I still expect our stroke medical professionals to create the following diet protocols. Not useless guidelines; PROTOCOLS!
For stroke prevention; for dementia prevention; for cognitive improvement; for cholesterol reduction; for plaque removal; for Parkinsons prevention; for inflammation reduction; for blood pressure reduction.
Nutrition science is supposed to tell us how to eat. It’s in the midst of a crisis.
Why the PREDIMED trial was such a big deal
What PREDIMED found
What went wrong with the study
- The researchers at one of the study sites, overseeing 11 clinics, failed to randomly assign individual people to the different diets, instead assigning everybody in the same clinic to the same diet.
- In cases where more than one person in a family was participating in the study, they were all assigned to the same diet, again instead of being randomized. (And while the authors knew about this deviation, it wasn’t reported in their original study as it should have been.)
- Researchers at another study site failed to properly use the randomization table, which is supposed to guide researchers in how the randomization is done.