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Ahrens : the diet-heart hypothesis “is still a hypothesis . . . I sincerely believe we should not . . . make broadscale recommendations on diets and drugs to the general public now.”

In the United States, Pete Ahrens, who was still the prudent diet’s most prominent critic, continued to publish his central point of caution: the diet-heart hypothesis “is still a hypothesis . . . I sincerely believe we should not . . . make broadscale recommendations on diets and drugs to the general public now.”

By “drugs” Ahrens meant the first generation of cholesterol-lowering drugs, clofibrate and niacin, which in three large trials failed to show that lowering cholesterol made any difference in reducing heart attacks among middle-aged men after five years (“Trial of Clofibrate in the Treatment of Ischaemic Heart Disease” 1971).

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