Half of all medical literature may be false, says medical journal editor

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fraud science(NaturalHealth365) Can we trust scientific literature? A recent report by The Lancet says we can’t, with the report stating “a lot” of scientific studies that are published are incorrect. This is just confirming what can already be seen happening in scientific circles.

More and more scientists are coming forward to reveal their research or that of their colleagues has been falsified. Dr. Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet, says:

“The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness.”

Let’s face it: Is The Lancet ‘revelation’ really a surprise to anyone?

Considering that many studies published in scientific journals are funded by drug companies for the purpose of developing drugs and vaccines, this should not be particularly surprising. The companies that fund these studies want to get their products to market as soon as possible.

Therefore, publishing favorable results of their studies in scientific journals makes them look good and helps big pharma sell more drugs. Whether the published findings are accurate or not is secondary to making money in these sponsored studies.

”Peer-reviewed” studies don’t always equate to accurate (honest) information

In today’s scientific environment, anything that isn’t peer-reviewed is readily dismissed by other scientists. A May 2015 article in Collective Evolution points out that with the findings about falsified medical literature, ‘peer reviewed’ essentially means nothing. An article that is not peer reviewed is as likely to be correct or incorrect as an article that hasn’t been peer reviewed at all.

You can’t always believe what you read in medical journals.

Dr. Marcia Angell, who is a doctor and editor-in-chief of the New England Medical Journal agrees with the latest assessment of the accuracy of medical literature. She goes on the record in the Collective Evolution article, saying it is not possible to believe much, if anything, of what is published in scientific and medical journals.

She goes on to say, ‘this is because of the poor judgment of the physicians who contribute to these journals; the lack of ethics in the junior and senior editors; and other similar reasons.

Omission of data is just as frequent (and dangerous) as falsified results

Data is routinely omitted from medical journals and scientific journals. And, to be quite blunt, this can be just as dangerous as the falsification of information.

When researchers omit information about negative health outcomes or side effects of medications and vaccines, when those effects are known, it places lives at risk. Doctors use these results when treating patients, and it turns people into human guinea pigs, or worse, vehicles for corporate profit.

There is no evidence to suggest this practice is not continuing. The best any doctor or patient can do is to conduct their own independent research into anything they find suspect, in order to determine the truth. There are alternative sources of information out there that are truthful. And, these findings show how corrupted the current scientific and medical publishing industry is and how much independent verification of anything published is a necessity.

As the old saying goes, ‘let the buyer beware.’ Or, in this case, question everything and protect your health.


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  • Anna Hewitt

    When there is a lack of clinical benefit and a large dollar investment guess what is going to happen.

    Talking about the claims made by pharmaceutical companies vs. reality is important. All studies should have a disclaimer to establish that the public may be mislead by the findings. There is a breach of trust, which this article defined and identified.

  • Harrison Reese

    What only half are false, I still don’t trust the other half.

  • Bob Ruger

    Of course the studies can’t be accurate. The reason the other half of the so called transparent studies are also false is because they are incomplete. Over the past decades Americans are more likely to be in poor health.

    Over the past 10 years the number of Americans with Kidney failure has doubled to more than 400,000 at the cost of $25 billion annually. Urinary incontinence has grown over the past 20 years and the sales of adult diapers have increased by 430%.

    Diabetes has increased 600% in America. Liver disease is a growing problem. What does this have to do with medication? Everything passes through the liver and the kidneys.

    There isn’t a drug that is tested long enough for these kind of problems to show up. Drugs are not tested to see how they combine with other drugs and toxins. THERE IS NO WAY TO PROVE THAT PRESCRIPTION DRUGS CAUSE NO HARM, UNLESS YOU MONITOR SUBJECTS FOR YEARS.