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Old 02-21-2012, 10:52 PM   #41
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It gets back to points often made in this forum about drug or medical interventions. What does "the drug worked" mean? Some treatments may only improve outcome by, say, 5% compared to placebo. Even if that's enough for approval, is it worth the cost / risk to you personally? Hopefully your doctor is on top of these issues.
I think "do no harm" is about as high as the FDA needs to set the standard. And if they later find out (from new studies or from unfortunate incidents) that it's doing harm, then they need to implement the appropriate recalls.

After that, let the markets sort it out. And by that I mean "informed consumers", not "I'm your doctor, I'm in charge here."
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It is probably better to (1) eat a little less, (2) walk a little more, (3) stress a lot less, (4) retire early, and (5) sleep a little more. I would like to challenge drug makers to beat the effects of my five simple five step recipe, with any of their drugs.
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Ben Goldacre makes much the same points as Wendy in his book Bad Science: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0...WDHXQWF2184T52

He also points out some of the issues with the testing process and the way in which test results are produced. If you're sceptical about the claims made for certain drugs (and cosmetics, homeopathy, nutritionists etc) then its a good read. But if you believe in the placebo effect, you may be better off not knowing.
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It is probably better to (1) eat a little less, (2) walk a little more, (3) stress a lot less, (4) retire early, and (5) sleep a little more. I would like to challenge drug makers to beat the effects of my five simple five step recipe, with any of their drugs.
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