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Patrick Holford blogs cohort study which finds that “Multivitamin use was not related to total mortality”

I was interested to see Holford blogging about Pocobelli et al’s recent article on “Use of supplements of multivitamins, vitamin C, and vitamin E in relation to mortality”. Holford reports the study as finding that “Multivitamin use cuts heart disease risk”. However, I have a number of concerns about Holford’s interpretation of this study Continue reading


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Can you get 23 portions of fruit and veg in a single glass of juice: Patrick Holford Ponders, Briefly, Before Suggesting a Product

Patrick Holford on ITV Lunchtime 16 April 2008
Former Visiting Professor Patrick Holford and Head of Science and Education at Biocare has many enthusiasms to which he continues to express slavish devotion, justifying his partiality by claiming that there is scientific evidence to support his stance. Uncannily, and in a way that has fortuitously contributed to his financial wellbeing, it is not unusual for Holford to be able to recommend a niche product to meet the supplementation levels that he recommends or the tests that he declares to be essential. So, it is perhaps understandable that Holford cleaves to some enthusiasms irrespective of research that shows there is no basis for his claims or that his hyperbole is far in advance of the actual evidence. Continue reading


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Alternative Nutrition bingo: we predict industry responses to the JAMA trial of vitamin C and E

The Journal of the American Medical Association has recently published a good quality, placebo-controlled, randomised, double-blind trial looking at whether vitamin C and E supplementation can reduce cardiovascular events. It ran for 10 years, and included “14 641 US male physicians enrolled, who were initially aged 50 years or older, including 754 men (5.1%) with prevalent cardiovascular disease at randomization.” The trial concluded that “[t]hese data provide no support for the use of these supplements for the prevention of cardiovascular disease in middle-aged and older men.”

I was surprised to see that the alternative nutrition industry has not yet responded to this – I was waiting with bated breath for Sir Cliff Richard’s definitive critique of the science – so I thought that I would respond on their behalf: frankly, the alternative nutrition industry’s response to such trials has become tediously predictable so there seems to be little point in waiting.

I will list a number of likely industry responses below; I will then enjoy the small satisfaction of ticking them off when they appear in industry press releases: Continue reading


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Patrick Holford Trails His July Wisdom on Cochrane, Vaccinations and Other Topics

Former Visiting Professor Patrick Holford but still Head of Science and Education at Biocare is keen on promoting the value of his 100%health subscription service. He spoke about his service in glowing terms at the recent Allergy and Gluten Free Show 2008[1] and recently sent around an email that trails a lot of interesting topics for his upcoming mail out to his 100%health subscribers: amonst the topics are where the Cochrane reviewers went wrong and a promise of an updated Holford review of the evidence behind vaccination guidelines. Continue reading


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Patrick Holford and How to Obtain 6000 ORAC Units a Day

Patrick Holford on ITV Lunchtime 16 April 2008
Former Visiting Professor Patrick Holford and Head of Science and Education at Biocare advised his audience on how to increase their consumption of ORAC units[1] in a recent talk at the Allergy and Gluten Free Show 2008. Holford was shilling for his 100%health newsletter and describing the research that he and his team do for it and emphasising the importance of a scientific approach.[2] For a brief, heady moment, it seemed as if Holford were about to advise the audience to take regular doses of Respectful Insolence but it soon transpired that he had oxygen radical absorbance capacity (pdf) in mind. Continue reading


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Anti-oxidants and Supplementation: Not As Straightforward As It Is Made Out To Be

Former Visiting Professor Patrick Holford is Head of Science and Education at Biocare and both he and several other media nutritionists have a relationship with anti-oxidant supplements that mirrors the behaviour of Margaret Thatcher and her Cabinet. She slapped them around (metaphorically), she promised them some huge benefits but didn’t deliver them, she occasionally humiliated them and, through it all, she inspired devotion right up until the coup that followed a groundswell of grumblings that no matter what Those Up Top thought, things were not working so well for Everybody Else. Continue reading


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My (Paid) Friend Says This Product Is Really Good: FFTB and Cherry-Picking

Visiting Professor Patrick Holford of Teesside University and the Food for the Brain Foundation (FFTB) are promoting a very well-thought plan whereby food and supplement manufacturers will give them money in exchange for the endorsement of their products. Now, charities have to get their money from somewhere, so isn’t that all very sensible? Continue reading


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