Thursday, 15 September 2016

Saturn-Neptune square uncovers academic fraud

As nutrition debates raged in the 1960s, prominent Harvard nutritionists published two reviews in a top medical journal downplaying the role of sugar in coronary heart disease. Newly unearthed documents reveal what they didn’t say: A sugar industry trade group initiated and paid for the studies, examined drafts, and laid out a clear objective to protect sugar’s reputation in the public eye. That revelation, published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, comes from Dr. Cristin Kearns at the University of California, San Francisco, a dentist-turned-researcher who found the sugar industry’s fingerprints while digging through boxes of letters in the basement of a Harvard library.  Sept 13

Sufferers of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) are not getting the proper treatment. The standard approach these days is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)—known as the ‘talking therapy’, which implies the problem is mainly in the sufferer’s head—but this is based on a landmark study whose results were falsified, it has been revealed this week. The PACE study had concluded in 2011 that 61 per cent of sufferers were getting well on CBT and exercise—but the numbers who really benefited had been inflated three-fold by researchers. The PACE researchers were forced to reveal the study data following a freedom of information request from CFS sufferers. The request went to appeal after the research team, based at the Queen Mary University of London, had refused to accept the first ruling, and spent £200,000 on legal fees to fight the demand. Independent researchers who have assessed the data have discovered that the researchers had inflated the benefits of CBT and graded exercise, results that changed the course of treatment for CFS and which implied that the problem was chiefly in the mind.  Sept.12

Two cases of academic  fraud  have been brought to light under the last  Saturn-Neptune square – a combination that astrologers link to the uncovering of lies.  The first one is from San Francisco,CA while the second is from London. Notice that in each case the Saturn-Neptune square aspects the horizon axis. 

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