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From: Sammy (216.228.19.240)
Subject:         Studies supporting Weston Price's contentions
Date: April 26, 2009 at 1:28 pm PST


Hi Jeff,

BTW, thank you so much for running this forum!

I was recently reading the website of someone who sells her dietary advice and belongs to the Weston Price group. On her website, she references various studies that support her contentions. I've listed a few of her references below.

I'm not knowledgeable enough to analyze the studies myself for flaws. Is anyone systematically analyzing these types of studies that are being used to attack a healthy plant-based diet? I'd like to see such an analysis. I would love to know how to respond when people throw out such "evidence." I imagine there's MUCH more evidence for the kind of diet we favor (I have Michael Greger's excellent new DVD's on nutrition research) but it'd be helpful to know the flaws in these other studies.

Thank you,

Sammy


A few of the references:

Elderly people with low cholesterol die twice as often from a heart attack than did those with high cholesterol.
Journal of the American Medical Association, 1990; 272:1335-1340

Increasing butter, cheese and beef intake may improve your health.
A Harvard researcher team found that in 235 postmenopausal women with existing coronary heart disease, those who consumed the most saturated fat had the least narrowing of the arteries and least progression of coronary atherosclerosis. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2004; 80:1175-1184

A review of 21 studies on diet and heart disease reports not a single death has been prevented by low-fat diets. British Medical Journal, 2002;324:238.

Early studies, including the 1998 Second International Conference on Fats and Oil Consumption in Health and Disease reported low-fat diets actually induced arteriosclerosis. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,1998; 67(suppl);497S-499S; American Journal of Medicine, 1998;105:58S-62S.

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