The Ethical Nag celebrates our third anniversary!

Happy Anniversary to us!  Me and The Nag. Actually, one and the same. Three short years ago, I launched this baby sibling to my Heart Sisters blog about women and heart disease – our #1 killer.

My first Nag here back in 2009 was about how to read the extra-fine print of conflict of interest disclosures at the bottom of scientific journal articles to see who’s paying for the positive results being reported in research studies. I’d already built up quite a head of steam over at Heart Sisters about what’s known as marketing-based medicine. I was on a roll, except the roll had almost nothing to do with my important focus of women and heart disease – our #1 killer.

As a heart attack survivor who now takes a fistful of cardiac meds every day, I realized one day that I had no clue which of these drugs were being prescribed for me based on flawed clinical research or industry-tainted medical journal articles.

And worse – neither did my doctors.

Best to separate the sibs, I decided, so I could easily divide the emerging cardiology updates there and the marketing rants over here. Here’s more about those early days.  Continue reading