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June 14, 2019

Employ Cybersecurity Techniques Against the Threat of Medical Misinformation

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  • 1Duke Rubenstein Fellows Academy, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
  • 2Duke Forge, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina
  • 3Verily Life Sciences (Alphabet), South San Francisco, California
JAMA. 2019;322(3):207-208. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.6857
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    1 Comment for this article
    An Unfortunate Choice of Example
    Jerry Czarnecki, Ph. D in chemistry | Medical Journalist
    The use of statins as an example of an area which allegedly needs to be shielded from public discussion seems counterproductive. Statins, rather, exemplify mainstream medicine sticking to the doctrine conceived unscientifically, disproved as harmful by practice, fiercely and unfairly defended by the "Establishment".

    Two facts: (1) The link between cholesterol and mortality is weak at best, since for older people, high cholesterol concentration forecasts longevity, not high mortality;

    (2) Cholesterol is  a powerful damage-healing agent. Certainly, inside blood vessels that healing action adds to the deadly plaque-building, but it is the inflammation which created
    the need for cholesterol's healing assistance.

    This interpretation was substantiated and published many years ago, and the public justifiably sees some influence of the research-funding system, in the suspected suppression of the truth. Statins do require public scrutiny.

    Anti-vaccine idiocy, is a different story.