January 5th, 2008

Junk mail

I got this huge magazine in the mail yesterday. All of it was an advertisement for a book. I was curious about it, so started leafing through it. And was stopped by this bold headline: Bypass in a pill: Doctor wins Nobel Prize then gets buried. And a whole tinfoil-hat-territory article on how this doctor discovered this amazing molecule that makes bypass surgery, angioplasty and blood pressure drugs obsolete.

Of course, my skeptics hat mostly refuses to come off, so I was going to just toss the magazine and then I thought: wait a minute, this is 2008; There is no way to cover up a discovery of that nature. In the 21st century we have a whole series of tubes through which we get the most amazing information.

So, off I went to wikipedia to look up that Nobel Prize winning, amazing molecule discovering doctor and found this:

Ignarro worked with Herbalife to develop Niteworks, a dietary supplement designed to boost the body’s own production of nitric oxide, and later became a member of the company’s Scientific Advisory Board. Ignarro endorsed this product in exchange for a royalty agreement reported to have earned his consulting firm over $1 million in the first 12 months. Ignarro also promoted Niteworks' ingredients in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, without disclosing his financial interest to the publication. After Ignarro's ties to Herbalife were revealed, the journal issued a correction to the article, citing Ignarro's undisclosed "conflict of interest".