MYTHS AND TRUTHS ABOUT OBESITY
The New England Journal of Medicine recently published a study from a team of doctors working at the University of Alabama Birmingham called "Myths, Presumptions, and Facts about Obesity". The gist of the article is that when it comes to the "scientific" literature, there are more myths and half truths concerning obesity than you can shake a stick at. I would love to tell you that I am shocked by this, but I have been exposing many of these myths for years. In fact, I write so much about this general topic that sometimes I feel like Adam & Jamie of MYTHBUSTERS should be calling me (HERE). In this study, "myths" were defined as, "claims that persist despite contradicting evidence" --- a real problem for those wrapped up in the false claims of EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE.
Before I show you the list of some of the myths that Allison's team of doctors came up with, I want you to take a look at their Disclosure Statement. Take just a moment and look at who is sponsoring / has sponsored these doctor's various projects. This is particularly relevant in light of the study that came out of the British Medical Journal on Thursday --- a topic for another day.
As you'll quickly notice, it seems that almost everyone is trying to help the doctors on Dr. Allison's team scrape by to the end of the month. This study is so financially conflicted (COI), it's almost impossible to know where to begin. But this is nothing new in the field of medical research (HERE). If you really think that individuals being paid good money by Big Pharma (GLAXOSMITHKLINE, PFIZER, Eli Lilly & Company, Merck, and several others others), Big Mac (McDonald's), Big Sugar (Coke, Pepsi, Red Bull, World Sugar Research Organization, Wrigley, and Mars), Big Dairy (Global Dairy Platform / European Dairy Foundation / International Dairy Foundation), Big Beef (The American Cattleman's Association), Big GRAIN (General Mills / ADM / United Soybean Board / Northarvest Bean Growers Association), Big Brew (The Knowledge Institute for Beer), Big Insurance, (Aetna), and Big People trying to get smaller (Jenny Craig), can be trusted to provide unbiased conclusions, I have some ocean front property in Arizona that I would just looooooove to sell you ---- cheap! This is the reason it is difficult to trust anything coming out of the medical community (look at the link above on EBM)!
The truth is, these doctors should be embarrassed to put their name on something this conflicted. And NEJM should be embarrassed to publish something this conflicted as 'research'. But hey; even embarrassment has its price. By the way, What you are going to see is not the actual Disclosure Statement from NEJM --- it's incomplete. The actual Disclosure Statement only comes if you pay for the full version of the study.
THE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT
Dr. Schierling completed four years of Kansas State University's five-year Nutrition / Exercise Physiology Program before deciding on a career in Chiropractic. He graduated from Logan Chiropractic College in 1991, and has run a busy clinic in Mountain View, Missouri ever since. He and his wife Amy have four children (three daughters and a son).