Peter Attia: What if we’re wrong about diabetes?

Peter Attia: What if we’re wrong about diabetes?


Translator: Joseph Geni
Reviewer: Morton Bast I’ll never forget that day back in the spring of 2006. I was a surgical resident at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, taking emergency call. I got paged by the E.R. around 2 in the morning to come and see a woman with a diabetic ulcer on her foot. I can still remember sort of that smell of rotting flesh as I pulled the curtain back to see her. And everybody there agreed this woman was very sick and she needed to be in the hospital. That wasn’t being asked. The question that was being asked of me was a different one, which was, did she also need an amputation? Now, looking back on that night, I’d love so desperately to believe that I treated that woman on that night with the same empathy and compassion I’d shown the 27-year-old newlywed who came to the E.R. three nights earlier with lower back pain that turned out to be advanced pancreatic cancer. In her case, I knew there was nothing I could do that was actually going to save her life. The cancer was too advanced. But I was committed to making sure that I could do anything possible to make her stay more comfortable. I brought her a warm blanket and a cup of a coffee. I brought some for her parents. But more importantly, see, I passed no judgment on her, because obviously she had done nothing to bring this on herself. So why was it that, just a few nights later, as I stood in that same E.R. and determined that my diabetic patient did indeed need an amputation, why did I hold her in such bitter contempt? You see, unlike the woman the night before, this woman had type 2 diabetes. She was fat. And we all know that’s from eating too much and not exercising enough, right? I mean, how hard can it be? As I looked down at her in the bed, I thought to myself, if you just tried caring even a little bit, you wouldn’t be in this situation at this moment with some doctor you’ve never met about to amputate your foot. Why did I feel justified in judging her? I’d like to say I don’t know. But I actually do. You see, in the hubris of my youth, I thought I had her all figured out. She ate too much. She got unlucky. She got diabetes. Case closed. Ironically, at that time in my life, I was also doing cancer research, immune-based therapies for melanoma, to be specific, and in that world I was actually taught to question everything, to challenge all assumptions and hold them to the highest possible scientific standards. Yet when it came to a disease like diabetes that kills Americans eight times more frequently than melanoma, I never once questioned the conventional wisdom. I actually just assumed the pathologic sequence of events was settled science. Three years later, I found out how wrong I was. But this time, I was the patient. Despite exercising three or four hours every single day, and following the food pyramid to the letter, I’d gained a lot of weight and developed something called metabolic syndrome. Some of you may have heard of this. I had become insulin-resistant. You can think of insulin as this master hormone that controls what our body does with the foods we eat, whether we burn it or store it. This is called fuel partitioning in the lingo. Now failure to produce enough insulin is incompatible with life. And insulin resistance, as its name suggests, is when your cells get increasingly resistant to the effect of insulin trying to do its job. Once you’re insulin-resistant, you’re on your way to getting diabetes, which is what happens when your pancreas can’t keep up with the resistance and make enough insulin. Now your blood sugar levels start to rise, and an entire cascade of pathologic events sort of spirals out of control that can lead to heart disease, cancer, even Alzheimer’s disease, and amputations, just like that woman a few years earlier. With that scare, I got busy changing my diet radically, adding and subtracting things most of you would find almost assuredly shocking. I did this and lost 40 pounds, weirdly while exercising less. I, as you can see, I guess I’m not overweight anymore. More importantly, I don’t have insulin resistance. But most important, I was left with these three burning questions that wouldn’t go away: How did this happen to me if I was supposedly doing everything right? If the conventional wisdom about nutrition had failed me, was it possible it was failing someone else? And underlying these questions, I became almost maniacally obsessed in trying to understand the real relationship between obesity and