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Patrick Holford, Shark Liver Oil and Walnuts

Patrick Holford on ITV Lunchtime 16 April 2008
Former Visiting Professor Patrick Holford is Head of Science and Education at Biocare. From time to time Holford has nothing but harsh words for randomised controlled trials and the perceived iniquity of systematic reviews or meta-analyses. Unless they confirm a point of view that he already holds, of course, or that he can adapt to the self-aggrandisement of his opinions. And so it is with some delight and no obvious trace of irony that Holford welcomes the release of a systematic review and meta-analysis that evaluates the impact of incorporating walnuts into the diet and outcomes for blood lipids as a proxy for a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Or, as Holford so pithily phrases it, Go (wal) nuts this summer – walnuts lower your cholesterol (as ever, you need to go to the home page to read the first paragraph but Holford is handily re-cycling his blog posts as email newsletters which must be value for money). Continue reading

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Patrick Holford on Statins and Why You Should Spend Money on His Supplements As Well or Instead

Patrick Holford on ITV Lunchtime 16 April 2008
Visiting Professor Patrick Holford of Teesside University and Head of Science and Education at Biocare has an odd relationship with statins. Who can forget his straight-to-camera overview of Big Pharma’s “full spectrum dominance” and the industrial complex that enforces mass-medication with prescription drugs such as statins. Or his shocked (and incorrect) assertion that “almost 20,000 people have to take a statin for 5 years for 1 less heart attack”. It could never have made sense to anyone who gave the matter half a second’s thought, far less someone who styles himself as leading health expert, but there you have it: Visiting Professor at the University of Teesside and able to make that statement with a rather unnerving (and misplaced) sincerity. Regular readers will not be surprised to learn that Holford sees the just announced and updated NICE Clinical Guidelines[1] as yet another opportunity to decry Big Pharma’s profits relating to statins and to promote niacin: you may, however, be interested in an upcoming plot twist. Continue reading

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