Tom Naughton’s Diet, Health, and the Wisdom of Crowds: Brilliant

Tom Naughton, filmmaker of Fat Head fame, gave this presentation at Springfield College in Massachusetts.

I don’t believe that I have ever heard these concepts of the wisdom of crowds, combined with a brief history of nutritional “science” gone wrong, presented with such clarity and wit. In a word, Tom’s presentation is absolutely brilliant. It is all the more astounding that a filmmaker and former stand-up comic can trump the “science” of nutrition, exposing it for the dogmatic drivel that it is, thanks to a peculiar convergence of politics, the push of Big Food, and bad science.

My favorite among the quotes he uses: “Science progresses one funeral at a time.” Anyone interested in understanding how we, as a nation and world, have arrived at this place of astounding nutritional ignorance, Tom’s presentation, as well as his Fat Head movie classic, are must viewing.

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  1. Sandra Gillanders


    Your were so entertaining while presenting an awesome topic. You have a great manner and way of explaining things that everyone can understand. Bravo!!! I have been low carb and sugar free for 2 1/2 yrs. I have my prediabetics under control and have lost nearly 70 lbs. Now I have a name to call the so called “authority on nutrition.” The Anoited are going to lose this battle but it will take awhile for word to spread. Thanks for helping the cause.
    Merry Christmas!

  2. KCJ

    Excellent presentation! Several years ago I read Gary Taubes’ Good Calories, Bad Calories which says a lot of what Mr. Naughton is saying. I remember my astonishment at the nutritional misinformation we were bring fed (no pun intended). And it was back then that I started a low carb diet (but not yet wheat free). Because the low-fat message was/is so deeply entrenched, I had a hard time buying groceries to stock my low carb pantry.
    I was so used to buying poultry that I hesitated even picking up that ground beef in the meat section! And it took me awhile before I completely stopped buying low-fat or fat free products. Even though I had done research on a low-carb diet I still felt a little like I was jumping off a cliff.

    Now that I have also gone wheat free, I rarely even pick up anything in a box! And the only hesitation these days is to make sure eggs are organic/cage free, the bacon is uncured and the beef is grass-fed.

    Mr. Naughton is so right about the wisdom of crowds. The information and experiences of fellow low carbers/wheat bellies makes it so easy and enjoyable. And you’re never alone in your low-carb/wheat-free journey!
    Thanks Dr Davis and Tom Naughton!

  3. Culinary Adventurer

    Beyond the culinary adventure to being on our common road

    Dr. Davis,
    WoW! A new post, a video to watch, and your new cookbook! Everything arrived the same day!
    First, your cookbook – I love it! It is needed and you delivered!

    Once again you have made the important messages about why and how to experience “wheatlessness” so clear! It was nice to have so many tempting ways to enjoy this new path. For those just starting you have made the entry easy and understandable and for those who have been making our way for a while now, there are lots of new and tasty things to try!

    I think you were so wise to have included such concise information on what to remove from the kitchen and what should be on the new shopping list. This took a while to figure out before. I also liked the list of wheat by any other name! The pictures were great. The book was easy to use and I am already bookmarking recipes to try. Hats off to you once more to you Dr. Davis!

    You think of the human body as its’ own sort of universe where everything entering the system impacts everything else. You have taught us what happens when wheat enters our universe and why it can cause so much havoc. GMOWheat does this to the system of the earth as well.

    The video of Tom Naughton’s presentation did a superb job of explaining precisely the way so many programs end up failing. In any problem in need of a creative solution, and that would be nearly all problems, the more diversity of input toward solving it will most often yield the best solutions. Considering the diverse impacts of any solution are vitally important too. These solutions must be tested and researched, but finding the absolute best solutions that do the least harm (if any) is paramount. These “anointed” elites are just another mono-culture (like GMO wheat, ha-ha) that end up doing one thing very badly. And yes, with whatever they put forward without openness to responses, you can count on it first and foremost being good for them.

