I just want to say that I stand by my earlier posting.....you need to do your own research if you are going to follow someone's food plans. I don't want to get in a slinging match with people but I don't want to remain silent and someone take that as a sign of agreement of an earlier posting.
From what certain articles are saying in England it would seem her credentials are iffy.
Gillians degrees come from all over the world and some are distance type learning. (correspondence courses?)
This is the link my information came from.
Oh by the way, McKeith's husband is a lawyer!!
Education and qualifications:
McKeith obtained a degree in linguistics from the University of Edinburgh in 1981, later moving to the United States, where she worked in marketing and international business. In 1984, she received a master's in international relations from
the University of Pennsylvania. In 1994, she obtained a master's degree, and in 1997, a Ph.D., both in holistic nutrition via a distance-learning programme from the non-accredited American Holistic College of Nutrition, now the Clayton
College of Natural Health in Birmingham, Alabama. Her website lists post-graduate membership of The Centre for Nutrition Education and certificates from the London School of Acupuncture and the Kailash Centre of Oriental Medicine among her qualifications.
Regarding McKeith's membership of the American Association of Nutritional Consultants, Goldacre writes that he purchased a "certified professional membership" from the same institution for $60 on behalf of his late cat, Henrietta.
In 2004, John Garrow, professor emeritus in human nutrition at the University of London, questioned McKeith's credentials as a researcher:
Four years ago, when she came to Britain with her book Living Health, I challenged her to show me one piece of proof to back up what she was saying. I wanted her to show me one published paper to prove that she is, as she claims, a scientist
doing research and studies ... I said I would pay her £1,000 and apologise for my remarks. That money is still on the table. Her husband phoned me claiming I was defaming her so I said sue me. I'm still waiting."
At one time, McKeith's management company's website said she had a diploma pending from the Australasian College of Health Sciences; the college told journalists that she had been in contact with them, but had never enrolled there. McKeith's
lawyers have said her enrolment was deliberately kept confidential. Her website states that she is "currently studying with
The Australasian College of Health Sciences, USA to become registered as a medical herbalist."
On February 12, 2007, it was widely reported that McKeith had agreed to cease using the academic title "Dr." in advertisements, after a complaint from a member of the public to the British Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), the
UK's advertising industry's self-regulatory body. An ASA spokesman said: "The complainant was challenging whether Gillian McKeith was a qualified, accredited doctor. We put the complaint to the advertiser McKeith Research and they agreed to remove it." The Guardian reported that ASA recommendations had concluded following an investigation that her
use of the title "Doctor" was "likely to mislead the public." McKeith told the Guardian she understood the offending ad was a leaflet without the usual disclaimer she was not a medical doctor. She said she understood the honorific had to go
from leaflets, but not from all adverts. Max Clifford, McKeith's PR representative, said that she had not misled the public: "This was one complaint in relation to one leaflet from one trade show, and it was withdrawn. I hardly think that's misleading.
When questioned by the Glasgow Herald about her doctorate, McKeith said: "I have nothing to be ashamed of. My qualifications are second to none. People out there would love to have my qualifications and expertise." On Clayton
College, she said: "I could have gone anywhere I wanted but I chose Clayton. There was cutting-edge research being put forward by people who were pioneers at the time." However, her actual PhD thesis remains "unavailable", unlike works
produced at universities.
Other stories about Gillian McKeith
No foods with high fructose corn syrup, sugar, rice syrup, corn syrup, fructose, sucrose etc. in the first three ingredients.
No foods that have more than 3 ingredients that I can not pronounce.
If an item has more than 10 ingredients it is too processed, I will not eat or buy the item.
| Pounds lost: 54.2