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A medical journal that for more than 20 years published advice about drug safety for pregnant women has issued a rare correction related to two questionable articles by the column’s lead author.

Canadian Family Physician (CFP), the official journal of the College of Family Physicians of Canada, published the correction in its January 2019 edition outlining concerns with the articles co-authored by Dr. Gideon Koren, former head of the SickKids’ Motherisk program and director of its discredited lab.

Former head of Motherisk program under investigation by medical regulator

The 177-word correction comes after a Star investigation that exposed flaws in medical publishing, including the inability and unwillingness of journals and research institutions to correct and preserve the integrity of the scientific record.

Corrections, the Star found, routinely take years to be published, if they happen at all.

The Star investigation prompted the Hospital for Sick Children to announce in December it will conduct a wholesale review of Koren’s vast body of work. In its review of 1,400 articles co-authored by Koren over 30 years, the Star identified what appear to be problems in more than 400 of his papers, including nearly 200 published in Canadian Family Physician.

The problems include inadequate peer review, failures to declare, perhaps even obscure, conflicts of interest and, in a handful of cases, lies about the methodology used to test hair for drugs. We identified just 18 instances in the 400 studies flagged by the Star where it appears journals have taken action, in the form of a correction or clarification.

The two articles being corrected by CFP, Nausea and vomiting of pregnancy. Evidence-based treatment algorithm and Treatment of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. An updated algorithm, were not properly peer-reviewed, according to the correction, and failed to disclose a conflict of interest.

The correction also said the articles “did not provide satisfactory evidence that would have justified the recommendation” to prescribe Diclectin, a combination of antihistamine and vitamin B6, as a first-line of defence.

That recommendation was among the guidelines to treat morning sickness that were developed by Motherisk and endorsed and published by The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.

The journal withdrew its endorsement of the guideline in 2017, acknowledging in an editorial that it hadn’t subjected these regular articles to double-blind, peer reviews because of its “long-standing relationship with Motherisk.” The journal published regular articles under the title “Motherisk Update” from 1995 to 2016.

Until now, the two articles stood uncorrected in the literature.

Dr. Nav Persaud, a researcher and family physician at St. Michael’s Hospital, who co-authored a paper five years ago that questioned the recommendations in these two articles, said the medical profession in Canada has failed pregnant women with nausea and vomiting during pregnancy by issuing and recommending the faulty guideline. He said the two papers are not reliable and should be removed from the literature.

“I hope that this is a temporary measure on the road to doing what needs to be done,” Persaud said. “The fact that this is the second time that Canadian Family Physician has addressed this issue indicates that they should deal with it definitively.”

Visitors to each of the articles, which are still published on CFP’s website, are met with a note directing them to the correction. The correction guides them to a 2017 commentary written by Dr. Nick Pimlott, CFP’s scientific editor, that describes several concerns the journal had found with Koren’s work.

Neither Koren nor his lawyers responded to the Star’s request for comment.

Pimlott told the Star that the journal’s Editorial Advisory Board decided several months ago that these two articles did not meet criteria for retraction which he said is “commonly defined as conclusive evidence of scientific fraud or misconduct.”

“The Board felt that it would be important to provide clarification of the issue for CFP readers,” he said. “For this reason, a decision was made by the (board) to publish a correction.”

CFP’s correction says that for the two articles there was an undisclosed conflict of interest with Duchesnay, the manufacturer of Diclectin.

The articles, published in 2002 and 2007, were among 270 articles that the Star found referenced, in some way, “The Research Leadership for Better Pharmacotherapy during Pregnancy and Lactation.” This was not an actual fund, SickKids has said, but a name Koren created to describe “unrestricted funding he had available at different points in time.”

In 2015, SickKids said that the primary donor in the years leading up to the Motherisk scandal was Duchesnay. The hospital has said that in some cases where Koren used the “Research Leadership” name, he did not acknowledge funding from that drug company.

Persaud and co-authors had re-analyzed a 1997 Koren paper that underpinned his views of Diclectin and led to the guideline to prescribe the drug.

SickKids has confirmed some of Persaud’s findings, including that Koren’s 1997 paper overstated the number of subjects involved in that study. SickKids also said that an independent reviewer, hired by the hospital to assess the paper, concluded that its claim that the antihistamines in Diclectin have a protective effect against major malformations was not supported by the data. Antihistamines, the reviewer concluded, are neither protective nor harmful.

Pimlott said CFP is reviewing all Motherisk articles it has published.

Michele Henry is a Toronto-based investigative reporter. Follow her on Twitter: @michelehenry



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These US entities partnered with the Wuhan Institute of Virology — time for a criminal investigation?

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(Natural News) The Wuhan Institute of Virology from which the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) is believed to have “escaped” has a number of questionable partnerships that are worth looking into in light of the pandemic.

Most of them are universities, including the University of Alabama, the University of North Texas, and Harvard University. There is also the EcoHealth Alliance, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Wildlife Federation.

While the relationships between these entities and the Wuhan Institute of Virology may be completely innocent, there is no way to really say for sure without a proper investigation. And this is exactly what Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is calling for, as is the nation of Australia.

Pompeo and the folks down under, along with millions of Americans, would really like to know the true origins of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19). An increasing number of people simply are not buying the narrative that the novel virus originated in bat soup at a Chinese wet market, and this even includes mainstream media outlets like Fox News.

The only way to really determine what was going on at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and who else might have been involved. is to open the place up for an international investigation. But communist China is against this, of course, accusing Australia of “petty tricks” and collusion with the United States.

