For years we’ve been taken to task by people who have questioned our dietary choices.
After changing my personal diet more than three years ago many of my own friends have told me they’d never “cut out all grains” until there were more studies that proved it was safe.
I’ve always chuckled at that because the business of medical studies has always felt like a manipulated game but we’ve never expected to read this, Shocking Report form Medical Insiders, with this quote from the Editor-in-Chief:
Horton declared, “Much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness.”
“It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of the New England Journal of Medicine.”
We’re reaching a time where enough information is freely available that it’s time we come to conclusions for ourselves.
One of the very best books on the the misunderstandings around food and diet that we’ve ever come across is this:
It’s a detailed account of the abuse of power around nutrition and diet recommendations. If you’re interested in this stuff and want enough “debate ammo” when discussing your diet choices with your friends, we’d highly recommend it.