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This is a pet peeve of mine, the bias against anecdotal cases in favor of published studies. One will often find that if one knowledgeably debates a medical professional on a certain point about alternative medicine, they will eventually bring up the matter that anecdotal cases doesn't really matter--that the true holy grail of truth is the peer reviewed and published study on any one particular issue. The irony of this viewpoint is that these are people who make a living off of the anecdotal case in their practice! After all, who do these practitioners treat? They only treat anecdotal patients! The unique individual that comes of the street into their clinic.

A recent 2006 study documenting the bias found in published peer review studies concluded:

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CONCLUSION

So peer review is a flawed process, full of easily identified defects with little evidence that it works. Nevertheless, it is likely to remain central to science and journals because there is no obvious alternative, and scientists and editors have a continuing belief in peer review. How odd that science should be rooted in belief.


The editor in chief of the world’s best-known medical journal claims that half of all scientific literature is false!

In the past few years more professionals have come forward to share a truth that, for many people, proves difficult to swallow. One such authority is Dr. Richard Horton, the current editor in chief of The Lancet, one of the most well respected peer-reviewed medical journals in the world. Dr. Horton published a statement in April declaring that a lot of published research is unreliable at best, if not completely false.

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“The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness.”


Dr. Marcia Angell, a physician and longtime editor in chief of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), another of the most prestigious peer-reviewed medical journals in the world, makes her view of the subject quite plain:

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“It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of the New England Journal of Medicine.”


I suppose what it all boils down to is that our modern system of medicine is a cookie-cutter, industrial profit machine where it's worker-bees have to treat blindly on a statistical average large number of patients without too much thinking involved. Patients that are more likely to fall into that average of treatment are the only ones that really matter to them. Published studies do not generally consider atypical cases and throws those out as anomalies, not much worth considering. In truth, healing can only be done on an anecdotal level, treating each patient as an individual, unique. If for no other reason, anecdotal cases should be of extreme value on this plane!

There are plenty of anecdotal cases out there that support mega-dosing of Vitamin C, IV. Here is a compelling case only a few years ago featured in Australia on their 60 Minutes tv show:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_cont ... HhLYqF85EA

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