August 26, 2018

Understanding science

My visit to prison and is a “low-carb” diet going to shorten your life?

Well, you can pretty much set your calendar to it. Another scare from the folks in observational epidemiology land.

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Well, you can pretty much set your calendar to it. Another scare from the folks in observational epidemiology land. This time it’s “low-carb” and “high-carb” sending people to an early grave: Dietary carbohydrate intake and mortality: a prospective cohort study and meta-analysis. What’s wrong with this analysis? Zoe Harcombe counts the ways on her blog where she wrote a thoughtful critical review of the paper.

It pains me to see this stuff get published and see so many people justifiably confused and frustrated with the state of nutritional research. I’m glad I’m not alone: John Ioannidis, a professor of Medicine at Stanford, wrote a terrific and timely piece in JAMA: The Challenge of Reforming Nutritional Epidemiologic Research. I would put it more bluntly: nutritional epidemiology is basically the board game equivalent of a Ouija board—whatever you want it to say, it will say.

I’m very excited about the release of tomorrow’s podcast episode with my friend Corey McCarthy. We recently met during a visit to North Kern State Prison in California together as volunteers for Defy Ventures. No spoiler alerts, but I don’t see how it’s possible for you to listen to Corey and his remarkable experiences and not take away something valuable that you can apply to your own life.

Lastly, we added an ‘Ask Me Anything’ (AMA) page on the site. If you have any questions for an upcoming AMA, this is the place to submit them.

– Peter

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