On the Sunday current affairs program in New Zealand there was a report on the diabetes epidemic in South Auckland. This is our largest (and growing) health problem, and two of the players in this tragedy had messages that stood out. An elderly woman, overweight and now condemned to thrice-weekly dialysis, told us “I didn’t do anything […]

We are doing a seminar Sept 8th, AUT Millennium Auckland Presenters – me (Grant Schofield), dietician Dr Caryn Zinn, and Jimmy Moore all the way form the USA talking about his experiences with fasting. It’s definitely an intro night, so well suited to those just getitng into or supporting others getting into this lifestyle Limited […]

This (very technical) paper has made a big splash on the internet and in the media, not just in New Zealand but all around the world. A thrifty variant in CREBRF strongly influences body mass index in Samoans Ryan L Minster, Nicola L Hawley, Chi-Ting Su, Guangyun Sun, Erin E Kershaw, Hong Cheng, Olive D […]

Behold, a new diet-health observational paper appears! (What, this one, again?) There are two long term observational studies of diet and health that get more press coverage than all the others combined. New papers on these studies, which say the same things with minor variations, are published every few months in high-impact journals. The editors of […]

  The spirit of science is not merely faith in the power of reason; it is also a belief that our problems may be simpler than they appear to be. – Colin Wilson, The Strength to Dream This recent pilot study is an example of good science for two reasons – it suggests that a […]

High cholesterol ‘does not cause heart disease’ new research finds, so treating with statins a ‘waste of time’ – or at least that’s the headline in the UK papers following the Just published paper in the BMJ . This, the latest study to question the established view that high cholesterol is always a bad thing, looked […]

A British charity called the National Obesity Forum, in association with the Public Health Coalition, is in the news today for attacking the low-fat dietary guidelines and food industry manipulation of science (in the UK known as the Eatwell Guide), and suggesting a way out of our growing public health crisis in this document. The […]

Diet advice is so varied today, and nutrition science is changing so fast, that it’s easy to forget how monolithic low-fat weight loss advice was only a few years ago. We recently discovered a US nutrition textbook from 1999. This book has a good claim to represent the orthodoxy. It contains the views of multiple […]

Grant Schofield and George Henderson On the same day that our low carb and diabetes paper was published in the New Zealand Medical Journal, a new analysis of the correlation between New Zealanders’ fat intakes and cholesterol levels from the public health epidemiology team at Otago University was published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal […]

  The Lancet: People who live in activity-friendly neighbourhoods take up to 90mins more exercise per week (link to the full paper) We’ve been collecting data in my research team for almost 20 years now on how active people are, how that affects their health, and what helps them get more active. The direction we’ve taken […]

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