proposes an urgent manifesto and strategy to cure both us and the planet.

Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric neuroendocrinologist who has long been on the cutting edge of medicine and science, challenges our current healthcare paradigm which has gone off the rails under the influence of Big Food, Big Pharma, and Big Government.

You can’t solve a problem if you don’t know what the problem is. One of Lustig’s singular gifts as a communicator is his ability to “connect the dots” for the general reader, in order to unpack the scientific data and concepts behind his arguments, as he tells the “real story of food” and “the story of real food.” 

Metabolical weaves the interconnected strands of nutrition, health/disease, medicine, environment, and society into a completely new fabric by proving on a scientific basis a series of iconoclastic revelations, among them: 

  • Medicine for chronic disease treats symptoms, not the disease itself
  • You can diagnose your own biochemical profile 
  • Chronic diseases are not "druggable," but they are "foodable" 
  • Processed food isn’t just toxic, it’s addictive
  • The war between vegan and keto is a false war—the combatants are on the same side
  • Big Food, Big Pharma, and Big Government are on the other side

Making the case that food is the only lever we have to effect biochemical change to improve our health, Lustig explains what to eat based on two novel criteria: protect the liver, and feed the gut. He insists that if we do not fix our food and change the way we eat, we will continue to court chronic disease, bankrupt healthcare, and threaten the planet. But there is hope: this book explains what’s needed to fix all three.

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.


Publisher:
Released:
May 4, 2021
ISBN:
9780063027756
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Robert H. Lustig, M.D., M.S.L., is an internationally renowned pediatric endocrinologist.  He lives in San Francisco.


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  • (5/5)
    On so many levels this book makes clear complex biologial proccesses, so a listener can make informed choices. After having had an ulcer and a later a kidney stone removed I was required to give up sugar, including fruit for a month. The first two weeks were difficult. Unexpectedly I lost 5 kilos after six weeks. Something I mostly attribute to sugar consumption previously led to giving me belly fat. I eat a single spoon of honey on my oatmeal in the morning and lots of fruit now. I also indulge in 1-2 small bottles of sweetened coffee a week, but never more. The doctor explains how you need to feed your gut first. Fruit, vegetables and perhaps my bowl of oatmeal do that. Insoluble fiber helps food move through the intestines and creates healthy mucous there. His 2cd rule is protect the liver. This organ is connected to the pancreas, which excretes insulin to digest sugars and leads to fatty liver disease when too much refined sugar is consumed. Another interesting take away is omega 3s are mostly in seafood and reduce inflammation, while cooking oils derived from seeds are high in omega 6 and drive inflammation. Heating olive oil also creates trans-fat, which has been banned, but is easy to create by heating certain cooking oils to where they are burning. Overall I like Dr Lustig's approach. He doesnt make assumptions and continues to question the emperical data and dogma the medical industry has been proferring. They treat the symptoms of disease without discovering the underlying causes, which are related to the proccessed food people are ingesting. 88% of Americans have some sort of metabolical disorder and I am sure I have some issues too. This book points toward remedies which are in the kitchen and not the medicine cabinet.
  • (5/5)
    Lustig doesn't pull any punches about how what we eat makes us healthy or sick . He calls out the players helping, or more often hampering, to advance real food instead of ultra processed food like substances.

    The tone of the book is just right; lots of science to satisfy the curious but Lusting tells a good story and the book is an easy and engrossing read.