Diet Coke was found NOT to increase risk of kidney stones. Isn't this a conflict of interest?

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19275488

Obviously "big cola" would have a vested interest in being let off the hook for causing something that is so painful and results in millions of dollars spent each year in medical treatment, but, on the other hand, isn’t there an ethical obligation to study a substance that so many consume so much of, even if it means finding, well, nothing?

Who is in the right? The conspiracy theorists, or the ethicists? or does ‘the truth" lay somewhere in between?

I don’t give TU/TD’s for my own questions.
Play nice. No name calling. Enjoy what’s left of the weekend.

  1. Flashflood, 18 February, 2011

    This is a joke right? They are really trying to make a claim based on a study with only 6 participants and a study that lasted only 5 days for each fluid consumed?
    Further, I think that kidney stone formation from drinking carbonated beverages may happen to individuals who are more susceptible due to genetics or their own respective kidney function.
    You are correct in that many people drink a lot of carbonated beverages….every day. a 5 day study doesn’t mean squat really in the face of that reality.

  2. Lightning, 18 February, 2011

    I’m not quite sure what you are asking her.
    Diet coke might not be responsible for kidney stones but its hardly an elixir of health.
    A major difference between this and a prescribed drug is you can take or leave diet coke. You are under a lot of pressure to continue with a prescribed drug.
    Does that help?
    It probably doesn’t answer your question but hey….

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