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Patrick Holford and Slimming Pills That Lack Evidence: Apparently, No Irony Intended

Former Visiting Professor Patrick Holford may be Head of Science and Education at Biocare but he is not above blogging some very amusing doublethink[a] about weightloss pills for our enjoyment: Why I’m not a fan of slimming pills. Holford criticises starch blockers, fat blockers, appetite suppressants and slimming pills. He advises his readers to “[a]void them at all costs”. This is fairly unexceptional and would be worth little more than a scratch and a yawn were it not for the justifications that Holford offers for the reader’s merriment and if it were not that he has effectively re-issued a post that we had previously written up and that Holford subsequently withdrew.[b] We had assumed that Holford and his assistants had recognised the parlous blind spot concerning Holford’s own weight-loss products and recommendations but it seems not (which is a little sad as it vividly illustrates that the Holford-formulated Brain Food pack can’t be that effective). Continue reading

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Holford: chromium “is well known to help stabilise blood sugar levels in diabetics at daily doses of 500mcg or more”

Another Holford blog entry argues that chromium

is well known to help stabilise blood sugar levels in diabetics at daily doses of 500mcg or more.

We think that it’s a bit more complicated than that. This issue is a favourite of Holford’s who cleaves to his opinion arguments that chromium supplementation should be focused on those who are known to be chromium deficient.

We posted a detailed discussion of this here, some time ago and as recently as November we suggested that it was time for him to update his recommendations. We would be pleased if Holford would take this on board. However, the restrictive comments policy on his blog does not allow us to post a comment to remind him of this interesting, important detail.

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Does Patrick Holford Lack Generosity of Spirit As Well As Scholarly Accuracy?

Visiting Professor Patrick Holford has his own dedicated chapter in Ben Goldacre‘s Bad Science: Chapter 9; pp 161-80. Both HolfordWatch and Holford Myths have commented that the CV which Holford submitted to the University of Teesside is riddled with a remarkable number of errors, several of which involve implausible timelines. Today, an outraged reader has submitted more evidence of confusion about Holford’s understanding of time as well as the evidence-base for chromium supplementation to “to stabilise blood sugar levels”. Continue reading

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Patrick Holford and the Bikini Diet

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

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