Overview of BMJ Retraction Request

(Dec 29, 2015; last updated Jan 27, 2016): In late September, The BMJ published a critical feature article I wrote on the 2015 expert report for the Dietary Guidelines. This article was not an opinion piece but a critical examination of the science that underpins the Dietary Guidelines for America. Its main findings were: That the 2015 DGA expert committee (“DGAC”) did …

For reporters

Hello reporters, Because there’s so much misinformation out there about me/my book, I thought I’d just put together a quick fact sheet: The Big Fat Surprise is not a diet book. It contains no recipes and does not recommend any particular diet. It is a serious,  book of non-fiction, on the science, politics, and history of nutrition policy. (It was also …

Is my BMJ article “full of errors?”

For an overview of the BMJ retraction request, see this blog post. Update (Dec 14, 2015): On November 5, CSPI published a letter, signed by 180+ scientists, asking the BMJ to retract the feature article on the Dietary Guidelines. On November 19, the BMJ announced that it would refer this request to an outside review panel, per its standard policy (see the comment by BMJ …

On “lean meat”

On “lean meat” in the DGAC report, which is such a source of controversy: The DGAC report is contradictory on this topic, so I attempted in my BMJ piece to distinguish between its primary message and subsidiary, contradictory ones: The 2015 top recommendation, bolded in the text of the report, as its primary, overarching theme, is this: The overall body of …

Critique of Dean Ornish Op-ed

The following is a critique of the science employed by Dr. Dean Ornish, in his op-ed published in The New York Times on March 23, 2015 The Opinion Pages | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR The Myth of High-Protein Diets Title is misleading and uninformed. The low-carb diet is not high-protein. It is high-fat. I’m not aware of anyone in the low-carb community advocating ...

Response to New York Times Letters

My response to the letters that appeared in the New York Times on March 2nd. These letters were, in turn, responding to my op-ed in the Times. I will add to this blog post, to respond to one more letter, so check back if you're interested. Letter by Willett and Stampfer: 1. They present one clinical trial, Predimed, on the ...

Response to Critics

This post goes hand-in-hand with the Research FAQs page. Please head there for more information. For reporters writing about me or The Big Fat Surprise, please see this.   She must be backed by the meat/dairy/egg industry: My work and research has never been supported by any industry nor do I work with any industry. Since the publication of my book, I have ...

My Cholesterol Test for Nightline vs One from 1998

The story on Nightline shows me getting my cholesterol tested. Here are the actual results: MY CHOLESTEROL TEST for Nightline, MAY 2014 2014 Cholesterol Tests  Traditional biomarkers: Total cholesterol          205 mg/dL LDL-C                            110 mg/dL HDL-C                 ...