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Medicine’s democratic deficit. Time for middle-aged, white, privileged males to move over

35 by / on 7 Aug 2017, / in evidence based medicine

It’s hardly news that things have not been going well for various professional elites lately. Economists so busy promoting the neo-liberal agenda they failed to notice the on-coming depression; politicians resolutely deaf to constituents’ complaints that generosity to those at the top had destroyed jobs and cut wages at the bottom.

Diet war veterans last stand. Recent saturated fat attack a blast from the past

10 by / on 23 Jun 2017, / in evidence based medicine, low fat diet

Last week a ‘Presidential Advisory Statement’ about saturated fat from the American Heart Association (AHA) produced a ‘you cannot be serious’ reaction from anyone who has looked at the evidence for the theory that saturated fat raises the risk of heart disease.

Dietitians and cancer specialists both favour failed treatments

4 by / on 24 May 2017, / in cancer, low carb diet

Patients hoping for a diet to help with diabetes are doomed to disappointment in South Africa. Meanwhile over a billion pounds has been spent in the UK on cancer drugs that don’t work, says a new report. In South Africa, the scientist who blew the whistle is in the dock…

Evidence based medicine: failing to find the truth about diets

15 by / on 27 Jan 2017, / in evidence based medicine

A fine example of post truth and alternative facts appeared in the Guardian on Monday. Defining any diet that made a medical claim as a fad, the article consigned them all to the bin.

Coming clash of titans over the healthiest diet: Global sugar vs Global life insurance

61 by / on 4 Jan 2017, / in low carb diet

On Monday I watched the C4 documentary ‘Food Unwrapped: Diet special’ because I’d been alerted to the fact that it featured Dr David Unwin and his success with the low carb diet as a way of treating diabetics.

How the low-fat high-carb dogma fell apart

27 by / on 12 Dec 2016, / in low carb diet

The Brexit effect – ideological conflicts, bitter disputes over facts, distrust of experts, trolling abuse on twitter– seems an apt description of what has been happening recently in the supposedly evidence-based world of nutrition.

New theory signals end of the war on cancer. Makes way for non-drug treatments

16 by / on 18 Nov 2016, / in cancer

A diagnosis of cancer is really scary. It can seem as if there are only two options, neither very appealing. Conventional treatment which promises a lot but is likely to be toxic and gruelling or the complementary route, seen to lack the punch needed to beat cancer.

Treating serious vitamin B12 deficiency: a case of risk-benefit balancing gone mad

22 by / on 17 Oct 2016, / in evidence based medicine

Have you heard about the NHS trust that recently introduced an incredibly brutal, and possibly illegal, form of drug rationing to save money? Patients suffering post -operative pain will get half the dose normally required to keep them comfortable, kidney dialysis will be done twice a week rather than three and all diabetics will get the same amount of daily insulin regardless of their blood sugar levels.

The serious trust deficiency afflicting medical advice and what to do about it

26 by / on 8 Oct 2016, / in evidence based medicine

Trust me I’m a doctor has become a knowing, cynical catch-phrase but the underlying truth is that we do need to trust our doctors, not only because trusted doctors exert a beneficial healing effect but also because we are entrusting them with something precious – our health.

Independent investigation reveals NICE approved treatment only a fraction as effective as experts claim it is.

46 by / on 26 Sep 2016, / in evidence based medicine

Would any doctor continue to prescribe a drug which they had been told would benefit 20 per cent of patients with a specific illness, once the truth was revealed to be around 7 per cent, only one percent better than no treatment at all? You’d have to hope not and that concerned and angry doctors would then shout loudly that they had been lied to and that patients had endured years of pointless treatment.

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