The Journal of Lipids has retracted an aggressively negative review article called “Why Fish Oil Fails,” written by one Brian S. Peskin, whose bogus health claims have landed him in plenty of hot water in the past.
Here’s the notice:
The article titled “Why Fish Oil Fails: A Comprehensive 21st Century Lipids-Based Physiologic Analysis”, published in Journal of Lipids has been retracted as a result of an undeclared competing interest on the part of the manuscript’s author.
According to Quackwatch, Peskin paid $100,000 to the state of Texas in 2003 for lying about having a PhD and falsely claiming that his Radiant Health nutrition supplements could
eliminate food cravings, produce permanent weight loss, boost the immune system, increase energy levels and endurance, eliminate cellulite, maximize heart health, reduce the risk of cancer, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, help achieve peak health, and help control blood sugar / diabetes.
Peskin responded to those charges here.
We’ve reached out to Peskin, Hindawi, and the paper editor, and will update if we find out exactly what that conflict of interest was.
Update, 11 a.m. Eastern, 11/12/14: We heard from a reader who had more details about why this paper was retracted. Also, Hindawi chief strategic officer Paul Peters sent us this email: