This post first appeared on ON LINE Opinion, Australia’s e-journal of social and political debate.
Who make the health science laws of the day? Medics? Researchers? Drug companies?
Nobel Prize winning astrophysicist Brian Schmidt stated on Q&A this week, science is about ‘testing theories’ that when proven lead to reliable knowledge. Scientific theories that become laws have a constant, consistent outcome when tested.
Medical researchers will agree that the health sciences are often unsure what causes disease or the best ways to treat it. There is a fairly universally held belief that certain drugs and treatments provide beneficial effects for specific diseases. However, double-blind studies often prove inconclusive and other studies show that the placebo effect is the only reliable effect. Considering that a drug needs to be only 15% effective to be approved for use in many countries, there’s a very strong case for concluding that drug-effectiveness is often random and not governed by a law at all.Continue Reading