insulin resistance. Now, most researchers believe obesity is the cause of insulin resistance. Logically, then, if you want to treat insulin resistance, you get people to lose weight, right? You treat the obesity. But what if we have it backwards? What if obesity isn’t the cause of insulin resistance at all? In fact, what if it’s a symptom of a much deeper problem, the tip of a proverbial iceberg? I know it sounds crazy because we’re obviously in the midst of an obesity epidemic, but hear me out. What if obesity is a coping mechanism for a far more sinister problem going on underneath the cell? I’m not suggesting that obesity is benign, but what I am suggesting is it may be the lesser of two metabolic evils. You can think of insulin resistance as the reduced capacity of our cells to partition fuel, as I alluded to a moment ago, taking those calories that we take in and burning some appropriately and storing some appropriately. When we become insulin-resistant, the homeostasis in that balance deviates from this state. So now, when insulin says to a cell, I want you to burn more energy than the cell considers safe, the cell, in effect, says, “No thanks, I’d actually rather store this energy.” And because fat cells are actually missing most of the complex cellular machinery found in other cells, it’s probably the safest place to store it. So for many of us, about 75 million Americans, the appropriate response to insulin resistance may actually be to store it as fat, not the reverse, getting insulin resistance in response to getting fat. This is a really subtle distinction, but the implication could be profound. Consider the following analogy: Think of the bruise you get on your shin when you inadvertently bang your leg into the coffee table. Sure, the bruise hurts like hell, and you almost certainly don’t like the discolored look, but we all know the bruise per Se is not the problem. In fact, it’s the opposite. It’s a healthy response to the trauma, all of those immune cells rushing to the site of the injury to salvage cellular debris and prevent the spread of infection to elsewhere in the body. Now, imagine we thought bruises were the problem, and we evolved a giant medical establishment and a culture around treating bruises: masking creams, painkillers, you name it, all the while ignoring the fact that people are still banging their shins into coffee tables. How much better would we be if we treated the cause — telling people to pay attention when they walk through the living room — rather than the effect? Getting the cause and the effect right makes all the difference in the world. Getting it wrong, and the pharmaceutical industry can still do very well for its shareholders but nothing improves for the people with bruised shins. Cause and effect. So what I’m suggesting is maybe we have the cause and effect wrong on obesity and insulin resistance. Maybe we should be asking ourselves, is it possible that insulin resistance causes weight gain and the diseases associated with obesity, at least in most people? What if being obese is just a metabolic response to something much more threatening, an underlying epidemic, the one we ought to be worried about? Let’s look at some suggestive facts. We know that 30 million obese Americans in the United States don’t have insulin resistance. And by the way, they don’t appear to be at any greater risk of disease than lean people. Conversely, we know that six million lean people in the United States are insulin-resistant, and by the way, they appear to be at even greater risk for those metabolic diseases I mentioned a moment ago than their obese counterparts. Now I don’t know why, but it might be because, in their case, their cells haven’t actually figured out the right thing to do with that excess energy. So if you can be obese and not have insulin resistance, and you can be lean and have it, this suggests that obesity may just be a proxy for what’s going on. So what if we’re fighting the wrong war, fighting obesity rather than insulin resistance? Even worse, what if blaming the obese means we’re blaming the victims? What if some of our fundamental ideas about obesity are just wrong? Personally, I can’t afford the luxury of arrogance anymore, let alone the luxury of certainty. I have my own ideas about what could be at the heart of this, but I’m wide open to others. Now, my hypothesis, because everybody always asks me, is this. If you ask yourself, what’s a cell trying to protect itself from when it becomes insulin resistant, the answer probably isn’t too much food. It’s more likely too much glucose: blood