Current Posts – 06 June 2016

Five hundred years ago this year Martin Luther, a German monk and theology professor, took the mighty Catholic Church to task for not playing by its own rules. Last week a small band of GPs laid the same charge against the medical establishment for ignoring growing scientific evidence that demonising fat in the diet had been a bad move. The result could be a major shake-up in medical orthodoxy.

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Long-standing official advice to eat a low fat has been a disaster claimed a report published yesterday. Nonsense replied the low fat establishment; it is based on good evidence. However an investigation reported in HIUK’s latest post today shows this claim depends on ignoring virtually all the evidence in favour of eating low carb. Jane Feinman tracks down the missing files and reveals how badly dietary whistleblowers are treated.

I’ve recently had a Berlin Wall moment. That’s when something wrong headed, grim and seemingly impregnable suddenly collapses. For nearly 70 years the Cancer Act has forbidden any therapy other than drugs surgery and radiotherapy to claim it can treat cancer. And now senior figures are saying drugs are too expensive, we need to get better at prevention and learn to harness the body’s own mechanisms. Read more…

Junior doctors are not alone in complaining about a contract that forces them to behave in ways they predict will harm patients. Some GPs are quietly rebelling over the one-size-fits-all guidelines they are required to follow, which inevitably mean more drug prescriptions and fewer options for treating or preventing chronic diseases. Dr Joanne McCormack explains why she has become convinced that cheaper and safer life style changes make much more sense.



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