Misskiwi67 wrote: kagnew wrote:
Studies have to be funded. Virtually an impossibility... Vet schools won't do it as their funding comes from Proctor & Gamble (Iams, Eukanuba), Colgate-Palmolive (Science Diet)...
This is a MYTH that I would really like to see stop. Those companies do not prevent studies from happening. Unfortunately, there is little to no interest in the veterinary community, and no funding from companies as individuals generally prepare their own diets.
Having worked in research industry (The Salk Institute and in private pharmaceutical research closely aligned with UCSD) I can tell you the world of research is both POLITICAL and INDUSTRY driven. IT IS ABSOLUTELY A FACT THAT PROFESSORS, DEPARTMENTS, and UNIVERSITIES ARE AT THE MERCY OF BIG BUSINESS
. Professors know their ability to pay their mortgage, their kids schooling, and all the other life benefits rests in their ability to manage their reputation as a researcher and to maintain the financial ties the research organization needs to maintain funding sources.
UNTIL YOU'VE HAD YOUR BOSS ASK YOU TO COOK THE NUMBERS SO HE "CAN PAY THE MORTGAGE", you have no idea the pressure many in research face. Yes, many begin their careers naive and wanting to pursue good research, but time corrupts, especially when you see others being heavily influenced and financially rewarded by BigPharma and CPG Firms. Here's a great example to give you something to chew on:
Dr. Joseph Biederman, M.D. is a professor in Harvard Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry and Chief of the Program in Pediatric Psychopharmacology, Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and arguably the poster boy for Big Pharma conflicts of interest.
He is, according to the New York Times, also the world’s most prominent advocate of diagnosing bipolar disorder in even the tiniest children and of using anti-psychotic medicines to treat the disease, even though much of his work has been underwritten by drug makers for whom he privately consults. His work personally helped to fuel a controversial 40-fold increase from 1994 to 2003 in the diagnosis of pediatric bipolar disorder. Two of his most recent controversies: the use of anti-psychotic drugs in small children, and conflicts of interest in medicine.
Why do you think nearly every person you meet thinks they have ADD, ADHD, Autism, "Anxiety", etc.? The pharmaceutical companies know the best way to produce a revenue stream is to NOT SOLVE THE UNDERLYING ISSUE, instead they seek to produce an annuity where you make the monthly, quarterly, or annual trek to the doctors to refill your prescription.
It is the same issue with dog food. The companies know the issues they are causing (...talk to a few food chemists if you disagree with me, it is scary the details they know - here's a good overview of HFCS chemistry from UCSF - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBnniua6-oM
), but now they have created a "supplemental" industry, oh, and tie that to the derm meds, manufactured and distributed in partnership, and they've now got a pet owner who acts just like an annuity.
And the great thing about pets is that owners are more likely to adhere to treatment protocols, unlike human patients.
So, given what I've discussed here, MsK, prove to me this is a myth. When I've lived it, had my heart broken by it, and moved away from research after seeing where my life would