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Largest Observational Study To Date Suggests Ayahuasca Can Remedy Depression, Alcoholism

  • David P Mccarron

    One tiny point…an ‘observational’ study of ANY type is never able to prove or confirm ANY hypothesis in any field of scientific study by virtue of the flaws in the study design. Anyone with even a basic understanding of study design is aware of this.
    EWAO at it yet again with bogus, deceptive claims. I call them out on this stuff regularly as they know by now.

  • David P Mccarron

    The author of the article EWAO quoted stated exactly as I did….shameful that EWAO resorts to deceptive titles to fool their readers. I see this regularly from EWAO.

    “THESE FINDINGS LEND SOME SUPPORT TO THE NOTION THAT AYAHUASCA COULD BE AN IMPORTANT AND POWERFUL TOOL IN TREATING DEPRESSION AND ALCOHOL USE DISORDERS,” SAID LEAD AUTHOR DR WILL LAWN OF UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON IN A PRESS RELEASE. “RECENT RESEARCH HAS DEMONSTRATED AYAHUASCA’S POTENTIAL AS A PSYCHIATRIC MEDICINE, AND OUR CURRENT STUDY PROVIDES FURTHER EVIDENCE THAT IT MAY BE A SAFE AND PROMISING TREATMENT. IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THESE DATA ARE PURELY OBSERVATIONAL AND DO NOT DEMONSTRATE CAUSALITY.”

    The last sentence by the author…they cannot confirm that the Ayahuasca had ANYTHING to do with any improvement in depression or alcoholism. Is this the impression you get from EWAO’s title?

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