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Mainstream Media Continues To
Distort The Truth About Antioxidants

Following a recent 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 seems media outlets are too eager 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 supplements.

Here are some of the headlines that appeared yesterday in the mainstream media. As you read these, keep in mind that these are stories based on a study that actually found significant protective benefits for those women who took the antioxidants:

WebMD
Antioxidants Don't Lower Heart Risk

FOX News
Study: Antioxidants Do Not Protect High-Risk Women from Heart Disease

Xinhua, China
Antioxidants cut no heart disease rate in high-risk women

Scotsman, United Kingdom
Nutrients 'do not cut heart risks among vulnerable'

CTV.ca, Canada
Antioxidant pills don't prevent heart disease

Bloomberg
Antioxidants Don't Cut Heart Disease Rates in High-Risk Women

ABC News
Vitamins No Magic Bullet for Heart Health

Forbes, NY
Antioxidants No Magic Bullet for Heart Disease in Women

Natural Products Industry Insider
Antioxidants Don't Impact CVD Events in High-Risk Women

Reuters
Common vitamins no help for women's hearts - study

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.

It is suprising as to 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 the outcome of such studies. 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 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, 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 governments.


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.

It's all become bread and circuses. (Click here to read the Wikipedia explanation of this phrase "bread and circuses")

Governments no longer have any desire to keep 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.


Corporations Have Control Of Governments

These corporations have taken over government, regulatory bodies and the media. Corporations have become the power monopolists 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.

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 comes their way without proper investigation. 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.

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August 16, 2007

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