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Leading Institution for Science-Based Health Advice Implodes After Industry Bias Is Revealed

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  • Cochrane publishes hundreds of scientific reviews each year, looking at what works and what doesn’t. For example, it has repeatedly found that flu vaccinations are ineffective
  • A May 2018 Cochrane review looked at 26 studies, concluding HPV vaccines protect against cervical precancer in adolescent girls and women and that the risk of side effects is comparable to other control vaccines
  • In July 2018, Cochrane researchers Peter Gøtzsche, Lars Jørgensen and Tom Jefferson published a scathing critique of the HPV review, pointing out methodological flaws and conflicts of interest
  • According to Gøtzsche and his coauthors, the HPV vaccine review was influenced by reporting bias and biased trial designs, and failed to meet Cochrane standards
  • In September, the Cochrane governing board expelled Gøtzsche from the board. Four other board members resigned in protest

By Dr. Mercola

I've written many articles highlighting the bias created by funding and the dangers of basing health decisions on industry-funded science. Independent, unbiased research is absolutely crucial for getting to the truth; without it science becomes little more than an extension of marketing, and hence useless.


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