sugar. Now, we know that refined grains and starches elevate your blood sugar in the short run, and there’s even reason to believe that sugar may lead to insulin resistance directly. So if you put these physiological processes to work, I’d hypothesize that it might be our increased intake of refined grains, sugars and starches that’s driving this epidemic of obesity and diabetes, but through insulin resistance, you see, and not necessarily through just overeating and under-exercising. When I lost my 40 pounds a few years ago, I did it simply by restricting those things, which admittedly suggests I have a bias based on my personal experience. But that doesn’t mean my bias is wrong, and most important, all of this can be tested scientifically. But step one is accepting the possibility that our current beliefs about obesity, diabetes and insulin resistance could be wrong and therefore must be tested. I’m betting my career on this. Today, I devote all of my time to working on this problem, and I’ll go wherever the science takes me. I’ve decided that what I can’t and won’t do anymore is pretend I have the answers when I don’t. I’ve been humbled enough by all I don’t know. For the past year, I’ve been fortunate enough to work on this problem with the most amazing team of diabetes and obesity researchers in the country, and the best part is, just like Abraham Lincoln surrounded himself with a team of rivals, we’ve done the same thing. We’ve recruited a team of scientific rivals, the best and brightest who all have different hypotheses for what’s at the heart of this epidemic. Some think it’s too many calories consumed. Others think it’s too much dietary fat. Others think it’s too many refined grains and starches. But this team of multi-disciplinary, highly skeptical and exceedingly talented researchers do agree on two things. First, this problem is just simply too important to continue ignoring because we think we know the answer. And two, if we’re willing to be wrong, if we’re willing to challenge the conventional wisdom with the best experiments science can offer, we can solve this problem. I know it’s tempting to want an answer right now, some form of action or policy, some dietary prescription — eat this, not that — but if we want to get it right, we’re going to have to do much more rigorous science before we can write that prescription. Briefly, to address this, our research program is focused around three meta-themes, or questions. First, how do the various foods we consume impact our metabolism, hormones and enzymes, and through what nuanced molecular mechanisms? Second, based on these insights, can people make the necessary changes in their diets in a way that’s safe and practical to implement? And finally, once we identify what safe and practical changes people can make to their diet, how can we move their behavior in that direction so that it becomes more the default rather than the exception? Just because you know what to do doesn’t mean you’re always going to do it. Sometimes we have to put cues around people to make it easier, and believe it or not, that can be studied scientifically. I don’t know how this journey is going to end, but this much seems clear to me, at least: We can’t keep blaming our overweight and diabetic patients like I did. Most of them actually want to do the right thing, but they have to know what that is, and it’s got to work. I dream of a day when our patients can shed their excess pounds and cure themselves of insulin resistance, because as medical professionals, we’ve shed our excess mental baggage and cured ourselves of new idea resistance sufficiently to go back to our original ideals: open minds, the courage to throw out yesterday’s ideas when they don’t appear to be working, and the understanding that scientific truth isn’t final, but constantly evolving. Staying true to that path will be better for our patients and better for science. If obesity is nothing more than a proxy for metabolic illness, what good does it do us to punish those with the proxy? Sometimes I think back to that night in the E.R. seven years ago. I wish I could speak with that woman again. I’d like to tell her how sorry I am. I’d say, as a doctor, I delivered the best clinical care I could, but as a human being, I let you down. You didn’t need my judgment and my contempt. You needed my empathy and compassion, and above all else, you needed a doctor who was willing to consider maybe you didn’t let the system down. Maybe the system, of which I was a part, was letting you down. If you’re watching this now, I hope you can forgive me. (Applause)

