Diabetes is at nearly pandemic levels, with 1 in 4 adults over 65 in the US being fully diabetic and 1 in 3 over age 20 being prediabetic. In Eat, Chew, Live, Dr. John Poothullil argues that it is time to reevaluate the accepted theory of insulin resistance as the cause of the disease since medical research still has yet to explain how it happens or why. In its place, he has discovered a far more logical scientific explanation for high blood sugar and diabetes.
Dr. Poothullil demonstrates how the real cause turns out to be a very normal metabolism—the occasional burning of fatty acids in muscles rather than glucose. This metabolism begins occurring regularly when people overeat carbohydrates and fill up their fat cells, causing fatty acids to flow freely in the bloodstream and be used as fuel for muscle cells. Called the “fatty acid burn switch,” it leaves glucose in the bloodstream, leading to high blood sugar and eventually to the diagnosis of diabetes.
“It is not logical that millions of modern adults and children around the world are suddenly becoming insulin resistant,” says Dr. Poothullil. “A more sensible explanation is my theory, that overeating and easy access to high carb diets such as rice, fast foods and prepackaged products made with grain flour creates this metabolic shift in favor of fatty acids as cellular fuel rather than glucose. This is the link between diabetes, weight gain, and obesity.”
With clear explanations and dozens of illustrations of the science involved, Eat, Chew, Live presents three additional revolutionary ideas that will help millions of people learn to prevent diabetes and even reverse it.
1. The brain ensures our survivability by monitoring our nutrient intake. We can learn to listen better to the brain’s signals about hunger and satiation.
2. We each have an “authentic weight” that we intuitively know as healthy for our bodies. Returning to that weight is more difficult as we age because exercise and diet programs seldom work for adults. The key is to reduce consumption.
3. To change our eating habits, we must learn to eat mindfully, being more aware of chewing and tasting what we eat so that the brain can register the incoming nutrients.
“Eat, Chew, Live is not like other diet or weight loss books. There are no programs to follow, menus to cook, or products to buy,” notes Dr. Poothullil. “This book is about respecting how your body works.”
“Informed and informative, extensively documented and insightful, but above all ‘reader friendly’ in its impressively organized and presented ‘real world’ practicality, “”Eat, Chew, Live: 4 Revolutionary Ideas to Prevent Diabetes, Lose Weight and Enjoy Food” is very highly recommended, especially for the non-specialist general reader with concerns regarding diabetes” -Micah’s Bookshelf, Midwest Book Review
“Eat, Chew, Live is a well-illustrated book wherein the author offers a new theory about the cause of type 2 diabetes and ways of dealing with being overweight and having high blood sugar.”– 4 Star Review from Portland Book Review
“Dr. Poothullil’s book touches upon diverse topics ranging from mindful eating to the political influence of agribusinesses. The strength of the book lies in its mass-appeal, conversational tone, and coherent, well-balanced presentation of facts.” – Kerala Medical Journal
“Dr. Poothullil presents a provocative diabetes hypothesis that challenges physicians to rethink the paradigm of insulin resistance and current modes of treatment.” – Stephen H. LaFranchi, MD, Professor, Pediatric Endocrinology, OR Health Sc. Univ
“A fascinating inquisition into the metabolic machinery of the human body with common sense advice on diabetes prevention.” – Sumit Bhagra, MD, FACE, Endocrinologist, Mayo Clinic