One look at the whimsical cover illustration makes it clear that this is going to be a fun read, not a dry discourse on biochemistry. Basically, The World Turned Upside Down, is the story of how we obtain energy from our environment, told by a talented teacher who explains it so even those of us who don’t know much chemistry, “can see the beauty in the life machine.” Sadly, it is also an expose of the irresponsible behavior of those in the medical establishment, the very people we trust to give us good advice, to tell us the truth and, at the very least, to do no harm. It is at once a memoir, a manifesto, and a call to arms about what must be done to save ourselves and heal our nation.

Dr. Richard David Feinman is a Renaissance man, one with expertise and knowledge in many fields, including philosophy, music, history, gastronomy, and art (his avatar is a self-portrait), as well as biology, chemistry, and thermodynamics. His writing is enriched by his wide range of interests and accomplishments.

He first became interested in nutrition while studying the scientific literature in preparation for teaching metabolism classes to medical students at SUNY. He discovered that something was terribly wrong and found himself plunged headlong into a world of shoddy science, self-deception, and scandal as bad as any in the entire history of medicine; a perfect storm of flawed research, assumptions accepted as proof, and science corrupted by grandiose egos, greed, and special interests. The fox was not just guarding the hen house, but selling rotten eggs for profit.

Dr. Feinman has long been a larger-than-life hero in the world of nutrition and a champion of truth in science. He takes extraordinary care to never state anything as fact that cannot stand up to scrutiny and he expects no less from others. (Be forewarned: anyone who crosses swords with him on matters of science is not likely to escape unscathed.)

He has worked tirelessly to raise public awareness about the lack of research integrity, especially in regard to the therapeutic benefits of carbohydrate restriction for the treatment and prevention of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and their related maladies, called collectively, the Metabolic Syndrome. He is not dogmatic in his views and does not favor one–size-fits-all dietary advice, but since two-thirds of Americans are now overweight, obese, or diabetic, he recommends that carbohydrate restriction should be the default diet, the first thing to try. Nowhere is the advantage more obvious than in the treatment of diabetes, a condition of carbohydrate intolerance. Diabetic patients are routinely told to eat low-fat/ high-carbohydrate foods and take medications to counteract the diet. As the complications inevitably worsen, medications are increased, leading to even more complications. This system contradicts a mountain of evidence and defies common sense. (Steve Cooksey, who blogs as The Diabetes Warrior, celebrated World Diabetes Day by wearing black for all those who listened to the American Diabetes Association, the Joslin Diabetes Center, and the American Association of Diabetes Educators.)

Dr. Feinman has been a leader in the grass-roots campaign to spread the message about bad science, statistical manipulation, vested interests, and the behavior of medical authorities who stubbornly cling to outdated beliefs that perpetuate the status quo. The tide has finally turned and the war is essentially over. We can no longer be fooled so easily. Change came from the bottom up—from word of mouth, popular books, independent documentaries, blogs, and social media and from a few brave men like Dr. Feinman, who refused to be silenced  or to cave in to pressure even when it cost him personally. Read this book and join his rag tag band of rebels. There is a lot of work yet to be done to reverse the damage inflicted by the misguided war on fat and to prevent more casualties.

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Judy Barnes Baker

The working title for my first book was, “You’ll Never Know What You Are Missing.” It summed up my goal: to make eating for health synonymous with eating for pleasure. Once you discover the secret, you will find that the very best food for weight management, longevity, the treatment and prevention of disease, and over-all health and happiness is also the most sumptuous, satisfying, and indulgent way of eating the world has to offer. You are invited to the feast. Enjoy!
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