100 thoughts on “Peter Attia: What if we’re wrong about diabetes?

  1. A well rehearsed emotional outburst. I don't believe a word of it. 
     
    Maybe overweight causes insulin problem, maybe the insulin causes the overweight. Nobody ever thought of the fact that maybe simply the food is wrong! The huge quantities of sugar are the problem, some people eat more then 50 kilos of refined sugar a year, sugar (corn syrup) in french fries (McDonalds) sugar in catchup. Sugar in this and in that. In America they even put large quantities of industrial sugar into honey! Blaming insulin for your overweight is not the answer!

  2. He’s right. It is a metabolic condition brought on by what’s on the shelves in our markets. Mostly, “ non foods”. Other doctors have done this research usually from other countries. Many drs here in this country are warned to stick to protocol or risk losing their license.

  3. Wow, what a great speaker and insightful doctor! I'm excited about what the future holds for the study of insulin resistance.

  4. Love this! Thank you Dr. Attia for you honesty. I would love to have a doctor with your compassion now.

  5. You can stop sciencing, just eat your veggies, the dark leafy green ones! Stay away from the sad diet, processed food, pharmaceuticals, hybrid and gmo plants and quit killing animals, problem solved.

  6. I believe also… Someone has let someone(s) into our food production system and they have played and altered our God foods thus making us sick, just like the hybrid grass tifton 85 that all of a sudden after 10 years started producing cyanide and killed all those cows in Elgin, TX and that's just a nip in the butt to what's coming. Monsanto… Now owned by Bayer was and is a major contributor to Frankenstein Foods. God help us… It might not be reversible and a complete clean swipe if the planet might be the only solution? Could be the reason why the seed bank was created in Switzerland or was it Sweden? One of those…. They know what's coming and how it ends. Look at Fukushima Japan's radation leak in the ocean… You think it's fixed? Think again! All this so greedy bastards can fill up their pockets. Well I got news…. You can't escape the Universal Law of Justice and you evil doers time will come soon. 👍

  7. wow a doctor who realy cares he was in bits in the end as a type two diabetic myself it was realy moving none of us want diabetes and the day we find a real cure will be a blessed day for sure x

  8. 10 home remedies for diabetes that really work! Suffering from diabetes?Here are some handy tips that can help keep that sugar level down.> Diabetescure3weeks. com

  9. RESPECT – Galen although vastly knowledgeable progressed medicine so far and we lived by his teachings for hundreds of years, even though some of his practices we now know to be fundamentally wrong. Those who challenged Galen were shot down and ridiculed, even though they were actually right and as such medicine reached an impasse.

    We appear to be in the same stage now where people are afraid to challenge the norm and think outside the box, but what if the box is wrong?

    This guy gets my respect if more doctors were like him humanity would stand more of a chance.

  10. People are very judgmental about diabetics. They are NOT responsible for causing their own diseases. Judgmental people are disgusting.

  11. Hiding something about myself, is what started & continues to keep me on the weight gain/lose problem. Now I'm type one Diabetic.

  12. Yup, if you think about and say it enough, you can convince yourself that "She ain't that Fat" just healthy big boned ! Lol

  13. As an automotive electrician, I see our gut so similar to the battery in the car. A storage of energy, even with the same acid. So, what if the condition of our gut, ie acidic or alkaline etc, was the reason our food digests properly (providing the nutrition, enzymes, fibre, friendly yeasts, hormones, (and insulin) or doesn't digest properly (creating a deficit of all those good health benefits and requirements)? What if it doesn't matter if we eat whole grains, yogurt, kefir, veg, meat, dairy, gluten, calories, fats good and bad, sugar, chocolate, fatty gluggy fast food liquid obesity creating slop? What if we eat anything and everything in moderation as our body desires it (within reason) and our gut is actually enabled to do it's job of breaking down whatever is in it with the appropriate acids etc? So, what is the problem with our guts being too acidy or to alkaline? Isn't the problem in the way our food is planted (weedkiller), harvested (far too early unripened) transported (plastic containers) and preserved (coolroom, freezers, co2, preservatives and additives) stored (chemically cleansed containers, chemically cleaned factories) flavour enhanced (known allergens such as dextrose – google the side effects of this stuff that's put on the world's fries to "even our the colour) and whatever else that makes our "food" the most profitable ?

  14. Had a 1100 blood sugar attack and 7 strokes within 12 hours, given insulin for 4 days and released from hospital. Foot was infected could not on it. Soaked it for 4 days continually and it gradually started to heal.

  15. I think physicals should include levels of important vitamins and minerals. I think not treating hypothyroidism, for example, is causing metabolic disorders, because treatment isn't recommended until free T3 and free T4 levels are low, yet antibodies are already elevated, so damage to thyroid gland is happening. What if we're not getting what we need to support this very important gland that has profound effects upon our health?

  16. Let’s go to basics. My theory is always “modern foods, modern problems” (in respect to health stuff)

    If it exist now and not then then what are we doing different now than then?

  17. I learn't a lot watching this video. I'd feel blessed to have him for my doctor. A very humble human being. Thanks for sharing!. #DataDiggerDon

  18. This doctor has actually presented a wonderful and clear example of humility that we could use right now, at this point in our nation. Around many topics. Thank you Doctor for your reflection, vulnerability, and willingness to share that with us.

