28 Conditions Reversed with Non-GMO Diet (biased survey)

Leifer

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(Getty Images, from a related Shape mag. article.

Jeffery M Smith, anti-GMO activist and author of "Seeds of Change" has "published new research" claiming evidence of 28 conditions reversed by a removal or reduced consumption non-GMO diet.

The survey claims to be peer-reviewed, when published in a "journal" created by the (it's a mouthful) ICHNFM (International College of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine)......which is a sort of online college of chiropractic, and business website of Alex Vasquez DC ND DO.

It looks like a journal created to promote Vasquez's profession, plus his colleagues' .
It is pay-for-play, and requires membership.

Smith's "research" was a survey questionnaire Emailed to his website subscribers ~108,000.
Only 3256 replied, and self-diagnosed themselves in the survey.

(a blog post from Cornell U.)
Jeffery Smith describes it as:
...even though when asked in interviews, he admits that such a survey is "less than prefect".
(back-pedaling when confronted)

I wonder what sort of "peer review" was used ?
 
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Leifer

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It's not surprising to me, that both Smith and Velasquez become ultra-critical experts of other studies that disagree with their profession, but fail to employ (correct) those same criticisms when it comes to their own publications.

An example of each, describing how other studies are flawed:

SMITH:
(on his site, he writes about how and why particular studies are flawed (one example of several))


VASQUEZ:
(he disagrees with a PLOS One study, and why...)
It seems that they know the rules, perhaps too well, and have learned how to skirt them.
 
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Leifer

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RT news fails to be critical and is overly receptive,... calls it a "study".... uses stock footage of non-gmo food when talking about GMO food.
Likely it's a promotional tour video opportunity for him and his upcoming new film, "Secret Ingredients".
And it's a hot clickable topic for RT.
 
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Z.W. Wolf

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The world must have been a darned healthy place a few years back when there were no GMOs. People were getting healed left and right by the enforced non-GMO diet.
 

Dan Wilson

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Only 3256 replied, and self-diagnosed themselves in the survey.
Apart from that damning flaw, these kinds of studies have huge problems with using proper controls. People who go out of their way to stick to a diet are consistently more health-conscious than non-dieting counterparts. This means they probably adopt other healthy lifestyle choices such as exercise and drop unhealthy ones like binge drinking and smoking. Such lifestyle changes could easily result in improvements in things like "fatigue" and "digestive problems." Few human diet studies control for important confounding factors. This caveat is a little off topic here because this study shouldn't even be considered informative for simpler reasons. I just felt the need to point it out.
 

Leifer

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. People who go out of their way to stick to a diet are consistently more health-conscious than non-dieting counterparts.
I think so, too.
Say I went on a "health inspired" diet change. (my eating changes differed from earlier) and perhaps this diet included low-sugar foods or "low-calorie intake" too.
Even though these changes should result in a lower-energy intake than previously, I might "feel better" because of the placebo-induced effect (mental expectations) of change.
 

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