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Big Bad Pharma

Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on November 23, 2012

I have several times had curious exchanges of email with Ben Goldacre and have always known him to be extremely hostile to what I call natural or alternative medicine but which he refers to as quackery (on the basis of what evidence I have to ask).

However recently I started to read his book Bad Pharma. It is dynamite. It is the most excoriating critique of contemporary drug culture and the bad science that goes along with it, I do urge everyone to read this book. It undercuts any suggestion that modern medicine is based on good science. This is a big book and it will be the core text on this subect for decades. Well done Ben Goldacre.

For the arguments in favour of what Goldacre calls quackery read my book The Cancer Survivor’s


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Ben Goldacre turns on Big Pharma

Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on September 26, 2012

“Because researchers are free to bury any result they please, patients are exposed to harm on a staggering scale throughout the whole of medicine.” – this is a quote from Ben Goldacre’s new book.

Ben Goldacre has often been seen as a key pro-everything-conventional front man but here he focuses his ire on the bad practices of the drug companies.

Goldacre believes in ‘science’ and is virulently hostile to anything that smacks of ‘non-proven’ or supported-only-by-anecdotal-evidence therapies. Unfortunately, the foundations of his position are seriously undermined by the practice of drug companies in suppressing and distorting ‘scientific’ evidence. So the issue of evidence is that you can’t trust it no matter where it is published. Which brings us back to personal experience. If it feels good do it, if it doesn’t don’t.

To read a longer extract of Goldacre’s book go here

This story is not new – I have reported on it – and other defects of cancer research as currently practiced in my book The Cancer Survivor’s

The issue of fraud is not an occasional defect – it is a significant one as reported in this article

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