  19. Insulin is produced by the body in right amounts to the food we eat, if a person is diabetic, that means the amount of insulin produced is not “correct”. Ie from an engineering perspective, body lost the ability to manage, keep in check the rate of production of insulin in response to foods we consume. This loss of “involuntary control system” puts pressure on a human to actually manage. According to me, involuntary control systems are the most difficult systems in the world to mimic.
    The disease like cancer, where cells in the body doesn’t know when to stop repairing itself, diabetes where body’s doesn’t know when to produce or stop producing insulin etc are scary diseases.

  20. Suggestion to you doctor, if you want some answers, observe these, developing countries where the ppl are not affected by the western food yet, under developed countries where western culture hasn’t been introduced or forced upon, you will see less diabetic ppl.

  21. I was where he was a few years ago: overweight and with metabolic syndrome and heart problems. By changing how I eat and walking more all issues have disappeared, and I have been able to stop all medications. I feel better, more energetic and happier. I recently talked to a neighbor who is a diabetic with heart issues about this. She looked at me like I was crazy and said that ‘she really likes sugary things.’ I no longer enjoy talking to her because I feel I have handed her a potential solution to her health problems but she simply dismisses them without even putting in a tiny bit of effort.

  22. I've often wondered whether this may be so (that weight gain is part of the condition rather than vice versa, and the same with 'metabolic syndrome'. Hoping people can be helped rather than blamed!

  23. You are right. She saw the judgement in your face. I'm sure she forgave you as you were not the first to judge her. As a diabetic i did figure it out. I gave the interview to Dr. Berg. https://youtu.be/TN9bzEyw8CU

  24. What changed my blood sugar levels was the removal of maltodextrin. I was drinking 6-8 bottles of flavored water a day. Eating healthy, watching the "white" stuff in processed foods. My sugar was constantly over 160 every day, some days it was over 200. I couldn't figure it out. Then I started looking at the "chemical" part of my diet. Ever since I stopped drinking the flavored packets in water, my sugar levels have been down to 119 on the high end. My resistance has improved, and I am losing some weight. So he may be onto something here. Great information in a very powerful presentation.

  25. gawd, I wish all doctors had this man's attitude. I wish he could tell me why I have neuropathy without having diabetes.

  26. Now everybody with lower back pain is going to be rushing to see their doctor. Good one man. Blocked and reported these fear mongerers.

  27. My eyes teared up watching the end of the presentation. What this doctor has done with his story, both the factual and the emotional, will help many, many people. Although I already know overconsumption of sugar is harmful, he has helped to open my mind to the fact diabetes is nothing to mess with, as it is complex, and at a cellular level. And people who suffer from it do not need judgement, they need help. They need support. And they need compassion. I know that sugar drives the craving for more sugar. It's not about willpower, it's about education. The right education.

  28. The conventional food pyramid diet wisdom was a result of biased research funded by the agriculture industry and bribes to the FDA. A doctor that has humility is valuable; a doctor doing research aimed at ferreting trurth is pricelessly valuable.

  29. What is insane and almost criminal, is how little we know about human nutrition needs, health causes. So much medical effort, and financing just to continuously develop drugs to treat symptoms. There would still be profits in studying and finding root cause and prevention. This is criminal.. Just plain pathetic!

  30. It's not what u eat.
    It's the quantity.
    Gluttony has a consequence and no one even considers this. It is the cause of the bruise. And if u keep hitting rhe bruise it will never heal. And people routinely overstuff themselves …at every holiday, going out to eat for example…even though they may be eating good food. Big meals over and over eventually resets our metabolism and jumps start a response that ultimately alters how the body handles what we eat.

  31. Excellent! "Let food by thy medicine and medicine by thy food." Just imagine if our medical system was focused on health rather than lining the pockets of big pharma.

  32. I just got diagnosed I am scared don't want to throw myself back in the ER got an appt with my doctor aug 1 but I am scared I don't know what to eat googling every hunger pain. I love this Doctor wished I could see him now. But ill google and wait to see my dr. Peyton at uams hes a Super Doctor I think. I am scared I think I am going to die now so watching everything. I went from thinking I ate good but drank to many cokes. To now knowing I was doing everything wrong 🙁

  33. …. just eat 30% less each meal, scientists new back in the 1930's that for laboratory animals the animals that was starved or were feed 30% less lived longer than the other animals feed more food.
    People that went through the war that had restricted diets often lived well into their 80s and 90s.
    The problem is that the human body is a dynamic tool and today's work environment a majority of us eat far too much compared to the amount of energy that were expending.

