Lancet Medical Journal Retracts Wakefield Autism Study
February 2, 2010
Boston (DbTechNo) - The Lancet medical journal has retracted a published study linking childhood autism risk to the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine.
The discredited study was the work of Dr Andrew Wakefield who has since been proven to have undertaken shotty researching methods and whose work has been discredited by the General Medical Council.
After the 1998 paper was published, vaccination rates plummited in the UK, and not surprisingly, the rate of measles went up.
In the paper, Wakefield cited a risk between the MMR vaccine and autism, and also noted a possible link between the vaccine and bowel disease.
Lancet officials released a statement, saying: “It has become clear that several elements of the 1998 paper by Wakefield … are incorrect.”
Dr Andrew Wakefield now lives and works in the United States.
Brian Deer: the Lancet scandal
Following a Sunday Times investigation by Brian Deer, Britain's premier medical journal was forced to retract fraudulent research which caused a global health crisis by linking the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine with autism
Columbia medical faculty: What do we do about Dr. Oz?
Michael Rosenbaum, Joan Bregstein and 6 Columbia faculty members 11:52 a.m. EDT April 26, 2015
Oz is a good doctor, but his unscientific distortions mislead the public
Small excerpt quoted below.
We are members of the Columbia faculty who recognize that the Dr. Oz Show performs a public service by bringing alternative therapies which are generally under-researched and under-regulated into the public forum.
However, a 2014 report in The BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal) reported that less than half of the recommendations on his show are based on at least somewhat believable evidence.
This report raises concerns that Dr. Oz's presentations of anecdotal therapies as "miracle cures" occur in the absence of what we see as obligatory discussions of conflicts of interest, possible side-effects and evidence-based medicine (or lack thereof).
Many of us are spending a significant amount of our clinical time debunking Ozisms regarding metabolism game changers.
Irrespective of the underlying motives, this unsubstantiated medicine sullies the reputation of Columbia University and undermines the trust that is essential to physician-patient relationships
More Than 1,000 Doctors Say Dr. Oz Should Resign
by Tanya Lewis, Staff Writer | April 24, 2015 06:44pm ET
At least 1,000 U.S. doctors say they think Dr. Mehmet Oz should resign from his faculty position at Columbia University in New York, a new poll finds.
Earlier this week, 10 doctors sent a letter calling for Oz, host of the popular TV show "The Dr. Oz Show," to be removed from his academic position as a cardiothoracic surgeon at Columbia. The doctors said that Oz has promoted products and made claims that aren't supported by medical evidence.
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This is spectacular.
I imagine that many of Oz’ most ardent followers buy into the alt med ‘government-industry-media collusion’ meme but here he courts big business whilst evading investigation by both the government and the media.
I’ve always been certain that one powerful way to de-activate woo-based mesmerism over an audience is to illustrate explicitly how much they, the critics of Big Business, are truly the same. Avenues toward this goal include:
showing their earnings, mansions**, connections to other businesses and markup on their branded products***
Dr. Mehmet Oz often appears on his popular show to promote new health products and devices. Most viewers are likely under the impression that he's doing this because he's closely considered their merits and decided the products are widely beneficial.
But newly leaked emails suggest that business considerations — not health or science — can be a driving factor in which products Oz decides to promote.
Last week, WikiLeaks released a series of emails sent between Dr. Oz, his staff, and executives at Sony (one of his show's producers). They shed some light on how Dr. Oz's daily talk show works behind the scenes...(For the rest of the story read here.