Episode 126. Nutrition Research Lies and Deception

Oct 29, 2018 | 0 comments

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Show Notes

Scott reacts to a recent podcast featuring a debate between plant-based diet advocate Dr. Joel Kahn, and alternative medicine practitioner Chris Kresser who promotes paleo and a line of supplements.


“A lie will go round the world while truth is pulling its boots on.”
– C.H. Spurgeon

  • People want their preconceptions reinforced; they will often not challenge what they hear if what they hear agrees with the preconception. Few seldom fact-check what they hear.
  • People love to hear good news about their bad habits.
  • Scott references Ryan, of HappyHealthyVegan.org, who also reacted to the Rogan podcast with a series of YouTube videos of his own that debunk Kresser’s comments from the interview.
  • During the debate, what was represented was the exact opposite of what the referenced research says. Also, Kresser defends not having a study to support claims by replying “Lack of evidence isn’t evidence against.”
  • To highlight the fallacy in the ‘lack of evidence” comment, Scott makes up a Rice Cake Diet as an example: it calls for eating four rice cakes a day and taking a line of supplements. He says there’s no science behind it but that “lack of evidence isn’t evidence against” it.
  • It’s possible to mix a little bit of truth and a misrepresentation of research to make a point. This is true with fad diets.
  • Scott immediately gets suspicious when he sees supplements being promoted along with a particular dietary approach.
  • During Scott’s work years ago in the supplement industry, he learned that single nutrients are identified as important, then isolated in a powder or pill then marketed as must-haves.
  • In his book Whole, Dr. T. Colin Campbell discusses the benefits of the whole food instead of a single ingredient.
    Want to learn more about a whole food plant-based diet? Visit Dr. Campbell’s Nutrition Studies website. Take control of your health: enroll in the Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate course.

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