Video: Dr. Lustig Exclusive Lecture to JumpstartMD, Dangers of Sugar – Part 1

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Robert H. Lustig, M.D.’s commentary in this month’s Nature made national headlines this week when the piece was covered by the Los Angeles Times, NPR, Time.com and others.  Citing the negative impact sugar has on our health, Lustig calls for government regulation. The JumpstartMD team hosted Dr. Lustig at a company lecture in 2011, and heard first-hand why he believes our consumption of sugar is toxic, and should be regarded similarly to other regulated substances such as alcohol and tobacco.  His assessment of sugar’s role in our current health crisis is spot on, and we’re very proud to share his JumpstartMD lecture with you as a four-part series.  Part one appears today, two, three and four will be posted in the upcoming two weeks.

Dr. Lustig is a neuroendocrinologist and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, in the Division of Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco.  He is currently investigating the contribution of nutritional, neural, hormonal, and genetic influences in the expression of the current obesity epidemic both in children and adults.

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Dr. Bourke has made it his life’'s work to cure obesity, the number one cause of preventable death in the United States. Recognizing obesity'’s devastatingly personal consequences, he says, "“Our greatest loss is a life misspent. Being obese or overweight causes people to miss out on so much. At JumpstartMD, we’re giving the gift of life back to people, together with all its joy and potential."”

The son of a Navy aviator, Dr. Bourke graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. He traveled to Calcutta to work at Mother Theresa’'s Home for the Destitute and Dying. Realizing that he wanted to spend his life helping others, he returned to the University of Southern California to attend medical school on an Air Force scholarship. After graduating with highest honors, Dr. Bourke completed his residency training in emergency medicine at Stanford University. He then served for three years of active duty in the U.S Air Force, including two tours in the Middle East.

In addition to his role at JumpstartMD, Dr. Bourke is a member of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians, the American College of Emergency Physicians, and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.

Dr. Bourke lives with his wife, a gastroenterologist, and their three children in Portola Valley.