Decoding Bad Medicine and Dangerous Belief Systems: Alan Levinovitz, PhD

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Name: Alan Levinovitz, PhD

Location: James Madison University: Harrisburg, VA

Specialty: Professor of Religion and Philosophy

“Although scientific training can inoculate against the power of nutritional myths, by no means does it guarantee immunity.”

-Alan Levinovitz, “The Gluten Lie”

All right, welcome back. Do a quick search on Amazon for books about gluten and over three thousand results show up. Everything from cooks books, diet guides and even childrens’ books show up. If you’re a listener to this podcast, and you don’t have celiac disease, these are not the books likely found in your home library.

Happily there’s one book, on the first page of results, that you should own though. Called “The Gluten Lie”, it’s well researched, backed up with peer-reviewed data and it’s about much more than just Glutten. Who wrote this book you ask? An MD out there who was fed up with latest irrational diet craze. No, this book was written by our guest today, Alan Levinovitz, a professor of Religion and Philosophy at James Madison University. As we’ll soon explore with Alan, many of these diet crazes, pseudo science myths and other crazy beliefs are nothing new. They’ve popped up again and again throughout history, and if we don’t learn from history, well, you can guess what happens.

This was a unique conversation and probably one of the funnest yet. Alan is fighting the good fight, writing for The Atlantic, Time, Fortune and NPR just to name a few. He’s also a great guy to talk with and the kind of professor you wish you had had in college. With that said, let’s get started….

Links and More:

Professor Alan Levinovitz:

https://www.jmu.edu/philrel/people/levinovitz-alan.shtml

Chris Rock on Food:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eybZtDx6tAU

Alan’s Writings:

“The Gluten Lie”

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=a9_asi_1?rh=i%3Astripbooks%2Ck%3Agluten&keywords=gluten&ie=UTF8&qid=1509727919

The Atlantic:

https://www.theatlantic.com/author/alan-levinovitz/

Slate:

http://www.slate.com/authors.alan_levinovitz.html

Fortune:

http://fortune.com/2015/06/17/sugar-health-effects/

NPR:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/06/11/412973926/how-diet-gurus-hook-us-with-religion-veiled-in-science

Time:

http://time.com/author/alan-levinovitz/

Wired:

https://www.wired.com/author/alan-levinovitz/

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