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Innumeracy!

Drugs Promoted with Misleading Statistics

Recent example of this widespread form of fraudulence:

Press release and media reports (July 2017):

"The risk of having another stroke increased 42%
for patients who stopped taking statins."

The data are shown in Table 4 of the study:


http://jaha.ahajournals.org/content/6/8/e005658

Out of 33,623 patients who kept taking statins,
1,474 (4.4%) had another stroke.

Out of 8,353 patients who stopped taking statins,
517 (6.2%) had another stroke.

That increase of 1.8 percentage points from 4.4% and 6.2%
shows a relative increase of about 42%
(or decrease of 29%).


Interpretation of results by anti-statinists who say statin risks outweigh benefits:

"The risk of not having another stroke increased an
insignificant 2% for patients who stopped taking statins."



Out of 33,623 patients who kept taking statins,
32,149 (95.6%) did not have another stroke.

Out of 8,353 patients who stopped taking statins,
7,836 (93.8%) did not have another another stroke.

That same 1.8 percentage point difference between 95.6% and 93.8%
now shows a relative increase or decrease of only 1.9%.


This is a good example of "innumeracy" discussed in
fluoridation's bogus sales pitch.

Don't Be Takin' Fluoride!