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The Mediterranean Diet is a HOAX!

Updated: Jul 27, 2022

In 1999, I published an newsletter article entitled, The French Paradox & The Mediterranean Mix-Up, explaining how these diets are a hoax perpetuated on the American public. My presentations since, have expanded on this including much more data supporting my view.

The following article recently appeared in a leading medical journal supporting my view and may be the final nail in the coffin.

It's about time!

Clinical Lipidology Roundtable Discussion

Discussion on dietary fat

Journal of Clinical Lipidology (2009) 3, 303–314

W. Virgil Brown, MD

- Editor–in–Chief, The Journal of Clinical Lipidology, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Internal Medicine Emory University School of Medicine, 1670 Clairmont Road, Atlanta, GA 30033, USA

Wahida Karmally, RD, DrPH

- Associate Research Scientist and Director of Nutrition, Irving Center for Clinical Research, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA (Dr. Karmally);

Penny Kris-Etherton, PhD, RD

-Professor of Nutrition, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA

Lawrence R. Rudel, PhD

- Clinical Researcher, Pathology Department, Lipid Sciences, Wake Forest University Medical School, Winston Salem, NC, USA


Dr. Karmally: Because of the way the Mediterranean diet has been promoted, olive oil is in the center of that pyramid.

Dr. Brown: It’s viewed as healthful and as you pointed out, the Lyon Diet Heart Study really found that the one fat that correlated best with reduction in events was not monounsaturated oleic acid, the major fat of olive oil, it was linoleic acid. And so I’m afraid that this has become a great hoax applied to the American diet and that we have not paid as much attention to the data as we should have in order to make a better decision about the content of fat in our diet.

My original article..

The French Paradox & The Mediterranean Mix-Up

In Health Jeff


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