Peter

”YouSee er nogle værre banditter”

Sådan sagde min ellers afdæmpede bankrådgiver, efter at YouSee havde chikaneret mig så meget, at jeg ville sikre mig, at de ikke kunne trække et beløb, jeg ikke skyldte dem, via betalingsservice med tilbagevirkende kraft. Jeg opsagde i en e-mail mit telefon- og bredbåndsabonnement 22/8 til udløb 30/9, men fik til svar, at jeg ”ønskede” …

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Unjustified attack on randomised trials and evidence-based medicine from an epidemiologist

By Peter C Gøtzsche Two weeks ago, US epidemiologist Harvey Risch published a paper criticising evidence-based medicine (EBM) and its reliance on randomised clinical trials (RCTs) quite substantially. At the same time, he praised observational studies based on arguments that are untenable. After Gordon Guyatt had coined the term EBM in the early 1990s, some …

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Chest pain during exercise – or how to avoid getting stented

Inserting stents into people with chest pain during exercise is big business. But is it also beneficial for the patients? This is doubtful. The reliability and usefulness of exercise stress tests and coronary angiography is also doubtful in relation to deciding whether a patient needs stents or not. As this will surprise most people, I …

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Pure nonsense about the secrets of water on national Danish TV

By Peter C Gøtzsche 9 Dec 2022 Many alternative practitioners claim that the water in homeopathic drops can remember what was once in it, even though there isn’t a single active molecule left after all the dilutions. In 2019, national Danish TV broadcast similar nonsense in the programme, “The secrets of water,” under the heading …

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Ritual circumcision of boys: a barbaric practice that must stop

We cannot justify banning female circumcision while allowing male circumcision. There is no relevant ethical difference, and none of the arguments offered in favour of male circumcision at a hearing in the Danish parliament in November 2014 held water. I have translated an article I published in 2015 about the hearing because it is still …

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Big marketing hoax: Non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are not anti-inflammatory

By Peter C Gøtzsche The name non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) suggests that NSAIDs reduce inflammation like corticosteroids do, but this is not correct. In a meta-analysis of the placebo-controlled trials, they did not reduce the swelling of finger joints measured by jeweller rings in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. And in a placebo-controlled trial in 173 …

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Fluoxetine in children and adolescents with depression is unsafe and ineffective

By Peter C Gøtzsche Psychiatrist David Healy and I have restored the two pivotal fluoxetine trials in children and adolescents with depression, which led to approval of this drug for minors. This drug, or any other depression pill, should never have been approved for children, as they do not work and double the risk of …

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