The Glendale Central Library welcomes Dr. Robert Lustig to discuss his book “Metabolical: The Lure and the Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition, and Modern Medicine,” on Tuesday, Jan. 30, at 11 a.m.
Lustig is a pediatric neuroendocrinologist who has long been on the cutting edge of medicine and science. His book weaves the interconnected strands of nutrition, health, disease, medicine, environment and society into a completely new fabric by positing a series of iconoclastic revelations. Among them includes medicine for chronic disease that treats symptoms, not the disease itself; self-diagnosing biochemical profiles; 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; and “Big Food,” “Big Pharma” and “Big Government” are on the other side.
Making the case that food is the only lever we have to affect biochemical change to improve our health, according to Lustig, who explains what to eat based on two novel criteria: protect the liver, and feed the gut.
Lustig insists that if food habits are not changed, chronic disease will persist, health care will be bankrupt and the planet will continue to be threatened. Lustig’s book and this webinar explain what’s needed to fix all three. Lustig offers a doable plan for us to heal and restore our health and well-being with real food.
Lustig is emeritus 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 is one of the leaders of the current “anti-sugar” movement that is changing the food industry, and has dedicated his retirement from clinical medicine to help fix the food supply in any way he can to reduce human suffering and to salvage the environment.
Lustig graduated from MIT in 1976 and received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in 1980. He also received his master’s degree at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2013. He is the author of the popular books “Fat Chance” and “The Hacking of the American Mind.” Lustig is the chief science officer of the nonprofit Eat REAL, he is on the advisory boards of the UC Davis Innovation Institute for Food and Health, the Center for Humane Technology, Simplex Health, Levels Health and ReadOut Health, and he is the chief medical officer of BioLumen Technologies, Foogal, Perfact and Kalin Health.
First published in the January 20 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.