When I was working on IMMORTALS during the winter/spring/summer of 2011, a few of us in the office took advantage of the world’s most brilliant nutritionist/trainer — the amazingness that is Christian Maurice. Christian got every single one of the buff IMMORTALS’ stars into tip top shape (in record time) and Christian himself learned everything he knows from the one-and-only Charles Poliquin, the legendary strength training coach who has trained and/or consulted a huge number of world class athletes and professional sports teams. Charles Poliquin has trained more Olympic athletes who went on to win gold medals than any other person on Earth. So when his student Christian spoke, I listened. One of the number one core tenets of the Poliquin program is the understanding that sugar is completely off limits because of the untold damage it does to the human body. Another major element of the program is the avoidance and elimination of toxins, which are the number one cause of not only cancer, but countless other diseases. So when I saw 60 Minutes’ latest report warning of the dangers of sugar and its new consideration as a major toxin, the first thing I felt like saying was: “I knew that!” The following is an excerpt from the 60 Minutes report: “If you are what you eat, then what does it mean that the average American consumes 130 pounds of sugar a year? Sanjay Gupta reports on new research showing that beyond weight gain, sugar can take a serious toll on your health, worsening conditions ranging from heart disease to cancer. Some physicians go so far as to call sugar a toxin. The chances are good that sugar is a bigger part of your daily diet than you may realize which is why our story tonight is so important. New research coming out of some of America’s most respected institutions is starting to find that sugar, the way many people are eating it today, is a toxin and could be a driving force behind some of this country’s leading killers, including heart disease. As a result of these findings, an anti-sugar campaign has sprung up, led by Dr. Robert Lustig, a California endocrinologist, who believes the consumption of added sugars has plunged America into a public health crisis.” You can watch the feature 60 Minutes report on sugar below. To learn more about the extraordinary Poliquin program, and how to completely change your body and your life, be sure to visit CharlesPoliquin.com. If you live in the Montreal area and are looking for one of North America’s most brilliant trainers simply head over to ChristianMaurice.com.