"60 Minutes" on April 1, 2012
Second, "is sugar toxic"? It's the truth, according to some. CNN's Sanjay Gupta on assignment to "60 Minutes." Sugar as a toxin, in part causing heart disease. Robert Lustig is at University of California/San Francisco. Obesity, type II diabetes, hypertension. And 75% is preventable. His lecture on YouTube brought his message to the masses. Table sugar, honey, and processed foods. High fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Sugar and HFCS are both toxic. We used to get fructose with fruit, with the fruit also containing fiber. 130 pounds consumed per person per year. Kimber Stanhope at UCal/Davis, links HFCS with heart disease and stroke. Stanhope shows a calorie is not a calorie; it depends on "where" it is from. For first few days, a diet low in calories. Then, 25% more sugars. Patients that consumed HFCS showed ultimately the HFCS turned into a bad cholesterol (small dense LDL). Sugary drinks may be just as bad as burgers. Lustig even talked about "metabolic syndrome." Food industry replaced fat with sugar. Lewis Cantley of Beth Israel talked about insulin / cancer. Insulin receptors. Cancer cells use glucose to grow. Glucose goes into tumor. Cancers have evolved the ability to hijack. Cantley says: don't eat sugar. Eric Steiss at Oregon Research Institute suggests sugar is addictive (like drugs like cocaine). Gupta took a brain scan while drinking a soda. People who frequently drink soda may be building up a tolerance; more you consume, the less you feel the reward, so you want to consume more. Jim Simon, of sugar industry, was interviewed. Simon says this work singles out sugar for villification. Science is not completely clear here. Dr. Robert Lustig says we need a drastic reduction in sugar; men should consume no more than 150 calories of sugar per day (published in Circulation). Go to 60MinutesOvertime for Sanjay Gupta on where sugars are.
Third, "yes, but is it art?", Morley Safer re-visits a story from 20 years ago. Contemporary art is now a global commodity. Morley went to Miami Beach in December. Art/Basel. 50,000 people turn up. The art market sizzles while the stock market fizzles. The cacaphony of cash. Art as stuff. The kitch, the cute, the clumsy. Willing buyer to a willing seller. One negotiates. 265 dealers are invited. The entry fee $150,000 to present. Is this the biggest scam since Hans Christian Anderson trotted out the The Emperor's Clothes? Blum & Polk. It's theater. You are appealing to the 1%, or 0.0001%. Jennifer Stocklin and Alexandra Monroe. Barbara Gladstone. Contemporary peripatetic artist. Artspeak can seem opaque as spilled alphabet soup. Previous report in 1993 was a sendup. Jeff Koons piece goes for $25 million. Art market compared to S&P stock index. Gerhard Richter.
The collectors are bubble proof. The art is easier to look at than pork bellies, or maybe not.