Take a closer look at the ingredients the next time you purchase a package of potato chips or a can of Coke. Isn't it true that they all sound so innocent? Corn syrup, wheat starch, and soybean oil are all used. They do, however, contain the key to a great deal of the suffering that we see around us. Food that has been overly processed is harming ourselves and the environment. It's the driving force behind the terrible statistics on heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes. And it is to blame for the massive quantity of CO2 that has been emitted into the atmosphere in recent years. Is there a decline in the number of honey bees? Is it possible to have a summer without butterflies? You probably guessed it. Agroindustrialization, which is needed to create all of the junk food we consume, is destroying the natural environment and hastening the acceleration of climate change.
Type 2 diabetes is a contemporary pandemic that affects millions of people. Nearly 400 million individuals suffer with the disease across the globe, with 28 million suffering from it in the United States alone — and the number is growing. What is the root of the problem? Carbohydrate- and sugar-heavy diets, combined with a sedentary lifestyle, have created a situation in which our bodies are unable to keep up. In turn, this leads to insulin resistance and a host of other severe health problems. Unfortunately, the usual therapy for type 1 diabetes does not function in the case of type 2 diabetes, for whatever reason. In reality, there is plenty of data to suggest that taking insulin injections increases your chance of developing cardiovascular illnesses, such as strokes and heart attacks, if you have diabetes type 2.
The human body is made up of about 37 trillion cells. Each one functions as a mini-factory, churning out all of the stuff that keep us alive, from enzymes to neurotransmitters to hormones and everything in between. The calories we eat give the energy that allows us to carry out our tasks. It takes eight liters of cold water to get to a rolling boil in our bodies every day, and our cells consume enough energy to do so. As a result, energy is the currency of life. However, metabolism — the mechanism that regulates energy use – is often misunderstood. It's past time to make a difference. Among the topics covered in these notes are what Tanzanian hunter-gatherers can teach us about human evolution, how sharing food distinguishes humans from monkeys, and why you can eat nothing but candy bars and yet lose weight.