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The High-Impact Journal Editors Harassment Of The World's Leading Clinical Researcher of Repurposed Drugs in the COVID Pandemic - Part 2
The FLCCC's Flavio Cadegiani performed one of the highest-quality studies in COVID, finding unprecedented reductions in mortality with proxalutamide. He has been under attack ever since.
In Part 1, I introduced the mechanisms and importance of the androgen-blocking drug proxalutamide followed by details of the first abuses endured at the two highest-impact journals in the world when Dr. Cadegiani and his team tried to publish one of the highest-quality rated studies in the pandemic. We have two more high-impact journals to go.
Third Submission: The British Medical Journal, August 2021
Going down the ladder here to the 3rd highest-rated medical journal in the world. What the BMJ did to Flavio and his team exceeds the previous… by a long shot. They behaved in almost indescribably outrageous ways, with numerous and increasingly absurd machinations that kept the paper hostage for months before finally being rejected. Let’s review the timeline of events:
Submitted September of 2021. Went out for peer review, again. Four peer reviewers were assigned, numerous comments and suggested revisions were made, Flavio and his co-authors responded to all their concerns and questions.
Problem: just prior to this period, public attacks on Flavio and his research began appearing in the press. Know that Flavio and team had already posted the paper on a pre-print server (which is what you are supposed to do in a pandemic) and suddenly this article appeared in Science magazine:
The best part of the article was the quote from your friend and mine, the most destructive “public expert” in COVID, Dr. Eric Topol (everyone, and I mean everyone in my large international network of colleagues formed during COVID absolutely cringes when he says anything related to COVID). His statements appear entirely written by PR departments of big Pharma. Problem - newspapers ask him to say stuff. A lot.
"These results are too good to be true," says Eric Topol, executive vice president of Scripps Research Translational Institute. "There are almost no medical interventions in the history of medicine that have this magnitude of benefit, no less with COVID-19."
Compared to most major media articles that I have read concerning “non-approved therapies,” this one wasn’t the worst, but that is still a pretty generous statement. It contained numerous inaccuracies, like at the end when they mention that other studies of androgen blockers did not show benefits (wrong - numerous other studies did). And unsurprisingly, Eric Topol clearly knew nothing about the literature supporting androgen-blocking in COVID but had no problem being quoted on the topic in a news article.
Anyway, what happened next is that the editor of BMJ relayed the same “concern” as NEJM, again quoting “the results are too good to be true.” So the manuscript was rejected.
The below letter details the reasons they gave for rejection. Note that their “concerns about the quality and transparency of randomization” had been fully addressed by the team of authors, yet they still rejected it, saying that to fully review all the documents required to resolve their concerns was “not a service the BMJ can offer.” Unreal. I wish a journal had done this to Pfizer’s vaccine trial as many many more young (and old) people would be alive today.
While the high-impact journals were trying to delay and destroy his ability to publish his findings, suddenly events occurred as the result of actions being taken to destroy Flavio’s public credibility and profile.
Suddenly, in quick succession, completely fabricated stories were posted on two well-read blogs claiming that proxalutamide caused deaths in his studies and that Flavio covered them up. This started a narrative that Flavio was some sort of rogue, unethical, depraved researcher responsible for mass murder. Absolutely disgusting. I don’t know how Flavio dealt with that.
I say this because I was disturbed emotionally after a far less severe accusation I had to read about me in this hurtful article in the Huffington Post which implicated me in the death of a patient unknown to me that had supposedly taken ivermectin when he fell ill with COVID. I was disturbed by that story for days. But those emotions were likely nothing compared to what Flavio was forced to endure.
The reason why he suffered more severe attacks is that his original study and findings were way more threatening than our review papers. Anyway, these coordinated "internet” media attacks somehow led to the involvement of the United Nations Education, Science, and Culture Organization (UNESCO). They posted a document regarding Flavio and his “possible ethical violations.” A new narrative starts to harden and go global. Uh oh. Flavio immediately wrote to UNESCO defending himself with documents that clearly disproved the allegation. Surprisingly and fortunately, they quickly removed their notice of concern (that is why I have no link to it). Big win. For now.
Two weeks later, suddenly Flavio then found himself under a political attack from his own government. This was a result of his supposed “association” with President Bolsonaro who had also been publicly supporting early treatment in Brazil. Apparently Bolsonaro had cited the work of Flavio and his team to support some of his statements.
Suddenly, Bolsonaro’s opposition in the Brazilian Senate decided that promoting early treatment was dangerous misinformation and so they compiled a list of 72 people who had publicly supported such approaches and Flavio was on the list. They required 69 of the 72 to appear in hearings before the Senate. Curiously, Flavio was one of the three that was not required to come before the Senate.
