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Lies, Damned Lies and Medical Science

MUCH OF WHAT MEDICAL RESEARCHERS CONCLUDE IN THEIR STUDIES IS MISLEADING, EXAGGERATED OR FLAT-OUT WRONG!

David Freedman, The Atlantic.com
10-4-10

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Dr John Ioannidis

So why are doctors—to a striking extent—still drawing upon misinformation in their everyday practice? Dr. John Ioannidis has spent his career challenging his peers by exposing their bad science.

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Indeed, given the breadth of the potential problems raised at the meeting, can any medical-research studies be trusted?

That question has been central to Ioannidis’s career. He’s what’s known as a meta-researcher, and he’s become one of the world’s foremost experts on the credibility of medical research. He and his team have shown, again and again, and in many different ways, that much of what biomedical researchers conclude in published studies—conclusions that doctors keep in mind when they prescribe antibiotics or blood-pressure medication, or when they advise us to consume more fiber or less meat, or when they recommend surgery for heart disease or back pain—is misleading, exaggerated, and often flat-out wrong. He charges that as much as 90 percent of the published medical information that doctors rely on is flawed. His work has been widely accepted by the medical community; it has been published in the field’s top journals, where it is heavily cited; and he is a big draw at conferences. Given this exposure, and the fact that his work broadly targets everyone else’s work in medicine, as well as everything that physicians do and all the health advice we get, Ioannidis may be one of the most influential scientists alive. Yet for all his influence, he worries that the field of medical research is so pervasively flawed, and so riddled with conflicts of interest, that it might be chronically resistant to change—or even to publicly admitting that there’s a problem.

“I assumed that everything we physicians did was basically right, but now I was going to help verify it,” he says. “All we’d have to do was systematically review the evidence, trust what it told us, and then everything would be perfect.”

It didn’t turn out that way. In poring over medical journals, he was struck by how many findings of all types were refuted by later findings. Of course, medical-science “never minds” are hardly secret. And they sometimes make headlines, as when in recent years large studies or growing consensuses of researchers concluded that mammograms, colonoscopies, and PSA tests are far less useful cancer-detection tools than we had been told; or when widely prescribed antidepressants such as Prozac, Zoloft, and Paxil were revealed to be no more effective than a placebo for most cases of depression; or when we learned that staying out of the sun entirely can actually increase cancer risks; or when we were told that the advice to drink lots of water during intense exercise was potentially fatal; or when, last April, we were informed that taking fish oil, exercising, and doing puzzles doesn’t really help fend off Alzheimer’s disease, as long claimed. Peer-reviewed studies have come to opposite conclusions on whether using cell phones can cause brain cancer, whether sleeping more than eight hours a night is healthful or dangerous, whether taking aspirin every day is more likely to save your life or cut it short, and whether routine angioplasty works better than pills to unclog heart arteries. Continue reading

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If you wanted to rob, cheat and steal

by AL Whitney (C) copyright 2010
Permission is granted for redistribution if linked to original and AntiCorruptionSociety acknowledged as source

FOR YEARS . . . NO FOR CENTURIES . . . AND GET AWAY WITH IT, HOW WOULD YOU DO IT?

[Think about the Associated Press and Reuters while reading this article!]

Rothschild's Dynasty of Deception

The first thing you would do is ensure you don’t get caught. People aren’t too happy with you when they find out you have stolen all of their property and less happy when they find out you’ve stolen their health, their freedom and their children.  So, to steal people’s most valued possessions, you have to conceal your actions (aka blame them on someone else) or they are likely to hang you from the nearest tree. All serious criminals understand that hard cold FACT.

The first step necessary to conceal your vile criminal behavior is to learn to lie and become good at it.  The next step is to make sure your lies are believed by everyone who might be able to hold you accountable for your crimes. This isn’t too difficult if you have stolen enough money to adequately bribe the ‘lawmakers’ and the ‘enforcers’ and to fool the general public.  If the enforcers protect you (and yours) and the media (which you also bought) spews lies about your innocence to the general population, you are basically free to continue your relentless vicious crime spree while ‘appearing’ honorable.

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