What the doctor gives me is safe, right?

Posted On October 19, 2009

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Those people who delight in attacking homeopathy as being “just water” or “the placebo effect” usually end by demanding more double-blind trials of homeopathic remedies. They point to the ‘rigorous’ trials undergone by modern drugs before they are licensed, and claim this protects the public from quacks who might otherwise sell them worthless remedies.

The trouble is, the whole field of medical trials is full of deception: deception in how the trial is set up, deception in the selection of patients for the trial’, deception in the way the trials are carried out, deception in the way the results are recorded, deception in what is selected for publication (only ‘good’ results make it to publication, very often)….I could go on and on.

And now,  Marcia Angell MD, a former editor of the respected publication the New England Journal of Medicine has spoken out about the quality of clinical research that is carried out nowadays:

“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.”

~Marcia Angell MD, a well-known, respected physician, long-time editor of NEJM.

No wonder modern drugs cause so many unpleasant side-effects, illness and even death!


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