The Senate then produced a 1,178 page report which recommended to Brazil’s Justice Department that they “begin an investigation” of all the people listed in the report. Flavio was mentioned 11 times in the report. Flavio asked 15 different lawyers to review the document, yet not one could find any evidence or details that could support an investigation. Absurd political theater. Which is what the Justice Department thought as well. They found that the report contained little that could plausibly support the initiation of an investigation so they dismissed the request.
Does it end there? Nope.
The Senate then reacted even more stupidly. Infuriated that these “mis-informationists” were not going to be investigated, they then requested that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at the Hague investigate those on the list for “crimes against humanity.” The ICJ quickly deemed the request illegitimate and dismissed it. But, the press had a field day with these accusations and Flavio’s public persona became even more widely known as that of an “unethical researcher.” Exactly the point. Flavio told me that it was mostly the newspapers that did the hit jobs on him and that he was instead largely protected by the TV stations. Why you ask? Because Flavio had not only been interviewed numerous times on TV over the years but also he had more than a few high-level TV executives and personalities who were patients of his (and he says he has even more now).
Ok back to academia where his situation at the BMJ became rapidly worse. Flavio and his team had earlier submitted a manuscript to a BMJ journal called BMJ Case Reports. The report was about a case of a bodybuilder on anabolic steroids who was extremely ill (testosterone excess is not good in COVID) yet was successfully treated with proxalutamide as evidenced by an extremely rapid recovery. It passed through peer review and was published.
All of a sudden, out of nowhere, BMJ published a commissioned “hit job” of an article on Flavio and his team, literally continuing this newly established narrative that he was an unethical (murderous?) medical researcher. It is an absolutely disgusting read given that every single claim made by the author is easily and provably false:
All of a sudden, out of nowhere, BMJ published a commissioned “hit job” of an article on Flavio and his team. Check this out, it is absolutely disgusting to read as every single claim made by the author is easily and provably false. It is very hard for me to even read the title:
Based on the accusations in the article, the BMJ set about retracting the case report. Also, this article, which BMJ admits was commissioned, claimed that Flavio’s trial was unethical and that he had not obtained prior and appropriate research ethics committee approval or proper patient consent (100% false statement).
Further, it quoted a “regulator” from UNESCO’s Network of Bioethics who later publicly objected to the included statement given they never said it. What is worse is that the “journalist” (a sports journalist - I am not making this up) had submitted questions to Flavio and his team prior to publishing the article in order to clarify the made-up accusations that were in his article draft. Flavio refuted all the accusations with numerous pieces of documentation. The “journalist” ignored all submitted evidence clearing him of these accusations and the article was published in the BMJ. High-quality journal eh?
Flavio was devastated as it was a vicious attack on his reputation and was now being propagated in one of the top journals in the world. That this happened to someone who is, to me, of the absolute highest caliber in terms of integrity, ethics, professionalism, and research expertise is a tragedy. Note that Flavio was the youngest and fastest to obtain a PhD in the history of his University. He is a world expert in the study and treatment of the devastating “over-training syndrome” amongst elite athletes. He is often interviewed on television across numerous related health topics. His clinical research output and publications thus far in his career dwarfs that of most physicians and he is just 36 years old.
Further, he personally funded his trials to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars. An “investigator-funded study” is almost unheard of. In fact, I have never heard of it. In the FLCCC member’s careers, our research has been either externally funded, or we funded it with the brute force of the time we spent gathering and analyzing data while caring for the patients. Flavio was trying to solve COVID and was willing to put his personal money towards supporting that effort.
I have donated immense time to research, but never personal money. One reason is that I became a doctor late in life (at the age of 29) after having worked in the restaurant business throughout my 20s to put myself through graduate school. When I finished training at the age of 38, I had two kids and no money. Nothing saved for retirement. Noth-ing. No money in any education fund for my rapidly growing children. I luckily was able to borrow money for a used car and a down payment on a house from my parents so me and my wife could move out of NYC the day I finished my fellowship.
Numerous emails then ensued between Flavio’s research group and the editorial board of The BMJ as the team was justifiably furious at this article. They sent documentation disproving every inaccuracy and accusation in the article and asked for it to be retracted. The BMJ reluctantly only published a few of the many corrections needed and the article remains published online. The BMJ also never answered the team’s question about “who commissioned this article?” See below where the editor admits the story was commissioned. Absolutely nuts.
Flavio writes to his team to inform them of the news.
My subscribers should know by now who I think commissioned the article. Yup, you nailed it. Check out the editorial team’s lame corrections under the article, not nearly as lengthy as the evidence dictated:
So, Flavio’s study manuscript was submitted to the three highest-impact medical journals in the world and sent out for peer-review at all three. Despite none of the peer-reviewers recommending rejection, the editors all rejected the paper for novel and/or absurd reasons. The BMJ episode is not over yet though, as it reaches even more farcical heights. Read all about it in Part 3.
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