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Examples of scientific fraud relating to paleo issues?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 29, 2010 at 5:29 PM

I was reading a fascinating tale about this famous scientist who researches lectins, who was unjustly fired for doing an experiment finding intestinal damage from GMO potatoes. The consipiracy may have reached up to Monsanto and Bill Clinton!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%81rp%C3%A1d_Pusztai

Do you know any examples of fraudulent evidence for neolithic/modified foods, or shutting up those who research against such foods?

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on September 30, 2010
at 07:58 PM

Here's a great video clip from "Fathead" that talks about Ancel Keys. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8WA5wcaHp4

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on September 30, 2010
at 03:36 PM

What if the Bible is right and there WAS no paleolithic man?!?!

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on September 30, 2010
at 04:48 AM

By the rabbit guy you mean Anitschkow/Anichkov, right? He has a Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikolai_Nikolaevich_Anichkov In his interview with Jimmy Moore, Chris Masterjohn gives a nice summary of the history of cholesterol confusion. I think Anitschkow may not have been an unambiguous villain, but I forget the details.

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on September 30, 2010
at 04:40 AM

Kamal, interesting link! In the past, we have talked about the dangers of splicing in lectin production, but I don't think we have mentioned evidence that 'something freaky and unknown' (very scientific term eh?) about gene mods could also cause weird unexpected probs. I guess it's not surprising, but that research really was a smoking gun. Ironically, I never heard a thing about it in the news. I guess the pressure really worked to squelch it, at least in the US.

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on September 29, 2010
at 08:50 PM

Oh yeah, duh! He's the godfather of nutritional fraud.

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on September 29, 2010
at 08:38 PM

How about Ancel Keys leaving out countries because they mucked up his theory?

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on September 29, 2010
at 06:36 PM

Now this is a really nice question!

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on September 29, 2010
at 05:54 PM

Yup, that's what I want to see! Not just industry-funded studies, but ones that have been found to be fraudulent. I'm a nutritional epidemiology student, and can use this info to anger my professors.

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on September 29, 2010
at 05:53 PM

Yup, that's what I want to see! Not just industry-funded studies, but ones that have been found to be fraudulent. I'm a nutritional epidemiology student, and can use this info to anger my professors.

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at 05:33 PM

The site would crash with all the fraudulent wheat/corn industry funded studies...

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There was that researcher who figured out that if you fed a lot of cholesterol to rabbits, they developed plaque buildup in their arteries. He said this was evidence that cholesterol/fat cause plaque buildup in humans. But he left out the obvious point that rabbits are herbivores and cannot properly digest cholesterol since it's not a natural part of their diet. Unlike in humans, high cholesterol intake in rabbits causes very high levels of blood cholesterol. Eventually, they get so sick they refuse to eat and die of starvation. Plus the plaque in the rabbits' arteries is different than the plaque that humans experience. Nevertheless, this flawed study became the early basis for the current lipid-heart hypothesis.

Edited to add: Plus there is all the info in the book "The China Study" which is supposed to be actual research but was thoroughl debunked here as a total unethical manipulation of data: http://rawfoodsos.com/2010/08/03/the-china-study-a-formal-analysis-and-response/

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on September 30, 2010
at 04:48 AM

By the rabbit guy you mean Anitschkow/Anichkov, right? He has a Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikolai_Nikolaevich_Anichkov In his interview with Jimmy Moore, Chris Masterjohn gives a nice summary of the history of cholesterol confusion. I think Anitschkow may not have been an unambiguous villain, but I forget the details.

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on September 29, 2010
at 08:19 PM

Here's one to start the ball rolling:

Obesity researcher Dr. Eric Poehlman got millions of dollars from the NIH to support his research connecting menopause to obesity and health problems. When some post-menopausal women improved without supplemental hormones, he fudged data and got in huge trouble:

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/06/21/eveningnews/main703359.shtml

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/22/magazine/22sciencefraud.html

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on September 30, 2010
at 07:55 PM

I'll echo the China Study fraud with a link to Denise Minger's blog where she completely destroy's Campbell's evidence: http://rawfoodsos.com/the-china-study/

And Dr. Eades gets it straight from Campbell - his book was all correlative, based on only one chapter of the original China Study Project and he admits he went looking for evidence that would prove his theory, aka Confirmation Bias: http://www.proteinpower.com/drmike/cancer/the-china-study-vs-the-china-study/

Minger also debunked the recent study in the Annals of Internal Medicine that "showed" eating a vegetable based diet is healthier than a meat based diet: http://rawfoodsos.com/2010/09/08/brand-spankin-new-study-are-low-carb-meat-eaters-in-trouble/

You could always read "Good Calories, Bad Calories" for a whole host of scientific myths debunked.

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on September 30, 2010
at 08:58 AM

Not directly related to diet, but to human evolution:

The Piltdown Man fraud

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on September 30, 2010
at 03:36 PM

What if the Bible is right and there WAS no paleolithic man?!?!

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