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.