Some manufacturers conduct misleading scientific studies in order to manufacture and sell their products, according to epidemiologist Dr. David Michaels, author of Doubt Is Their Product: How Industry's Assault on Science Threatens Your Health. Dr. Oz talks with Dr. Michaels about how companies market doubt and what questions consumers need to be asking about science and regulation.
In the '50s, tobacco manufacturers were the first to manufacture doubt and uncertainty in order to sell a product that they knew was dangerous, Dr. Michaels says. "It was fabulously successful for tobacco, so other industries recognized this," he says. "The public relations industry then went to other industries and said, 'Here's what we can do for you.' Now, it's everywhere."
Basing manufactured products' research on faulty scientific trials isn't the only thing that is causing uproar in the scientific community, Dr. Michaels says. "The biggest risks I see are that we have well-designed trials, so well designed that they specifically avoid getting into areas where the weaknesses of the project are so they won't become exposed," Dr. Michael says.
In order to make this information more readily available and regulate these studies, Dr. Michaels makes the following suggestions:
Published on September 02, 2008