“Overnight, I saw comments from the Chinese Foreign Ministry talking about a course of activity with respect to Australia who had the temerity to ask for investigation,” Pompeo is quoted as saying in response to China’s aggression against a proposed investigation.

“Who in the world wouldn’t want an investigation of how this happened to the world?” he added.

As the U.S. aims to get back on track economically speaking, Pompeo believes that now is the time to hold communist China, the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and whoever else may have been involved accountable for unleashing this pandemic on the world.

“Not only American wealth, but the global economy’s devastation as a result of this virus,” Pompeo further stated. “There will be a time for this. We will get that timing right.”

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New U.S. analysis finds that lab in Wuhan, China was “most likely” origin of coronavirus release

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(Natural News) While American Leftists and most of the Democrat Party continue to serve as apologists for the Chinese Communist regime over its role in creating and then perpetuating the coronavirus pandemic, a new U.S. government analysis concludes that COVID-19 “most likely” escaped from a lab near Wuhan city.

The Washington Times reports that the analysis cataloged evidence linking the outbreak to the Wuhan lab and has found that other explanations for the origins of the virus are not as credible.

The paper reported:

The document, compiled from open sources and not a finished product, says there is no smoking gun to blame the virus on either the Wuhan Institute of Virology or the Wuhan branch of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, both located in the city where the first outbreaks were reported.

However, “there is circumstantial evidence to suggest such may be the case,” the paper says.

“All other possible places of the virus’ origin have been proven to be highly unlikely,” said the report, a copy of which was obtained by the Times.

ChiCom officials have claimed that the virus’ origin is unknown. However, Beijing initially stated that coronavirus came from animals at a “wet market” in Wuhan where exotic meats are butchered and sold in disgusting conditions.

Chinese officials claim that COVID-19 went from bats to animals sold in the market last year, then infected humans.

U.S. intelligence officials have increasingly dismissed that explanation, however, as attention has begun to focus on evidence suggesting that Chinese medical researchers were working with coronavirus in the country’s only Level 4 facility, which is in Wuhan.

U.S. Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said that intelligence agencies are investigating whether the virus escaped from a lab or was the result of a naturally occurring outbreak, but that analysts have ruled out reports that COVID-19 was manmade.

‘The most logical place to investigate the virus origin has been completely sealed off’

“At this point, it’s inconclusive, although the weight of evidence seems to indicate natural,” the general said on April 14, “but we don’t know for certain.”

The analysis said that the wet market explanation does not ring true because the first human diagnosis of coronavirus was made in someone who had no connection to the wet market in question. And according to Chinese reports, no bats were sold at that particular market.

At the same time, several questionable actions and a growing paper trail provide clues that the virus actually escaped from a lab, even as China begins to clamp down on those information streams.

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The biggest media lies about the coronavirus: Origins, treatments and vaccines

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(Natural News) If there is one thing that most everyone can agree on concerning the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it is the fact that there is no shortage of conflicting information out there about the nature of it. And the mainstream media is certainly doing its part to steer the narrative as part of a larger agenda, using plenty of misinformation along the way.

The following are among the most commonly parroted lies about the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that aim to distort the facts and deceive you into believing falsehoods about this pandemic:

Media LIE: The virus is not man-made

From the very beginning of this thing, the official narrative was that the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) came from a Chinese wet market where bats and other “exotic” animals are sold as meat. But the world later learned that it actually more than likely “escaped” from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

The mainstream media and social media platforms went nuts trying to censor this information and even called it  “fake news.” But eventually it became undeniable that bat soup was not responsible for spreading the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) around Wuhan and eventually to the rest of the world – hence why we continue to call it the Wuhan coronavirus rather than just COVID-19.

We have even seen attempts by the media machine at making the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) a racial issue because there are supposedly more “people of color” coming down with it than people with fair skin, which further detracts attention away from the source of this virus.

Media LIE: Hydroxychloroquine is extremely dangerous and doesn’t work

The minute that President Donald Trump announced that hydroxychloroquine may be an effective, and very inexpensive, remedy for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), the mainstream media immediately began decrying this claim as fake news, even though Anthony Fauci himself praised hydroxychloroquine back in 2013 under Barack Obama as being some type of “miracle cure” for SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome).

There have even been studies conducted that were designed to intentionally smear the drug as both ineffective and dangerous, though one in particular purposely left out zinc, which appears to be a critical co-factor in supporting the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine – in other words, politics as usual.

Media LIE: Only a vaccine can save us from coronavirus

Many politicians and public health officials are parroting the lie that the only way America can come out of lockdown and go back to “normal” is to get vaccinated with some future vaccine for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that does not even yet exist. A vaccine, we are repeatedly told, is the only thing, or perhaps some new “blockbuster” antiviral drug, that can cure the world of this scourge and make everything happy and wonderful once again.

Meanwhile, not a peep is being made about things like intravenous (IV) high-dose vitamin C, which is being successfully used in other countries to stem the tide of infections without the need for new drugs and vaccines.

By omission, nutrition is pointless

Speaking of natural approaches to overcoming the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that are being systematically ignored by the mainstream media and most in politics, have you heard anyone mention the importance of nutrition in all of this? We did not think so, and this is intentional.

Regular readers of this site over the years should know by now that the single-most important thing you need to do to stay healthy besides exercising regularly is to feed your body the nutrition it needs to naturally ward off illnesses, including those associated with the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19).

Research compiled by the Lewin Group reveals that nutritional remedies such as calcium, vitamin D, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zeaxanthin, and more all play a critical role in fortifying the immune system, which, if properly nourished, should have little problem fending off disease.

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