Just a quick post – to note that Prof Patrick Holford of Teesside University has a pretty terrible article on hayfever on the Natural Products website. At a quick glance, a couple of things stand out. Holford says he
had Sonia take an IgG food intolerance test…which found that she was allergic to milk and eggs
No, it didn’t. IgG tests do not diagnose IgE-mediated allergies. They don’t seem to be clinically validated for diagnosing food intolerances, either – but they are definitely no good for diagnosing allergies.
Secondly, Holford had his client
sprinkle ground flax and pumpkin seeds (high in omega-3 fats) on her cereal
Flax seeds are relatively high in omega 3 fats; pumpkin seeds are much higher in omega 6 fats. This is not a trivial issue: it appears that the ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 fats that we eat can impact on our health, and most people in the UK eat too much omega 6 and too little omega 3. If you’re looking to boost your omega 3 intake, pumpkin seeds therefore aren’t a good source (though they are tasty).
Natural Products tries to sell itself as a serious trade magazine: one wonders if it has editors who check for this kind of basic error. Then again, Teesside did choose to appoint Holford as Visiting Professor…