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Breaking News: Funding of Nutrition Research by Industry Exposed (Again) Today

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From: John McDougall, MD's newsletter Monday, September 12, 2016

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“The influence of the food industry on medical research has been exposed again today (9-12-2016) in JAMA Internal Medicine. The authors explained how, “The Sugar Research Foundation (SRF) sponsored its first CHD research project in 1965, a literature review published in the New England Journal of Medicine, which singled out fat and cholesterol as the dietary causes of CHD and downplayed evidence that sucrose consumption was also a risk factor.

The SRF set the review’s objective, contributed articles for inclusion and received drafts.” An accompanying editorial written by one of our past Advanced Study Weekend Speakers, Marion Nestle PhD, MPH: “Today, it is almost impossible to keep up with the range of food companies sponsoring research—from makers of the most highly processed foods, drinks, and supplements to producers of dairy foods, meats, fruits, and nuts—typically yielding results favorable to the sponsor’s interests. Food company sponsorship, whether or not intentionally manipulative, undermines public trust in nutrition science, contributes to public confusion about what to eat, and compromises Dietary Guidelines in ways that are not in the best interest of public health.”

Please read the original journal articles by opening a free account: http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/onlineFirst.aspx

I have addressed this dishonesty many times with you in my past newsletters; it is comforting to see recognition by scientist and medical doctors.

Examples of my writings about industry corruption include:
Ronald Krauss (aka “Dr. Lard”):
http://www.drmcdougall.com/misc/2014nl/mar/krauss2.htm
The egg industry:
https://www.drmcdougall.com/misc/2016nl/jan/eggindustry.htm
The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans:
https://www.drmcdougall.com/misc/2016nl/feb/dietaryguidelines.htm

John McDougall, MD
[email protected]

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The Conclusion of the JAMA publication is quoted below:

This study suggests that the sugar industry sponsored its first CHD research project in 1965 to downplay early warning signals that sucrose consumption was a risk factor in CHD. As of 2016, sugar control policies are being promulgated in international,61 federal,62,63 state, and local venues.64 Yet CHD risk is inconsistently cited as a health consequence of added sugars consumption. Because CHD is the leading cause of death globally, the health community should ensure that CHD risk is evaluated in future risk assessments of added sugars. Policymaking committees should consider giving less weight to food industry–funded studies, and include mechanistic and animal studies as well as studies appraising the effect of added sugars on multiple CHD biomarkers and disease development.

 

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