Saturday, December 3, 2016

BMJ Stands Behind Nina Teicholz’ Critique of the US Dietary Guidelines


Here’s another victory for science over dogma. Today, the British Medical Journey has again decided to stand behind science writer Nina Teicholz’ peer-reviewed study from 2015, in which the conclusion was that the American dietary guidelines were founded on a weak scientific foundation, and still fail to be up-to-date with the best science.

Teicholz’ article was heavily criticized by old-school scientists – and 180 angry ones even demanded that the BMJ should retract it. After two independent experts reviewed it again, they have concluded that it is “within the realm of scientific debate”:

We stand by Teicholz’s article with its important critique of the advisory committee’s processes for reviewing the evidence, and we echo her conclusion: ‘Given the ever-increasing toll of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, and the failure of existing strategies to make inroads in fighting these diseases, there is an urgent need to provide nutritional advice based on sound science.’
– Fiona Godlee, BMJ Editor in Chief

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