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Can You Trust What
Medical Journals Publish?

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Posted By: M2, 11/29/2019 6:40:37 AM

I have repeatedly questioned the validity of medical journal claims in regards to politically charged issues like air pollution and climate change, as well as global warming here at AT. More recently, I showed how a major medical journal violates basic rules on scientific inquiry. There is another important problem with medical research as reported in medical journals and then often expanded by the lay press as big news: that medical journal articles are often proven wrong for unreliable results or promotion of treatments that are not beneficial or not any more efficacious than treatments they propose to replace.

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If we could always trust doctors, dietary supplements would not be a multi billion dollar industry.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: DVC 11/29/2019 7:53:12 AM (No. 248263)
Not interested in what the leftist medical journals have to say on non-medical issues. No interest at all.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Newtsche 11/29/2019 8:30:05 AM (No. 248300)
If you're not a vaper, the recent level of vaping misinformation foaming at the mouth might have escaped you. It was very ugly and dishonest.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: walcb 11/29/2019 9:17:36 AM (No. 248365)
When I read something that says "a study has found", my false radar goes up immediately. Have you noticed that anything to do with hemp is good for you?
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Jethro bo 11/29/2019 10:04:30 AM (No. 248422)
This doesn't even scratch the surface of fraud in medical research. FDA requires two things. One, it doesn't kill people and two it does what it claims it will do. Notice claim of doing what it claims to do doesn't equal benefit. Think about statin medicince that have never been shown to prevent primary (1st) heart attack. Only one (lipitor) has been shown to reduce incidence of second heart attack (after the 1st one of course). But even better, Avastin was 'proven' to prolong "progression free survival' in advanced breast cancer. Now progression free means the x-rays used to follow the cancer didn't get worse. Let' call this the pretty looking x-ray benefit. Avastin had never been proven to improve actual survival but expert opinion was so powerful that the Federal goobernment required insurance companies to pay for avastin in advanced breast cancer. FDA, in its usual near worthless role, approved avastin for treatment of breast cancer. This made getting a real survival study difficult but it was finally done. And it showed women with Avastin had really, really pretty x-rays compared to wowen that didn't get Avastin. But guess what, those that got avastin died sooner. In other words it proved what it said it would do, made the x-ray pretty, but actually killed people. Oh the FDA pulled its approval after it was found to not meet criteria one, don't kill people. And the Federal goobernment, to this day, still requires insurance companies to pay for this killer treatment.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: columba 11/29/2019 11:26:26 AM (No. 248507)
Almost all papers in medical journals discuss studies that ARE NOT REPLICATED and cannot be. What does that tell ya ?
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Reply 6 - Posted by: zephyrgirl 11/29/2019 11:33:28 AM (No. 248517)
All you have to do is remember all the things doctors have assured you are true that turned out to be not quite true, and you develop a healthy skepticism about doctors.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Wendybird 11/29/2019 11:57:55 AM (No. 248533)
#6, physicians presently have pretty much lost the option to use their good sense and experience to make decisions, With government and insurer oversight and electronic medical records, nearly every decision one makes is second guessed by (probably) some moron with a computer check list, and the physician gets a little warning letter that the medication he has suggested or discouraged use of has certain risks or benefits and please respond with your excuse for prescribing or not. The observation above, that something like 90% of medical “papers” are not reproducible is true. No doubt progress has been made with technique and procedure, but, after forty years of family practice, I’m skeptical of much of new advice and medication. Also, you don’t see physicians going into private practice any longer. They can’t afford to.
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