The four-in-one drug that's four times as risky
Some "researchers" should get out of the science business altogether and just start doing infomercials.
Dr. Wald recently released a study for what I think is a little horror called the polypill, which combines three blood pressure meds with a cholesterol-lowering statin drug.
In his latest "study... in my opinion an absolute masterpiece of junk science...the doctor's managed to "conclude" that 94,000 heart attacks and strokes would be prevented in the U.K. each year if half of everyone over the age of 50 was given the polypill.
I have a one-word response to that... but my editor will only let me use half of it: BULL.
All the study really proved was that 12 weeks on the polypill can cut cholesterol and BP levels, which is about what you'd expect would happen when you give people cholesterol and BP meds.
But that doesn't necessarily mean it prevents heart attacks and strokes.
As I've told you time and again, I think those measures are practically meaningless when it comes to predicting outcomes.
Yet despite the fact that the study was short and that a nurse at the British Heart Foundation said that "there are still many questions to answer before this...is prescribed by doctors" -- Prof. Wald is still making headlines and urging regulatory bodies to give the okay on his father's drug.
Yes, HIS father's drug. You see, Wald's father -- Sir Nicholas Wald holds the patent for the polypill. And if EVERYONE starts to take it...well you do the math.