Some ASC members might also be interested in reading Bill Shrapnel’s blog entry about the Catalyst programs.
Bill is a prominent, if somewhat controversial nutritionist, whose ideas often generate heated discussion on the Nutritionists Network.
As Chris Forbes-Ewan suggested, for those interested in an analysis of the ABC Catalyst programs on saturated fats and statin (anti-cholesterol) medication, you couldn’t go past reading
[If broken link, same hyperlink is here. ]
Disclaimer: I wrote it!
As a GP, I need to judge lots of evidence about health without necessarily becoming an expert in the field. I find my best bet is to look at the information presented through my ‘sceptometer’.
In the article and in one of my comments below it, I explain how I applied this ‘healthy scepticism’ process to the Catalyst statin debate.
By way of introduction, I have been an ASC member since 2010, but a relatively passive one: I read posts all the time, but don’t post.
In my defence, I have been busy being President of the ASC’s cousin organisation for four years; the Australasian Medical Writers Association.
The ASC aims and ideals about accurate and interesting writing are dear to my heart—I just apply the same thing to the field of medicine instead.
I have a particular interest in the pitfalls of overtreatment, and blog about this on Croakey.
Dr Justin Coleman MBBS FRACGP MPH
President, Australasian Medical Writers Association
GP, Inala Indigenous Health Service, Brisbane
Senior Lecturer, Griffith University
Blogger, the Naked Doctor
Tel +61 433 824931