The Shocking Truth About Medical Research

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My Research Flawed? How Dare You!

“Oh look dear, Jonny’s going out with his friends and it looks like a flask in his back pocket. I hope he remembers our talks about designated drivers.”

Wise parents understand what their kids go through in maturing to adults, as they remember the struggles they experienced themselves. They use their prior “medical research” to make life better for their kids by sharing honestly and coaching skillfully. So, while alcohol consumption to the point of drunkenness could be a research project a teen undertakes, the understanding of the parent can make that behavior less risky when the communication channels are open.

Understanding is less clear when we haven’t “been there, done that,” however. New understandings could be hard to come by, for example,

Common Sense vs The Age of Science

We live in a time when loud voices can clamor openly in a public forum for what ever they feel is significant to them. Haters can hate openly and vociferously, trolls can provoke us in comments and forums, and the so-called skeptics can question everything that flies in the face of their paradigm.

Common sense is often lost in the ensuing search for truth.

The “science” drum is beaten loudly when skeptics enter a conversation. Instead of being open minded and inquiring, these minds have snapped shut like a steel trap, rebuking anyone who doesn’t toe the line they’ve drawn on what’s real.

“Where’s the research, the double blind studies?!” “There’s no scientific proof that homeopathy is anything more than water. Anyone who gets well from it is making it all up! It’s a placebo response!!” “Vaccinations do not cause autism.” Etc. etc.

Meanwhile, mothers are seeing their perfectly normal, well adjusted toddlers lose all vestiges of normal life shortly after getting vaccinated. The rising autism incidence parallels closely the rise in vaccine requirements for children over the last 20-30 years. Any careful medical research could uncover this.

Sometimes those loud voices in the name of “science!” come from people in places of power and influence, who can wreak havoc on others. Witness Dr. Andrew Wakefield and Dr. John Walker Smith, considered the father of pediatric gastroenterology, who brought to light a link between the MMR vaccine and autism, based on parents’ observations and careful studies of the affected kids. Both lost their licenses to practice in Britain for publishing their findings in The Lancet, a prestigious medical journal. The case against Walker Smith was thrown out of court, but seven years after the doctors involved were maligned publicly.

Who lodged the charges? A journalist, with no medical training, but with an obvious agenda to discredit the link made by the authors between vaccination, gut disease, and autism.

Prescriptions Based on Medical Research. Really?

It’s not widely known, but rigorous scientific study has found that a high percentage of the research that MDs depend upon to make their prescriptions and recommendations to patients is false. This work is done by Greek physician John P. A. Ioannidis, known and widely respected for his rigorous meta-research. His paper on this is the most downloaded scientific paper in recent time, entitled “Why Most Published Research Findings Are False.”

A prominent article about his work appeared in The Atlantic in 2010, and its author states,

He charges that as much as 90 percent of the published medical information that doctors rely on is flawed. His work has been widely accepted by the medical community; it has been published in the field’s top journals, where it is heavily cited; …Ioannidis may be one of the most influential scientists alive. Yet for all his influence, he worries that the field of medical research is so pervasively flawed, and so riddled with conflicts of interest, that it might be chronically resistant to change—or even to publicly admitting that there’s a problem.”

How about “evidence based medicine?” EBM sounds like a gold standard, doesn’t it? What could go wrong with medicine based on evidence from the real world?

According to the founder of Evidence Based Medicine, experts are hindering the healthy advancement of science.

Writing in this week’s British Medical Journal (BMJ), Canadian-based researcher, David Sackett, said that he would “never again lecture, write, or referee anything to do with evidence based clinical practice”. Sackett is not doing this because he has ceased to believe in evidence based clinical practice but, as the BMJ comments, because he is worried about the power of experts in stifling new ideas and wants the retirement of experts to be made compulsory.”

Understanding comes of experience

When Samuel Hahnemann, the German physician discovered the principal of “like cures like” in the late 1700’s, it was from direct experience in his own body. Homeopathy was born from this experience. Hundreds of physicians and patients since him have corroborated his experience, and homeopathic veterinarians see it in daily practice.

