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From: Angeliki Papadaki [mailto:Angeliki.Papadaki@bristol.ac.

uk]
Sent: 01 November 2015 12:48
To: Arne Astrup; Saris, Wim; Inge Huybrechts; manios@hua.gr; Inga rsdttir; Andy Ness;
susan.jebb@phc.ox.ac.uk; Agneta Yngve; Sibylle Kranz; lmoreno@unizar.es;
clare.collins@newcastle.edu.au; Antonis Kafatos; Jayne Woodside; Janet Cade; Dianne Ward
Subject: Fwd: Letter to BMJ re Dietary Guidelines--Please respond by Nov. 3

Dear colleagues,
Please see attached a suggestion for a BMJ retraction letter, instigated by Frank Hu at
Harvard. We were asked to circulate the letter for signatures.
If you agree, please send an email to Bonnie Liebman (bliebman@cspinet.org) with a similar
content to the below, in blue font, and circulate to your colleagues.

I have read the full version of the attached letter and I


agree to include my sign on it.
I endorse its full content and the request to the BMJ to
retract the journalist's article.
Kind regards,
Angeliki
---------- Forwarded message ---------From: Miguel ngel Martnez Gonzlez <mamartinez@unav.es>
Date: 1 November 2015 at 11:36
Subject: Fwd: Letter to BMJ re Dietary Guidelines--Please respond by Nov. 3
To: Antonia Trichopoulou <atrichopoulou@hhf-greece.gr>, denis.lairon@univmed.fr, Katia
Esposito <katherine.esposito@unina2.it>, giuseppe.grosso@studium.unict.it, Federico Jose
Armando Perez Cueto Eulert <apce@plan.aau.dk>, "ligia.dominguez"
<ligia.dominguez@unipa.it>, Matthias Schulze <mschulze@dife.de>, Iris Shai
<irish@bgu.ac.il>, elliotb@ekmd.huji.ac.il, dario.giugliano@unina2.it, Angeliki Papadaki
<Angeliki.Papadaki@bristol.ac.uk>, Arne Astrup <ast@nexs.ku.dk>,
ricardo.uauy@lshtm.ac.uk, jose luchsinger <luchsin@hotmail.com>, Nikolaos Scarmeas
<ns257@cumc.columbia.edu>, Christian Carpn <Christian.Carpene@inserm.fr>, Olle
Melander <olle.melander@med.lu.se>, boeing@dife.de, Marc Molendijk
<m.l.molendijk@fsw.leidenuniv.nl>, Adriano Maral Pimenta
<adrianompimenta@yahoo.com.br>, Helfimed Study UniSA
<Dorota.Zarnowiecki@unisa.edu.au>
Cc: Frank Hu <nhbfh@channing.harvard.edu>

Yes, of course, Frank.

I have read the full version of the attached letter and I


agree to include my sign on it.
I endorse its full content and the request to the BMJ to
retract the journalist's article.
I'm forwarding to my friends and colleagues this invitation to sign the attached
letter:
Dear colleagues,
if you agree, you can send an email to Bonnie Liebman <bliebman@cspinet.org>
with a similar content to what I have written above in blue font.

I would thank you all very much if you are so kind as to ask
also to your friends from different European countries to sign
the attached letter for the sake of science and public health.
Best regards,
miguel

-Miguel A. Martinez-Gonzalez
University of Navarra-CIBEROBN
www.unav.es/preventiva
www.proyectosun.es
www.predimed.es
www.predimedplus.com
www.ciberobn.es
Research Gate

On Sun, Nov 1, 2015 at 1:28 AM, Frank Hu <nhbfh@channing.harvard.edu> wrote:


Hi Miguel,
Would you like to sign the attached letter to retract the BMJ article? if so, please email
Bonnie Liebman <bliebman@cspinet.org>.
I would greatly appreciate if you can ask your colleagues in Spain and other European
countries to sign the letter. I think it is extremely important to retract the terrible BMJ article
for the sake of science and public health.
Many thanks
frank

---------- Forwarded message ---------From: Bonnie Liebman <bliebman@cspinet.org>


Date: Sat, Oct 31, 2015 at 2:36 PM
Subject: Letter to BMJ re Dietary Guidelines--Please respond by Nov. 3
To: Bonnie Liebman <bliebman@cspinet.org>
Dear Colleague:
On Sept. 24, the BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal) published an investigation entitled,
The Scientic Report Guiding the US Dietary Guidelines: Is it Scientic? The article (attached) was
written by Nina Teicholz, a journalist and author of The Big Fat Surprise Why Butter, Meat, &
Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet.
The article is riddled with errors. For example, Teicholz claims that the report of the 2015 Dietary
Guidelines Advisory Committee used weak scientic standards because it relied on fewer reviews
by USDAs Nutrition Evidence Library (NEL) than the 2010 DGAC committee and instead conducted
ad hoc examinations of the scientic literature.
In fact, there were no ad hoc examinations. The appendices to the 2015 DGAC report specify the
search strategy, inclusion criteria, search results, and AMSTAR ratings for the systematic reviews,
meta-analyses, and other studies used by the DGAC. The attached letter documents ten additional
factual errors in the article.
(Note: The BMJ article was timed to coincide with an October 7 hearing of the House Agriculture
Committee, where it was used to criticize the 2015 DGACs scientic integrity.)
The attached letter urges the BMJ to retract the investigation. Please let us know by Tuesday,
November 3, if you would like to co-sign the letter. (Please also feel free to pass it on to your
colleagues.)
Thanks,
Bonnie Liebman

_______________________________
Bonnie F. Liebman, MS
Director of Nutrition
Center for Science in the Public Interest
1220 L St., NW Suite 300
Washington, DC 20005
Ph: (202) 777-8335
Fax: (202) 265-4954
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Frank B. Hu, MD, PhD
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Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology


Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
665 Huntington ave, Boston, MA 02115
tel: 617 432 0113 fax: 617 432 2435
<http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/faculty/frank-hu/>
http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/faculty/frank-hu/
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-Miguel A. Martinez-Gonzalez
University of Navarra
www.unav.es/preventiva
www.proyectosun.es
www.predimed.es
www.predimedplus.com
www.ciberobn.es
Research Gate
-Angeliki Papadaki, PhD, MSc (Med Sci), FHEA
Lecturer in Public Health Nutrition
Programme Director, MSc Nutrition, Physical Activity and Public Health
Centre for Exercise, Nutrition and Health Sciences
School for Policy Studies
University of Bristol
8 Priory Rd
Bristol BS8 1TZ
UK
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Twitter: @AngelikPapadaki
Our unique MSc in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Public Health is recruiting now for
September 2016 intake.

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