The Bmj Criticism Of The Dietary Guidelines Will Not Be Retracted

The BMJ Criticism of the Dietary Guidelines Will NOT Be Retracted - Diet Doctor

A year ago the British Medical Journal published an article by Nina Teicholz that was very critical to the official US dietary guidelines, and the weak science supporting them. Specifically the article and the BMJ editor in chief criticized the low-fat, high-carb advice that was said to be “driving rather than solving the current epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes”.

The British Medical Journal Slams Unscientific and Biased Low-Fat Dietary Guidelines!

The article resulted in furious resistance from old-school scientists. Even more than other people, scientists who have been deeply involved in this for decades likely have a very hard time shifting their thinking. Not fewer than 180 (!) of them signed a letter demanding the BMJ retract the article:

180 Dinosaurs Can’t Be Wrong, Can They? – Call for BMJ to Retract Criticism of Dietary Guidelines

After an investigation, The BMJ has just now decided not to retract the article. They stand by it, as they should:

Politico: Dietary Guidelines article won’t be retracted

RetractionWatch: BMJ won’t retract controversial dietary guidelines article, says author

Fortunately The BMJ and its leadership refuse to be intimidated by those who would prefer to stop inconvenient questions and censor scientific debate.

Current dietary advice has completely failed to stop the epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes, and may very well have made them worse. We can’t solve the problem by forbidding people to talk about it.


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4 Replies

  • Great!

    Some guy here considers Nina Teicholz as just a journalist

    Glad that BMJ doesn't hold that opinion. Oh yea those who follow the MYTH of "balanced diet" will always want the article removed instead of proving it through SCIENCE. They just adopt this attitude of bulldozing every time their wisdom based on just OPINIONS gets challenged -- and it will get challenged with every passing day-month-year. :)

    Well, we can't be muzzled. There are many avenues on internet to spread facts backed by science and not just through some lop sided opinions using bombastic words like nutritional torture etc.

    This is the second case where BMJ stood it's ground. The other one was when statin cheerleader Rory Collins wanted Aseem Malhotra's article against STATINS removed.

    The article resulted in furious resistance from old-school scientists.

    That's their only defense. Get furious and offer no science. We see this happen many times here too. Old school scientists is the right phrase -- old school completely ignorant of real science and use only rhetorics.

    Expect some anti Nina Teicholz sermons, just laced with OPINIONS, soon -- or maybe a email statement to the press from some ADA staff :)

  • THis is just the beginning

  • Well, people are slowly getting fed up and sick of this "balanced diet" nonsense peddled through USDA failed Pyramid and now the plate and bodies like AMA/ADA/AHA et al playing hand in glove.

    AMA/ADA/AHA and their fanboys never like to be challenged.

    Science of diet cannot be some proprietary property of few members of the cozy clubs around the world.

  • Depressing on the one hand, encouraging when idiots are put on the back foot!

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