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US and UK dietary advice on fats “should not have been introduced” Part 2

Evidence from prospective cohort studies did not support the introduction of dietary fat guidelines in 1977 and 1983: A systematic review When this paper was published in February 2015, Public Health England conceded astonishingly quickly that there was no randomised controlled trial (RCT) evidence to justify dietary fat recommendations at the

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Will whole grains make you live longer?

Three! journal articles were published on whole grains in the past couple of weeks; not sure how that happened. Zong et al had this article published in Circulation: “Whole Grain Intake and Mortality From All Causes, Cardiovascular Disease, and Cancer. A Meta-Analysis of Prospective Cohort Studies.” Aune et al had this

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Eatwell Guide – BJSM Editorial

This editorial in the British Journal of Sports Medicine has just been published (23.30 Monday June 13th 2016). The title is “Designed by the food industry for wealth, not health: the ‘Eatwell Guide.’” The key points are: 1)      Our advice is being tweaked; it needs to be overhauled. The UK

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Obesity Injection (Horizon prog)

The story On June 7th 2016 overweight and obese people were given a hope – a false hope – that their weight will simply be injected away. “Fast forward ten years, obesity won’t be a problem. They’ll have the injections, they will be painless, no side-effects and actually really inexpensive and

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Types of fat

There are three different types of natural fat. The chemical structure of fat is shown below with three examples of the different types of fat. Fatty acids are made up of chains of Carbon atoms (C) bonded with Hydrogen (H) atoms. At one of the ends of a fatty acid is a carboxyl

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PCSK9 Inhibitors & Statins

Statin side effects pave the way for son of statins…   Introduction In May 2014, two doctors were maliciously attacked by a researcher. The researcher heads up the Clinical Trial Service Unit (CTSU) at Oxford University. The doctors’ crimes (they were independent, but the same) were to mention that statin

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Eatwell Guide – conflicts of interest

The new ‘eatwell’ guide, no longer a plate, was issued on March 16th 2016. This is my view of that guide. This post is about the group behind the guide. When Unilever take out adverts in national UK newspapers saying: ”We are delighted that unsaturated fats, like the oils found

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Eatwell Guide

The origin of the ‘eatwell’ plate (Throughout this post, the plate/guide will either be called ‘eatwell’ in inverted commas, to illustrate that it is anything but. Or, I shall use the name that I coined several years ago and used in my 2010 obesity book: The eatbadly plate.) The ‘eatwell’

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Lowering Blood Pressure & SPRINT

Imagine that a doctor said: “I’d like you to take this pill. It will reduce your risk of dying by 30%.” You’d pretty seriously consider it, if not jump at the chance… The story I happened to be in the car, with Radio 4 tuned in, last Wednesday (3rd Feb

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Burning off calories (& food labels)

On 15 January 2016, the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) called for the introduction of ‘activity equivalent’ calorie labelling on food and drink. Such labelling would show how much activity would be required to burn off the calories contained in the food or drink. But would it?! The press

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