Equipoise and Autism: Fairness of Research Within a Controversy
Equipoise is said to be an essential element in clinical trials--not knowing beforehand which arm of a trial will give the best results. I understand that equipoise is necessary to provide an ethical basis for the use of experimental drugs in a patient subject. I would like to extrapolate equipoise to medical research in general. Should the public be subject to the apparent results of research into clinical conditions where the investigators are or appear to be associated with activist organizations or organizations holding a particular point of view? That is, researchers with an apparent conflict of interest? For example, in this morning's news is a study which suggests that autism is related to wi-fi radiation.
The article is
“Wireless Radiation in the Etiology and
Treatment of Autism: Clinical Observations and Mechanisms"
J. Aust. Coll. Nutr. & Env. Med. Vol. 26 No.2 (August 2007) pages 3-7
By Tamara J Mariea, Internal
Balance Inc, Nashville TN and Safe
Wireless Initiative, Washington, DC
George L Carlo, Science and
Public Policy Institute, Safe Wireless
Initiative and The George Washington
University School of Medicine and
Health Sciences, Washington, DC
Except for the George Washington University School of Medicine, all the other associations appear to be directed toward one goal.. one "arm". Although there should be freedom of investigation and freedom of speech, in view of such a public controversial and heated issue such as the cause of autism, shouldn't investigations and their publicity be carried out by researchers who themselves hold an "equal position" as they initiate the research? ..Maurice.