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Doctors could retrain as Polymeal chefs or wine advisers

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 16 December 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:0-a

The Polymeal—an evidence based menu that includes wine, fish, dark chocolate, fruits, vegetables, garlic, and almonds—promises to be an effective, safe, cheap, and tasty solution to reducing cardiovascular morbidity and increasing life expectancy. Calculating the combined effect of the ingredients by multiplying their risk estimates and applying the effects to the cohort from the original Framingham heart study, Franco and colleagues (p 1447) found that the Polymeal could reduce cardiovascular disease by more than 75%. They warn, however, that because of the disturbing adverse effects of garlic, the Polymeal should not be taken before a romantic rendezvous.