If we have data, let’s look at data. If all we have are opinions, let’s go with mine.
- Jim Barksdale, former Netscape CEO
Torture the data, and it will confess to anything
- Ronald Coase, Economics, Nobel Prize Laureate
Since the mid-1990s the internet has had a tremendous impact on our lives. We have instant communication by email, instant messaging, discussion forums, blogs, online shopping sites, etc. We have access to ever increasing amount of data but we run the risk to analyze the data incorrectly or accept an erroneous analysis.
As a part of his fellowship training, Dr. Sabahi and his colleagues had to present analytic discussion on newly published studies. They had to point out their flaws, strengths and impacts in the practice. They learned that not all studies are the same. For example in 2009 a paper was published connecting the chronic fatigue syndrome to an infection with a mouse virus known as XMRV. In 2010 another study reported murine virus pMLV in some patients. For 3 years more than 70 publications followed the original report. In Sep 2012 researches in NIH, CDC, and Columbia University announced that they did not find any evidence of XMTV or pMLV virus infections in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome and address weakness of past research.
For that very reason, Dr. Sabahi strongly recommends to all of his patients to stay informed and up-to-date but limit your researches to reputable non-profit organizations. Dr. Sabahi has provided the following URLs just as a sample for your convenience.