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Comment on BMJ Correction Notice

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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 …

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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. …

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Concern About the Science of the DGAs

There has been broad concern about the Dietary Guidelines and whether they are based on good science and/or have promoted good health: “Despite concerns for the lack of high-quality scientific evidence, the government and all the major professional nutrition associations had by the 1990s recommended that everyone beyond infancy eat a high-carbohydrate/low-fat diet. Americans were …

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Critique of Dean Ornish Op-Ed

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The following is a review of the Dean Ornish Diet and Dr. Dean Ornish’s statements published in The New York Times. 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 …

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For Reporters

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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 …

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Overview of BMJ Retraction Request

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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 not follow the …

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What Are The Most Popular Cheeses In Every State?

Map of the most popular cheeses by state

The Cheese-lover’s Tragedy is illustrated by the words of a French woman I met, who lamented to me, “I love cheese so much, but I don’t eat it much, because I fear orphaning my children!” Her dread, specifically, was heart disease.

While my work as a journalist is mainly serious, devoted to a rigorous understanding of science, it’s nice to remember the surprising pleasures that come from realizing that many foods which have been demonized for decades are actually healthy. Cheese is one of those foods. 

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