Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Mitochondrial Health

Take Back Your Health – with Dr. Robert H. Lustig | The Empowering Neurologist EP. 122

The Source of Our Most Challenging Epidemic

As you may recall, the last time we had the opportunity to interview Dr. Robert Lustig was when he published The Hacking of the American Mind, elucidating how the processed food industry has hacked our bodies and minds to pursue pleasure over happiness, fueling widespread addiction and depression. I’m excited to let everyone know that we again have the opportunity to feature Dr. Robert Lustig on the podcast talking about his new book METABOLICAL. This new work 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. And to be sure, the pandemic we are referring to is the pandemic of chronic, noninfectious, preventable diseases, not COVID-19.
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


Our guest, Robert H. Lustig, M.D., MSL, is professor of pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology and a member of the Institute for Health Policy Studies at University of California, San Francisco. He has authored 120 peer-reviewed articles and 70 reviews. He has mentored 30 pediatric endocrine fellows and trained numerous other allied health professionals. He is the former chairman of the Obesity Task Force of the Pediatric Endocrine Society, a member of the Obesity Task Force of the Endocrine Society, and a member of the Pediatric Obesity Devices Committee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. He is also the president of the nonprofit Institute for Responsible Nutrition, dedicated to reversing childhood obesity and Type 2 Diabetes. He consults for several childhood obesity advocacy groups and government agencies.



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22 thoughts on “Take Back Your Health – with Dr. Robert H. Lustig | The Empowering Neurologist EP. 122
  1. love it !!!!!!!!!! I use dr. lustig's saying "protect the liver, feed the gut" all the time. I like to add "nourish the brain" I will share widely. Dr. Perlmutter you are looking great by the way. No Covid lock down negative effect on you. :). Keep preaching the obvious. People have to be moved by the number of kids with fatty liver and how their brain development is affected.

  2. This is one problem that the low carb community, which I am a part of, does not understand that fructose is metabolized differently than glucose, and fructose is the actual real cause for insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome.

  3. Wow! I will listen to it again. Is there a transcript? I would like to look up some of the terms since I am not a medical professional.

  4. I respect your intelligence Dr. Lustig but please stop using Gods name disrespectfully. It makes me cringe! Please, it is the 1st commandment. 💕

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