- An exercise for conspiracy research enthusiasts -
Topic: A possible "press release" from Stanford University
Article name: A New, Objective Way to Study Pain
Date: September 21, 2011
(site owned by the Atlantic Media Company)
Article name: A New Way to Study Pain
Date: September 14,. 2011
(Site owned by: interMDnet Corporation)
I thought it would be interesting to note how this apparent press releases makes its way in the wild.
As cursory reading may leave you with the impression that doctors are trying, and succeeding to some degree, in finding a physical way to "measure"
pain. Thus eliminating the already statistically accepted fact that pain bias is a significant factor in how some patients get treatment. But that
is far from the whole story... although the writing invites you accept that implicitly.
It is only at the end of the report that the authors mention the still inadequate "accuracy" rating, or that the measurements were specifically
about "thermal pain" (via heating elements applied tot he skin) in a total of eight test subjects. The long and short of it is that by measuring
the brains activity as intense heat was applied to the skin, they could with 81% accuracy gauge how severe the pain was - in eight people.
I am skeptical of the idea; but hopeful that science will lead them in the right direction.
All in all the press release is reprinted in it's exact verbiage between the two articles; which hints to me that the University is hoping to garner
interest in support for continuing research. This is what we complain about when we speak of "lazy journalism."
As more mainstream sources pick up the "story" I do believe that the owner of the Atlantic Media Company, David G. Bradley, a noted Washington
insider and the founder of the renowned "Advisory Board Company" and "The Corporate Executive Board Company" will be bringing the (by then) "well
published" story to local politicians who can spread some funds to Stanford. Investment time.
The AMA will love this as it will provide them the latitude to state that a person's pain was "measured" and thus their course of treatment (or
lack thereof) for pain will be "evidence based". "Evidence Based Medicine" is the dogma of the industry, it is the meme by which they reinforce
their monopoly on "acceptable" practices (read "Western.")
The Lawyers will love it because its application will engender the need for legal decisions to be developed based on mechanically-established human
The Government will love it because it will create political currency in the medical community, the legal monopoly, and the educational gravy train
that the NIH fosters for University researchers.
People who "believe" they are in pain, but "are not by the measurements" will then be more subject to, rather than a partner of, their treatment.
Now having posted all that: Watch for the story on TV, periodicals, and the net. I bet you will see it around somewhere... mostly in the
metropolitan centers and places which host industries with lots of federal funding.