  34. In 2019…Australian scientists ' discover ' that vitamin C reverses diabetes 2. Dr Roy Chodhury has been curing thousands of Indians for years with a diet of fruit / raw vegies and exercise. The problem is a clogged liver… so clean it out with raw green leafy vegetables such as Spinach and kale, and you'll be fixed up in no time ! It worked for me… and now I have bouts of healthy eating mixed with bouts of ordinary meals. I stay away from McDonalds and soft drinks etc. but still have the occasional lash out. Knowing it's about diet takes all the worry away !

  35. What if we're wrong about diabetes? The answer is simple. The drug and food companies have created diabetes for profit. Dr. Jason Jung can prove it. Conventional medicine only manages the disease, not obligated to cure it. The food industry and the drug companies are lauphing there way to the bank. Don't you get it? IT"S A BIG RACKET. You must do the research and you will know the truth. Conventional treatment by law, have to be drugs or surgery. Peter Attia is trying to warn you.

  36. Why is research not looking into this theory? We need to push for non-pharmaceutical sponsored research.

  37. The insane Democrats woke up the sane Patriots and now there will be another Civil War. Humans have tainted DNA and low IQ'S, some worse off than others, but most are still unable to evolve! God has to contain them under a dome to protect Paradise from EVIL. They are not told the truth about anything! Cannot tell a lie from truth anyway! No natural psychic abilities left in most dull Humans! Pineal gland destroyed by criminals putting poison in everything possible!

  38. GET TO THE FUCKING POINT IT'S 9:31 NOW AND I GOT IT. PLEASE STOP JABBERING AWAY. friggin cause and effect i Un Der Stand

  39. So he exercised 3-4 hours a day and ate after the food pyramid, namely lots of carbs, quite likely combined with fast-acting proteins like those delivered by whey shakes.
    Idk what to tell you except that this almost directly confirmes what you tried to disprove. You provoked massive insulin release that fd your bodies ability to handle insulin. That fat lady likely ate a ton of unnecessary carbs too.
    Are all the people around him oblivious to this massive gap in his reasoning?

  40. Dr Dan Maggs isn't a downer at all. Google him. I recommend his channel. Upbeat, professional, and clear.

  41. I never judge overweight people because it can happen to ANYONE ! I do have over three years of herb and supplement research where I discovered foods and herbs that can make you look and feel younger and healthier. I also combine daily cross-training which includes Cardio and WeightLifting. A Green based diet with organic herbs is like the HOLY GRAIL.

  42. Anyone who eats food with genetically modified organisms, will become overweight and have health issues, leading to chronic illness and premature death. That includes doctors, nurses, and anyone else who eats the poisonous food created by Monsanto Chemical, which was funded by our government to enable them to poison our major crops. Very few people can eat wheat and wheat products. The whole nation as well as other nations are now gluten free, not by choice, but for the sake of survival. The food manufacturers don't care, as long as they can rake in the dollars. Money takes precedence over human lives. Only the wealthy can afford to buy uncontaminated food. Is it part of Agenda 21?

  43. I not only controlled my Type 2 diabetes, I cured my neuropathy in my feet by taking Vitamin B-Complex and several other supplements. I take them every day. Medicare doesn't pay for my supplements. As of January 1st of this year, supplements are taxed in my state of New Jersey. I also take herbal supplements. Anyone who wants a list, just email me … [email protected] I will be glad to enumerate. I am going on 84 and was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes at least five or more years ago. I have lost track…haven't been to a doctor for so long. Food and supplements are my medicine. I pay for them. They work for me. I have very good immunity, even though I have seasonal allergies as well as winter allergies, like house dust and certain foods, but none that have ever threatened my life or given me asthma, like many unfortunate souls, including children and grandchildren of my own. I can't even bake cookies for my grandchildren, as they are troubled with allergies to certain ingredients besides wheat. My daughters are very strict about their food intake. Welcome to the 21st century.

