Nutrition journal failed to disclose ties to food industry for article on salt intake

Tuesday, October 03, 2006 by: Ben Kage
Tags: conflicts of interest, science journals, health news

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
BACK INTO THE CLOSET: Why U.S. reporters are not allowed to write about rainbow events in nations where being gay is still condemned
Depopulation test run? 75% of children who received vaccines in Mexican town now dead or hospitalized
INVESTIGATION: Three days before Dr. Bradstreet was found dead in a river, U.S. govt. agents raided his research facility to seize a breakthrough cancer treatment called GcMAF
A family destroyed: Six-month-old dies after clinic injects baby with 13 vaccines at once without mother's informed consent
Biologist explains how marijuana causes tumor cells to commit suicide
BOMBSHELL: China and America already at war: Tianjin explosion carried out by Pentagon space weapon in retaliation for Yuan currency devaluation... Military helicopters now patrolling Beijing
Companies begin planting microchips under employees' skin
BAM! Chipotle goes 100% non-GMO; flatly rejecting the biotech industry and its toxic food ingredients
ECONOMIC SLAVERY FOR ALL: While we were distracted with the Confederate flag flap, Congress quietly forfeited our entire economic future via fast-track trade authority
NJ cops bust teenagers shoveling snow without a permit
McDonald's in global profit free fall as people everywhere increasingly reject chemically-altered toxic fast food
March Against Monsanto explodes globally... World citizens stage massive protests across 38 countries, 428 cities... mainstream media pretends it never happened
Italian court rules mercury and aluminum in vaccines cause autism: US media continues total blackout of medical truth
SCOTUS same-sex marriage decision may have just legalized the concealed carry of loaded firearms across all 50 states, nullifying gun laws everywhere
Orthorexia Nervosa - New mental disorder aimed at people who insist on eating a clean diet
Vicious attack on Dr. Oz actually waged by biotech mafia; plot to destroy Oz launched after episode on glyphosate toxicity went viral
Nearly every mass shooting in the last 20 years shares one surprising thing? and it's not guns
Holistic cancer treatment pioneer Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez dies suddenly; patients mourn the loss of a compassionate, innovative doctor who helped thousands heal from cancer
(NaturalNews) The Center for Science in the Public Interest's weekly alert Science Watch says that the Journal of the American College of Nutrition published a special supplement on salt intake, but failed to inform readers it was written and edited by salt industry consultants.

Also left out of the loop was the National Library of Medicine, which published the abstracts from the supplement in MEDLINE. The NLM's rules state that MEDLINE will only carry abstracts from sponsored supplements if conflict-of-interest disclosure statements are notably displayed in the supplement.

The CSPI sent a letter to NLM asking that the supplement's articles be withdrawn from MEDLINE for failing to disclose the conflicts of interest, as per the government's rule.

"Supplements or other publications that indicate funding derived from private, for-profit organizations will not be routinely indexed for MEDLINE unless certain conditions are met. A disclosure statement should be included within the text of each article that might be cited for MEDLINE, preferably on the title page of the article, that indicates any financial relationship that each author has with the funding source and with any product discussed or implied in the text of the article," the rule states.

According to the CSPI alert, Dr. Alexander G. Logan, a paid salt industry consultant, was the guest editor of the June issue of JACN that featured the supplement. Unrevealed was the fact that Logan -- who is also a scientific adviser to the supplement's sponsor, International Life Sciences Institute -- was named to edit the supplement by ILSI's sodium committee, consisting of Frito-Lay, Heinz, Kraft, and Proctor & Gamble, the alert said.

The supplement itself contained no conflict-of-interest disclosure statements for any of the articles, which mostly downplayed the risk of excessive salt in the diet, the alert stated. Additionally, one of JACN's managing editors admitted that articles featured in the supplement did not undergo normal peer review.

"The editors of the Journal of the American College of Nutrition should apologize to their readers, publish full conflict-of-interest disclosures and a disclaimer that none of the pseudo-science in the supplement underwent peer review," said Merrill Goozner, director of the Integrity in Science project at CSPI.

Integrity in Science Project Coordinator Corrie Mauldin wrote a letter to JACN editor John Cunningham of the University of Massachusetts stating, "No respectable journal should be renting out its name to the highest bidder and let industry-funded groups hand pick 'guest editors.'"

"Once again, we see a serious breach of ethics in a mainstream medical journal," said Mike Adams, author of The Seven Laws of Nutrition. "Time and time again, we find these journals selling credibility for cash by pretending that industry-authored articles are somehow independent and credible. It's appalling."


Follow real-time breaking news headlines on
Conflicts of interest at
Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...


Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source:

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.