In the photo above, you see children jumping for joy at a community farm. They were participating in a “farm camp” – two full weeks of exposure to real food and nutrition education disguised as all-out fun. Photos like this give us hope when we find so many children being affected by metabolic disorders such as hypoglycemia and type 2 diabetes. Programs like these, all over the world, are helping to shape healthy futures for our children – but they wouldn’t be possible without a growing and robust group of leaders working to improve our metabolic health. In this part of the “Metabolical” section of the HSF website, we feature the ever-expanding list of doctors, scientists, educators, healthcare providers, farmers, business owners, artists, and thought leaders who are working hard to shape the future of metabolic health for humanity, fighting and reversing disease, and improving our healthspan. We provide a brief introduction, description of their work, and links to their website and social media channels.
Robert Lustig, MD, MSL
Professor emeritus of Pediatrics, Division of Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).
Dr. Robert Lustig specializes in the field of neuroendocrinology, with an emphasis on the regulation of energy balance by the central nervous system. His research and clinical practice has focused on childhood obesity and diabetes. Dr. Lustig holds a Bachelor’s in Science from MIT, a Doctorate in Medicine from Cornell University. Medical College, and a Master’s of Studies in Law from U.C. Hastings College of the Law.
Dr. Lustig has fostered a global discussion of metabolic health and nutrition, exposing some of the leading myths that underlie the current pandemic of diet-related disease. He believes the food business, by pushing processed food loaded with sugar, has hacked our bodies and minds to pursue pleasure instead of happiness; fostering today’s epidemics of addiction and depression. Yet by focusing on real food, we can beat the odds against sugar, processed food, obesity, and disease.
Visit Dr. Lustig’s website at https://robertlustig.com. It is loaded with information, links to his research, and informative infographics and videos.
Keith W. Berkowitz, MD
Founder and Medical Director of the Center for Balanced Health
Keith Berkowitz, M.D., is the founder and medical director of the Center for Balanced Health in New York City where he specializes in treating metabolic conditions such as obesity, fatigue, blood glucose disorders, thyroid problems, and hormone imbalances.
Before founding the Center for Balanced Health, Dr. Berkowitz was medical director of the Atkins Center for Complementary Medicine, where he worked closely with Dr. Atkins until the time of his death. He also for many years served on the teaching faculty at North Shore University and New York University School of Medicine. He is on the Medical Advisory Board of the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. He is frequently quoted in the print media, fielding interviews for Newsweek, New York Magazine, Newsday, The Sunday London Times, Associated Press, INC Magazine, amNY, Wins 1010 online and The New York Post. He has been featured on ABC News, CNN, WOR Radio, WCBS Radio and RAI TV. He is the co-author of Princeton Review’s Medical School Companion (Random House, 1995), The Stubborn Fat Fix (Rodale, 2009) and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Flour Free Eating (Alpha Books, 2010)
Visit Dr. Berkowitz’s website at http://www.centerforbalancedhealth.com
Mark Cucuzzella, MD
Chairman at Healthy Running, Owner of Two Rivers Treads and Natural Running Center, and Professor at West Virginia University
Lt. Col. (Dr.) Mark Cucuzzella is a Professor at West Virginia University School of Medicine. As a US Air Force Reservist he designs programs to promote healthier and better running with the US Air Force Efficient Running Project. Mark is director of the Natural Running Center, an education portal designed to teach healthier running. He is also the owner of Two Rivers Treads – A Center for Natural Running and Walking in his hometown of Shepherdstown, WV. Mark’s innovative work and story has been featured in the New York Times, NPR, Outside Magazine, Running Times, Runners World, Air Force Times, the Washington Post, JAMA, and other medical and media outlets.
Visit Dr. Cucuzzella’s website at https://www.drmarksdesk.com