Double Loser: How One Flawed Study Generates Another

Recently the news media made a massive campaign to promote a new study on the lack of efficacy of omega-3 fatty acids for treating dementia as indicative that fish oil supplements are worthless (1). As usual, apparently not one of the science writers in the media ever read the original article (2). If they had,… Read more »

Academic food fight

Remember the days of the Miller Light commercials with various ex-athletes screaming “Less Filling” versus “Tastes Great” at each other. Academic researchers in nutrition are no different. The latest example of this was a recent article in Cell Metabolism in which the authors state that their carefully controlled study demonstrates that you lose more fat… Read more »

Fish oil and heart disease: The real facts, part 2

On July 8 the Washington Post published an article entitled “Fish oil pills: A $1.2 billion industry built, so far, on empty promises” (1). I could have sworn I read essentially the same article in the New York Times on March 8 (2). In fact, I wrote a blog addressing that story in the New… Read more »

Why Do We Have the FDA in the First Place?

Recently the Advisory Committee to the FDA recommended the approval of two new drugs (both are PCSK9 inhibitors that prevent the internalization of LDL receptors) to lower LDL cholesterol. Now the FDA has a chance to actually practice its real mandate, which is to protect the American public, not to generate new revenues for the… Read more »

Harvard moving closer to the Zone Diet after 20 years

The recent article by Smith et al in the 2015 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition tried to answer the question of primary prevention of weight gain (1). This is actually a germane question since most diet studies focus on overweight/obese individuals losing weight after years of gaining weight.  Thus this new article… Read more »

Fish Oil and Heart Disease: The Real Facts

More than a decade ago I wrote The OmegaRx Zone. I subtitled that book “The Miracle of High-Dose Fish Oil”. A recent article in the New York Times entitled. “Fish oil claims not supported by the research” comes to the opposite conclusion(1). Obviously, one of us is right and the other is wrong. Omega-3 fatty… Read more »

U.S. News study is flawed

Sometimes I just have to roll my eyes when I hear about nutritional experts rating diets. The reason is that apparently none of the “experts” actually reads the published data critically. Undoubtedly, one of the worst offenders is the annual U.S. News and World Report study on diets. After watching them year after year making… Read more »

Diets don’t work? Or does bad science generate bad data?

One of the problems with diets is their focus on weight loss, not improved health.  A recent study in Circulation states that it doesn’t matter what diet you follow for weight loss (1).  On the other hand, we have the American Heart Association diet, the American Cancer Association diet, and the American Diabetes Association diet. … Read more »

What if gluten sensitivity doesn’t exist?

How can I possibility make that statement?  Two recent best-selling diet books have maintained that gluten makes us fat and dumb (1,2). Billions of dollars are spent on gluten-free (but carbohydrate-rich) food products.  And people feel better when they don’t eat bread. Before explaining my statement, let me make two things very clear.  First, I… Read more »