New US food availability data

Americans have been following the Guidelines The government just published a new report on American food availability, 1970-2014. This is big news! The last such report was published nearly a decade ago. This report confirms what the last one found: In nearly every way possible, Americans have followed official dietary advice. Some highlights: From 1970 to 2014, our food availability changed dramatically, all …

The Deal on DASH

Recently, US News and World Report published its annual diet rankings, and as usual, DASH was at the top. This is irresponsible. The DASH diet was designed to help reduce blood pressure for people with hypertension. It makes no sense to recommend this diet to a general population, for the main reason that DASH has pretty much only ever been tested on hypertensive …

My press release on BMJ decision not to retract

The BMJ Stands by Study Questioning Scientific Validity of U.S. Dietary Guidelines  2015 peer-reviewed article by Nina Teicholz had been target of an unprecedented retraction effort December 3, 2016, New York, NY — In a victory for science, The BMJ (formerly The British Medical Journal) today stood in support of a peer-reviewed study it published in September 2015 by investigative journalist Nina Teicholz, which concluded that that the current …

Comment on BMJ Correction Notice

Response by Nina Teicholz, science journalist For The BMJ press release, with links to all the comments, click here. (This comment is longer than the one published by The BMJ.. Anything in this post that is not in The BMJ version is highlighted in green). I’m delighted that The BMJ has stood by this article and decided against retraction. Two outside reviewers …

Response to Dr. Hefland

[Added note, Dec 14, 2016]  For reporters or anyone else focusing on Dr. Mark Hefland’s comments. It’s important to put his comments in the larger context, which is that overall, The BMJ came out strongly in favor of the article, as reflected not only in the journal’s press release but also, quite powerfully, in comments by Editor-in-Chief Fiona Godlee. Moreover, the one other reviewer, …