May 11, 2014
More Studies from 35 to 50 years Ago Proven False
It seems that in light of today's fabricated studies, that in years gone by, studies were also fabricated by researchers to gain a reputation and a little fame. These people may be the cause of the research fabrications by many companies and government today as they learn how easily researchers can be coerced. Researchers in general seem to have no ethics and even less interest in research that could be of clinical value. It is all about the money
Like researchers of three or more decades ago, it was about agendas and the amount of research money that fabrication of research could bring into their pockets. Researchers today have the Big Four plus Big Government to provide money and direction for research – Big Pharma, Big Food, Big Chemical, Big Agriculture, and Big Government. And the direction is of even less clinical value. My blog on junk science is big business helps explain this.
Now like the fat fiasco by 1956 of the “Seven Countries Study” led by Ancel Keys, another study has been disproved. A supposedly landmark study from 1970 by two Danish researchers, Bang and Dyerberg has been finally shown to be false and exactly the opposite is the case. Their research has been the basis for heart healthy guidelines for years and recommended oily fish to be heart healthy.
Guess what? A new review of information has determined that Bang and Dyerberg failed actually to investigate the cardiovascular health of the Eskimo population, meaning that the cardioprotective effects of their diet are unsubstantiated. Their research focused on the dietary habits of Eskimos and offered only speculation that the high intake of marine fats exerted a protective effect on coronary arteries.
Now, researchers have found that Eskimos actually suffered from CAD (coronary artery disease) at the same rate as their Caucasian counterparts. Bang and Dyerberg relied mainly on annual reports produced by the Chief Medical Officer of Greenland to ascertain CAD deaths in the region.
“In fact, researchers have now found that concerns about the validity of Greenland’s death certificates have been raised by a number of different reports and that at the time, more than 30% of the population lived in remote outposts where no medical officer was stationed. This meant that 20% of the death certificates were completed without a doctor having examined the body.”
“The 2014 study has identified a number of reasons that those records were likely insufficient, mainly that the rural and inaccessible nature of Greenland made it difficult for accurate records to be kept and that many people had inadequate access to medical personnel to report cardiovascular problems or heart attacks.”
“Overall, their life expectancy is approximately 10 years less than the typical Danish population and their overall mortality is twice as high as that of non-Eskimo populations.”
Yet, this study is still widely cited today when recommending the dietary addition of fish oil supplements (like omega-3 fatty acids) or oily fish to help avoid cardiovascular problems. Even with this evidence, our doctors continue to believe these old studies and still trot them out as fact when patients are resistant to their advice.