Event: Gary Taubes in London 17 & 18 March 2018

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There’s a major UK conference on the emerging nutrition paradigms, data driven diet and health is coming up on March 17th and 18th. I’m going to be to make sure I get to at least one of the two days. If any of you are interested then perhaps I’ll see you there!


Headlining the day is Gary Taubes – whose brilliantly researched and detailed book Good Calories, Bad Calories should be on everyone’s reading list. The event would be worth it for Gary alone, but there are many other great speakers all of whom are going to be worth hearing, including:

  • Dr David Unwin (Day 1)
  • Dr Malcolm Kendrick (Day 1)
  • Dr Campbell Murdoch (Days 1 & 2)
  • Dr Zoë Harcombe (Days 1 & 2)
  • Ivor Cummins (Days 1 & 2)
  • Dr Aseem Malhotra (Day 2)
  • Dr Andreas Eenfeldt (Day 2)

Day One:

  • The nature and limits of scientific investigation on the subjects of nutrition, obesity and chronic disease
  • How to think about medical research and the paper-of-the-day phenomenon: what we know and what we can know.
  • Understanding obesity: why we get fat from a biological perspective: what to do about it.
    Deconstructing the energy balance/homeostasis, calories-in-calories-out paradigm of obesity
  • Understanding metabolic syndrome: the link between obesity, diabetes, hypertension and heart disease
  • The case against sugar
  • Audience guided Q&A with special guests Dr Malcom Kendrick, Dr Campbell Murdoch, Dr David Unwin, Ivor Cummins & moderated by Dr Zoë Harcombe

Day Two:

  • Critically assessing the evidence: observational epidemiology, randomized-controlled trials and meta-analyses
  • The unique challenges of preventive medicine
  • Obesity and diabetes cause and treatment, a historical perspective
  • Why knowing the history of medicine is critically important to evaluating evidence
  • Risk factors for CHD: from total cholesterol to LDL to LDL sub-fractions, particle number and Metabolic Syndrome
  • Animal product-rich diets vs. Mostly Plants and the Mediterranean Diet
  • SFAs vs PUFAs: critically assessing the evidence
  • Nutrition and personalized medicine: is there one “healthy” diet for everyone?
  • What do we know and what’s speculation?
  • Audience guided Q&A with special guests Dr Andreas Eenfeldt, Dr Aseem Malhotra, Dr Campbell Murdoch, Ivor Cummins & moderated by Dr Zoë Harcombe

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