Nathan Wei, MD, Rheumatology, 12:45PM Mar 8, 2013
Recent studies showing calcium supplements increase the risk of cardiac events (http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/780132) and calcitonin increases the risk of neoplasia, follow the example of other accepted medical recommendations which have fallen by the wayside.
These examples bring to mind two situations where I feel uncomfortable. The first is advising patients what to do. It seems every other week the esteemed New England Journal of Medicine comes out with an article telling us caffeine is either good for us or bad for us. So what do we tell our patients?
The second is in the professional realm. I can remember at least one episode in medical school when I was taken to task by an "esteemed professor" for voicing my dissent about a popular medical theory.Let's just say this wasn't the first time I challenged authority... nor was it the last. Still... the academic establishment often resembles the plush velvet, cigar smoke filled, "old boys clubs" of yore. Smug in their certainty.
While I feel uncomfortable about studies that upset our current construct, I also am grateful we can maintain a sense that nothing is engraved in ivy-covered stone.