Ridiculous Study of the Month


This one is going to make your laugh or cry or both.  A study that “tracked Floridians on welfare over nearly 20 years found that death rates were a half percent higher among those offered job training and pushed to find employment compared to those receiving unrestricted benefits”.  What?  Who does this kind of crap?  So in essence what they are concluding is that “pressuring welfare recipients to get a job or face losing their benefits may put them at a slightly increased risk of dying over the long term”.   So there you go.  Stop pressuring people to work, dammit.  Let them suffer being broke.  Let them suffer depression and low self-esteem.   Let their kids suffer the effects of being poor.    You surely don’t want them to risk the half percent increase chance of dying do you?   I have seen and blogged about stupid studies before but this one has got to be in the top ten.


Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  4 comments for “Ridiculous Study of the Month

  1. Vance
    June 19, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    I think this is a landmark study. The obvious conclusion is that everybody should stop working. Then we’ll all live longer. Imagine the bliss of a country where nobody has to work! Yay no work!!!

    …Oh wait a minute…This just in…. I’m being told that that means there won’t be anybody to flip my burger, bottle my Monster Energy drink, dispense my sweet Obama phone, package my honey buns, and no doctor to prescribe my insulin. And who will dispense my free Metformin? There won’t be anybody to carry my Velveeta shells and Cheese to my Cadillac, nobody to program my video games, nobody to build my XBox and 52″ big screen HDTV, and nobody behind the cameras of my favorite reality TV show.

    I changed my mind. I still want everybody to work.

    Check that…I still want everybody ELSE to work, that is…


    American Welfare Recipient

    • Doug Farrago
      June 19, 2013 at 6:44 pm


  2. Pat
    June 17, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    This demonstrates why the most valuable text I read in my medical training was “Atlas Shrugged.” Foolishly, I labored too long under the delusion that doctors were supposed to help people improve their own lives.

    Government has created widespread dependency, and made physicians de facto government agents; now we too are the enablers. Instead of offering prevention and treatment, doctors are increasingly contributors to disease.

  3. June 17, 2013 at 6:14 am

    This is really an interesting study!!
    When we create pressure for others what happens is that we end up to be more stressed.

    Thank you for sharing the information

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