In the news recently is a review of statin benefits and side-effects in the Lancet which, using a controversial modelling method to predict population effects from the variable results of clinical trials, recommends that statins be prescribed more widely to healthy people to lower their risk of future heart attacks.[1] The claim is that side-effects […]

In the latest Lancet, Yoni Freedhoff and Kevin Hall have an opinion piece about diet trials, in which they argue that it’s not helpful to know that an ad lib low-carb diet results in more weight loss than a calorie-restricted low-fat “dietary guidelines” type diet, because the weight loss differences are not clinically significant, a […]

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 […]

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