1. Don't trust current treatment guidelines

    Mainstream guidelines aren't backed by science

    If medicine was a sport, it'd be the dirtiest game in town -- one where rules are manufactured on the fly by refs with a stake in the outcome.

    Those "rules" come in the form of treatment guidelines, and while there's no law that says a doc has to follow them, those who don't toe the line are treated like lepers.

    Trust me, I speak from experience on this.

    But those do-or-die guidelines aren't based on rock-solid science -- or even semi-solid science, for that matter. They're based on the whims of so-called experts who've bullied their way to influence and power.

    Nowhere is this more true than in the crooked world of obstetrics and gynecology.

    When researchers reviewed 717 guidelines decreed by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, they found that only 30 percent were based on randomized controlled trials.

    The rest may as well have been pulled out of a hat: Thirty-eight percent were based on weak observational studies, and 32 percent were pure opinion from experts who may or may not know more than you.

    Do a little math, and you'll find that 70 percent of all OB/GYN treatment guidelines -- guidelines for major life-changing decisions that affect millions of women -- are based on little to no science at all.

    But this shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who's been paying attention -- because as I've warned you before, ACOG is as arrogant and self-interested an organization as you'll find in medicine.

    Not long ago, this group actually pushed for MORE mammograms for MORE women MORE often than ever before -- starting at the age of 40 and every single year thereafter -- despite repeated studies that find ZERO benefit for low-risk women in their 40s (and plenty of evidence they don't help older women, either).

    ACOG has also fought against midwives, homebirths, and even the videotaping of births in the hospital -- all to protect its members' financial interests, not the health of their patients.

    Think this kind of willful ignorance is limited to ACOG? Think again: Across the entire medical field, guidelines are often little more than opinions driven by agendas -- with more than a few pushed by "experts" with cash on the line. (Read more here.)

    It's like I've always said: There's no such thing as an undeniable medical fact... and that goes double for the guidelines issued by mainstream medical organizations.

  2. Mammogram madness

    Dangerous new mammogram guidelines

    What do you call a group of doctors who ignore years of research to push a self-serving agenda so they can keep earning millions while ruining untold lives?

    The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

    (Actually, a few other names come to mind -- but that's the only one my editor will let me use here.)

    ACOG has just released a new set of guidelines that call on more women to get more mammograms than ever before -- and starting from an earlier age than ever before.

    Forget that studies have found absolutely no benefit to screening low-risk women in their 40s (including a recent one in the Annals of Internal Medicine). Clearly no one is reading them anyway.

    The ACOG must be banking on the fact that most people are completely ignorant of studies like this one, because in their latest set of guidelines, they say that women need to start lining up for mammograms once they're "over the hill" -- no matter what.

    No family history of breast cancer? Doesn't matter.

    No suspicious lumps? Who cares?

    The bottom line is, of course, the bottom line. The only people who stand to gain from these unnecessary tests are the docs who prescribe and perform them. First, you'll need to visit your GYN for your mammogram referral, and then you'll need to schedule the mammogram itself.

    And if you're really "lucky," you can have it done in the convenience of an all-in-one full-service "women's health" clinic.

    The only conflict that could possibly be more blatant would be radiologists backing more frequent mammograms. And, by the way, radiologists HAVE backed having more frequent mammograms -- so there you have it.

    Would any of this matter if mammograms were useful or necessary? Of course not! But time and again, they've not only proven to be un-useful and un-necessary, but also un-accurate and un-safe.

    So forget these new guidelines.

    On second thought, don't forget them. Remember them -- and the studies that prove they're a bunch of hooey. And the next time your daughter (or granddaughter!) mentions getting her yearly checkup, send them her way.

    You might not be able to stop the docs from giving the mammograms, but you can certainly have a hand in stopping the women in your life from getting them.

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