The New York Times bestselling author of Fat Chance outlines the eight pathologies that underlie all chronic disease, shows how processed food has impacted them over the past 50 years to harm our health, economy, and environment, and presents an urgent agenda and strategy to heal both us and the earth.
Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric neuroendocrinologist who has long been at the forefront of medicine and science, questions our present healthcare paradigm, which has gone off the rails due to Big Food, Big Pharma, and Big Government involvement.
If you don’t know what the problem is, you won’t be able to solve it. As he narrates the “true story of food” and “the story of real food,” one of Lustig’s unique skills as a communicator is his ability to “connect the dots” for the common reader in order to grasp the scientific data and concepts behind his ideas.
Metabolical ties the intertwined strands of nutrition, health/disease, medicine, the environment, and society into an entirely new fabric by proving a succession of iconoclastic insights on a scientific basis, including:
-The symptoms of chronic disease are treated with medicine, not the disease itself.
-You can determine your biochemical profile on your own.
-Chronic diseases are not “druggable,” but they are “foodable”
-Food that has been processed is not only unhealthy, but also 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
Lustig discusses what to eat based on two innovative criteria: protect the liver and fill the gut, saying that food is the sole lever we have to affect biochemical change and improve our health.He claims that until we fix our food and change our eating habits, we will continue to suffer from chronic disease, bankrupt healthcare, and endanger the environment. But there is reason to be optimistic: this book demonstrates how to correct all three issues.