Hyperlipid is now getting back to a reasonable semblance of normality. I'll try to answer the comments as soon as I can. What happened? Well, about six weeks ago I was invited to join THINCS. Within two weeks of my email address going up on the THINCS website I was invited by the Skeptics Society of St Paul's School in London to present a 40 minute overview of why I was unconvinced by the lipid hypothesis of CHD. After some initial teething problems due to lack of software ownership (resulting in a crash course of teach yourself Powerpoint on my wife's PC), I got a presentation together. It was two and a half hours long. Major butchery got it down to an hour and a half. Has anyone ever tried to demolish the lipid hypothesis in just over 30 minutes?
The presentation was last Tuesday and it was a really enjoyable day for all of us. Staff and sixthformers were very interested and the discussion carried on over lunch. I had pitched the talk as neutral as possible, just draw the graphs, discuss the studies and let the science speak for itself. Never mind statin bashing or the weird data from the 4S study.
Interestingly, most of the audience were perfectly willing to draw their own conclusions about data manipulation if you show them Yerushalmy and Hilleboe's paper analysing Keys' Six Countries Study (many thanks Alex). I never did mention the 4S study data.
A number of people commented, positively, on this fairly dead pan approach. You don't need to be aggressive or sarcastic to make your point when the facts speak for themselves so clearly.
It all took a great deal of preparation. In addition to this my wife is in the last two weeks of the lab work of her PhD (she has ligands, that's good! Woohoo, happy dance) and will start writing up over Christmas... Anyone who has played the PhD game will know exactly what this has meant for the last few months and what it will mean for the next few months. PhDs are not intended to be recreational!
So posting when I can and I'll answer the off blog outstanding emails soon. When I get to comments about a discussion forum, I agree, it would be a great idea but I think it would be impossible to do at the present time from my commitment perspective. I'm about 350 emails behind (just reading) on the THINCS discussion board at the moment.