About 10 years ago, I received a call out of the blue from a biochemist who had written a paper explaining the fallacy in a calorie is a calorie. He wanted to discuss the topic and asked for advice on publishing in a nutrition journal. He seemed fairly eccentric but had many good ideas and, of course, if anybody had listened to him we wouldn t still be burdened with the energy balance story. Over the years, Feinman and I have been colleagues and collaborators. He has expanded my vocabulary and deepened my understanding of low-carbohydrate nutrition. Feinman is truly a brilliant mind and an excellent writer. The World Turned Upside Down gives you an opportunity to read the entertaining and scientifically accurate insights and observations of an important contributor to the nutrition scene. --Jeff S.Volek, Professor, Department of Human Sciences, Ohio State University.
Fascinating book, full of original, interesting material, by one of the original low-carb researchers whose grounding in the field goes back decades. Feinman combines a unique perspective with the experienced eye of a scientist. He's had a front-row seat to developments in the field of carbohydrates and metabolism over the past decades, which has given him key insights into the latest research. --Nina Teicholz: author of the best-selling The Big Fat Surprise
Nutrition is really applied biochemistry, and who better than a professor of biochemistry to explain it. The World Turned Upside Down is a biochemist s view of the world of nutrition, which has suffered years of dogmatic adherence to faulty premises and shoddy research. His teaching will get you in the game even if you hated science in school. Dr. Feinman and I have always shared a low tolerance of the film-flam that unfortunately is most of professional nutrition today. The World Turned Upside Down is not just highly critical of the corruption of statistics and lack of common sense, it provides reliable information for making intelligent nutritional choices. Among your guides will be wide range of characters, including Bradford Hill, the unsung hero of epidemiology, Rossini, the gourmet, and the lascivious Earl of Rochester. The least doctrinaire of low-carb researchers, Dr. Feinman has written a book promoting healthful, whole-food nutrition. Not everyone needs a low-carb diet. But he makes clear the underlying science showing carb restriction is a must for those with diabetes and metabolic syndrome. The book describes Gary Taubes s Good Calories, Bad Calories as analogous to Thomas Paine s Common Sense in the American Revolution. The World Turned Upside Down may play the same role in the second low carb revolution. --Michael R. Eades, M.D.: author of Protein Power and other best-selling books
Nutrition in crisis. Almost every day a new study shows that you are at risk for diabetes or cardiovascular disease or all cause mortality brought on by a newly appreciated toxin which turns out to be something that you just had for lunch (excerpt from Chapter 16). Most of us no longer know what to eat or who to believe. The World Turned Upside Down offers the perspective of a distinguished biochemist with a gift for making accessible the intricacies of biochemical pathways. At the same-time, the book is unsparing in criticism of the nutritional establishment, an establishment which it seems must inevitably be overthrown. Scientifically accurate and entertaining, this book paints a broad picture of the nutrition world: the beauty of the underlying biochemistry and the embarrassing failure of the medical establishment, the practical value in low-carbohydrate diets and what s wrong with the constant reports that normal foods represent a threat rather than a source of pleasure. Richard David Feinman, Professor of Cell Biology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, is one of the leaders in research in nutrition and metabolism and their role in the education of medical students. The book tells the story of the first low-carbohydrate revolution, twelve years ago, how it started, what killed it and why another one is happening. It explains how type 2 diabetes can be virtually cured for many people by a reduction in dietary carbohydrate and why you need to know about it even if you don t have diabetes. The World Turned Upside Down takes on the fear-mongers: Chapter 8 Sugar, fructose and fructophobia explains that that sugar is not a poison but it is a carbohydrate and Chapter 9 gives you a perspective on Saturated fat. On your plate or in your blood? Finally, The World Turned Upside Down gives you information and the tools to decipher the nutritional medical literature on your own. Irreverent and witty, this book boils down all the facts from different angles to a simple message on what to eat and why.