The original article is by Marcia Angell. The gist of the article is this:
“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.”
The article cites example after example of prominent medical professionals who are in bed with big Pharma and did not disclose their ties when they vetted the studies. She explains that medical schools are reliant on research grants from big pharma.
Because drug companies insist as a condition of providing funding that they be intimately involved in all aspects of the research they sponsor, they can easily introduce bias in order to make their drugs look better and safer than they are.
She really explains at great length, as an insider, why we can’t be trusting any of the research that is coming out of well respected institutions that we consider reliable sources of information.
Most everyone that can make a difference is bought.
I do a lot of my own research and there are a lot of really bad sources out there. I, and others like me, have always considered those things printed in the NEJM to be reliable and the best possible primary sources.
What, exactly, are we supposed to do to insure our health and well being if the doctors we have access to are being lied to by those we have put in positions of trust and authority?
I am very confident that the doctor I saw last week would absolutely like to help me in every way possible. But what can she do if the information she relies on to make decisions is already wrong?
And while we’re talking conspiracy theories, that’s quite a statement she made. Why hasn’t some muckraking journalist jumped on it and build a huge story around it?
The silence is deafening, isn’t it?