With the continuing onslaught against Big Pharma, Pharmaceutical research, and MDs, it is a wonder that they can stay in business….just look at a few of these statements:
From the editor in chief of Lancet – one of the most world renown medical journals:
Dr. Horton recently published a statement declaring that a lot of published research is in fact unreliable at best, if not completely false.
“The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness.” (reference)
or how about the editor in chief of the New England Journal of Medicine:
Dr. Marcia Angell, a physician and longtime Editor in Chief of the New England Medical Journal (NEMJ), which is considered to another one of the most prestigious peer-reviewed medical journals in the world, makes her view of the subject quite plain:
“It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of the New England Journal of Medicine” (reference)
Oh how about Dr John Ioannidis, professor in disease prevention at Stanford University (published in PLoS)
“There is increasing concern that most current published research findings are false.”
In 2009, the University of Michigan’s comprehensive cancer center published an analysis that revealed popular cancer studies are false, and that there were fabricated results arising due to conflicts of interest. They suggested that the fabricated results were a result of what would work best for drug companies. After all, a large portion of cancer research is funded directly by them. You can read more about that story. (reference)
So to answer the question: How do MDs survive this? The answer is simple – believe what you were taught in med school; don’t do your own research; negate REAL research; make false claims; believe what naive drug reps what you; claim that it is all “conspiracy thinking”; scare people; guilt people; etc
Are there any good MDs out there? Well of course there are – MDs who actually challenge the system; who do their own research; who are truly interested in helping people – but the system is against them.
It is important to a) do your research b) find a health practitioner and not a symptom manager
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