Last night ABC News ran this piece on an independent university "researcher" arguing against any link between soda consumption and obesity. And here's the shocker... he's paid lock-stock-and-barrel by the soda industry.
Wow, you mean independent, scientific research isn't always independent or scientific?
This is the same guy who published research that menu labeling doesn't work -- surprise, the Restaurant Association was filling his Christmas stocking, too!
My favorite was the quote by the Beverage Industry Association (who ponied up a fair share of cash for the researcher): "The notion that industry money taints scientific research is baseless." Of course it is! Clearly no one has ever been swayed by industry’s offer of a pile of cash before.
Lesson for the day class: Sometimes you have to look under the hood of the researcher to find out what's really going on. Of course, I’m guessing that’s a lesson that Dr. David Allison isn’t teaching his University of Alabama students.