Now, Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric neuroendocrinologist who has long been on the cutting edge of medicine and science throughout his 40+ year career, has been dedicated to treating and preventing childhood obesity and diabetes. With his new book, Metabolical: The Lure and the Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition, and Modern Medicine (HarperWave, $28.99), he will expose the truth, both scientifically and politically, underlying the current global pandemic of diet-related diseases. Ready your medical and book shelves for the May 4 release.
In his previous work, The Hacking of the American Mind, Dr. Lustig elucidated how the processed food industry has hacked our bodies and minds to pursue pleasure over happiness, fueling widespread addiction and depression. In Metabolical, he addresses nutrition, food science and global health, and explains how by focusing on real food we can reverse chronic disease and promote longevity. For the first time, all strands of this pandemic—the medical, the economic, and the environmental—are pulled together into one clear narrative.
Describing the eight pathologies within the cell that belie all chronic disease, Dr. Lustig illustrates how they are not “druggable” but rather “foodable” (i.e. medication can’t cure what nutrition can) by following two basic principles: protect the liver and feed the gut. He uses this science to chronicle the breakdown in our current healthcare paradigm, which has succumbed to influence from Big Food, Big Pharma, and Big Government. In the special chapter “Food in the Time of Corona,” Dr. Lustig addresses the way “pre-existing conditions” (i.e. diet-induced chronic diseases) make us vulnerable to succumbing to acute infectious diseases like COVID-19. He also argues that the Nutrition Facts label hides information from the consumer by omitting what’s been done to the food, which is more important than what’s in the food.
Weaving together the interconnected strands of nutrition, disease, medicine, environment, and society, Metabolical provides the scientific bases for a series of iconoclastic revelations, among them:
- Medicine for chronic disease only treats symptoms, not the disease itself
- You can diagnose your own biochemical profile
- 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