Sunday, June 30, 2013

What if we're wrong about obesity?

Everyone needs to watch this until the end. I cried.


  1. Can you sum it up real quick so I can know what it's about without watching it? I will try to watch it later but it's very hard for me to find the time to watch any video longer than 2 minutes.

  2. He argues that perhaps insulin-resistance creates obesity, not the other way around (challenging conventional medicine that obesity is a cause of Type 2 diabetes) but please try to watch it in chunks if possible: I wanted you ladies to watch it in its entirety because he relays a poignant story that would, unbeknownst to him at the time, lead him to his recent findings, and an emotional discovery, from which he seeks redemption from his previous biases against obese individuals, as a doctor and human.

  3. Your right, I bawled. But to me, it seems a bit like a dangling carrot, like hope, that I dont want to believe in just yet. Im going to have to read/hear alot more about this before you get more of a reaction from me.

  4. Just watched! Okay, I thought y'all were crazy till the end, then I did totally cry.

    Sugar is evil. When I first came across this idea, in Nourishing Traditions, it was such a radical idea that I thought Sally Fallon and the Weston A Price Foundation were crazy. Years later, I consider myself WAPFy, and I am much more sugar-wary.

    Michael Pollan has helped me tremendously to understand how and why we are hard-wired to seek out sugar, as well as our food system destroys the natural checks and balances that keep us healthy (eg, local, seasonal fruit for the picking, local, seasonal maple syrup for those who live in cold areas and who tap, and local, seasonal honey for those caring enough to keep bees or willing to patronize those who do should naturally be virtually the ONLY ways we can access significant sugar...!).

    Eg: "Today, foods are processed in ways specifically designed to get us to buy and eat more by pushing our evolutionary buttons - our inborn preferences for sweetness and fat and salt. These tastes are difficult to find in nature but cheap and easy for the food scientist to deploy, with the result that food processing induces us to consume much more of these rarities than is good for us." (Michael Pollan, Food Rules, p. 48 of the 2011 illustrated edition.)

    Good video to start our food detox Sam!!

    I think I want to get a Michael Pollan tattoo...