Corruption of Academic Journals by Pharmaceutical Interests

May 1, 2022. Anatomy of a Retraction the details behind the recent retraction of our paper "Why are we vaccinating children against COVID-19"  By Ronald Kostoff.  by Elsevier/Toxicology Reports (TR). Read the full explanation here: ..."I believe the re-review was commissioned because Elsevier’s industry and government clients are very strong promoters of COVID-19 mass “vaccination” who stand to 1) make substantial profits from wide usage of the COVID-19 “vaccines” and 2) accomplish other goals of interest. Our TR paper challenged the scientific basis for implementing the COVID-19 mass “vaccination”, and therefore offered a potential threat to these profits (and attainment of other goals)..."


​30 April 2022. ​Meet Professor David Fisman of Canada​.  ​Want to see what a real misinformation spreader looks like? You've come to the right place. When challenged on his work, he runs for cover similar to what cockroaches do when you turn on the lights.​ ... Here are three superb articles​ and a podcast​ (and one video) debunking the paper, none of which are mentioned in the press stories:

  1. Fiction Disguised as Science to Promote Hatred (a substack by Professor Byram Bridle, Apr 26)
  2. OCLA Statement on CMAJ Fisman et al. Article Claiming Disproportionate Infection Risk from Unvaccinated Population, and on Negligent Media Reporting (Apr 27)
  3. Call for retraction of paper entitled: "Impact of population mixing between vaccinated and unvaccinated subpopulations on infectious disease dynamics: implications for SARS-CoV-2 transmission" (a substack article by Dr. Jessica Rose, Apr 28)
  4. Comments: The comments on Fisman’s paper that discredit it can be found in the comments section of the journal article.
  6. WATCH: Calgary medical specialist and lawyer refute misinformation on unvaxxed being COVID spreaders (video)

Why aren’t any of the issues raised by these articles included in the press stories?  One issue is timing: the Forbes article was published before these analyses came out (but the Salon article wasn’t).

On April 30, 2022 Dr. Byram Bridle & Dr. Denis Rancourt discuss this article beginning at 18 mins.  April 26, 2022. Fiction Disguised as Science to Promote Hatred.  Disinformation Must Be Called Out  A Message to the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Do the right thing and immediately retract the publication of an atrocious ‘peer-reviewed’ ‘scientific’ article by Dr. David Fisman, Dr. Ashleigh Tuite, and a graduate student.  There is a rumour that you may have sent this paper directly to Canadian physicians. If true, make it very clear to them that the paper represented disinformation disseminated by a physician who knows better. You should reconsider future recruitment of the services of the reviewers that promoted the publication of this paper and recommend that their academic institutions review their conduct. You should also review the conduct of your editorial board and peer review process.


Dr. Richard Horton (The Lancet editor-in-chief), April 15, 2015, "Much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue... flagrant conflicts of interest... science has taken a turn towards darkness.” The apparent endemicity of bad research behavior is alarming... Journal editors deserve their fair share of criticism too. We aid and abet the worst behaviors. We reject important confirmations. Journals are not the worst miscreants. And individual scientists, including their most senior leaders, do little to alter a research culture that occasionally veers close to misconduct. ”

Dr. Philippe Douste-Blazy, Former France Health Minister and former Under-Secretary-General of the U.N., revealed that in a closed door meeting this year with medical experts, The Lancet’s Richard Horton and Eric Rubin, editor-in-chief of the NEJM, both stated their concerns about the “criminal” pressures of big pharma on their journals. Dr. Douste-Blazy quoted Horton as saying, "Now we are not going to be able to, basically, if this continues, publish any more clinical research data, because the pharmaceutical companies are so financially powerful today and are able to use such methodologies, as to have us accept papers which are apparently, methodologically perfect but which, in reality, manage to conclude what they want to conclude." This short video is in French so click on "CC" at the bottom to turn on Closed Caption to read the English subtitles. Dr. Douste-Blazy mentions the term "Chatham House" rules. That is where a private meeting does not allow any phones or recording devices so everyone can speak freely. If someone wants to later discuss what was said, they are not allowed to identify who said what.

Dr. Richard Smith (former BMJ editor),“Medical Journals Are an Extension of the Marketing Arm of Pharmaceutical Companies”, May 17, 2005 “Journals have devolved into information laundering operations for the pharmaceutical industry, said Richard Horton, editor of the Lancet, in March 2004.”

Dr. Richard Smith. Time to assume that health research is fraudulent until proven otherwise.


Jan. 15, 2009 The New York Review “Drug Companies & Doctors: A Story of Corruption.” Dr. Marcia Angell, former editor in chief of NEJM wrote, ‘It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor.”


Dr. Arnold Seymour Relman, former NEJM editor-in-chief wrote in 2002, “The medical profession is being bought by the pharmaceutical industry, not only in terms of the practice of medicine, but also in terms of teaching and research. The academic institutions of this country are allowing themselves to be the paid agents of the pharmaceutical industry. I think it’s disgraceful.’”


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