Sugar, Saturated and Statin Lessons in public health advocacy
1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
Dr. Aseem Malhotra, one of the U.K.’s preeminent cardiologists, argues there is something fundamentally wrong with the research upon which doctors base their decisions regarding patients. Following an argument made by Gerd Gigerenzer and Muir Gray, he claims the problem is caused by the biased funding of research, biased reporting in medical journals, biased patient pamphlets, biased reporting in the media, commercial conflicts of interest, defensive medicine, and medical curricula that failed to teach doctors how to comprehend and communicate health statistics. Here, Malhotra shares evidence from cases he has studied and articles he has written in an effort to set the record straight, focusing in particular on popular medicine’s misconceptions about sugar, fat, and cholesterol.