Last weekend a friend of mine showed me a paper that had been written by a brilliant, young physician. In the paper she explained that, in her research, she had discovered that a fundamental piece of knowledge regarding the manner in which physicians in her specialty are expected to practice was seriously flawed. She went on to prove that the science based on these two incredibly small original studies was also significantly outdated by new technologies. In fact, it was clear that the knowledge garnered in the last decade alone through the use of new techniques and scientific advancements has proven this lack of accuracy in an unquestionable manner.
Here’s the worst part of this story; this flawed information has been printed in every textbook pertaining to this topic since about 1970, and change is slow. Furthermore, every student of this specialty is expected to practice incorrectly in order to comply with the standards of their profession.
Okay, you say, what’s the big deal? Well, the big deal is that the alternative practices that these flaws have resulted in suggest that the physicians prescribe certain types of drugs that, long term, may even be related to specific types of cancers in both men and women. In other words, these mistakes which apply mostly to teenagers, could eventually lead to their premature death. So, later in life when you say, “Why me?” there may indeed be an answer.