By Don Boys, Ph.D. - November 10, 2021
In recent years, the peer-reviewed medical journals (known in recent years for publishing articles then retracting them) have veered away from health and medicine and into politics, but then maybe they have the same low level of competency in one as in the other.
Most Americans are impressed with peer-reviewed journals, although scientists in many fields and informed non-scientists are aware that the bloom is off the rose, and such journals are struggling for legitimacy. They have taken many body blows to their credibility, reputation, and subscription lists in recent years.
In 2011, the pharmaceutical company Bayer looked at 67 blockbuster drug discovery research findings published in prestigious journals and found that three-fourths of them were wrong!
The British Medical Journal (BMJ) ran research past other experts in the field and discovered that most of the reviewers failed to notice eight errors that had been deliberately inserted into articles. That is shocking, but it was even worse. The reviewers were told they were being tested. No scientist spotted more than five errors out of the 221 reviewers who responded. The average reviewer found two mistakes. That’s two errors out of eight!
No wonder every health care system is collapsing with so many incompetents wearing white coats and dangling stethoscopes.
Peer-reviewed published articles in the once venerable Lancet asserted President Trump “provoked” the mob that stormed the Capitol on January 6 and his “turbulent” legacy “imperils the health of Americans and the world.” Well, they did use the word health in the medical article.
Lancet promoted Biden as a “healthy” choice for America and, on May 16, 2020, published an editorial calling for Trump’s defeat in the 2020 Presidential election.
Considering the political, economic, educational, and social travesty in the United Kingdom, it might be better to use print space to solve that nation’s problems. Maybe the JAMA and the NEJM can solve America’s troubles.
Lancet published a “dehumanizing” and “sexist” article describing females as “bodies with vaginas” to appease the fanatics of the trans lobby. Critics called it “insulting and abusive” and a “misguided pursuit of woke points.” A few months earlier, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust told its staff to use terms like “birthing parents” and “human milk” rather than referring to “mothers” and “breast milk.”
Lancet, founded in 1823, is the most respected medical journal in the world but has recently become “woke” and politically correct. Maybe, it would be more in keeping with their purpose if they were honest, correct, and balanced—and dealt with health.
The Daily Mail of September 11, 2021, reported that Lancet, in their March 7, 2020 edition, published a letter to discredit the “conspiracy theory” that COVID was accidentally (or purposefully) leaked from the Wuhan Lab in China. Whether Covid-19 had man-made origins or leaked from the lab in Wuhan was effectively shut down by the letter. Twenty-seven authors signed the letter ridiculing man-made origins, and their prestige carried the day, calming the concerns of most people.
The Lancet’s assurance from the highly respected scientists “effectively ended all debate” about the origins of the global coronavirus pandemic. It was no more an issue. The Red Chinese were not guilty. While the COVID roots were not discovered, its origin was not in China, and it was for sure not a bioweapon. The Lancet letter made that sure.
Well, not really.
The Daily Mail reported another London paper, the Daily Telegraph, revealed that 26 of the 27 scientists who signed the Lancet letter had a conflict of interest (COI) in making that case. All but one of the alleged unbiased authors “have links to its Chinese researchers, their colleagues or its benefactors, a new investigation has revealed.”
Say what! Peer-review is supposed to be honest, forthright, scholarly, unbiased, fair, truthful, balanced, etc.
The Lancet scientists were not unbiased since those 26 scientist-authors had a dog in that fight. The highly esteemed scientists convinced almost everyone that COVID did not leak (or was not leaked) from the Chinese lab, so don’t worry about COVID’s roots. Everyone can go back to watching politicized sports.
Now we know many Lancet authors cannot be trusted. They hid their Chinese connection that would indicate they had conflicts of interest when making conclusions. In my opinion, they are all disgraced scientists who can be bought by the Communist Chinese.
That’s not supposed to happen, not with real scientists . . .