Nutrition Research – past successes and future direction

Many disabling and often fatal diseases are caused by lack of an essential vitamin or mineral in the diet such as: Scurvy (vitamin C) Beriberi (thiamine/B1) Pellagra (niacin/B3) Rickets (vitamin D) Cretinism and goitre (iodine) Pernicious anaemia (a failure to absorb vitamin B12). In the first half of the twentieth century most of the essential…

The antioxidant myth

Perspective Back in 1972, Denham Harman predicted in a serious nutrition journal that an antioxidant supplement on top of a good normal diet might increase life expectancy by up to 7 years. Over the following decades the idea has been widely promoted that extra antioxidants in the form of supplements or antioxidant-rich foods would reduce…

Research fraud and error – *New Book*

Potential titles “Reckless and dishonest. Error and fraud in biological and medical research” OR “Error and Fraud. The dark side of biological and medical research”   Nature of the book I hesitate to call it a popular science book but I have tried to write a book that will sell beyond the specialist academic market.…