‘How the hell did Noakes paper get through peer review?’

2013-12-15 10:00

The brouhaha following the South African Medical Journal’s (SAMJ’s) publication of the Noakes paper is probably best captured by the angry Tweet of Mail & Guardian editor Nic Dawes: “How the hell did that thing get through peer review? Should be a scandal at the SAMJ.”

Criticism of the paper was more about the process than the content: self-reporting by individuals is notoriously unreliable since it’s hard to eliminate personal biases in the recounting of these cases; this only reflects success stories, not the cases where the diet has failed people (where people have gained weight, their bad cholesterol has climbed or they haven’t been able to sustain the eating plan).

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