science and failure of the press to tell the truth
by Mike Adams
(August 14 2007) Following yesterday's announcement of a new study showing
the phenomenal benefits of antioxidants for preventing heart disease in women,
the mainstream media rallied behind a blatantly false distortion of the study
designed to convince the public that vitamins E and C are somehow useless. The
popular press, which maintains an incestuous relationship with the
pharmaceutical industry, once again demonstrates it is little more than a
mouthpiece for the pro-pharma propaganda machine. There is no scrutiny of the
study's findings, no critical thinking and absolutely no independent journalism
being conducted by the mainstream media on this particular topic. It's as if
these media outlets just can't wait to be spoon-fed the latest propaganda from
drug company collaborators and then parrot it out to the public as fact.
The distortion in question concerns the assessment of women who participated
in a nine year trial measuring the effects of vitamins E and C. According to the
results published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, women who took these
vitamins on a regular basis experienced a remarkable and statistically
significant reduction in stroke risk (31 percent) and heart attack risk (22
percent). Not all the women in the study, of course, actually took the vitamins
on a regular basis, and when you count the results of those women who never took
the vitamins, the study shows no statistically significant benefits for vitamins
E and C. In other words, the vitamins didn't work on those who didn't take them.
(Is this surprising to anyone?)
The mainstream media has taken hold of this statistical distortion and
declared that antioxidants are now useless for preventing heart disease. Utterly
ignoring the fact that the vitamins worked remarkably well in those who actually
took them, the media now seems to be on a crusade to discredit nutritional
supplements by lying to its readers. Having abandoned all common sense or
scientific scrutiny, the media is now engaged in an organized campaign of
disinformation designed to boost the profits of their largest advertisers -- the
drug companies -- by spreading fear, uncertainty and doubt about nutritional
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Turning truth upside down
Of course, the idea that antioxidants are useless for preventing disease is
as absurd as thinking the Earth is the center of the universe, or that pigs can
fly. Yet this is the position being promoted by the press today in blatant
abandonment of all rational thought. To state that vitamins don't work on women
who don't take them is classic doublespeak ripped right out of the pages of the
novel 1984. You might as well say that pharmaceuticals don't work on people who
don't take them, either.
I wonder why they even bothered to give antioxidants to the participating women
at all. If you're going to count the results of all the women who don't take the
supplements, why not simply launch the study, give vitamins to no one, then
announce the conclusion that vitamins don't work? This could create a whole new
way to conduct clinical research: Track the health results in people who have
taken nothing! Think of what we could accomplish in medical science by following
this model -- we could test thousands of different substances by simply giving
them to no one, then declaring whatever results we wish to notice!
Ultimately, that's what's going on here anyway. Researchers are simply declaring
whatever they want with no real regard to scientific truth or common sense. Much
of medical science today has become a self-reinforcing exercise in pro-pharma
dogma. Listening to drug-company funded researchers talk about nutritional
science is a lot like listening to President Bush talk about peace: There is
simply no connection with reality.
There is no health announcement too absurd for the mainstream media to print. If
the American Medical Association declared water to be harmful to human health,
the media would run the story without asking a single question. If the FDA
declared all vitamins to be toxic and announced a nationwide ban on all dietary
supplements, the mainstream media would fall right into step, parroting whatever
scientific half-truths the FDA was spouting at that particular moment. If the
American Cancer Society declared that sunlight caused cancer and that the
citizens should avoid sunlight and cover their skin with toxic chemical creams
to block out the sun, the press would gladly run with that story, too. Come to
think of it, they already have: That's the story on sunscreen, and just about
everything you read in the mainstream media about sunlight and sunscreen is
There are so many falsehoods routinely printed in the mainstream media these
days that it has become a rarity to find any piece of truth. From fudged war
casualty numbers to details about health care in America today, the media has
proven itself incapable of printing anything resembling factual truth. Instead,
it has become a pro-war, pro-corporation, pro-disease, pro-market, profit-minded
mouthpiece for the corrupt elite who now run this country.
