Peter Little: One Giant Coch Up ?
Just posted this on Australian Skeptics FB page today about my skepticism of mainstream medicine when the gold standard Cochrane reviews are ignored. I got banned last night from the Young Skeptics FB page after being insulted etc for defending my role in the longest health practitioner case in Australia in 2013.
“I believe I have been black banned from your convention because of my skeptical comments in the past as to the biased use of Cochrane evidence particularly in relation to the Friends of Science in Medicine, who restrict their use of Cochrane reviews to questioning the evidence base supporting natural therapies.
Here is the description of Cochrane from their website:
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Cochrane contributors – 37,000 from more than 130 countries – work together to produce credible, accessible health information that is free from commercial sponsorship and other conflicts of interest. Many of our contributors are world leaders in their fields – medicine, health policy, research methodology, or consumer advocacy – and our groups are situated in some of the world’s most respected academic and medical institutions. Contact us for more information.
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Cochrane’s contributors are affiliated to the organization through Cochrane groups: healthcare subject-related review groups, thematic networks, groups concerned with the methodology of systematic reviews, and regional centres. (Learn more about our organizational structure.)
There is no one place or office that is ‘Cochrane’. Our contributors and groups are based all around the world and the majority of our work is carried out online. Each group is a ‘mini-organization’ in itself, with its own funding, website, and workload. Contributors affiliate themselves to a group, or in some cases several groups, based on their interests, expertise, and/or geographical location.
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The need for Cochrane’s work is even greater than it was when we started 20 years ago. As access to health evidence increases, so do the risks of misinterpreting complex content; meanwhile the likelihood of any one person getting a complete and balanced picture decreases. Our mission to provide accessible, credible information to support informed decision-making has never been more important or useful for improving global health.”