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March 2014                   Printer Friendly PDF                    Volume 13 Issue 3

Ronald M. Krauss, MD—The Doctor Who Made
Lard-eating Fashionable

Ronald M. Krauss, MD is a well-publicized author in both the lay press and medical journals. He is a UCSF Adjuvant Professor, Endocrinologist, and the Director of Atherosclerosis Research at Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute. Dr. Krauss' work has provided one of the most important foundations for popular discussions about how eating meat, dairy, and eggs are not health hazards for people. Even though it may not have been a direct intention of Dr. Krauss, lard is back on the dinner table thanks in part to his publications.

Dr. Krauss has not acted alone in turning nutrition wisdom on its head. Robert Atkins, MD of the Atkins Diet fame, Gary Taubes (science-writer) and best-selling authors William Davis, MD (Wheat Belly), and David Perlmutter, MD (Grain Brain) have made valuable contributions to this latest trend.


A Preliminary Evaluation of Chowdhury Meta-Analysis
on the Association of Fatty Acids with Coronary Risk

I'm an active reader/researcher on nutrition, finance, climate change, and politics. The NY Times piece on the Chowdhury paper made me at first angry, and then very concerned. From previous research into these areas plus my work experience as an Intel engineer, I know how data can be cherry-picked and distorted. Thus, I felt compelled to do an objective evaluation of the saturated-fat claim in the Chowdhury paper, because it is this aspect that the mainstream media has latched on to. Could the net effect become as bad as Atkins in the 1990's, Gary Taubes in the previous decade, and the Paleo-diet proponents are doing in this decade? Too soon to tell.

Am I biased? Sure. I'm biased by all the research that I have read, and by my own experiences. But as a trained scientist and engineer, I know how to do an objective evaluation, and that is all that I can promise. In finance, they say "follow the money." In this case, I will follow the data to see where it takes me.


Featured Recipes

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