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Chocolate & cardiovascular disease

On Tuesday 16th June 2015 we woke up to the news: “Two chocolate bars a day ‘reduce risks of heart disease and stroke‘”. The claim for stroke and coronary heart disease together (what is termed cardiovascular disease – CVD) was a 14% risk reduction. Here’s the full study (not sure

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Two peaches lower the risk of breast cancer by 41%? Puh-lease!

I was on the circulation list for a recent email entitled “Breast cancer: 2 peaches/week 41% lower risk”. The email opened by saying : “Women who ate two servings of peaches per week had a 41% lower risk of breast cancer over the next 24 years according to a study

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Seven a day fruit and veg?!

On Tuesday 1st April I thought I’d spotted the April Fool joke for the day when I woke up to headlines such as “Seven-a-day fruit and veg ‘saves lives’” and “Diet that adds years to life.” Sorry BBC – no lives will be saved – we’re all going to die.

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Low-fat dairy foods & diabetes risk

I woke up on the morning of Thursday 6th February 2014 to a number of tweets informing me that headlines were claiming “yoghurt is key to beating diabetes.” The on-line version of the Express moderated the headline to “How low-fat dairy food can help to cut your diabetes risk” but

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Why the Australian Heart Foundation won’t have evidence against saturated fat

I ended this blog suggesting that we all need to demand evidence for the nutritional nonsense that we hear on a daily basis. I also advised not to hold your breath while waiting for the Australian Heart Foundation – or any other organization – to come up with such evidence.

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The Australian Heart Foundation & more fat ignorance

A super woman called Jessie has been taking on the Australian Heart Foundation just as I have taken on the British Heart Foundation and so has Dr John Briffa. If you want to keep up with these terrific two – they are on twitter as @jessiereimers and @drbriffa. Jessie started

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Red meat, iron and Alzheimer’s

On 23 August 2013 news headlines were “Red meat could raise Alzheimer’s risk.” “Iron in red meat could raise the risk of Alzheimer’s” said the Daily Mail actual newspaper. On line we had a fuller headline: “Eating too much red meat could increase the risk of Alzheimer’s: Scientists warn build-up

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Egg yolk consumption, carotid plaque & bad science

“Egg yolks linked to heart disease” screamed the headlines on Monday 6th August 2012.  The newspaper article came from a journal article called “Egg yolk consumption and carotid plaque“. I really have got better things to do than to continually dissect articles from so called scientists, but, when the item

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Avocado diet ‘triples chance of success’ for couples undergoing IVF

So announced the media headline on 4th July. The study was presented at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in Istanbul. It was carried out at the Harvard School of Public Health and was funded by the US National Institutes of Health. Study leader Professor Jorge Chavarro said:

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We die instantly without cholesterol so why do we try to stop the body making it?

On May 8th 2012, we woke up to the headline:”Shot in the arm for fight against heart attacks: The fortnightly jab that could unclog your arteries.” The article opens by saying “A fortnightly jab that slashes levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol could dramatically reduce the death toll from heart attacks and

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