    We understand that everything and everyone is connected. In these times where people have had every penny squeezed out of them along with their good will, it is hard to know where to put one’s time and energy. But if you turn to those who have also sought answers, you find great wisdom. We can also find that wisdom with each other. When we re-connect to each other we also reconnect with our beautiful planet- home and get back to bestowing the best gifts we can: the golden rules, and the practice of, “First, do no harm”. Human evolution has always depended on this kind of cooperation. It is how we grow and how we stay safe.

    Your blog is a beautiful example of how we can find solutions together. The great diversity of the people contributing is impressive. While not every responder offers the most fully researched details and facts, each one’s opinions shed needed light on possible pathways to solutions.

    The same critical eye needs to be brought to big foundations and NGOs that go in to solve problems around the world. Because they “can”, they go in and impose solutions and then leave to go on to the next project without any accountability for the success or failure of their largess. Not even having been elected by anyone, they impose their will because they have monetary muscle. Do they do good or harm? Will we ever know?
    While no one would challenge a creator of good and useful products if they are successful, one can criticize businesses for their bad practices in creating their wealth, like those who fail to pay a living wage, or pollute the earth or use precious resources wastefully.

    Wouldn’t we all have been better off if we had been paid a living wage by such companies and likewise been charge fair prices for their products rather than being robbed of the price the market (manipulated) would bear? Wouldn’t we all have been able to live more fully if we had been able to keep more of the pay we earned with our energy and labor rather than enabling the few to amass such fortunes. The companies that amass exorbitant wealth without regard to being participants in a broader community should not be making the global decisions they are just because they can throw their might around at will. Wouldn’t most of us enjoy being able to be more generous in responding to a need we see around us at home or in the world?

    In the same way, wouldn’t we all have been better off if we had shared our dietary experiences with each other more broadly and much sooner? Simply saying to one another something like: “I don’t like being on these medications all the time.” Or, “I really feel better when I eat more protein, don’t you?”, or, “What do you eat that makes you feel good?” really helps rather than accept the messages from market-drivers- on-high that we need wheat all the time and pills for this, that and every other thing. Why do we tolerate this record of no success?

    What you have given us is a way to solve some of these issues for ourselves and with each other. We can choose not to consume toxic wheat. We can drop it from out tables and grocery carts. We can help each other learn to cook or cook anew. We can assist one another in our journey toward better health. When I talk about your work and Wheat Belly, I tell people that I believe sharing this information is one of the most loving things I can do.

    Until a better solution comes from us all, then this may well be our best choice and our right path. The proof is very unscientific – but we just all feel so very much better!

    Keep it going Dr. D!

  4. It’s apparent that Tom has refined his dietary views quite a bit since Fat Head, which is unsurprising given that when you start at: “Uh oh, the dogma diets are deadly” it can take awhile to figure out what to eat instead, and which informed dissenters are providing closer to optimal advice. Wheat Belly blog appears in a couple of slides.

    I thought the fictional fatigue caused by bad humours and cured by official bleeding cartoon headlines were a particularly sharp stick poked in the eyes of consensus dietary standards. 150 year ago, it would have been seen as disease theory heresy, and that’s the pungent point.

    • wrotek

      Some interesting thoughts from this video

      leptin(satiety hormone) is blocked by insulin, which has explanation in Darwinian evolution in two instances – puberty and pregnancy (You want to gain weight)

      ethanol is metabolized like sugar so it cases similar diseases like metabolic syndrome or fatty liver disease (non alcoholic fatty liver disease in other cases)

      all fructose goes to the liver like ethanol, because only liver has transporter for it (not like glucose that can be used by peripheral tissue)

  5. HungryinTN

    I’ve just shared the O World interview and this video with my (diabetic, hypertensive, statin-taking) father who made the bold statement a couple of weeks ago that he is going wheat-free for the new year. Hopefully it will help inspire him to forge ahead! Great stuff!