The PHC London Conference - May 2018

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As I mentioned in my tribute to Tim Noakes last week, I recently gave the opening address at the 2018 PHC conference in London.

I guess the first thing you want to know if what on earth does PHC stand for and what is it all about.

Well PHC stands for Pubic Health Collaboration – ‘a charity dedicated to informing and implementing healthy decisions for better public health’.

PHC was  established by Sam Feltham a few years ago. You can read more about it at https://phcuk.org

It has lots of interesting information but my fave section has always been the constantly updated list of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) comparing low fat and low carb diets.

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Sam Feltham has an interesting story. As the PHC website puts it ‘Sam has been in the health and fitness industry for over a decade. Starting out as a party coordinator at a sports centre and working his way up to studying at the European Institute of Fitness and qualifying as a Master Personal Trainer. After 5 years of running a fitness boot camp business Sam decided to move away from that business in order to fully focus on improving public health by setting up and directing the Public Health Collaboration.’

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But what Sam is best known for are his two experiments performed under Smash the Fat where for two 21 day periods he took in nearly 6000 calories from firstly a low carb high fat diet and then later a low fat high carb diet and compared the outcomes. There are some pretty impressive photos associated with that.

If you would like to read more about Sam’s experiments have a look here

Anyhow getting back to the conference which incidentally was held at the headquarters of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) in Central London. It had a star studded line up of speakers in addition to Tim Noakes who was clearly the star of the show. Zoe Harcombe, David Unwin, Aseem Malhotra, Zoe Williams, the list is a long one. All great speakers. You can see some of them here.

I was going to write a comprehensive review of the whole conference, but the brilliant Marika Sboros has beaten me to it and I could not do as good a job, so I am giving you the links to Marika’s two part report on the conference.

Marika is a health journalist from South Africa who has co-authored the Lore of Nutrition with Tim Noakes. I am sure you will enjoy her summary.

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Part One available here

Part Two available here

All in all a very successful conference and credit to Sam Feltham for superb organization. We look forward to the 2019 edition.