  44. 'Conventional wisdom' causes harm. The voices that speak out truthfully are silenced or discredited in each generation. The proven cures are abundant. They were crushed so the 'conventional wisdom' could thrive. We are the results.

  45. We do still have a lot to learn! I wish all doctors were so dedicated to finding truth and admitting they don't have all the answers. And also that all humans realize when they've been dicks and ask for forgiveness.

  46. I am very thankful that you as a doctor a profession known to normally be laden heavily with narcissists is trying to evolve. The answer to this dilemma though has already been created it's called Dr. Berg's Healthy Keto and Intermittent Fasting Lifestyle. Look it up online and continue the journey. Never felt, or performed better. Good health is best for insulin resistance and performance in life. Dr. Berg delivers the tools to be truly healthy.

  47. So basically it took him 15 minutes to say, all these horrible effects on human health are result of refined carbohydrates, sugar, and the crap that we eat. And that's only what we can measure, not the behavioral effects that we see in the astronomical increase of autism which is probably caused by food as well, all of which are unnatural to The Human Condition. The food pyramid, created by the food industry, to make people addicted to foods that are not natural, is the problem.

    I once knew a lady who fed her kids Hostess Ho Hos every morning before they went to school, because it said on the box, contains 8 essential vitamins and minerals! The average person is in the middle of the IQ range. Everyone below that gets stupider and stupider I can't figure these things out for them self, and is taken in by the Slicks advertising the tells them things like, contains all the essential vitamins and minerals, in this frankenfood that you're about to feed your kids, that causes them to fall asleep in class or bounce off the walls and unable to process information appropriately. This problem is bigger than trying to do some so-called scientific analysis, because we only have to look at where we are now and what we've done differently in the last 50 years to see where we are and where we're headed. There's no way the pharmaceutical industry is going to let some huge Revolution on eating healthy foods take their profits away to treat all the Melodies In illnesses and diseases that destroy us and kill us by changing our diet and suddenly becoming healthy. It's long been known that Chinese women who come to the United States have very low rates of ovarian and breast cancer. But after three generations in the United States, they're ovarian and breast cancer rates are the exact same for people who were born and raised here. The US diet is crap. We know that. And if they're willing to make Joe Camel illegal because smoking is bad for kids, then they should be willing to make changes about things like Cheetos, McDonald's, soda, and all the frankenfoods that were eating and feeding to our kids that are ensuring the generations from now we'll all still be very sick even if we suddenly went to a very healthy diet. And what is a healthy diet? Not what we're doing.

  48. Of course, we forgive you. You were trained to be a "Doctor", smarter, faster and stronger than us! jk I have Guillain Barre Syndrome, that paralyzed me from the neck down and on the left side of my face, but I did find a great Dr who recognized it before it got my life. But so many others are being "misunderstood" by Dr.s that they are going to be disabled for life for no reason! We, the patients are the specialists. Having said that, I am so glad I found you and your Ted talk because our adopted son who turned 19 this past Spring, had an attack of Pancreatitus last winter. You have made me a better Mom because I am going to change the foods that we have at home now, a lot more than we have over the past 6 months. Prayerful hugs.

  49. Brilliant! I have COPD and developed diabetes from the medication I'm on for my lungs, it's only type 2 but I still have to test my sugar(Which I cut from my diet, except for natural sugars in the fruits I eat). I have lost some weight but it takes me a year to lose 5 or 6 kilos by diet alone. I can't exercise really, I do try and walk each day but I have permanent psuedomonas, so sometimes I just can't breath. I'm on 4litres of oxygen 24/7, I recently had valves inserted and they do help even though slightly. I won't give up I'm determined to beat diabetes, I can't beat the COPD but I can build my stamina up so I can do more. I don't understand how people can be comfortable being over weight, o can't and havent been able to, I can't,sit walk anything I hate it. I will lose it again I need to not just for the diabetes but so I can breath easier. Ok rant over don't hate on me plz

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