Dr. Robert Lustig's new book is out: "Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease." Here is a January 11, 2013 interview with the author on NPR that is well worth the half hour of listening. Dr. Lustig's 90-minute talk on YouTube, "Sugar: The Bitter Truth," is also an excellent informational video, which is why it has 3 million+ views.
There is a caveat with Lustig, however - he thinks that the same government that gave us this problem, by force, is the same government that can and must solve the problem. Dr. Lustig's problem is that he refuses to delve beyond the scientific questions, which leaves him clueless regarding the political implications of food policy. While he correctly blames the Industrial Food Machine for a diseased, fat, sugar-addicted nation, he cannot understand that it was the government-corporate alliance (Corporate State) that has enabled this omnipotent force.
Dr. Lustig's unfortunate path is to advocate for a reduced availability (supply intervention) of processed and sugary foods that are at the foundation of a collective metabolic derangement that exists within our federalized Food Pyramid internment camp that houses the imprisoned masses. The reduction would occur, of course, via the government dictates from government dictators who are balancing the pressure of a public health carnage with the monetary pressure from their Corporate-Big Agra Benefactors who have wormed their way into every single nook and cranny of the American industrial food system.
In this interview, Dr. Lustig takes to deriding the concept of libertarianism. He implies that libertarianism is nothing more than a platitude invoked by folks who don't understand the ultimate end of their choices. To him, on the food freedom issue, libertarianism means, "Don't tell me what to eat." His response to that is, "We have already been told what to eat." So he then says (to paraphrase), "Who do you want in your kitchen? The government? Or the industrial food machine? That's your choice." This is, of course, a false dichotomy. Other choices exist that do not require the force of government via arbitrary law. I write about these choices all the time. The alternative to having the government or the Industrial Food Machine in your kitchen is this: you and your family make your kitchen your kingdom, and you make all the choices based upon your desires, knowledge, and end goals.
Additionally, while Dr. Lustig is exactly right about the toxic nature of the products of the industrial food system, not once has he ever discussed the history of government intervention and how the industrial products have been created and subsidized via the political system that has enabled and funded the entire industrial food chain that he tells people to avoid.
In July 2011, I wrote an article about Dr. Lustig, "When the Sugar Police Go Marching In." As I stated in this article, Dr. Lustig has done some excellent work and he is very much worth your time in terms of exploring his lectures and book. He needs to learn much more about the omnipotent forces that drive disease and devastation, but when he does, he will be a valuable proponent of real food and real health. Follow me on Twitter @karendecoster.com.