By Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, doctoroz.com:
suggesting that the WPI should retract their study, which I consider to be extreme and inappropriate.
To put it in perspective, over time:
1. Cholesterol medications were shown to be minimally helpful in primary prevention (i.e., for those without known heart disease — they are clearly helpful in those who have known heart disease or stroke).
2. Some antidepressants have been shown to be about as effective as placebo for mild to moderate depression.
3. Some diabetes medications actually are more likely to kill the patient than help them.
And the list goes on and on and on …
Does this mean the journals will soon be requesting retractions and attaching “letters of concern” to thousands of these earlier studies? Unless this becomes their new policy, it is equally inappropriate for them to be doing so here.