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Past Event

Fast Carbs. Slow Carbs.

In Fast Carbs, Slow Carbs, David Kessler explains how eating refined grains such as wheat, corn and rice leads to a cascade of hormonal and metabolic issues that make it very easy to gain weight and nearly impossible to lose it. Worse still is how excess weight creates a very real link to diabetes, heart disease, cognitive decline and a host of cancers. We can no longer afford to dismiss the consequences of eating food that is designed to be rapidly absorbed as sugar in our bodies. Informed by cutting-edge research as well as Kessler’s own personal quest to manage his weight, Fast Carbs, Slow Carbs reveals in illuminating detail how we got to this critical turning point in our health as a nation—and outlines a plan for eliminating heart disease, allowing us to finally regain control of our health.

Dr. Kessler recently joined Joe Biden’s Public Health Advisory Committee and will also discuss how our collective behavior with be the primary determinant in dealing with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

David Kessler served as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration under presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton. He is the author of A Question of Intent and The End of Overeating, a New York Times best seller. He is a pediatrician and has been the dean of the medical schools at Yale and the UC San Francisco. Kessler is a graduate of Amherst College, the University of Chicago Law School and Harvard Medical School.

MLF Organizer
Patty James

MLF: Health & Medicine

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This program was rescheduled from April 28.

This program is generously supported by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and a collaborative of local funders and donors. We are grateful for their support and hope others will follow their example to support the Club during these uncertain times.

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
May 12, 2020

United States

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David Kessler

M.D., Former Commissioner, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; Author, A Question of Intent and The End of Overeating; Pediatrician; Dean of the Medical Schools, Yale and the UC San Francisco

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In Conversation with Mark Zitter

Chair, The Zetema Project; Member, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors


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