Re: Positive Cardiovascular Health (Robert Wright & Darwin Labarthe)
Being an "expert" doesn't make you infallible. "My response was in great part due to the way that Labarthe's opinion and authority in the topic was dismissed." You realize that this is one of the most common logical fallacies in existence. It is called an appeal to authority. What does his "opinion" or "authority" have to do with the actual data?
I purposely avoided phrases like "low-carb" and stuck to well-established facts like total cholesterol is an essentially meaningless predictor of heart disease so as not to say anything controversial. If he doesn't realize this, then yes he is clueless (regardless of credentials). Bias affects everyone and it is hard to shake dogma that you've been steeped in. Even some of the most highly credentialed people still haven't come around on this fact, but in time they will because the data continually refutes that hypothesis.