Keeping the population distracted
As such, the media has quite literally become the enemy of the people. Rather
than informing people about things that matter in the world, the media uses its
power to fill peoples' heads with falsehoods. And when it's not reporting
falsehoods, it's keeping the people distracted with wall-to-wall coverage of
stories that really don't matter at all, such as celebrity mishaps (does anybody
really care what Paris Hilton does next?), isolated acts of violence (always
with explicit footage) and fear-mongering campaigns (the terror alert is now
This nation no longer has any desire to keep its people informed, educated or
healthy. The effort now is to keep people disinformed, ignorant and diseased.
This is accomplished precisely through actions like this antioxidant study in
which researchers pretending to conduct science send fabricated stories to a
press pretending to report the news. When this kind of action is repeated a few
hundred times a year, it leaves the population distrusting all nutritional
supplements and believing that only synthetic patented chemicals
(pharmaceuticals) can solve their health problems. It is no coincidence that
pharmaceuticals are allowed to be advertised everywhere, promoted with
outrageously false claims of benefits, and that such advertising is in no way
regulated by anyone. "Free speech" is granted to pharmaceutical companies, but
not to dietary supplement companies. It is my belief that free speech is not
free if it only selectively allowed.
So we have a conspiratorial trio now working in concert to keep you stupid and
diseased: The mainstream media (which takes billions of dollars each year from
drug companies), the drug companies (which earn billions of dollars each year
selling advertised drugs), and the FDA (which enforces the monopoly and
eliminates competition by censoring truthful information about dietary
supplements). It is this trio which explains why Americans now pay the highest
prices in the world for health care and yet are simultaneously the most diseased
people of any industrialized nation in the world.
We have allowed our nation to be overrun by corporate interests. Once, we
fought for our independence from Great Britain, freeing ourselves from the
tyranny of the King who wished to impose total control over the original 13
colonies. But today, how will we free ourselves from the tyranny of the
These corporations have taken over government, regulatory bodies and the media.
Corporations have become the power monopolists in this nation and now pose a
threat of tyranny far more dangerous than any king or dictator. Not only are the
people virtually powerless to stand up against the tyranny of corporations, but
the very channel through which the people were supposed to be kept informed
about such threats -- the mainstream media -- has actually become a supporter of
tyranny itself. It is now part of the problem.
This is why I continue to stick with my prediction that the United States of
America will fail within one generation. It is a nation with unprecedented
global debt (and China just recently threatened to collapse the U.S. dollar by
selling off some of their U.S. Treasury debt), an international reputation in
ruins, a dysfunctional national press, a national health care system that
actually promotes disease and cures no one, a mentally impaired President, a
broken public education system, an irreversible addiction to oil, a drugged-up
population of voters and a deeply-ingrained habit of spending itself into
financial oblivion. Anyone who thinks this system is sustainable is kidding
themselves. And, likewise, anyone who thinks having Hilary Clinton as the next
president is going to solve all these problems is also living out some sort of
fantasy delusion. These problems cannot be solved by politicians; they can only
be solved by revolutionaries.
The press, for its part, is increasingly irrelevant to reality. That's why all
the smart people now get their information online. They read intelligent blogs,
commentary sites and independent news articles. They realize the newsstand
magazines are tabloid rags, the cable news shows are mindless entertainment for
the masses, and the newspapers largely just reprint whatever fictional "news"
stories get faxed to them by some important-sounding group such as the American
Whatever Association. Intelligent consumers have long since realized that
popular information sources simply cannot be trusted and that anyone wishing to
be truly informed about what's coming in the years ahead must make an effort to
seek out information from the few independent, non-corporate-controlled
information sources that exist only on the 'net.
The internet is the last bastion of freedom in modern society, and that's
exactly why you will continue to see it attacked in the years ahead. They've
already attacked sunlight, herbs and nutrition. You can fully expect the
internet to be increasingly attacked and discredited by the mainstream media,
which continues to lose readers and viewers by the day. It is only the internet
that offers any real hope of reform or revolution in the years ahead.
Intelligent people saved this country once already (from Great Britain), and I
believe it is possible they may do so once again, but certainly not if they're
all doped up on antidepressant drugs.
Finally, I have to wonder, what good is a free press if it's a false press?
Our forefathers (and mothers) fought hard to create a nation with protections
for the freedom of the press, and yet now the press has become the oppressor.
There is no freedom in ignorance.
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