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From: Dr. Neal Pinckney (user-118bvt7.cable.mindspring.com)
Subject:         CAUTION: New "low fat" study isn't so
Date: February 9, 2006 at 3:31 pm PST

The headlines and newspaper reports that are claiming a new study says that a low fat diet doesn't prevent heart disease and cancer has a serious flaw. What they called a "low fat" diet, really wasn't.

This misinformation has the potential of doing much harm.

More than 20 years ago, when Dr. Dean Ornish first published his findings that a "low fat diet" of 10% calories from fat (CFF) had dramatic results in lowering cholesterol and reversing arterial plaque, a number of researchers decided to 'replicate' a 'low fat' diet and stated that it wasn't effective. The problem was that their definition of 'low fat' was quite different from Ornish's. Most of those studies fed their subjects a diet that averaged over 30% CFF, but called it 'low fat'. The American Heart Association funded a study that called 30% CFF 'low fat', and then told the world a low fat diet doesn't help, justifying their percentage by saying nobody would survive on or could continue a diet of 10% CFF. Hundreds of thousands of people have proved that assumption wrong.

This new study started with 24% CFF as their so-called 'low fat' diet, but moved up to 29% and continued to the end at that amount. It is not truly a low fat diet. Research has shown for over 20 years that this percentage would not reverse or prevent heart disease.

The figures regarding dietary fat and cancer appear to be similar to that of heart disease, so the implications for that part of the study may be equally misleading.

Many times over the past 12 years, misleading information regarding the results of so-called 'low fat' studies has discouraged people. When a similar report came out about 7 years ago, almost half of my support group members stopped coming, saying that the newspaper reports proved the diet doesn't work. How many of them died as result, I don't know, but I'm certain some did.

Before letting headlines change a lifestyle plan that has been repeatedly shown to save lives, be sure you have all the information - carefully read the original report, rather than relying on news articles that often misinterpret or leave out important parts.

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