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288. Brexit: Fools Rush In

By Dr Richard North This post is by my friend and colleague for over 30 years, Dr Richard North. First of all, he is an excellent researcher who has consistently produced work of the highest quality, which is based on his thoroughness coupled with his emphasis on using primary sources wherever possible. Secondly, he has unparalleled knowledge of the workings of the EU, which originates from his experience of working in Brussels. Thirdly, he has been pro Brexit for many years but in his recent blogs the theme is not pro or anti but specifically focuses on how an orderly Brexit can be achieved. Because of his unique knowledge and insight he is ideally placed to provide an informed critique of the official UK Government approach to Brexit. Remarkably he produces a blog EVERY DAY and has covered all aspects of the negotiations.  He also describes in detail the implications for the various business sectors. I have no doubt this is without question the absolutely best source of information on Brexit available. If only the Prime Minister and the Cabinet would utilise it we would not be heading for one of the greatest social and economic disaster the UK has ever faced. This is illustrated very neatly by the challenges faced by the food supply chain. Here is the latest blog, which demonstrates the ignorance and naivety of some...

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287. Lore of Nutrition: Using Science Power to Beat Diet Dictators

This post is by my good friend and colleague Marika Sboros who has co-authored with Professor Tim Noakes “The Lore of Nutrition”, which has just been launched in South Africa. This is a fascinating story and I have no doubt that this book will have a major impact on the contemporary nutrition scene. I am most grateful to Marika for permission to post her recent blog here. The original can be sourced at: By Marika Sboros Lore Of Nutrition, co-authored by sports scientist Prof Tim Noakes and me, has hit the ground running. It’s also flying in cyberspace. The sub-title says it all: Challenging Conventional Dietary Beliefs. Noakes devotes much of our book to the growing body of compelling science for benefits of low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) diets. In it, we also reveal the “Diet Dictators”.  These are the many top doctors, dietitians and academics who have tried to suppress or distort the science for LCHF. It’s probably no coincidence that most have industry links. Our book documents how the Diet Dictators and assorted hangers-on also tried and failed to destroy Noakes’s career, character and reputation. We show how and why eminence-based medicine is giving way to evidence-based medicine. Lore of Nutrition documents how conflicted doctors, dietitians and academics made gratuitous and often slanderous, unscientific attacks on Noakes. And how they ultimately laid the groundwork for the Health Professions Council of South Africa...

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286. Is there an Alternative to Cholesterol?

Readers of this blog will be aware of many reasons why cholesterol is not a reliable marker for the risks of developing heart disease or anything else for that matter. There are very thorough studies, which demonstrate that those who comply with the cholesterol guidelines actually have the highest all-cause mortality rates (1). For women, there are strong indications that the life expectancy increases as the cholesterol content of the blood (TC) increases. Since the cholesterol strategy is a dead loss, it is relevant to ask if there is any other marker that would fulfil the role that is expected of cholesterol. In other words, is it possible to identify a way of discovering those who are high risk of life-threatening diseases so that appropriate steps can be taken to alleviate that risk? As I am highly critical of focusing on one disease, the ideal marker should be related to all those factors, which contribute to an early death. Gamma Glutamyl Transferase (GGT) Thanks to the work of Ivor Cummins, I have been alerted to the possibility of using GGT instead of TC (2). GGT is an enzyme that is normally used as an indication of liver disease. However when Ivor first learned that he had very high levels in his blood samples, he was keen to find out what this meant about his own personal health. It soon...

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285. The Contribution of Engineers to Nutrition

The chaos in nutrition There is little doubt that nutritional science is in a real mess. Despite convincing evidence of the benefits of a diet, which is low in carbohydrates and high in healthy fats (LCHF) authorities continue to recommend diets that are high in carbohydrates and low in fat. This advice has contributed to the current high levels of obesity and Type 2 Diabetes (T2D). There is also a strong possibility that this same diet is a key factor in the development of other common chronic diseases including heart disease, cancers and Alzheimer’s Disease. The recommendations originated in the USA and were effectively adopted by the WHO so that many other nations followed suit. Enormous resources were devoted to the research on which these recommendations were based. The reality is that much of this work was very poor quality and many of the conclusions could not be justified (1). The good news is that we now have a sound understanding of the relationship between diet and health. However the bad news is that the failed policies still predominate primarily because so many of the “great and the good” in the health care professions will not accept that these policies have been so disastrous and are responsible for much poor health. Progress at last Looking back at how the story has evolved over the past 40-50 years, what is...

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284. Obsessed with Calories

Latest UK initiative on obesity We have just heard of yet another initiative by the UK Government to tackle obesity. A joint announcement by Public Health England (PHE) and the Department of Health states that the plan is to devise a “calorie reduction programme to remove excess calories from the foods children consume the most” (1). It continues: “Adults currently consume on average between 200 to 300 calories too many each day and children are following suit, with food more readily available than ever before. Reducing calorie consumption from sources other than sugar is critical to reversing the worrying obesity trend, which shows: 1 in 3 children are either overweight or obese by the time they leave primary school; More children in the UK than previously are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, some as young as 7: Children from disadvantaged backgrounds are more likely to be obese.” This all sounds fine. The only trouble is that it will not work. There is absolutely no reliable evidence to provide a justification for this strategy. There is no programme, which uses calorie reduction that has successfully reversed obesity anywhere in the world. Calorie reduction does not work The big problem with reducing calories is that it is essentially semi-starvation, which is invariably accompanied by hunger. As long ago as 1959, Albert Stunkard and Mavis McLaren-Hume reviewed the available studies (2)....

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