Tag: BMJ

VICTORY FOR TEICHOLZ IN BATTLE OF BUTTER

Nina TeicholzBy Marika Sboros

US investigative journalist Nina Teicholz calls it “a victory for science.” South African scientist Tim Noakes says it proves that one person can “change the world.” I say it’s a decisive defeat for medical, scientific and dietetic establishments in their ongoing war against the critics.

The BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal) has announced that it will not retract the peer-reviewed investigation it published by Teicholz in September 2015. The feature documents in detail how the US Dietary Guidelines (DGAs) have ignored vast amounts of rigorous scientific evidence. This evidence is on key issues such as saturated fats and low-carbohydrate diets.

Teicholz’s article has been the target of an unprecedented retraction effort that was organized by an advocacy group that has long defended those guidelines. The BMJ stance is becoming a lesson in unintended consequences for those attempting to stifle debate on the topic. It raises fundamental questions about who was behind the retraction effort and their motivation.



Don’t just swallow what doctors say on statins: Kosterich

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Statins are blockbuster drugs that make billions for pharmaceutical companies. Research shows these drugs do little to make patients’ lives longer or better. Read The Truth About Statins by Dr Barbara Roberts, for another view.

Here, Australian physician Dr Joe Kosterich looks at conflicting research in two  British medical journals, He says it is confusing enough for doctors, never mind patients.

Kosterich calls for patients to do research, question what their doctors say about statins, and not just to swallow any prescription whole. I second that. – Marika Sboros



Why we all need a Big Fat Surprise!

Nina Teicholz

The Big Fat Surprise author Nina Teicholz

By Marika Sboros

For her birthday in May 2016, American journalist and author Nina Teicholz has a brilliant idea. Buy her bestselling The Big Fat Surprise as a present for you or someone you love

Better still, buy it from the Hickory Stick Book Shop.  It’s an independent US bookstore located in Washington Depot, Connecticut, for more than 60 years.  Teicholz will also sign and dedicate the book. 

I couldn’t think of a better investment in health right now.

The book was a game changer in nutrition science in May 2014. It continues to make waves in medical and dietetic quarters as its second birthday rolls around. It reveals the truly “unthinkable”:



Think you can outrun a bad diet? Fat chance!

MAN RUN EXERCISEBy Marika Sboros

Many doctors and dietitians still want you to believe that obesity is from gluttony and sloth. In other words, all you have to do to lose weight is eat less and move more.

Canadian nephrologist Dr Jason Fung says that’s a recipe for starvation. Fung joins growing numbers of doctors and scientists who say you really can’t outrun a bad diet. They aren’t saying exercise isn’t important. It is – for stamina, toning and cardiac fitness. It just isn’t an effective weight loss tool.

Here’s what three world authorities say on the topic.  It starts with their message about exercise and weight loss in an editorial in the BJSM  (British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM) in 2015. It has become a little lost in translation …