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Bad Medicine

Bad Medicine: Is Evidence What We Think It Is?

Medicine’s House of Cards – What Happens When We’ve Got It All Wrong I have to admit, the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial still holds a special place in my heart even after I have spent the past half-decade immersed in the shortcomings of our current data collection model. As I now understand, the role of industry bias in publication of studies, the design limitations of randomized trials in accounting for biochemical individuality, and the many permissible aspects of randomized trials that allow for skewed outcomes (placebo washout, breaking blind with inert placebo, allowance of sedatives, etc.). I now understand that health is about so much more than is factored into these trials. I have observed that patients can seem “just fine” on a basic lab screen and physical exam, and be anything but, if you know how to scratch beneath the surface.

What Doctors Don’t Know About the Drugs They Prescribe

When a new drug gets tested, the results of the trials should be published for the rest of the medical world -- except much of the time, negative or inconclusive findings go unreported, leaving doctors and researchers in the dark. In this TED Talk, Dr Ben Goldacre asserts that Publication Bias — the practice of selectively publishing trial results that serve an agenda — represents a “systematic flaw of the scientific basis of medicine,” He calls it “a cancer at the core of evidence-based medicine” and explains why these unreported instances of negative data are especially misleading and dangerous. Important TED talk as he exposes what is happening in medical research which undermines and contradicts everything modern medicine prides itself in.