Well, I can't recall a blog post ever getting so much attention, both off blog and on. For the on-blog activity, just read the comments. For the off-blog goings on, see Robert M's comment that sparked off a whirlwind.
Let me back up. I had emailed Stephan even before publishing that entry (an entire day before, actually). Even though he's a PhD candidate in neurobiology and has lots of access to the full texts of studies via his academic institution, he didn't have access to this one (he mentioned it was published in a rinky dink journal), but clearly Robert M did. So, after a few back & forths with Stephan, mostly speculation, Robert's comment goes up and then the mad dash to get Stephan the full text. Thanks, Robert (who also maintains — at a glance or two — a very fine blog).
Let me make something clear before I continue. When I mention that Stephan and I have been emailing back & fort, this is not to imply in any way that we're peers or that I have much to offer Stephan beyond a "hey; heads up, mate." My style is slash & burn; hit & run. But, I also like being right. I'm willing to take risks because though I will tout my biases without end, I'll fess up when I've fucked up. So, I bug Stephan — apart from liking the guy a lot — as a bit of an insurance policy. I only deal with honest people and Stephan will always be gentlemanly enough to tell me when I'm being an idiot. I count on that — from him, as well as all of you intelligent readers out there.
Stephan sent me the full text last night, which I read today (I can grok about 70% or so, but it used to be 20%). Gladly, I don't think any of my speculations were contradicted, which is good. Bottom line: those who ate the most cheese, butter, milk, meat, saturated fat, etc., had the least coronary events.
Now, go ahead and see how Stephan has interpreted the study. His approach is necessarily academic, and he can't afford to take the risks I do. Someday, I'm going to commit a really big idiocy, it's just a matter of time. He can't afford that, as his career depends on careful deliberation of published facts. The good news is that he counts his integrity far above his ability to eventually command huge grants for studies. I don't see that ever changing, so please read his blog with frequency and give him the moral support he has certainly earned.