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ORTLAND, Ore. — Dr. Vinay Prasad is a professional scold: He takes to Twitter each day to critique this cancer drug as ineffective, or blast that one as overpriced, or dismiss the clinical trial of another as completely irrelevant.

So it’s a bit of a surprise to catch him at the bedside of an elderly man with lymphoma, laughing gently with his patient as he inquires about his day — and painstakingly explains a potent drug’s unpleasant side effects.

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  • Vinay Prasad — my hero!

    I’ve read “Ending Medical Reversal” and it is fantastic and constructive! Recommend to all. He’s not the nihilist this story kind of makes him to be.

  • Dr Prasad presents a Hobbson’s choice
    – Do you stupidly run a non-inferiority trial with insanely large margins of difference that are unrealistic just to reduce your sample size and save money?
    OR
    -Do you run a non-inferiority trial with a realistic margin of difference, requiring much increased sample size and cost (much more than a placebo-controlled trial) and have to justify the cost of the study and the cost of failure?

  • Was there ever a mention of what institution the subject of this article works for and what his job title is? I assume he’s an oncologist? Were these minor details edited out, or just considered unimportant?

  • Those last few paragraphs are disturbing. I would not want this person treating me or anyone I loved on the one day a week he practices clinical medicine. I would feel held hostage by his strident belief system. The fact that he recognizes and tries to mitigate this concern by insisting he’s not an “outlier” and he’s “way within the spectrum” gives me even more pause. He doth protest too much. I would love to see what kinds of treatments he offers his patients compared to his counterparts on the “spectrum.”

    • Me thinks thou doth protest too much. We should all be thankful for physicians like this doctor who questions the delivery of medical care. Let’s fact the fact that physician are involve in a business today. It’s great that someone has the knowledge and skill to delve into the business of health care. I would love to have this physician on his one day of clinical care as he has extensive expertise in oncology and his treatment of the patient would be evidence based.

    • Well, Dr. Prasad would be exactly what I would be looking for in an oncologist, but hope to be fortunate enough to never need one. He would be the clinician for me! I need to have a role in decision-making and understand benefits and risks on a realistic basis.

  • Dr SEBI, an African herbalist who cured HIV, lupus, herpes etc using natural methods was tried by the supreme court of New York….died mysteriously in jail soon after winning the case. Another neurosurgeon who published the success of megadose Vit C IV to treat brain tumors was apparently jailed…Vit K has been postulated to treat liver cancers…Dr. Prasad may just find better therapies hidden in nature.

    • “Dr” Sebi was tried for practicing medicine in New York without a license, an important fact for Dr Jindal to have omitted. If his herbs actually cure these illnesses, then we should be free of them soon. Since the herbs were discussed in the court case, research on them could validate the cure claim and we would be able to stop the mentioned diseases. Are you performing research Dr Jindal? If not, why not? As a licensed Dr there is not a chance of being arrested for practicing without a license. Validate the claim, instead of implying “the Government” shut him down because “the herbs work but Big Pharma is in control”

    • Also omitted was the fact “Dr” Sebi died in a HONDURAN jail, where he had been arrested and was on trial for money laundering and had been in jail for approx. 5 months during the trial. An important fact, as the implication from Dr Jindal was that it was in the US

    • As for the neurosurgeon….2 issues. A name? And what does “apparently jailed” mean? Your not sure if he/she was jailed? Then why mention it? Some research would help you…isn’t that the point of this article?

  • Dr. Prasad, cannot thank you enough for the work you do and the voice that you provide to us. Please keep raising questions and do not be daunted by those who try to silence you. There are not enough doctors like you. We so need you to keep speaking out.

    Meghana Keshavan, thank you so much for writing about Dr. Prasad. Please do not stop providing a forum for those doctors who are brave enough to raise questions that need to be asked on behalf of We The People.

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