Patrick Holford seems to have the same effect on numbers that some people claim to have on electronic gadgets; they scramble in his presence or even that of people associated with him. That is the only possible explanation for one of the worse data summaries/commentaries that I have ever seen: Dr David Woodhouse on the subgroup analysis performed as part of the Chineham Park Primary School FFTB project that will be featured in this evening’s Trevor Macdonald programme. I kept expecting a Shirley Bassey audio file to blare out a bravura performance of:
Nobody does it like me! If there’s a wrong way to say it – A wrong way to play it – Nobody does it like me! – If there’s a wrong way to do it – A right way to screw it up – Nobody does it like me
And please let Holford Watch read some decent research findings before they explode
Patrick Holford has been trailing the outcome from the Food for the Brain Chineham Primary School project with customary restraint; words like amazing compete with dramatic. It’s almost as if Holford’s PR company is tagging the story with the trigger words favoured by the People’s Medical Journal.
FFTB has released more details in advance of tonight’s programme but they are a mash-up of summary and numbers that fails to inform. We can say that none of the data relates to any of the issues that we listed yesterday. Maybe we lack the right Babelfish. Read on
See also an update re. Chineham’s response to my FOIA request.
I’ve been using the Freedom of Information act to make some inquiries re. Food For The Brain’s (FFTB) ‘trials’ in Chineham Park and Cricket Green schools. I’m still waiting on some responses – sadly, Holford didn’t give me much notice of the date of broadcast of his Tonight show documentary – but I think it’s worth sharing what I’ve got before this show is broadcast.
Firstly, FFTB reportedly asked for a donation from Cricket Green school in order to conduct its ‘trial’ on Cricket Green children. At Cricket Green’s request, Merton Council therefore donated “£1,000 towards a specific piece of research commissioned by and carried out at Cricket Green School…The research was to assess the relationship between food, concentration and behaviour.”
Strangely, Merton Council has told me that they have no documents relating to FFTB’s intervention in Cricket Green: it seems odd that they donated a far-from-trivial sum, but have not even got a written report re. how this money was spent on file. Continue reading