Friday, July 25, 2008

Chew on this...

The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews recently withdrew a document within its collection - Advice on low-fat diets for obesity.

As we learn on The Cochrane Collection website, the editorial group responsible for this previously published document have withdrawn it from publication.

The reason cited for the withdrawal?

This review is withdrawn because it is very much out of date, as authors stated. None of the authors has any plans to update it.


  1. Thnaks for the info, Regina. The reason for withdrawal sounds very peduliar indeed.

    As far as I know, experimental data does not really age at all. The interpretations do grow old and even die out; and mehtods do change - but neither really affects well reported data.

    As far as I know, the Cochrane Collections do their best to keep on the data, not the interpretations. So, what might have gone wrong here?


  2. Anonymous11:47 AM

    The politics in the UK are horrible...even worse than here, due to the Socialized Medicine state. The party line is a powerful thing, since funding and standards of care are so closely linked.

    The UK "scientists" and doctors swallowed the US low-fat dogma...and are now terrified that they really screwed up...heads will roll when the magnitude of the screw up becomes known.

  3. Anonymous6:13 AM

    I take it 'Anonymous' is writing in complete ignorance of the medical system in the UK.
    Please learn some facts before pontificating about how other people choose to live - the citizens of the UK value their National Health Service extremely highly and do not need right-wing neo-cons telling them how to live.

  4. Anonymous is right about the UK politics. Dr Biffa's run-in with the British Diabetic Association and others (here and here)
    is emblematic of the adversarial culture that is stiffling progress in the area of nutritional advice. I'm not saying Biffa was entirely right, just that a constructive dialogue would be more likely to lead us to the truth.

    Pay Now Live Later

  5. So is this a first step toward an apology and admission that low-fat doesn't work? Oppsss...sorry...I slipped off to LaLa Land for a minute there.

  6. Love it! Thanks for the info :)