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Patrick Holford Advises You to Remove Mercury Fillings and Undergo Chelation But Is Still Silent About Andrew Wakefield?

Former Visiting Professor Patrick Holford never fails to disappoint. The other day, I had noted that although he cleaves to his over-hyped enthusiasm for chromium supplements, the hyperbolic claims about cinnamon although still excessive were comparatively more nuanced than previous occasions – still wrong, but some useful nuance. I had hoped that this was the first green shoots of an improved approach to evidence.

However, Holford is now back to his usual form. He ignores the opportunity to update his advice for the ‘treatment’ of autism following the public revelations about the fraud and deliberate manipulation that irreperably taint Dr Andrew Wakefield and his research. He clutches instead for the topical subject of mercury fillings on Tonight with Trevor McDonald because it allows him to shill for his Alzheimer’s Prevention Plan. Patrick Holford displays no sense of taste or decorum – presumably he takes special supplements that confer the protection of a brass neck on him. Continue reading


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Patrick Holford Has What He Calls A Blog

Patrick Holford on ITV Lunchtime 16 April 2008
Former Visiting Professor Patrick Holford has a blog. Yay for the C21. However, there’s a limit on how far Holford is prepared to go in embracing new technology. You’re not allowed to comment on it, of course. Continue reading


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Chair of FFTB Scientific Advisory Board acknowledges that their research hasn’t been “a proper job” and hasn’t been “rigorous”

Two members of the Food for the Brain (FFTB) Scientific Advisory Board were asked about the FFTB child survey we’ve been analysing here, and they gave a very interesting response. The SAB Chair – Prof David Smith – replied that “the report is more hypothesis-generating for future research than a rigorous scientific study….Find us some money and we will do a proper job.” Here at HolfordWatch, we’re pleased that Prof Smith acknowledges that this report was neither “rigorous scientific study” nor “a proper job”: this entirely concurs with our own analyses of this work. We also agree with SAB-member Prof Cowen’s statement that the Survey is “not informative about causality”. However, we’re disappointed that – if the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) knew that this report was not done properly, and does not provide useful information about policy – they allowed it to be represented as something on which dietary and policy decisions could be based. We would also note that – even as an exercise in hypothesis-generation – the Survey is quite woefully inadequate. Continue reading


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Patrick Holford, Alzheimer’s Disease, Homocysteine Tests and Supplements

Professors Patrick Holford and David Smith chose the Daily Record to announce their remarkable findings that Alzheimer’s Disease is preventable with just a “few simple diet and lifestyle changes”.

I may be new to Holford Watch but I am familiar with the Holford Test-Em Dose-Em style of Jeopardy. If the answer is, “Dose them with B vitamins” the question must have been, “What do you do after testing someone’s homocysteine levels?”.  And, what do you know, I think it has slipped its way into this article, masquerading as a “simple blood test”. Continue reading


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