Dr. David Brownstein,  editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter, is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

Tags: relative risk analysis | statins | Big Pharma

Behind the Statin Disaster

By
Tuesday, 08 May 2018 04:43 PM Current | Bio | Archive

In my book, The Statin Disaster, I detail the statistical sleight-of-hand Big Pharma utilizes to make statins appear more beneficial than they actually are.

Big Pharma reports all statin studies using what is called a “relative risk analysis.” Relative risk indicates the strength of a causal factor in producing a result (for instance, the influence of a risk factor for developing a disease).

The problem is that relative risk analysis can exaggerate the effectiveness of a drug or a therapy.

A more accurate measure of a drug’s effectiveness would be absolute risk difference, which is the difference between the rate of effectiveness for an experimental group versus a control group.

This measure is more clinically important than relative risk difference for deciding whether or not to recommend a drug therapy.

Nearly all articles that report on drug studies fail to calculate absolute risk difference; therefore it is up to readers to calculate that important information on their own.

Unfortunately, probably 99 percent of doctors are unable to calculate the absolute risk difference when reading a medical article.

That’s why I make sure that by the end of his or her rotation in my office, a medical student will be able to explain the difference between absolute and relative risk, and how to calculate it.

© 2019 NewsmaxHealth. All rights reserved.

   
1Like our page
2Share
Dr-Brownstein
In my book, The Statin Disaster, I detail the statistical sleight-of-hand Big Pharma utilizes to make statins appear more beneficial than they actually are.
relative risk analysis, statins, Big Pharma
214
2018-43-08
Tuesday, 08 May 2018 04:43 PM
Newsmax Media, Inc.
 

The information presented on this website is not intended as specific medical advice and is not a substitute for professional medical treatment or diagnosis. Read Newsmax Terms and Conditions of Service.

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved