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Framingham: fatal flaws in low-fat science for hearts

heart CVDYou may idly wonder sometimes why doctors and dietitians still trot out advice to eat a low-fat diet to protect your heart when there wasn’t ever much science to back it up. More so in the wake of a growing body of science to show low-fat is not protective of most hearts after all. So just how did scientists manage to persuade doctors and the public otherwise – that low-fat was the way to go? They simply buried the evidence to show that it wasn’t, says US physician Dr Michael Eades. They did so not because they were bad, but likely because they just couldn’t face up to data that contradicted their passionately held beliefs. In other words, they were suffering from a nasty bout of cognitive dissonance, a relatively common phenomenon in scientific circles. In this blog below, Eades takes apart the “Framingham Study”, an egregious example of that cognitive dissonance in action. It remains as relevant today as when Eades wrote it some years ago. Reading it is enough to make hearts race at the implications for public health worldwide. – Marika Sboros

 By Michael Eades

Have you ever watched a movie that had a surprise ending, say, The Sixth Sense, for example, then watched it again? Once you know the ending, you see all kinds of things that make the ending obvious that you didn’t see the first time:


Tim NoakesTHE Association of Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA) wants you to believe it only wants to muzzle world-renowned Prof Tim Noakes because he dared to express views about nutrition on Twitter. With help from the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), ADSA is doing the very opposite of silencing him. The HPCSA trial against Noakes resumes in Cape Town in October. It has given him an international platform for dissemination of the growing body of scientific evidence in favour of low-carb, high-fat (LCHF). After the November 2015 session of the HPCSA hearing, ADSA issued a statement saying the hearing is only about Twitter. Here’, Noakes’ lawyer, Adam Pike, of Pike Law, explains why this case really is not about Twitter:

Bring home the fat! Call by top UK doctors, dietitians

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Saturated fat doesn’t cause heart disease, say the experts

By Marika Sboros 

It’s official and from Britain’s highest medical and dietetic levels: government-sanctioned dietary guidelines really are making you fat and sick.

The high-carb, low-fat, low-cholesterol message doctors and dietitians have given you for the past 40 years is proving to be the “biggest mistake in modern medical history”. It is one that has had “devastating consequences for public health” globally.

In a powerful public statement just released by UK National Obesity Forum (NOF) in association with the Public Health Collaboration (PHC), the country’s leading doctors, dietitians and scientists say: eating fat doesn’t make you fat; saturated fat doesn’t cause heart disease;  to avoid type 2 diabetes, you need to …

Will LCHF trigger a new heart disease epidemic?

Photo credit: digital-dreams via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA

Photo credit: digital-dreams via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA

Low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) diets will give you a heart attack. Or rather, that’s what doctors who believe the so-called diet-heart hypothesis will tell you. That hypothesis is on the menu at Foodloose, a seminar on health and nutrition to be held in Reykjavik, Iceland on May 26. The hypothesis, for the lay person, is that fat in the diet equals fat in the arteries. It underpins the influential US dietary guidelines launched in the late 1970s and followed by most English-speaking countries thereafter. 

The results of those guidelines on population health worldwide have been nothing short of catastrophic – global epidemics of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. One of the speakers on the stellar panel of international experts at Foodloose is Icelandic cardiologist Dr Axel Sigurdsson. In a blog here, he poses the question whether the popularity of LCHF will trigger another heart attack epidemic. He explains why, based on the evidence available at the time, he thinks that outcome will be highly unlikely. Sigurdsson tells me he hasn’t seen any science so far to make him change his mind. – Marika Sboros


By Marika Sboros
Prof Tim Noakes

Is there really any solid science behind Prof Tim Noakes’ views on butter, bacon, eggs and broccoli?  In Part 1 of a riveting series of  video clips compiled by the Noakes Foundation, Noakes reveals the significant body evidence he presented at the February 2016 session of the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) hearing.

The hearing is being called the “nutrition trial of the 21st century”.  The HPCSA has charged him with unprofessional conduct for going against conventional medical “wisdom” by telling a breastfeeding mother on Twitter in 2014 that good first foods for infant weaning are low-carb, high-fat (LCHF). If you know anything at all about LCHF you’d know that means meat and veg. To Johannesburg dietitian  who reported him to the HPCSA, that’s dangerous talk: 


By Marika Sboros

Prof Tim Noakes

Prof Tim Noakes

Many doctors “have outsourced their  brains to the pharmaceutical industry”, says University of Cape Town emeritus professor Tim Noakes. Ditto for dietitians who belong to the Association for Dietetics in SA (ADSA). They dismiss the nutritional approach to disease prevention without even reading the literature, he says.

Here, in the second of a two-part Q&A, Noakes looks at why modern medicine has created many “doctors of disease”, not health. He  fingers the real medical “criminals”. These are the doctors who, he says, will ultimately prove to be responsible for killing their patients because of their commitment to conventional medical “wisdom”. 


Prof Tim Noakes

Prof Tim Noakes

University of Cape Town emeritus professor Tim Noakes  generates abnormally high levels of venom from doctors and dietitians for a spectacular about-turn in favour of low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) in 2010.  Noakes is facing a charge of ‘unprofessional conduct’ for tweeting his opinion to a breastfeeding mother that the best weaning foods for infants are LCHF – in other words, meat and veg.

Here, in the first of an updated two-part Q&A session with me, Noakes makes a tasty ‘real meal’ of critics – and the trial against him. He refers to his new research to be published soon that will challenge conventional ‘wisdom’ once again.  

By Marika Sboros

Attacks aimed at Prof Tim Noakes are limited only by the imagination. They are as personal as they are professional in nature:  


Tim NoakesWhen is an expert witness not an expert witness? I look at answers to that in the second of a two-part series reviewing the November 2015 session of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) hearing against Prof Tim Noakes. It follows from part one of the review, which looks at what Noakes’ legal team calls ‘trial by ambush’.  It  explains why the HPCSA felt an urgent need to call surprise last-minute witnesses that led to yet another delay. 

By Marika Sboros

The HPCSA has so far called three expert witnesses: former Northwest University nutrition professor  Este Vorster, Northwest University nutrition professor and pharmacist Dr Salome Kruger, and paediatric specialist Prof Muhammed Ali Dhansay, now with the Medical Research Council.



TIM NOAKESBy Marika Sboros
Critics of world-renowned scientist Prof Tim Noakes say his eponymous “Banting”, low-carb, high-fat diet is killing people. Noakes, a University of Cape Town emeritus professor, says the only killers are dietitians and doctors who cling to official dietary guidelines. He says the guidelines in SA are unscientific and always have been.

To find out more, watch this video of  Cape Town TV talk show host Faizal Sayed interviewing Noakes. In it, he explains why Banting really is brilliant – and perfectly safe. And why the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) case against him is a sham. 



Tim Noakes

By Marika Sboros

I’ve watched with mild amusement how the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) is conducting its case against Prof Tim Noakes. It has charged him with unprofessional conduct. That’s a charge it usually reserves for doctors who have done something, really, really bad. Its most recent, high-profile case was against the man dubbed “Dr Death'” – apartheid era cardiologist Dr Wouter Basson. But could  Noakes really  be SA’s next Dr Death?

Noakes – really Public Health Enemy Number 1? Part 2

Tim NoakesIn Part 2 of a two-part series, sports scientist Prof Tim Noakes gives his final lecture to the first international low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) summit in Cape Town in February 2015. In it, Noakes throws much of what you think you know about nutrition into the ‘dustbin of bad science’.

He looks at the wealth of evidence showing the superiority of LCHF diets over conventional low-fat, high-carb diets for a wide range of health conditions. He lays waste to the myth that LCHF is not evidence-based. It’s a fascinating, iconoclastic read. – Marika Sboros 


Dr Aseem Malhotra is a British consultant cardiologist and a key speaker at the first international low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) conference in Cape Town in February 2015. Malhotra is also that rare but growing breed: a cardiologist with an open mind and heart.

He is science director of Action on Sugar, a group of 23 specialists working to reduce sugar consumption in that country.

Here, in a Q&A on the conference, Malhotra tells me why he decided to attend. Malhotra also makes crystal clear his views on cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins and why fat phobia is not scientific.  

 By Marika Sboros

You once wanted to be a professional cricketer.  Cricketing’s loss is clearly cardiology’s gain.  Why didn’t you become a cricketer?

I’ve always had a passion for sport.  I played at a good level in cricket at school I used to open the batting for my

Tim Noakes: where ‘Banting’ began, where it’s headed

Prof Tim Noakes. Picture: courtesy of the NOAKES FOUNDATION

Prof Tim Noakes. Picture: courtesy of the NOAKES FOUNDATION

By Marika Sboros

The organisers say it’s a world-first, a nutrition summit in Cape Town from February 20-22, 2015. They say that it could change the world of nutrition science.

It assembles the world’s top doctors and researchers on the efficacy and safety of low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) to treat and prevent serious disease.

Summit host is Prof Tim Noakes, a medical doctor, world-renowned scientist and University of Cape Town emeritus professor. Here, in his own words, Noakes gives the history behind the global LCHF movement and what he hopes the Summit will achieve: ‘A statement that will be heard around the world.’ 

Noakes spreads Banting message to Parliament

Prof Tim Noakes

Prof Tim Noakes

By Marika Sboros

South African MPs could soon be “Banting” – as low-carb, high-fat is known in that country.  Certainly, many  look as if they need it.

Parliament’s Wellness Unit invited Cape Town sports scientist Prof Tim Noakes to talk on diet and nutrition this week. Here’s a peek at what went down: