Astroturfing is the practice of masking the sponsors of a message or organization (e.g., political, advertising, religious or public relations) to make it appear as though it originates from and is supported by grassroots participants. It is a practice intended to give the statements or organizations credibility by withholding information about the source’s financial connection. The term astroturfing is derived from AstroTurf, a brand of synthetic carpeting designed to resemble natural grass, as a play on the word “grassroots.” The implication behind the use of the term is that instead of a “true” or “natural” grassroots effort behind the activity in question, there is a “fake” or “artificial” appearance of support. (source: you guessed it, Wikipedia)
And who is the most well-known astroturfing entity that is publicly visible and is used by millions every day for what they think is good information? Wikipedia!
And you thought you knew Wikipedia! And you may even have donated money to Wikipedia every year–like I have been–thinking it is for an open database of great information that knowledgeable people edit and update. Right? Wrong.
Wikipedia is Astroturfing
According to the above TEDx, Wikipedia is Astroturfing and indeed, it is. I had my own Continue reading
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The image shows how cardiovascular disease is not associated with high cholesterol, yet the article concluded that high cholesterol causes coronary cardiovascular events.
coronary artery disease cause
Yellow highlighting is mine to show what actually does contribute to cardiovascular events.
How strange that scientists have to conclude the opposite of what their data shows to be able to publish!
Sugar is Addictive and Causes Diabetes
Sugar Pack in Sri Lanka–photograph by Marc Richard
I run a Facebook migraine group with thousands of members. The goal is to become migraine free, using only nutritional methods, which over the years has turned into what I call the Stanton Migraine Protocol(R). We have many discussions on foods in the group and sugar often comes up–sugar is something migraineurs should not ever eat. The members also post hundreds of testimonials into the group, which I then ask for permission to share on my testimonials page. Take a look at our success stories.
The Case of Sugar Warning
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Statistics 101 is NOT Required
How careful one needs to be interpreting a “science” paper. A new article popped up today: Journal of the American College of Cardiology “Impact of Statins on Cardiovascular Outcomes Following Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring” DOI: 10.1016/j.jacc.2018.09.051 November 2018
In this article, the major findings are: CAC scan (Coronary Artery Calcium scan) can predict when statins can become of benefit to prevent heart disease. They write:
“… the presence and severity of CAC identified patients most likely to benefit from statins for the primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases.”
The CAC score evaluation is done by a special high-speed CT Scanner and heart Continue reading
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What is a Carbage Article?
In September, a “carbage” (carb garbage) article was published in The Lancet Public Health based on very inadequate data analysis, that made the headlines in less than 5 minutes around the world. I have written two previous blog articles about it. See how bad the science was in that paper here and see the ripple effects of such bad science here.
The headlines of that academic article suggested that the consumption of reduced carbohydrates is dangerous. Lots of news flashes followed and several generations of hard nutrition-science work were swept under the rug by those who benefit from industrial profits and those with conflicts of interests (including some of the original authors, who didn’t declare such conflicts of interests!). However, sensationalism is just about that: no one cares about truth and facts, only headlines. In fact, headlines were twisted to make it even more sensational, stopping just short of suggesting that you will die tomorrow if you don’t eat a slice of cake today.
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Over the years I have received several hundred (maybe add a zero to that) testimonials from migraineurs who use my protocol, which is LCHF or my special ketogenic diet, designed specifically for migraineurs. I sometimes share a testimonial here and there. I am sharing this one because it is so amazing. Although this migraineur permits me to use his name, I prefer not to since he is an attorney. Enjoy the story.
About my interview with BioHackers Lab:
“Angela is my guru. Loved your interview on Biohackers.
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***This is a re-post of Dr. Lundberg’s note found at MedScape it is also in video but you need to have an account to see it. The re-post is based on copy-paste, with link to the original. There is nothing added or subtracted from his comment. Here is what he said and wrote. Since this entire piece is a quote, I am not placing quotation around it. Just understand that it is not me talking here:
August 24, 2018 Continue reading
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“When scientists die, their published papers live on—even if they’re based on lies. Downloaded in seconds from anywhere in the world, fake results continue to steal other scientists’ time, influencing their choice of which research avenues to follow and which trials to design and seek ethical approval for.” (here)
When I wrote my blog last week Taking Apart Bad Science, I had not yet read the article from which I took the quote above. Coincidentally that article and my blog published on the same day.
What Bad Science Is & What It Does
Good scientific findings make the news much less often than headlines based on bad science. Unfortunately, the science you hear on TV or read about in newspapers is more likely to be bad science than real science. What do I mean by bad science? Bad science can be bad for two reasons: Continue reading
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Taking Apart Bad Science
Today, an article made headlines around the world that was published by The Lancet: Public Health, a side-shoot of the top academic journal at the moment. The article is open access so you can download and read it if you are scientifically minded. I copy-pasted parts of the study to show you the many errors. I incorporate my thoughts here and there, breaking the quotes and bolded particularly important sections I need to talk about.
“Study design and participants
The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study is an ongoing, prospective observational study of cardiovascular risk factors in four US communities (Forsyth County, NC; Jackson, MS; suburbs of Minneapolis, MN; and Washington County, MD), initially consisting of participants aged 45–64 years who were recruited between 1987 and 1989 (Visit 1) Study participants were examined at follow-up visits, with the second visit occurring between 1990 and 1992, the third between 1993 and 1995, the fourth between 1996 and 1998, the fifth between 2011 and 2013, and the sixth between 2016 and 2017…”
Note that this study has six different time frames, each of which is several years apart.
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I just finished watching an awesome 28-minute video from Dr. Georgia Ede about nutrition. The discussion was supposed to be on depression, but as everything that is part of the body, nutrition also drives mental health or illnesses. So before I could count till five, she was discussing nutrition.
In case you are short on time, I have screen captured five essential slides from her presentation that I will post here and explain what is what.
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