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How Kevin Hall Tried to Kill the Insulin Hypothesis with Pure Spin

Kevin Hall, the senior NIH researcher recently published a paper in AJCN that has received a lot of media attention. He claims this study refutes the insulin hypothesis so completely that it is now ‘dead.’ That’s interesting, I thought, as I sat down to read the article.

It was therefore a little surprising to read this paper and realize that Hall’s conclusions were entirely his own opinion. He suffers so badly from confirmation bias that he may as well have written “My mind is already made up regarding the insulin hypothesis. Please do not confuse me with facts”.

Confirmation bias is a well-known psychological phenomenon whereby facts that agree with your pre-formed opinion are accepted as true and those that are not are ignored. All facts become filtered through this bias to confirm your previously held opinion. It’s also known as a closed mind.

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The Exquisite Balancing Act of Doing Science Right – a Commencement Address by Gary Taubes

Gary Taubes gave a commencement address last year, that’s now available online. It’s about the balancing act between searching for the truth, being skeptical and at the same time believing in yourself.

It’s how science is done right, but it’s more than that. It’s also about life, and everything that is important to you, and how to get it right. I liked it a lot:

Schmid College of Science and Technology: The Exquisite Balancing Act for Doing Science Right

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Taubes Op-Ed in LA Times: Why Do We Get Fat?

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Why do we get fat? And why is conventional dieting such a dismal failure?

Gary Taubes bets he has the answer in this op-ed. Do you want to bet against him?

LA Times Op-Ed: Why do we get fat?

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The New Gary Taubes Book: The Case Against Sugar

A Case Against Sugar

Gary Taubes is one of the true pioneers of the low-carb movement of the last two decades. His major articles in Science (2001) and The New York Times (2002), followed by the trailblazing book Good Calories, Bad Calories (2007) were hugely influential. After that he’s written a more consumer-friendly and shorter book called Why We Get Fat (2011).

If it was not for these writings this website might not exist, and I could be doing something entirely different and altogether less interesting.

Finally Taubes is now done with his next book, to be published at the end of December this year. Here it is:

Penguin Random House: The Case Against Sugar

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“An Almost Anti-Intellectual Explanation”

Are the current ideas about the cause of obesity and diabetes completely wrong? Is the fixation on eating less and moving more for weight loss an “almost anti-intellectual explanation”?

That’s what science journalist Gary Taubes says in my interview with him – watch a segment above. Taubes has been investigating the field of nutritional science for over a decade and has come to some pretty interesting conclusions. Could the scientists have it all wrong? Transcript

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The Cause of Obesity and Diabetes – Interview with Gary Taubes

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Why do we get fat – and what can we do about it? Conventional wisdom tells us that it’s all about eating less and running more. The problem is that this seldom works well.

Science journalist Gary Taubes has spent more than a decade on finding a better answer. His book
Good Calories, Bad Calories (2007) became very influential and changed many people’s views on this, including mine.

Last year I sat down with Taubes to discuss his controversial theories and the criticism and resistance to low carb.

Why do we get fat? The full interview is now on the member site: The Cause of Obesity and Diabetes – Gary Taubes

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Why We Get Fat

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Why do we get fat – and what can we do about it? Conventional wisdom tells us that it’s all about eating less and running more. The problem is that this seldom works well.

Science journalist Gary Taubes has spent more than a decade on finding a better answer. His book Good Calories, Bad Calories (2007) became very influential and changed many people’s view on this – including mine.

Here Taubes discusses his controversial theories and the criticism, during the LCHF conference 2015. Why do we get fat?

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The Scientific Basis of Low-Fat Dietary Advice? “Best Guesses”

Have we been totally wrong about what to eat? Did the low-fat diet start the obesity epidemic? Here’s an interesting 10 minute mini-documentary from The New York Times, featuring two wise men, Gary Taubes and Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian.

NYT: A Healthy Diet’s Main Ingredients? Best Guesses

While the low-fat high-sugar diet of the 80s was a huge mistake, we should not take for granted that we know everything yet. As Dr. Mozaffarian says, conventional low-fat advice may have been based mostly on “best guesses”. But we still might only know about 50% of what we need to know – and we don’t know which 50% of is wrong.

More studies are needed, etc. But I’ll still venture a few guesses about common beliefs in 2016 that we’ll laugh about in the future:

  • Fear of natural fat like butter
  • Fixating on calories and neglecting hormonal regulation
  • Advice to eat often to lose weight (LOL)
  • All diets being equally good for losing weight
  • Magical belief in antioxidants and polyphenols etc., based on observational non-evidence
  • Cow farts being a danger to the environment (if no fossil fuels involved)

What is your best guesses about what is wrong in what people believe today?

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US Premiere of the Movie Sugar Coated – Watch It Online

Today is the US premiere of Sugar Coated. It’s an “eye-opening feature documentary that examines the various tactics of the sugar industry that have many health experts calling sugar the new tobacco”. And it features people like Gary Taubes and Dr. Robert Lustig. Should be interesting.

Press info

Watch the trailer above. If you live in the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or Australia you can watch the movie online as Video on Demand.

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Taubes and Kendrick Discuss Sugar

Science writer Gary Taubes and cholesterol sceptic Dr. Malcolm Kendrick – both always interesting to listen to – discussed the problem of sugar on Aljazeera yesterday.

Watch it above or read more here:

Aljazeera: Feeding into our sugar addiction – With nearly 30 percent of the world’s population overweight, why are food systems so unhealthy?

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