"‘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.’
A half of medical scientific research may be untrue… think on the implications of that for a moment."
The above is taken from Malcolm Kendrick's most recent blog post - how scary is that? If you imagine that half the research papers you've ever read about thyroid are just plain lies and nonsense, this means that half the things you do in response to them is useless, at best, or dangerous at worst.
For me personally, the worst thing is I don't know which half is true. What if my latest pet theory that I'm working my a** off over is in the bunkum half? It means I am wasting all my time following dead ends and disappointment. I may even be making things worse.
This really is a serious issue that needs to be addressed urgently, but until it is, I shall retain my scepticism in the face of anything I read, and anything that comes out the mouth of a doctor or specialist. They are, genuinely and with good cause, not to be trusted....
Read the full article here. It makes some very interesting points about just how researchers and doctors can be nobbled: