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Saturday, February 19, 2011

If it proves their own theories, the study is believed

Have you ever noticed that doctors pick and choose what study they want to believe in?

There was a study a few years back that showed that Ventolin, if used long term, may actually cause underlying bronchospasm, or otherwise known as paradoxical bronchospasm. Yet in the hospital setting this has never stopped a doctor from ordering Ventolin.

Yet there was another study that showed that Ventolin enhances sputum production, however minute, and so they order Ventolin for patients they want to spit up more, or when the patient has pneumonia (even though it doesn't get to the alveoli).

In fact, I debated a doctor about this here.

Xopenex was originally believed to be stronger than Ventolin, and to produce fewer side effects. Yet more recent studies show neither claim is true. Yet many doctors choose to believe the former and not the later studies.

So they choose to believe one study, while ignoring the other. If it proves their own theories, the study is believed. If the study contradicts their theories, it's ignored. Just a thought.

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