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

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.


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.’


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.