When you hear skeptics trying to quash something that gets animals and infant children well, you have to question their agenda. Homeopathy cures both, patients who have no possible placebo effect.

Just as you’ll never convince mothers of autistic children that vaccinations are harmless, you’ll never convince veterinary homeopaths that animals are getting well by delusion. We’ve got volumes of patients that speak otherwise. Animals don’t live in delusion.

We don’t have time for the skeptic’s blathering. We’ve got work to do. Medical research marches on, pet by pet, horse by horse, tot by tot: real patients, real results.

Homeopathy: Evidence based medicine at its finest.

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  1. says

    I love your photographs at the end of each weekly article. Getting outside, listening, seeing and feeling one’s surroundings is so important when trying to stay in touch with what REALLY matters. Your approach to holistic treatment is no doubt touched by what you see and absorb in the natural world.

    Keep those pictures coming!

  2. Elle says

    That whole argument about “scientific evidence” is so bogus. Through quantum physics, it’s been proven that the experimenter’s bias totally affects the outcome of the experiment. Add in the special interests that fund the “research” and it makes the findings even more questionable.

    Homeopathy works to cure and the medical establishment is threatened by anything that might contradict its authority. Therefore they bring out their big guns and belittle non mainstream care.

    Just wish the public would start catching on ..

  3. L says

    I am so glad I found this website, I recently lost a beautiful dog (too soon) to hemangiosarcoma. I am very suspicious of the vaccinations being the cause.
    I have a dog that has allergies and receives immunotherapy, she’s stable…but no way she will ever get another vaccination under my watch. Went to 3-4 different vets, they won’t sign the waiver but more or less tell me (off the record) to avoid any more vaccinations.

    • says

      Welcome L! Good for you, seeing the tie in and avoiding further vaccinations! I sign waivers regularly and have had less than 1% refused or questioned by any kennel or groomer. Municipalities and states and provinces, probably another story. Still, there are ways…

  4. Morag Moseley says

    Just a a real light bulb moment, remembering how I threw a COMPLETE paddy at secondary school flatly refusing to have the BCG vaccine. Everyone assumed it was due to some sort of needle phobia. Interesting that I have now started baby steps of studying homoeopathy . . . . .

    • says

      Good for you, Morag! I wished I’d known in vet school what I know now. I’d never have had the rabies vaccine, even in my field. Homeopaths have cured enough cases that, had I know about that then, I would have been confident. Damn, I remember getting the swine flu vaccine during vet school as well, and then reading about all these horrible cases of paralysis afterwards!

  5. L says

    Thanks, Dr Falconer for responding. After reading your blog, I am back to giving my dogs a frozen beef marrow bone here and there. They LOVE them, of course I supervise and remove before they splinter.
    I also brush their teeth daily with Petrodex, scrub the sides and back with a medium toothbrush. I find it does make a difference.
    I am afraid to give up the topical pesticides/heartworm preventives, however, as the ticks and incidence of Lyme disease are high in my area. But, I am using natural products (Wondercide) and avoidance as much as possible.

  6. L says

    I bought your book, very informative. I use Wellness products but will be using less as I add more fresh meat and such to their diet.

  7. L says

    I wish you were located in Massachusetts. I have a terrier (puppy mill dog) that I rescued from a pet shop at the age of 7 months. They practically gave him to me, he was lethargic and had neuropathy in his hind legs. In fact, I had to have myasthenia gravis ruled out. Also, he was neutered at 10 weeks due to an inguinal hernia.
    He is thriving now, responding to a good diet and exercise. He is a little under 20 pounds at 1 year old. I am not comfortable giving him the rabies vaccine, not even once (he has had more than enough vaccines already). I understand the risks involved.
    I was wondering if you do telephone consults? If so, I will call your office and arrange for one, if the need arises.

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