The BMJ criticism of the dietary guidelines will not be retracted


A year ago the British Medical Journal published an article by Nina Teicholz that was very critical to the official US dietary guidelines, and the weak science supporting them. Specifically the article and the BMJ editor in chief criticized the low-fat, high-carb advice that was said to be “driving rather than solving the current epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes”.

The article resulted in furious resistance from old-school scientists. Even more than other people, scientists who have been deeply involved in this for decades likely have a very hard time shifting their thinking. Not fewer than 180 (!) of them signed a letter demanding the BMJ retract the article:

After an investigation, The BMJ has just now decided not to retract the article. They stand by it, as they should:

Fortunately The BMJ and its leadership refuse to be intimidated by those who would prefer to stop inconvenient questions and censor scientific debate.

Current dietary advice has completely failed to stop the epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes, and may very well have made them worse. We can’t solve the problem by forbidding people to talk about it.


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  1. RT
    This is great news. The individuals and organizations responsible for trying to suppress and distort the information in the BMJ article really should be ashamed of themselves. By trying to stifle free speech and valid health information, they are willfully contributing to serious global health issues. BMJ deserves credit for refusing to yield to such idiotic, pseudoscientific pressure tactics.
  2. Angus Claydon
    Fantastic news indeed, and couldn't have come at a better time. It gives us renewed confidence to again question our local health bodies in their approach to prevention of the major non-communicable diseases.
  3. Kirsten
    I think the results speak for themselves. I suppose it is always hard to admit you have been wrong for years.
  4. Francoise
    Fantastic news! Now, if only the US medical journals would be as open minded...? We can only hope....

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