Regarding the peer-reviewed medical research paper written by Marty Hinz, MD et. al.
Who is Quackwatch? Quackwatch is a website operated by Stephen Barrett. Mr. Barrett has not had an active medical license for 26 years. He is not current with regards to the medical education actively practicing physicians are required to have to ensure sound medical judgment. Therefore he does not have the credentials to peer-review and pass judgement on medical decision making. Quackwatch Barrett appears to have only one focus in life - the disparagement of legitimate people. Most notable is his disparaging and condescending article about Linus Pauling, who is the only person ever to win two unshared Nobel prizes.
QUACKWATCH WRITES: "He is correct that the death rate has greatly increased, but does not prove that carbidopa was responsible. CDC itself has indicated that that "the increase might be attributable to multiple factors, including an aging population, greater awareness of the disease, and improved identification of cases." Recognition of the disease has increased significantly since the 1970s, partly because there are more effective drugs to treat it, so diagnosing the disease has value. I believe that the death-rate increase Hinz trumpets is far more likely to be due to more accurate diagnosis than to carbidopa toxicity."
OUR RESPONSE: Contrary to Quackwatch Barrett’s claim the center for Disease Control (CDC) has published no opinion and has no formal opinion on the increasing Parkinson’s disease death rate data. But, since carbidopa was approved the CDC has documented a 390% increase in the Parkinson’s disease death rate. Before carbidopa the death rate was decreasing. Marty Hinz, MD led a team of three medical doctors, three medical peer-reviewers, and the journal medical editor-in-chief who took four months, working daily, to complete the paper. Based on one brief phone call to the CDC, one man (Quackwatch Barrett) who appears to not have read or understood the paper proclaimed that the hypothesis of this good research paper to be invalid.