Why Almost Everything You Hear About Medicine Is Wrong
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of Newsweek
Posted: February 13th, 2011
If you follow the news about health research, you risk whiplash. First garlic lowers bad cholesterol, thenafter more studyit doesnt. Hormone replacement reduces the risk of heart disease in postmenopausal women, until a huge study finds that it doesnt. But what if wrong answers arent the exception but the rule? More and more scholars who scrutinize health research are now making that claim. It isnt just an individual study here and there thats flawed, they charge. Instead, the very framework of medical investigation may be off-kilter, leading time and again to findings that are at best unproved and at worst dangerously wrong. The result is a system that leads patients and physicians astrayspurring often costly regimens that wont help and may even harm you. Even a cursory glance at medical journals shows that once heralded studies keep falling by the wayside. A major study concluded theres no good evidence that statins (drugs like Lipitor and Crestor) help people with no history of heart disease. The study ... was based on an evaluation of 14 individual trials with 34,272 patients. Cost of statins: more than $20 billion per year. Positive drug trials, which find that a treatment is effective, and negative trials, in which a drug fails, take the same amount of time to conduct. But negative trials took an extra two to four years to be published. With billions of dollars on the line, companies are loath to declare a new drug ineffective. As a result of the lag in publishing negative studies, patients receive a treatment that is actually ineffective. From clinical trials of new drugs to cutting-edge genetics, biomedical research is riddled with incorrect findings.
Note: For the good of your health, the entire article at the link above is well worth reading. For lots more on how the profit-oriented health profession puts public health at risk, click here and here.