BBC Radio Oxford broadcast an infomercial for Patrick Holford’s books and his commercial diet programme (transcript below). BBC i) did not invite any experts to discuss Holford’s diet or claims, ii) question whether the ‘free diet trial’ involved purchasing supplements or blood tests iii) ask for details of the ‘science’ that he claims supports his advice. Continue reading
Category Archives: GL diet
I’ve been wondering what it is that so irritating about a certain type of food and health writer, the sort that moralises and pontificates about the food that the population should be eating. Media-hyped examples would be Gillian McKeith and her Abundant Foods list that includes vinegars and Tamari (who considers them to be food rather than ingredients?), or Patrick Holford and his low GL recommendations that can involve about £9 worth of berries per person, per day. Holford claims that people who are optimally nourished don’t become ill and don’t need medicine.
McKeith and Holford both stress that people should eat organic fruit, vegetables, meat or eggs. Given that they target a comparatively affluent market demographic and recommend a diet that is studded with supplements, it is possibly irrelevant to them that this is neither affordable nor sustainable for much of the population. Continue reading
Men’s Health has a good reputation so HolfordWatch was disappointed to come across: Shrink Wrapped: Strip fat with our precision engineered bangers and mash. The article is a good example of a dietary recommendation that is based on a reasonable premise but is badly communicated and promotes confusion. Continue reading
Patrick Holford, GL Diet and Satiety Plus the Misrepresentation of Some Research: Same Old, Same Old
Former Visiting Professor Patrick Holford is Head of Science and Education at Biocare. Like proud parents who insist that their off-spring should entertain visitors with songs and recitations that would be better honoured in silence, Biocare proudly publicise their belief in Holford’s scientific acumen despite the faux pas and errors that have been highlighted in his work. From time to time, one wonders whether Biocare keeps up to date with Holford’s work and whether they notice, or even care about, the subtle and not-so-subtle non-sequiturs and distortions that crop up on a regular basis. Today’s example is no exception to Holford’s grim pattern of imagineering others’ research to support his own entrepreneurial needs. Continue reading
A blog comment recently suggested that we’re not giving enough attention to the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, and as it happens I have recently been reading Holford et al’s article in the journal on low glycemic load diets. So, I wanted to analyse the small open trial of the Holford GL diet reported on in the article*. However, I face a problem: the trial is so badly reported that I can’t work out how to interpret the result. As Ben Goldacre argues in his book Bad Science (p. 50) – he’s focusing on homoeopathy here – “as a general rule it’s always worth worrying when people don’t give you sufficient detail about their methods and results.” I’m going to give some examples of what worries me about the Holford et al article. Continue reading
Patrick Holford has sent his latest email on weight-loss to our faithful reader, Precious Ramotswe. Mma Ramotswe has written to Holford Watch to ask for our advice.
Dear Holford Watch,
I am a traditionally-built lady, as you know. Most of the time, this is of great advantage to me (e.g., snakes know where I am and I can cast shade for small children), but I am subject to much advice on the topic of weight-loss. Patrick Holford has sent me an email about his eating programme. He exhorts me to “Be proud to be seen in [my] bikini this summer and switch to a low GL diet today”. I have looked through it but there is no mention of cake which makes me a little sad. However, it may be possible to put something together from oats and fruit, although that may make me sadder as it does not resemble cake. Continue reading
Professor Patrick Holford has a remarkably agile PR team with helpful lacunae in their collective memories. 27.02.2007, Holford’s email subscribers received an email, What’s the alternative to ineffective anti-depressants? Continue reading