Back Catalogue (201-300)

Our Back Catalogue (201-300)

Salt of the Earth (21/Dec/12) - Key article & video: Scant Evidence That Salt Raises BP, Review Finds During our second Food and Health Group meeting, Caroline was demonstrating how to make lacto-fermented veggies. When she added a couple of tablespoons of salt to the mix … Continue reading
Second Food and Health Group Meeting – Fermented Foods (17/Dec/12) - Our second local food group meeting took place on 2nd December 2012, with 35 people attending.  The wrist bands worn by these tribal elders are in fact important tools – disk-shaped steel blades, used for flaying and butchering a goat … Continue reading
Beautiful Biltong! (17/Dec/12) - One of our foodie friends, Sally, just brought round her homemade biltong – that’s it above – and it was delicious! Her biltong is made from beef and her secret spice mix includes coriander and cumin seeds. The result is a chewy, succulent low carb snack with … Continue reading
Clarified Butter (Ghee) (11/Dec/12) - I make my own clarified butter – which is called ghee in Asia – for a number of reasons: Firstly, some members of my family are allergic to cow’s milk proteins, and once carefully clarified these proteins are separated out and only the … Continue reading
WSHoMSoc lectures Nov 24th (9/Dec/12) - There can be nobody who isn’t fascinated by the Ancient Egyptians. Clearly the first of todays lecturers was so riveted by the ancestral treasure trove of Egypt that she made it her life’s work. By tentatively approaching their iconic and … Continue reading
WSHoMSoc lectures Nov 10th (20/Nov/12) - I have been slow to post this on my blog, but at the last West Sussex History of Medicine Society meeting the presentations were of their usual high standard. I am so glad that I discovered this society as those who select … Continue reading
Man the Hunter (15/Nov/12) - About 2 million year's ago the human brain began an exponential growth in size, unparalleled in the animal kingdom. What propelled this remarkable development? Continue reading
Food Standards Agency meeting about unpasteurised milk (12/Nov/12) - In this family we prefer to have our food as close to ‘natural’ as possible. This, of course, is a debatable point for many food items. For example, the apples we grow are not quite as nature intended them, as … Continue reading
Mutton, Traditional English Pot-Roast (5/Nov/12) - ✓Low-carb ✓Gluten-free ✓Lactose-free (Using ghee – clarified butter) There is nothing more English than mutton. (Er, except the name – ‘Mutton’ is French. C’est la vie!) Mutton has fallen out of favour over the last half century with a swing in the preference … Continue reading
Listen to lard (4/Nov/12) - Today's Food Programme on Radio 4 was all about lard! Includes interviews with Stephanie Seneff and Gary Taubes. Continue reading
West Sussex local animal food producers list (2/Nov/12) - Below is a list of our local animal food producers. Local food is food you can trust, animals that you can see grazing, farmers you can talk to and quality you can often feel in your guts. This list is … Continue reading
First Food and Health Group Meeting (30/Oct/12) - The first of the Food and Health Group meetings was held on Sat 27th Oct and was a huge success. Thank you to all those who made it run so smoothly. Keir began the afternoon with a fascinating presentation about … Continue reading
Moussaka (22/Oct/12) - ✓Low-carb ✓Gluten-free ✓Cow-dairy-free (Using sheep’s cheese and goat’s butter) This traditional moussaka recipe is a classic for low-carb-high-fat diets. We have it mainly in summer and autumn when our greenhouse aubergines ripen. It is rich, savoury and melts in the mouth – very good … Continue reading
Chocolate Almond Torte (20/Oct/12) - A low-carb, grain-free birthday cake fit for a king. Or your little princess for that matter. Continue reading
Food and Health Workshops (19/Oct/12) - I can now confirm that the first of my workshops/presentation on Food and Health will take place on Saturday October 27th at the Bassil Shippam Centre in Chichester at 2.30pm. The second meeting will be at the same venue but on … Continue reading
Poached Wild Alaskan Salmon with Wild Mushrooms (19/Oct/12) - Keta salmon cooked in a clever low-carb lemon sauce, which I often use with fish dishes, and a wild mushroom vegetable accompaniment. Continue reading
West Sussex History of Medicine Society (14/Oct/12) - Yesterday I was busy, but not in a rushing around way, more in a nourishing, warm, mind expanding and communicative way. I will explain. I attended the first of this season’s West Sussex History of Medicine Society’s lectures. As usual … Continue reading
Echinacea (14/Oct/12) - Study shows that Echinacea reduces common cold frequency and symptom severity. Continue reading


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Gary Taubes on American Heart Association confirmation bias

In our recent post ‘Amazing results challenge guidelines in new study‘, we looked at research that came to exactly the opposite conclusion to that of The American Heart Association who currently recommend replacing saturated fat with MUFAs and omega-6 PUFAs. The researchers concluded:

recommendations of supplementation with these fatty acids in the general diet should be revised.

The public at large are confused by what they see as flip-flopping over dietary issues: butter is bad one week, but ‘back’ the next. Many people find it hard to believe that such an authoritative body as the American Heart Association could be wrong. How can a few small researcher groups and flag-waving bloggers (like us!) possibly be right? Surely august bodies like the AHA sort through the data and discard the poor quality studies? Surely they can be trusted to do due diligence on our behalf?

These are reasonable thoughts for people to have and they are not wrong to think like this, but such convictions rely on our public agencies not slipping into the kinds of confirmation bias that science is supposed to protect us from.

In a recent Op-Ed Gary Taubes (science journalist and author of the best selling book Good Calories Bad Calories) tackles this topic head on. Continue reading

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