Current Posts – 17 Feb 2014

Even the healthiest fifty-plus among you will almost certainly be offered a statin prescription if the new guidelines proposed by NICE are accepted. This is bad news because these drugs are based on illogical assumptions, they don’t benefit 99% of those who take them and the committee writing these guidelines has strong drug company connections. Dr Malcolm Kendrick and Zoe Harcombe explain why you should just say no.

I thought I had uncovered a drug scandal that was killing 10,000 a year in the UK but I found it was more serious than that. It was a vivid example of how evidence based medicine can fail to work even when those involved are following the rules. It seems that when the evidence changes no one is really responsible for passing that information on.

Last week’s Horizon, BBC’s flagship science program claimed to answer today’s big dietary question: which is more damaging sugar or saturated fat? The trial was dressed up as science but to our three expert contributors, it looked more like a large plate of misinformation garnished with downright ignorance.

Modern medicine’s authority depends on the fact that it is scientific. But being scientific doesn’t automatically make something good. It’s the way that science is used that gives it moral value; decides if it is beneficial or harmful. The companies’ concentration of funding research that can produce a drug that will be a winner in the biomedical lottery is understandable but it leaves a big hole where there should be funds for promising non-drug treatments. Read about this in the latest post.



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