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  •  Taubes isn't objective either (0+ / 0-)

    He's a persistent advocate for the view that sugar, not fats, is the main culprit in heart disease and obesity as well as diabetes. And he is a reporter and writer, not a scientist in his own right.

    That doesn't make his writing inaccurate; but it does make me take what he writes and then look for the other side of the argument.

    •  I know the science myself and worked in this (2+ / 0-)
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      field (mostly on the obesity side) for over 35 years.  I think Taubes' knowledge in this area is as good as anyone's and consider his first book a tour de force.  I don't agree with the details of the biochemical mechanism he thinks is important for obesity, and thinks he misses the boat by largely ignoring the role and mechanism of overeating, but I do believe he's got as good a grasp as anyone.  And I think he's pretty well regarded.  He gave an invited talk sponsored by the Diabetes and Obesity Center at University of Pennsylvania a couple of years ago and was taken seriously.  And they weren't being polite.

      That's my take.  Besides, whether he's an advocate for low-carb diets doesn't make him wrong about Keys.

      The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

      by accumbens on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 01:07:43 PM PDT

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