Friday, March 05, 2010

Intellectual honesty vs obfuscation

This papragraph is taken from Eric Westman's paper on LC for managing diabetes. Thanks to Valtsu for the heads up. Concise, accurate, comprehensive, numerical:

"Prior to the study intervention, the mean ± SD dietary intake for both groups was 2128 ± 993 kcal, 245 ± 136 g of carbohydrate (46% of daily energy intake), 86 ± 33 g of protein (18% of daily energy intake), 88 ± 57 g of fat (36% of daily energy intake). Over the 24-week duration of the intervention, the LCKD group consumed 1550 ± 440 kcal per day, 49 ± 33 g of carbohydrate (13% of daily energy intake), 108 ± 33 g of protein (28% of daily energy intake), 101 ± 35 g of fat (59% of daily energy intake). In comparison, the LGID group consumed 1335 ± 372 kcal per day, 149 ± 46 g of carbohydrate (44% of daily energy intake), 67 ± 20 g of protein (20% of daily energy intake), 55 ± 23 g of fat (36% of daily energy intake). There was no difference in self-reported exercise between the groups: the mean number of exercise sessions per week increased from 2.0 ± 2.0 to 3.0 ± 2.0 for the LCKD group and from 2.2 ± 2.2 to 3.8 ± 2.9 for the LGID group (p = 0.39 for comparison)."

For anyone who has slogged through the Ben-Gurion study, including the full text, looking for exactly this information, it simply is not there. You can stop hunting now. In a weight loss study there is NO REPORT of the absolute calories consumed! Either the DIRECT group does not include anyone who can present data or they are too scared of their own data to actually present it! But for people with a LC bias and honest data, there is no need for fear. Just generate the data, let the truth speak and and expect to be ignored! But not for ever....

A few IMT changes in a LCKD group over 6m would be nice too! I guess they are on their way if Dr Westman has anything to do with it.

Peter

6 comments:

kfhinton said...

It's Westman, not Westerman.

Peter said...

Fixed..

Thanks

Peter

JohnN said...

Don't miss "Cancer as a metabolic disease" by Thomas N Seyfried and Laura M Shelton also in Nutrition & Metabolism Jan 2010. IMO, the most thorough review on cancer and its relationship to mitochondrial dysfunction.

It makes one wonder what could have been to the war on cancer if the Warburg's hypothesis had found more converts.

John

rob_scheuneman said...
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Peter said...

Thanks rob!

Peter

Zakhar said...

Peter,
I consider you and Dr. Feinman (who heads up Nutrition and Metabolism) both rock stars. What a good comparison you make regarding the amount of detail provided by an LC-biased researcher following the scientific method... vs. the nonhuman high carb dogma. Awesome.