Sugar: The Bitter Truth (Lecture)

Robert H. Lustig, MD, is Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He is nationally recognized in the US in the field of neuroendocrinology, with an emphasis on the regulation of energy balance by the central nervous system. Dr. Lustig has a special interest in childhood obesity. He has become publicly notable through his efforts to draw attention to the effects that the natural sugar fructose can have on human and especially children’s health if consumed in large amounts. Dr. Lustig is a CONEM member.

On May 26, 2009, Robert Lustig gave this lecture called “Sugar: The Bitter Truth” which was posted on YouTube the following July and has become a viral success with over a million viewings. In this lecture, Lustig notably calls fructose a “poison” and compares its metabolic effects with those of ethanol. He is particularly critical of the widespread use of High Fructose Corn Syrup in the United States.

Sugar: The Bitter Truth. Series: UCSF Mini Medical School for the Public [7/2009] [Health and Medicine] [Show ID: 16717].

 

Living Proof: Vitamin C – Miracle Cure?

This is the amazing story of a King Country dairy farmer who caught swine flu and very nearly died (3 News NZ, 2010). Intensive care specialists were all set to pull him off life support, saying there was no hope. But his family refused to give up. They demanded the doctors try high doses of Vitamin C, a radical treatment well outside mainstream medicine. The hospital told them it wouldn’t work but the family insisted. It turned into a fight, the family even hired a top lawyer. But in the end, as Melanie Reid will show you, the farmer is now very much alive.

So was it a one-off miracle? Or has the family stumbled on a miracle cure?

An Integrative Approach to ADHD (Lecture)

Professor Sanford Newmark, MD, a CONEM member, explores in this lecture (2014) the importance of the Integrative Approach-seeing the child in the context of family, friends, school, and community, rather than as a set of symptoms that need to be fixed.

Dr. Newmark is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California. He is the head of the Pediatric Integrative Neurodevelopmental Program at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, specializing in the treatment of autism, ADHD and other developmental or chronic childhood conditions.

Topics in this lecture include an overview of the genetic, environmental and neurobiological aspects, non-pharmaceutical therapies including nutrition, food sensitivities, vitamin and mineral supplements, parenting, school, and complementary therapies.