I saw something disturbing this week.
It confirms my core beliefs and convictions.
Two leading medical journals were forced to retract the published results of two major research papers.
The editor-in-chief of one of the journals – The Lancet – called the report he printed “a monumental fraud.”
Now, here’s the thing. These studies weren’t more run-of-the-mill tests on the health of eggs or the effects of fish oil on our knees.
No… they looked at the biggest health story in decades.
The piece that’s now been dubbed a fraud was about the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine, the oh-so-political antimalarial drug that some docs believed (and hoped) could help coronavirus patients.
The “research” concluded the drug was not only ineffective… but also dangerous.
And because a top peer-reviewed journal published the results, the medical world took them as gospel.
Straight from The New York Times this week…
After The Lancet’s initial publication of the study concluding that the antimalarial drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine endangered the lives of coronavirus patients, the World Health Organization and other groups halted clinical trials of the drugs while safety reviews were conducted.
The other study, published by the New England Journal of Medicine, concluded that popular COVID-19 treatments were safe for folks with high blood pressure.
But that research, too, was faulty.
I wonder how many folks will be hurt because of it.
When the System Fails
The problems came to light only after the results were made public and doctors reading the journals noticed glaring faults with the tests.
It points to a huge problem in the world of modern medicine. So-called peer-reviewed studies are anything but.
It’s a fact that these so-called peers are anonymous, and results of their reviews are rarely made public.
It’s created quite a lot of room for error… and bias.
“If you have an author who deliberately tries to mislead, it’s surprisingly easy for them to do so,” said Dr. Richard Horton, The Lancet’s editor-in-chief.
“Peer review fails more often than anyone admits,” a doc that runs a watchdog group told The New York Times. “We should be surprised it catches anything at all, the way it’s set up.”
It’s not good news for a system that forms the backbone of medical advancements.
It takes us to an age-old debate in the space.
The No. 1 and No. 2 medical journals in the world aren’t retracting study after study because researchers are competing unfairly in a quest to save lives.
No, as always, it’s about money.
The researchers behind these bogus studies knew if they were the first to market with their results, the products they back would have a tremendous head start.
That’s the idea that got me – a money guy – where I am… publishing a popular health letter in partnership with a doctor who rightfully doesn’t trust the system he works in.
Dr. Phil Roberts was a subscriber to several of my financial publications.
I wrote about my suspicions of the medical-industrial complex in an essay, and he wrote me an email. I called him on my way home from the office that day. We talked for nearly an hour.
Not only did he confirm my suspicions… but he added to them.
He had tale after tale of misinformation, twisted results and flat-out biased studies.
But what’s worse, he told of study after study that didn’t get published – and therefore never made it to your doctor – because the gatekeepers behind journals like the two above refused to print them.
And, of course, it all has to do with money.
Long story short, I now consult with Dr. Roberts on anything I publish related to the world of medicine and have even put together a video series with him on some of the most popular topics.
Even bigger, though, I’ve partnered with him on several projects aimed at bringing little-known ideas to light.
Our latest is perhaps our biggest.
It involves a wild story, a controversial picture… and ingredients that have seniors saying some crazy things – like they’re actually looking forward to their next round of bloodwork.
As Dr. Phil explains here, you’re not likely to hear about these natural ingredients from your doctor. But we have a picture that, oddly enough, shows their immense potential.
It takes us to our “why.”
Why did I hire a team of researchers and team up with a world-class physician to create a home for alternative thoughts and ideas?
News like we got this week makes the answer simple.
The system we’ve relied on for more than a century is broken.
When the research we trust is deemed a “monumental fraud” by the same folks who publish it… we’ve got a problem.
The truth needs a home.
And I’m happy to provide it.
For all the details on my latest project with Dr. Roberts, click here.