“It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds.”
- Samuel Adams
Over the course of our lives, we’ve witnessed extraordinary progress in science, technology, and medicine. Yet these advances have been accompanied by disturbing, unprecedented increases in the numbers of obese and diabetic Americans. These conditions, in turn, increase the risk of virtually every major chronic disease, including heart disease, stroke, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease.
The seemingly simple question of what constitutes a healthy diet – what should we eat to live long and active lives? – has been mired in endless controversy. The conventional wisdom certainly doesn’t seem to be helping – perhaps because it is either incorrect or because few can follow it.
In April 2011, after a brief email correspondence, we met in person for the first time. Sitting in a cafe in Oakland, California, we talked about our personal and professional obsessions with diet and health, and about this national failure to successfully address the ongoing epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes.
We agreed that the medical research establishment has not provided definitive, unambiguous answers to these unresolved questions of diet and health. Despite billions of dollars spent on medical research, the experiments necessary had never been done, having been perceived as either too expensive, too difficult, or simply not worth the effort.
Our solution was to create an organization that would finally provide the full resources – regardless of cost or technical risk – necessary for independent researchers to do the demanding science that can indeed answer these controversial but critical questions, once and for all.
With that specific objective, we founded Nutrition Science Initiative (NuSI) in 2012.
We are not invested in particular outcomes. We are invested in finding scientifically sound solutions. We are also fully committed to communicating the results of this research to scientists, policy makers, advocacy groups, the media, and the general public. We look forward to the day when NuSI is no longer necessary, when – with the full support of rigorous science – we can choose with informed confidence what we and our families need to eat to be healthy.
We thank you for your interest in NuSI and your consideration in facilitating significant impactful change within your own lifetime.
Gary Taubes Peter Attia, M.D.
Founders, Nutrition Science Initiative