Updated: Sep 2, 2019
Crossfit recently posted three important articles by Dr. Maryanne Demasi, a "controversial" Australian science journalist.
In "Science and censorship--my story" Dr. Demasi gives the chilling details of how multinational corporate interests suppressed legitimate reporting on statins and cholesterol, including a successful, highly regarded two-part TV special that challenged conventional wisdom. The steps taken to essentially eliminate all traces of the broadcast and extensive research behind it, and ultimately to terminate Dr. Demasi's employment by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, are truly alarming.
"In Science we trust--or do we?" gives a brief overview of the growing opacity of study- and clinical trial results, which increasingly tend to bolster mainstream multinational pharmaceutical and food messaging, even in the face of growing contradictory evidence. Following the money becomes very important, and Dr. Demasi points out that in the United States, since the 1980's (when the National Institute of Health was largely defunded) "drug companies now fund the vast majority of human clinical trials."
"The Secret Life of Data" gives an inside look at how raw data that contradicts results claimed by multinational food and drug corporations is tenaciously suppressed or withheld from independent researchers and the public at large.
Thanks to Mark Sisson for sharing the first article in his weekly "Link Love" treasure trove.
Thanks also to Crossfit, which fearlessly pushes back against corporate (and complicit government) obfuscation and nutritional misinformation. Alert readers should visit their Health and Battles pages regularly.
Finally, if you haven't viewed it yet, check out THE primer on media message manipulation: investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson's TED talk on "Astroturfing."
And don't forget....
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