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The Empowering Neurologist – David Perlmutter, MD and Gary Taubes

Gary Taubes’ new book, The Case Against Sugar, is a riveting deep-dive into the history, politics, perverted science, and subterfuge that have had supporting roles in making sugar so pervasive. Really, who better to write this book than Gary Taubes?!

From Amazon.com:

Gary Taubes is an investigative science and health journalist and co-founder of the non-profit Nutrition Science Initiative (NuSI.org). He is the author of Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It and Good Calories, Bad Calories (The Diet Delusion in the UK). Taubes is the recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, and has won numerous other awards for his journalism. These include the International Health Reporting Award from the Pan American Health Organization and the National Association of Science Writers Science in Society Journalism Award, which he won in 1996, 1999 and 2001. (He is the first print journalist to win this award three times.) Taubes graduated from Harvard College in 1977 with an S.B. degree in applied physics, and received an M.S. degree in engineering from Stanford University (1978) and in journalism from Columbia University (1981).

These are impressive accolades for sure, but what’s most impressive about Gary is his life’s dedication to helping change our views on sugar, which clearly represents a clear and present danger to global health, coupled with his incredible skill in communicating this information.

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  • AnnieLaurie Burke

    Thank you, thank you, Dr. Perlmutter, for saying we need to get away from our sweet addiction, and stop worrying about which artificial sweetener is “safe” to use! I have seen so many comments from your readers on how “grateful” they are that stevia or whatever satisfies their “needs”. In truth, we don’t “need” that sweet taste so ubiquitously. If we follow a diet of good, natural foods, we will rapidly lose the addiction to sweet tastes. We can then appreciate sweetness in moderate fruit consumption, the occasional piece of dark chocolate, etc. We don’t need it three meals a day plus snacks.

    • Mort

      But is there anything wrong or ill advised about using Stevia even three times or more per day?

      • AnnieLaurie Burke

        The evidence is still out on that. It may depend on what form of stevia you use. Stevia, in the form of the natural plant, has been used — sparingly — for a long time. The extract and other modern forms, not so much. There really is not much scientific evidence that it is OK to use it in such large amounts. Taubes mentions in the interview that the body reacts to the taste of sweetness, regardless of the caloric content. Why not kick your sugar addiction instead of taking a chance?

      • Mark Weber

        Yes. Although it doesn’t raise blood sugar, it DOES raise Insulin.

  • Ronna Berezin

    Very interesting topic as well as presentation In 1962 I did a high fat, low carb diet , but I can’t remember the Program. I do remember losing weight very easily, losing sugar cravings I had had most of my life and giving up cigarettes at the same time … AND it was my second year of teaching junior high school … where the staff rooms were so clouded with smoke you could barely recognize faces! Today I am 77 and I hang on your every piece of advice!

  • Bill Hutchins

    So informative..
    Taubes keeps on delivering insight after insight.

  • David Perlmutter and Gary Taubes are 2 of my heroes, I’ve learned a lot from their books and greatly improved my health and fitness by changing my diet and lifestyle based in large part on their advice (very-low-carb, high-healthy-fats; no added sugars, no grains, no processed foods). I enjoyed this video mostly as a way to see how their minds interact in discussion. But honestly, spending 50 minutes with a book by either of them gives me more learning, due to the more formal structure imposed by the writing and editing process. In this video, I most appreciated the discussion of the trans-generational effects on the microbiome and epigenetic factors involved in high sugar diets during pregnancy and the results on the babies born and being more vulnerable to diabetes earlier in life.

    • David Perlmutter

      Honored to be in Gary’s company there.

  • Gela K

    Great discussion. Mr Taubes book is next on my list to read. I am sure you are inundated with book recommendations but if I may suggest one: I contain Multitudes by Ed Young. It is written by an “outsider” much like Gary Taubes and Nina Teicholz. He wrote about the microbiome. I found out about this book when Mr Young was did a brief interview with Bill Gates (of all people!). Bill gates was fascinated and I was too after reading his book. His book did remind me of Mrs. Teicholz and Mr Taubes books.

  • Gramma JuJu

    Excellent discussion. Two Power House speakers. Doesn’t get any better. I was able to get his new book on CD somehow before the hard back came out. Gary Taubes is the Perry Mason of the our time. He brings complete facts to the table. And backs it up with sound studies, data, and references to back it up. I trust his work and have never detected any bias in his research.

    • David Perlmutter

      Yes, was honored to have him as a guest!

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