Conflicts of Interest
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Conflicts of Interest – 21 February 2007
An excellent article titled “Conflicts of Interest: The Hidden Side
of Science” is in the January 2007 issue of the Health Letter,
published by the Public Citizen’s Health Research Group.
According to this article, the National Institutes of Health (NIH),
institutional review boards (IRBs), and major medical journals still
fail to protect the public as they should, even after the press in 2003
revealed “…that some ranking NIH officials were getting tens of
thousands of dollars in honoraria from industry….”
I’ve also noticed how “scientific breakthroughs” against diseases are
regularly disseminated to the public as “news” by industries with a
financial interest. And what about the huge number of pharmaceutical ads
everywhere you turn? Truly, disease is big business.
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful. At the
same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the
world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true
peace and compassion.
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