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Ancel Keys Cholesterol Con. Part 13. 1993-2005

1993. Harvard University’s Professor Walter Willett MD invents the Mediterranean Diet.  When Ancel Keys began to promote his low fat diet to prevent CHD, he advocated replacing saturated fat with industrially-produced “vegetable” oils “rich in polyunsaturated fats”. Although he was aware that polyunsaturated fats had certain limitations – limitations fully exposed in the Joint Statement [...]

April 20th, 2022|

The Ancel Keys Cholesterol Con. Part 12. 1984-1993

1984 NIH Consensus Development Conference Any reasonable intellect would have to conclude that the LRC CPPT findings released in 1984, did not support Keys’ Lipid Hypothesis. They could only ever be interpreted as evidence that even if the Lipid Hypothesis was partially true, the contribution of a raised blood cholesterol concentration to CHD was miniscule. [...]

March 15th, 2022|

International Women’s Day 2022 #IWD2022 #BreakTheBias

The 8th of March is International Women's Day (IWD), a day that recognizes and upholds the achievements of women around the world, as well as promotes gender equality. This IWD 2022's theme is #BreakTheBias, and it has the aim to celebrate women's achievement, raise awareness against bias and act for equality. Whether deliberate or unconscious, [...]

March 8th, 2022|

Ancel Keys’ Cholesterol Con. Part 11. 1979-1984 

1979. The first results of the Helsinki Policemen Study are published.   The goal of this novel study which began in 1971, was to determine whether or not insulin resistance can be used to predict those who will develop CHD in the future. Recall that up until 1965 there was real interest in the role of [...]

February 3rd, 2022|

Ancel Keys’ Cholesterol Con. Part 10 – 1978-1979

1978. The identification of dietary trans fats as uniquely damaging to human health. When in 1 Proctor and Gamble employed the German chemist E.C.Kayser to produce the hydrogenated “vegetable” oil from cotton seeds, a product that would become known as Crisco (1), they had no legal requirement to prove that their novel industrially-produced food product [...]

December 6th, 2021|

Low Carb and Low-Processed Food: Health impact of 100 Days of Dietary Change. A personal journey (Part I)

Summary In this document I describe how, over a period of just over 100 days, I lost 14% of body weight and improved key blood measures, on a low-carb, low-processed food diet. This document covers the period of June 5th 2021 to Oct 3rd 2021. I describe the food intake, model calorie consumption vs weight [...]

November 17th, 2021|

Ancel Keys’ Cholesterol Con. Part 9 – 1976-1977

1976-1977. The McGovern US Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs releases its Dietary Goals for the United States. A key event that drove the global adoption of the Diet-Heart hypothesis was the 1972 US Presidential election in which the incumbent Richard Nixon was confronted by a losing war in Vietnam, rising food prices, [...]

October 11th, 2021|

Ancel Keys’ Cholesterol Con. Part 8: 1970-1974

1970. Report of the Inter-Society Commission for Heart Disease Resources relating to the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease and the Primary Prevention of the atherosclerotic process.  At the same time that the NHLBI Task Force on Atherosclerosis was meeting under the chairmanship of Fredrickson, Keys’ principal acolyte Jeremiah Stamler was convening another Commission to address the [...]

September 29th, 2021|

World Alzheimer’s Day 2021

  Source of infographic information: https://www.brightfocus.org/alzheimers/article/alzheimers-disease-facts-figures Alzheimer’s is a severe neurological disease that can cause impairment of normal daily functions. The disease has been showcased in numerous films over the years, think of The Notebook, Aurora Borealis or the newly released The Father with Anthony Hopkins. Hollywood movies tend to dramatise situations and evoke emotion [...]

September 20th, 2021|

Younglings launches the Social Media and Internet Lab for Research

Younglings recently launched the ‘Social Media and Internet Lab for Research’ (SMILR) with support from The Noakes Foundation (TNF). We were grateful to have received funding that allowed us to support the infrastructural launch. This new lab gives Younglings software developer trainees a rare opportunity to learn how to extract data from social media platforms [...]

September 16th, 2021|
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