BMJ's Blunder

The British Medical Journal (BMJ) ran an article last week that I'm guessing they now regret. Nina Teicholz, a journalist in New York City, penned this one:

"The scientific report guiding the US dietary guidelines: is it scientific?"

To say she reports inaccuracies arguing against the Dietary Guidelines Committee Report would be an understatement.  This is more than a little surprising given BMJ's strong academic reputation yet coming from Ms. Teicholz, it's predictable.  She's the author of "The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet" and has developed a reputation for reporting something other than the truth.  Clearly, she's got a perspective and wants it heard.  Why the BMJ chose to publish her piece we do not know.

Many articles and statements have since been published refuting Teicholz's arguments. I thought it'd be helpful to have them all in one place.  So here are the major ones, listed by the date they were published (most recent first):

Statement by Dr. David Katz, Physician/researcher and Director, Yale University Prevention Research Center - Sept 30, 2015

Article by Arielle Duhaime-Ross, the Verge - Sept 30, 2015

Statement by the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Committee - Sept 24, 2015

Article by Rosemary Stanton and Tim Crowe, the Conversation - Sept 24, 2015

Article by Samantha Michaels, Mother Jones - Sept 24, 2015

Statement by Bonnie Liebman, CSPI Nutrition Director - Sept 23, 2015

Article by Arielle Duhaime-Ross, the Verge - Sept 23, 2015

And a statement by The US Department of Health and Human Services:

"The British Medical Journal’s decision to publish this article is unfortunate given the prevalence of factual errors. HHS and USDA required the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee to conduct a rigorous, systematic and transparent review of the current body of nutrition science. Following an 19-month open process, documented for the public on DietaryGuidelines.gov, the external expert committee submitted its report to the Secretaries of HHS and USDA. HHS and USDA are considering the Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, along with comments from the public and input from federal agencies, as we develop the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans to be released later this year."

So there you have it.  A compilation of only some of the arguments made in opposition to Teicholz's article.

If you know of others, please send or post in the comments and I'd be happy to add.