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PostPosted: Sun Mar 09, 2008 7:48 am    Post subject: Letter from Mold Doctor Reply with quote

Date: Tue, 5 Nov 2002 17:18:27 -0500
Reply-To: "Ronald E. Gots" <regots@ICTM.COM>
Sender: Occupational & Environmental Medicine for Clinicians & Public
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From: "Ronald E. Gots" <regots@ICTM.COM>
Subject: Re: ACOEM mold position paper
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Mold Position Paper

> I have reviewed thoroughly the position paper just published by the
> American College of Occupational and Enviromental Medicine rergarding the
> state--of-the-science re mold and mold toxins. I find it
> well-researched, comprehensive and accurately reflecting today's
> scientific knowledge. Dr. Harbut has made two suggestions or requests
> regarding this paper. First, he critically notes that only one of the
> authors is a physician who has seen patients following mold
> exposures. As both an M.D. and a Ph.D. I say that that is as it should
> be. Individuals trained in science and the scientific method, i.e. those
> with a proper Ph.D. education are expert (far more so than most M.D.s) at
> judging the quality of research studies. Secondly, they are less likely
> to be influenced by personal attribution biases. His other point dealt
> with the authors' appearances as experts in these matters. It would
> likely be hard to find indiviudals knowledgable in mold/health science
> who have not made such appearances considering the volatile, adversarial
> nature of the issue today. And, if that were a criterion for dismissing
> their careful review, by the same reasoning, would we dismiss every
> commonly-cited, published author who deals with this subject--Drs.
> Johanning, Morey, Jarvis, Chin Yang and maybe Dr. Harbut himself--among
> others. All have testified in mold matters. I have as well. The
> meaningful criteria for evaluation and interpretation of scientific
> literature lies in the reviewers' understanding of experimental design,
> the criteria for quality versus marginal research and in the fundamental
> science of causation assessment. The authors of the ACOEM document have
> demonstrated these abilities.

Ronald E. Gots, M.D., Ph.D.
International Center for Toxicology and Medicine
Georgetown University School of Medicine
Copywrite 2005 By Timothy Allen Campbell
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