Was Ancel Keys a fraud? Dr. Harcombe on the Seven Countries Study, part I

Seven countries and Ancel Keys

Did the famous researcher Ancel Keys use misleading statistics to start the low-fat craze, with his “Seven Countries Study”? Yes, says many people today. No, says a new white paper commissioned by the vegan-leaning organization True Health Initiative.

Are you interested in the details? Dr. Zoe Harcombe offers a detailed analysis:

Dr. Zoe Harcombe, PhD: The Seven Countries Study – Part 1

Personally, I think it’s clear that Keys’ and his collaborators’ bias contributed to the way they cherry-picked their countries, which helped them get the results they predicted.

However, this is mostly interesting from a historical perspective, as these kinds of statistical correlations can normally never prove cause and effect anyway.


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