Remember the term truthiness? It was coined by Stephen Colbert and it is defined as a term people use to describe things that that claim to know intuitively or from their gut without regard to evidence, logic, facts, etc. In the medical field, truthiness is not a good thing because we need evidence to support how we treat patients. For example, using medications for ADHD has shown to work. Using medications for ADHD long -term, however, may not. The problem comes in when the researchers who do the study play with words in order to cover some of the truth. That is a bad thing. One of the scientists who was part of a major study on these meds in 1999 stated "his colleagues had repeatedly sought to explain away evidence that challenged the long-term usefulness of the medication". In 2007, the researchers reported follow-up data showing that the meds aren't really that helpful after two years of use (comparing it with non-drug behavioral therapy) and the kids end up about an inch shorter. Instead of saying this, the researchers released a statement:
"We were struck by the remarkable improvement in symptoms and functioning across all treatment groups."
And rather than saying the growth of children on medication was stunted, the release said children who were not on medication:
"grew somewhat larger"
I am not even sure this is truthiness anymore. Sure seems to me that this is a case of bending the truth completely and using words to bullsh#t the public. Why would they, the researchers, have to do that? Why should they care that things go one way or another? Are they afraid that their support from the pharmaceutical industry would stop? Money makes people do some strange and untruthiness things.