Ten Findings That Disprove Medical Practices

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Health Editor’s Note: Good and accurate studies can disprove much of what we have come to believe is good for us.  Be sure to do your own research when you read or hear about something that is supposed to be good for you. No need to waste your hard earned dollars on practices that will produce no results.  Some of the following findings will surprise you….Carol

Ten Findings That Contradict Medical Wisdom

By Gina Kolata   New York Times Health

Researchers identified nearly 400 common medical practices and theories that were contradicted by rigorous studies. Here are some of the most notable findings.



You might assume that standard medical advice was supported by mounds of scientific research. But researchers recently discovered that nearly 400 routine practices were flatly contradicted by studies published in leading journals.

Of more than 3,000 studies published from 2003 through 2017 in JAMA and the Lancet, and from 2011 through 2017 in the New England Journal of Medicine, more than one of 10 amounted to a “medical reversal”: a conclusion opposite of what had been conventional wisdom among doctors.

“You come away with a sense of humility,” said Dr. Vinay Prasad of Oregon Health and Science University, who conceived of the study. “Very smart and well-intentioned people came to practice these things for many, many years. But they were wrong.”

Some of those ideas have been firmly dislodged, but not all. Now Dr. Prasad and his colleagues are trying to learn how widespread are discredited practices and ideas.

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  1. only a fool would believe what their doctor tells them….since in many cases they are literally forced under penalty of having their license to practice revoked…to repeat the propaganda of the criminal organization..(found guilty numerous times under the RICO statute)…known as the AMA.

    AND you would be twice the fool to accept ANYTHING published in the NYT…regarding health and nutrition…

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