How many new drugs, Dr. Lajos Pusztai asks, were approved for breast cancer treatment in the past decade? His answer: seven. None was much different from drugs already on the market.
Yet in the same decade, he said, there were 8,000 publications in medical and scientific journals on breast cancer and more than 3,000 clinical trials at a cost of over $1 billion. “What came out of this is seven ‘me too’ drugs,” Dr. Pusztai said.
Until about 1946 or so science in the west was advancing rapidly. However, shortly after the war ended peer review was widely adopted, and at about the same time science history was abruptly rewritten so that science had always practiced peer review, and at the same time also rewritten so that Roger Bacon, instead of being imprisoned in solitary confinement on bread and water by the Church for advocating the scientific method as in the earlier histories, was instead supposedly placed under “a form of house arrest” for advocating astrology. With the adoption of peer review, the scientific method was de-emphasized. It was not written out of history, but in the new version of official history, the scientific method lost its starring, heroic, and revolutionary role in western civilization. The scientific method was still routinely taught in schools, though after the seventies, less so.
It is hard to say exactly when science slowed down, but after we landed on the moon, obviously slower. I suspect that the decline is caused by peer review and the de-emphasis of the scientific method, but because it is hard to say when science slowed, hard to say what caused it. I say the problem is that if the scientific method is central to science, then it is science, but if peer review is central, then nothing distinguishes “science” from any other state sponsored theocratic priesthood. That is my explanation of the problem, but your interpretation of the evidence may differ.
many Americans frustrated by declining health and understandably eager to improve their quality of life are booking flights to state-of-the-art facilities where they can expect to receive high-tech treatments (for orthopedic injury, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, spinal injury, COPD, cardiovascular disease, and many other conditions) that American hospitals simply cannot offer.
Many are returning home significantly improved — like Bartolo Colon. Sidelined by a series of arm and shoudler injuries, the pitcher underwent adult stem cell therapy in May in the Dominican Republic. Samples of his fat and bone marrow were processed for his own stem cells, then injected into the afflicted areas of his arm to repair ligament damage and a torn rotator cuff. The procedure had previously been shown to work for sidelined race horses; that was good enough for Colon, who is now at work for the Yankees, in the pink of health, delighting his fans.
It seems that the reason this therapy is not available in the US is that the science underlying the therapy subtly discredits one of the arguments in favor of abortion – demonstrating that science in the US is subservient to progressive theology.