How we got duped by fake chocolate science

The reason we keep getting duped is that science isn’t just science anymore. It’s Big Business. And it’s time we start thinking about it that way because, as in any big industry, there are some disturbing things going on that most people outside of scientific circles don’t know about — but should. After all, these missteps affect our lives.

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It’s been a bad month for science. First, a highly-cited study published in Science that found that voters’ opinions on same-sex marriage could be swayed by conversations with openly gay canvassers was retracted after UC Berkeley grad students pointed out irregularities and one of the study’s authors failed to produce the raw data. That author may also have lied about who funded the study. Then, yesterday, science journalist John Bohannon unveiled in io9 how he tricked the world into thinking that eating a daily dose of chocolate could help you shed pounds by publishing a bogus study in the journal International Archives of Medicine.

On Retraction Watch, a site dedicated to tracking scientific papers that are retracted, newly debunked studies are piling up. The reason we keep getting duped is that science isn’t just science anymore. It’s Big Business. And it’s time we start thinking about it that way because, as…

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2 responses to “How we got duped by fake chocolate science

  1. Lots of those “evidence based placebo-controlled studies” that Big Pharma loves to use to push their nasty toxic prescription drugs have been manipulated to favor their drugs. As a result, many people have been killed from trusting their doctors and taking these poisons. Take for example those cholesterol lowering drugs aka, statins, that are supposed to prevent heart disease but instead actually cause congestive heart failure by depleting the heart of CoQ10. Or how about this example on proton pump inhibitors that are designed supposedly to solve your digestion problems but instead do such a good job of killing off your stomach acid that there is no acid left to kill off the bad bacteria and as a result the bad bacteria proliferates and ends up killing you. BEWARE of SCIENCE. It can actually KILL you.

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  2. Further, there is much evidence that the FDA has accepted as valid many “studies” (by or funded by the very corporations making them) showing the efficacy and safety of newly formulated vaccines, along with ready approval of GMO manufactured foods. Lots of bogus “science” out there. Conflict of interest in rampant. They don’t care.

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