Conventional allopathic medicine is frequently criticized for focusing on, and treating symptoms, rather than the root causes of disease. Indeed, much pharmaceutical therapy targets a clinical finding deemed “abnormal,” and chemically moves it back into the normal range. If your blood pressure is too high, a pill will lower it. If your heart rate is too high, a pill will lower that, as well. And, much in the news, if your blood sugar is too high, there are also meds to lower that—most of which are endlessly advertised on television.
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Well this is very opportune, ACSH comments on a Brit study that questions hospital methods for reducing the acquisition or transmission of infections.
I told you 2 days ago that the patient safety movement is another example of junk science.
I do like Dalrymple (Daniels) because he strips the pretense from Lancet and its ilk.
The career path of Dr. Mehmet Oz is most puzzling. Boasting a fine education (Tower Hill prep; Harvard undergrad; Penn med school; and Wharton), Oz did his residency at New York’s Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, and is now an attending surgeon at the same hospital. He also holds various academic appointments at Columbia’s med school. His name appears on more than 150 research papers, and he has published over 20 books—most of which have “You” in the title.
You might ask: What does this have to do with junk science? Behind most—if not all—junk science is a fierce dedication to some preconceived notion, or even an ideology. Thus, the results of the experiment are always made to fit the preferred hypothesis. In health care, far too many so-called random and unpreventable events derive from nothing less than willful blindness, as will be demonstrated in our first item. Continue reading