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Why do this?
"When it comes to the heart disease, you disagree with the vast majority of cardiologists, the American College of Cardiology, several cardiac physiologists, and "The Father of Cardiology". Once somebody's opinion reaches that level, it is not a personal or quasi personal attack to call your point of view strange or bizarre. It's simply pointing out that you have a highly idiosyncratic interpretation of the data that is not backed up by bodies with medical authority. For example, the cardiac care units."
Politics can abandon reason and still remain a tolerable field, while cardiologists cannot. So, yes, my response would differ if the statement above was actually being said. But that statement was not, and therefore irrelevant.
So you are going to tell me that when someone agrees with a number of cardiologists, it's "group think"?! And so what if it is? They have demonstrated that they are the experts. If you wish to dispute their expertise, fine. Produce the evidence that discredits their position.
To answer your question as you worded it, yes. Also, peer review in some situations can be group think as it is not a flawless system. Check out other medicinal cultures, they are not unified throughout the world. Ayurveda is an interesting one with an ancient, rich history. Western medicine has its place, other medicinal traditions have theirs, they different views of the same thing. We have a lot to gain from understanding them all!
But you don't do that...you just make some fantastic leap and call them corrupt. In fact, you say it is obvious. Ok, fine. Show it.
To me the leap is not fantastic in the slightest because I've worked for the Department of Defense. Kill people for $$, that is the reality of that business, and look how big of a business it is. I also noticed that corruption is pervasive in our government as I had an insider's view.
A great example would be the LIBOR scandal(and all the following incredibly glaring financial scandals), just 20 people had the influence and reigns to the entire world financial system. Look at what they did with it. Research the LIBOR scandal, it goes to prove that the biggest banks in the world are practicing criminals. Corruption at the top always trickles down, I call it my "trickle down theory".
Another example would be what happened to Ron Paul in the last election. If you followed it, you would have seen that the young vote was taken from Obama and that the GOP convention had to change a lot of rules just to ensure that Ron Paul didn't get a chance to even get on the ballot. He was absolutely terrifying the ruling class and they did everything they could to marginalize him. I call corruption because they don't follow their own rules.
If you follow your own path to understanding you will see it in time. Prove it to yourself, as I am just a guy with a few bits of time here and there, and to respond to you fully would take too much of my time. Do yourself a favor and research with the idea that "what he said was true, lets see where it leads me". You lose nothing by pretending that it is a true statement and can inform yourself on another perspective. After all, you only cease to have a relevant opinion when you refuse to seek for new information and new ways of thinking.
Oh also, my neighbor growing up was a retired congressman that served for 20 years in the house of representatives, he verified to me that the world is run by a few extremely powerful people. I learned a lot more than that from him. If you are clever you can figure out who he is from my previous posts, with some research.