Thursday, July 14, 2005

Take a Pill

With the quiet reporting of the errors found in the research that spawned the “Obesity Epidemic”, the half-truths that were reported about Vioxx side effects in the NEJM, and countless other research studies blinded by corporate greed, I’ve finally figured it out. We sure do have an epidemic on our hands. An epidemic of monumental mathematical proportions. A SKEWED STATISTICS EPIDEMIC.

If you’re funding a research study and you’re not happy with the outcome, simply manipulate the numbers. In a sense, just put a “spin” on it as politicians do with bad economic forecasts or scandalous misbehavior. The public is stupid enough to read your partially reported “facts” and believe everything you feed them, so why not?! It will keep your bottom line healthy and no one need be the wiser. Well, that is until you end up killing 1,000 people. But, hey, you’ve had a good ride with the cash until then, so who cares?!

4 comments:

Kim said...

Cat... your blog was an inspiration to me when I discovered it a couple of years ago, and I am thrilled that you are back! Keep fighting the good fight!

I'll be linking you soon.

Amanda the Great said...

This is so true! It's very sad that people forget that with the freedom of press...that they have to read critically and ask questions!!!

BTW, Glad to see you back!

Cat said...

Hi Amanda & Kim,
Thanks for your comments! I'm glad you found me again. :-)

Ihoha said...

The book "True Believer" by Eric Hoffer lets us in on how many people think (or don't think). It's worth the few dollars it cost to get a copy.

Ihoha