In a typical obvious example of industry supported “science,” the journal Future Medicine has published a report in which it focuses not on science itself but on the notion of Fake News and how it applies to the perception and reception of stem cell research.
The article and research was funded by the Stem Cell Network so it should come as no surprise that the entire paper was merely an advertisement for the industry and focused on how fake sites/alt media sites affect the bottom line. Interestingly enough, the study actually admits that the majority of the publications are representing stem cell research in a positive light, yet it still insultingly labels many alt media outlets as “fake news” and proceeds to fixate on the label.
The Future Medicine article reads more like a CNN article whining about “fake news,” Trump, and “Russians.” Indeed, it has even more in common with CNN since its own article was paid for by the industry it is promoting as “science” much in the same way that CNN presents fake news as journalism.
Normally, an article such as this would not warrant an article on this website. However, as one might guess by now, Natural Blaze was mentioned as one of the “fake news” sites making exaggerated claims about stem cell research.
Ironically, the “study” cites a claim made by Natural Blaze that is apparently supposed to serve as an example of how the website is “fake news” and making unfair and inaccurate claims about the stem cell industry. The “sample” claim quoted by Future Medicine is “Thus, black pepper can increase the bioavailability of the cancer, inflammation and infection fighter, curcumin, up to two thousand percent.”
There is just one problem with Future Medicine‘s hit piece; that quote is merely a rephrasing of a statement made in a peer-reviewed study published in the Planta Medica journal. In fact, the study entitled “Influence of piperine on the pharmacokinetics of curcumin in animals and human volunteers,” states that “Concomitant administration of piperine 20 mg produced much higher concentrations from 0.25 to 1 h post drug (P < 0.01 at 0.25 and 0.5 h; P < 0.001 at 1 h), the increase in bioavailability was 2000%. The study shows that in the dosages used, piperine enhances the serum concentration, extent of absorption and bioavailability of curcumin in both rats and humans with no adverse effects.”
That’s science speak for “Thus, black pepper can increase the bioavailability of the cancer, inflammation and infection fighter, curcumin, up to two thousand percent.”
That being said, we are sure the researchers Shoba, Joy, Majeed, Rajendran, and Srinivas of the St. John’s Medical College in Bangalore, India will be surprised to learn that their study is “fake news” and that the experts Marcon, Murdoch, and Caulfield of Future Medicine have identified their above-quoted statement as a sample of what constitutes “fake news.”
As one might expect, the study/advertisement focused on vaccine “conspiracy theories” that involve questioning the efficacy and safety of vaccines which have had the terrifying result of leading many parents and individuals to actually question their doctors’ expertise and “authority” and begin making choices based on their own research, common sense, and beliefs. The horror!
The article goes on to warn of “belief echoes” where like-minded people and outlets “echo” one another. Clearly the article was referring to alt-media outlets and ignored corporate media outlets who consistently “belief echo” virtually every media story, even those invented on TV sets by their alleged competitors. It did not mention the Big Pharma medical industry which will no doubt share this “study” around as if it is fact in numerous publications since it “echoes” their narrative of everything that is not owned by one of five corporations.
The study then goes on to warn about the possibilities that stories critical of certain aspects of stem cell research can have negative effects on the science and industry itself, thus painting the industry and the ever-worshiped class of special gifted people known as scientists as victims of a scary army of fake news outlets. However, it admits that the majority of the outlets report positively on stem cell research; so it is apparent enough that the study and the researchers were more interested in the academic version of clickbait than contributing anything worthwhile to the world.
Not only that, but the researchers imply credibility for the now thoroughly debunked Opensources and Snopes websites. In fact, the basis for the research is essentially lifted from Opensources as the authors readily admit they accept the criteria of an obscure politically motivated website as a suitable foundation for research. Future Medicine no doubt accepts this level of research as publishable.
In addition, the researchers, no doubt schooled in citation, decided to take the easy route and not investigate sources contained in the “fake news” articles except for those contained at the bottom of the page. They simply declined checking the hyperlinked sources and, thus, those sources were not counted as sources and the articles were implied to have a lack of source material. Their reason? There were too many. After all, good research is all about taking the easy way out and half-assing as much as possible. Good job, guys. You’ll be getting a Nobel Prize soon I’m sure.
In all seriousness, however, the authors admitted to basing their research on obscure and/or disproven politically motivated websites as well as to not investigating the actual articles they are labeling as fake. Exactly why would anyone read this “study” then? How could anyone call this a “study?” It’s about as much research as a dental patient puts into her perusing of People magazine while waiting on a root canal. If condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance, Marcon, Murdoch, and Caulfield are at the pinnacle of their careers.
There is little doubt that some of the websites listed contain “fake news.” There is also no doubt whatsoever that CNN, FOX, MSNBC, and other mainstream outlets contain fake news and even staged news on an institutionalized basis.
But as for Natural Blaze: when Natural Blaze creates a “Syria Danny” character complete with staged gunfire, peddles fake Russia conspiracy theories for ratings, edits out (and in) Syrian witness statements, or claims that it is illegal to access and read WikiLeaks, call me. When CNN is added to the list of fake news sites, feel free to email us. Until then, we won’t be too concerned with being added to fake news lists and being the target of researchers who can’t be bothered to read citations.
Brandon Turbeville – article archive here – is an author out of Florence, South Carolina. He is the author of six books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies,Five Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 and volume 2, The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria,and The Difference it Makes: 36 Reasons Why Hillary Clinton Should Never Be President. Turbeville has published over 1,000 articles dealing on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s podcast Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV. He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) gmail.com.