Jul 2, 2018
Religious scholar and journalist Alan Levinovitz discusses how
diet culture is like a religion, why so much modern nutrition
advice is dangerous, why we need to think critically about
restrictive eating practices, how suspicion of Western medicine can
lead people to believe in harmful "miracle cures," why the "nocebo
effect" is causing people to unnecessarily demonize particular
foods, and lots more. This episode originally aired March 5,
Alan Levinovitz received his PhD in religion from the University of Chicago where he specialized in classical Chinese thought. He is now assistant professor of religious studies at James Madison University, where he teaches classes on religion, Chinese philosophy, and the connection between religion and medicine. His journalism focuses on the intersection of religion, science, and culture, and has appeared in The Atlantic, Wired, The Washington Post, Slate, Vox, and elsewhere. He is the author of The Gluten Lie: And Other Myths About What You Eat. Find him at James Madison University and on Twitter at @AlanLevinovitz.
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