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Author of book on scientist who discovered connection between sugar and cancer is on Smart Talk

  • Scott LaMar
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Airdate: Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Otto Warburg is probably one of the most important scientists of the 20th century and one those outside of cancer research have never heard of.

His discovery of how cancer cells devour glucose or blood sugar at a rate of 10 times that of healthy cells in the body became known as the Warburg effect.

Otto Warburg was a gay Jewish man who survived Nazi death camps in Germany because Hitler and the Nazis feared cancer and thought Warburg may be able to cure cancer. A new book examines Warburg’s fascinating life and how his theories on cancer may be coming back into vogue.

The book is called Ravenous: Otto Warburg, the Nazis and the Search for the Cancer-Diet Connection. The book’s author Sam Apple, who hails from the Philadelphia suburbs is on Tuesday’s Smart Talk.

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