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More people die on ‘Prudent Diet’ than control diet, 26 vs 6, Michael Eades, MD
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In this video clip, Michael Eades, MD, author of Protein Power and other low carb books, tells about the Anti-Coronary Club Trial that was done in the In this trial which was launched in the late-1950’s men were assigned to eat a Prudent Diet group which reduced saturated fat and increased polyunsaturated fat and reduced overall fat intake and compared the number of heart attacks and deaths to a control group.
In this trial, men were assigned to eat a Prudent Diet which reduced saturated fat and increased polyunsaturated fat and reduced overall fat intake, and compared the number of heart attacks and deaths to a group of men in the control group who were not asked to change their diet.
After some period of time there were
26 total deaths in the Prudent Diet group
6 total deaths in the control group.
This interview was done by an Australian television program called Catalyst in a series called “Heart of the Matter”.
The entire interview with Dr. Eades can be found here:
After some period of time there were
26 total deaths
in the Prudent Diet group
6 total deaths in the
Eight (8) men of the
had died from heart attacks,
but zero (0) of the controls had.
So much for the great advice we have been given for the last 50 years on eating a “prudent diet”.
Christakis G, Rinzler SH, Archer M, and Kraus A. Effect of the Anti-Coronary Club program on coronary heart disease. Risk-factor status. JAMA, 1966 Nov 7; 198(6): 597-604.
I do not have a copy of this paper that he is referring to, so here is what Gary Taubes wrote about it in his book, Good Calories, Bad Calories
——Quote from Gary Taubes’s book, Good Calories, Bad Calories—-
“The first and most highly publicized was the Anti-Coronary Club Trial, launched in the late 1950s by New York City Health Department Director Norman Jolliffe. The eleven hundred middle-aged members of Jolliffe’s Anti-Coronary Club were prescribed what he called the “prudent diet,” which included at least one ounce of polyunsaturated vegetable oil every day. The participants could eat poultry or fish anytime, but were limited to four meals a week containing beef, lamb, or pork. This made Jolliffe’s prudent diet a model for future health-conscious Americans. Corn-oil margarines, with a high ratio of polyunsaturated to saturated fat, replaced butter and hydrogenated margarines, which were high in saturated fats. In total, the prudent diet was barely 30 percent fat calories, and the proportion of polyunsaturated to saturated fat was four times greater than that of typical American diets. Overweight Anti-Coronary Club members were prescribed a sixteen-hundred-calorie diet that consisted of less than 20 percent fat. Jolliffe then recruited a control group to use as a comparison.
“Jolliffe died in 1961, before the results were in. His colleagues, led by George Christakis, began reporting interim results a year later. “Diet Linked to Cut in Heart Attacks,” reported the New York Times in May 1962. “Special Diet Cuts Heart Cases Here,” the Times reported two years later. Christakis was so confident of the prudent-diet benefits, reported Newsweek, that he “urged the government to heed the club results and launch an educational and food-labeling campaign to change U.S. diet habits.”
“The actual data, however, were considerably less encouraging.
“Christakis and his colleagues reported in February 1966 that the diet protected against heart disease.
“Anti-Coronary Club members who remained on the prudent diet had only one-third the heart disease of the controls.
The longer you stayed on the diet, the more you benefited, it was said.
“But in November 1966, just nine months later, the Anti-Coronary Club investigators published a second article, revealing that
twenty-six members of the club had died during the trial,
compared with only six of the men whose diet had not been prudent.
Eight members of the [Anti-Coronary Club] died from heart attacks,
but none of the controls.
“This appeared “somewhat unusual,” Christakis and his colleagues acknowledged. They discussed the improvements in heart-disease risk factors (cholesterol, weight, and blood pressure decreased) and the significant reduction in debilitating illness “from new coronary heart disease,” but omitted further discussion of mortality.”
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