Shopping Makes Men Impotent: Ben Goldacre describes “bad science”

Ben Goldacre is a well-respected psychiatrist in the UK that has grown tired of the misinformation that is presented as fact and the degree to which money is having an effect on the treatment of a patient. He is a man of skepticism, and is using this personality trait to empower the listener with the tools to be able to see through the pharmaceutical (and other medical propaganda) manipulations of research AKA lies. Below is a 15 minute lecture on healthcare research/delivery that I feel every person that considers themself to be scientifically oriented should watch.

In this lecture, Ben Goldacre strives to get the listener (the listener includes everybody from the patient to the doctor) to see through the pharmaceutical sunshine to the depth of understanding the jaded research that pharmaceutical industries choose to report, and more importantly, to not report to the public.

Interestingly, on November 3rd, 2011 the large pharmaceutical company, GlaxoSmithKline, settled a lawsuit with the American FDA for $3 billion dollars (article can be found here.) The lawsuit that was in action against the company was for illegal marketing of a diabetes medication (Avandia) that had been restricted after being linked to heart risks. During the case, it was determined that GlaxoSmithKline had been paying doctors and was manipulating research in order to promote the drug. This very recent example depicts exactly why Ben Goldacre is working so hard to educate the consumer and healthcare worker.

Ben Goldacre: writes a column in the UK Newspaper, The Guardian, called Bad Science. He has also written two books, ‘Bad Science,’ and “The Drug Pushers,’ which can be found on his webpage.


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