Who Is Left To Trust?
Professional, peer-reviewed and published medical studies have long been the most trusted source of information. I don’t know about you, but I was always taught that those in the medical profession were honest and above-board. They spend years in school learning, they constantly stay on top of the latest new discoveries and reports. The welfare of the patient is always first, and they never allowed their own personal beliefs interfere with their Hippocratic Oath.
There have probably been instances in the past where these reports and their researchers were called into question, but I admit to not having paid much attention. Like most of us, I didn’t stop and listen until it hit home personally.
Tobacco Control is the area that brought my attention to the lies and deceptions of these so-called studies. Today, most of these “studies” are issued by press release before the studies themselves are even made public; before they have been peer-reviewed and published. By then it’s too late to undo any damage the exaggeration or lie has embedded in those who want to believe it.
And don’t even get me started on the pharmaceutical companies. I swear they create “diseases” to match some new pill they designed. Have you ever really paid attention to one of those ads and listened to the “possible side effects”? I have, and I’d rather deal with my initial and immediate problem than use their pill and risk any one of the worse conditions that might occur.
The FDA is no better. The corruption, fast-tracking, under-staffing and all around ineptness of this agency makes me wonder why they even exist, sucking up taxpayer dollars in the process.
We are being bombarded daily with fear mongering news headlines. Everything is a “new study reports” scare tactic of one kind or another. It’s never ending and I for one am getting burnt out hearing it all. It’s like the story of the boy and wolf. He cried “wolf” so often that when there really was a wolf to worry about, no one believed him. That’s how I feel. The media blasts us day in and day out with this will cause cancer; that will cause heart attack; the other will [fill in the blank]. I tune them all out now. I no longer believe what is being reported.
However, for me, the worst mis-use of trust is with the medical profession. When you have scientists fudging numbers to make a study show what they want it to show……………..well, I have real issues with trust after that.
Here’s an example of why it is so important to pay attention and make your own informed choices after doing your own reading and research.
One of the largest known cases of academic fraud and misconduct made the news this week when Anesthesiology News reported that a leading medical researcher was found to have fabricated much, if not all, of the data in his research.
Scott S. Reuben, M.D., of Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, is said to have made up and falsified data in at least 21, and perhaps many more, studies published at least since 1996, according to the results of a year-long investigation by Baystate Medical Center. Jane Albert, a spokeswoman for Baystate, said that the fraud was spotted after questions were raised about two studies for which Dr. Reuben had not even received approval to conduct human research.
Read the FULL STORY here.
Medical research is supposedly peer-reviewed before being published and ONLY peer-reviewed studies ARE published. So, you have to ask why so many of this man’s studies were approved for publication in medical journals IF, obviously, nobody actually reviewed them? And if they were properly reviewed, then I’d start demanding independent reviews since obviously “peer-reviewing” doesn’t work.
This is just ONE person. Don’t think for a moment that he is the only one. The EPA even fudged it’s own work so that a study would match the press release they issued BEFORE the study was complete.
It’s truly a sad day when not only can you not trust your government but now we have PROOF that you can’t even trust the medical profession. And this is just one reason why I no longer believe everything I hear.