The New England Journal of Medicine published Stamler’s analysis of the Western Electric findings in January 1981, and the press reported the results uncritically. “The new report,” stated theWashington Post,“strongly reinforces the view that a high-fat, high-cholesterol diet can clog arteries and cause heart disease.” Jane Brody of theNew York Times quoted Shekelle saying,“The message of these findings is that it is prudent to decrease the amount of saturated fats and cholesterol in your diet.” The Western Electric reanalysis was then cited in a 1990 joint report by the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, entitled “TheCholesterol Facts,” as one of seven “epidemiologic studies showing the link between diet and CHD [that] have produced particularly impressive results” and “showing a correlation between saturated fatty acids and CHD,” which is precisely what it didnot do.*7 Anderson, J. T., A. Keys, and F. Grande. 1957.“The Effects of Different Food Fats on Serum Cholesterol Concentration in Man.”Journal of Nutrition. July 10; 62(3):421–24. hallucinations appeared, “evolved,” then disappeared, all within the space of a few days in July of 2008. I got a call from one of the nurses in a nursing home where I work—we had “Nothing has changed since her stroke,” Dana said. “She has all her old loves and passions. . . . The only thing is,” she added, smiling, “she has become a pain in the neck!” Pat laughed, agreeing with this.

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