Ever notice how industry-funded studies always seem to favor the industry?
The latest example of this can be found in the pages of the August Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, where a study on the safety of some asthma meds concluded that they are, in fact, safe.
And by the way, this study was paid for by Big Pharma. Big surprise? Not on your life.
The study was supposed to answer concerns over long-acting beta agonists, which previous studies have linked to increased hospitalizations, severe asthma attacks, and even deaths – all unnecessary since asthma can be treated without meds, and I'll tell you more about that in a moment.
These meds are so bad that an FDA advisory committee has already come right out and called for a ban on some of them for asthma use.
But you know Big Pharma – they won't go down without a fight.
I've told you before about the secret and shady influence Big Pharma has had on our medical journals. (Click here to read "More shady ethics from Big Pharm.") But sometimes, that influence isn't hidden – it's right there for everyone to see.
That's the case with this current study, which was funded by Big Pharma. They claim they had no influence on it or its outcome, and that the author just so happened to conclude on his own that people who take these meds have no cause for concern.
If there's a notorious cattle rustler in town right around the time your animals go missing, it usually isn't too hard to figure out what happened.
Other researchers who look at this study can only shake their heads. Dr. Shelley Salpeter of Stanford University has done her own research on these meds, and reviewed plenty of others, and concluded that the drugs do in fact increase asthma hospitalizations and have even led to deaths.
She told the Reuters news agency that the results of the new study clearly reflect the influence of the company that paid for it.
Another asthma researcher, Dr. Christopher Cates of the University of London, told the same news agency: "Nothing should be concluded about the safety of long-acting beta agonist in asthma from this study design."
But to me, the real question isn't about the safety of these drugs – it's about the need for them in the first place.
Asthma is an autoimmune disorder, and I've found it's almost always triggered by an allergen – either in the environment or in the diet. Most doctors won't give you the thorough testing you need to find the food allergen component of your asthma – but if you insist on it, you can learn what's triggering your allergy.
You see, it took me a long time to realize that if your asthma is caused from something you eat that is at least a trillion times the dose of anything that you encounter environmentally. Armed with this information, which group of allergens do you think is really the overwhelming bad guy?
Once you do that, you can remove it from your home, your job and your life – along with those meds.