Is medical science turning a blind eye to the facts?

WHILE medicine is generally presented as being highly scientific, there is a reluctance to question fundamental assumptions once they have become ‘accepted wisdom’. When studies come out that do not confirm established practice, they are often buried or shouted down.

I’ve recently come across two glaring examples of this; both challenge what we assume to be ‘facts’, and both received little attention because they go significantly against the ‘party line’.

The first is the ‘fact’ that saturated fats in the diet are a major contributor to heart disease.

We know this is the case and billions are spent on health messages and medications to lower cholesterol as a result.

Yet a systematic review of 500 studies, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found no evidence to link saturated fats in the diet with coronary heart disease.1 Yes that’s right – no evidence!