Well, he was at it again last Friday. When I challenged him on curcumin he told, in front of the class, that is I couldn’t bother reading the information he provided there was nothing he could do to help me. I ignored the last part of the class lecture and found in the PDF he provided the results of a study on 25 cancer patients, 13 of whom elected curcumin as treatment and 12 who elected for traditional treatment. Three years later the recurrence rate the curcumin group was 55 percent, while it was 26 percent for the traditional treatment group. Funny the professor neglected to mention that point while extolling the virtues of curcumin. He also never mentioned that 25 people is far too small a sample size to draw any conclusions.
I’m going to drop the class and follow up with the department chairman again. I’m undecided on just dropping and not showing up again, or going to class Friday morning and asking to address the class. I’m a bit pissed because when I challenged the professor on how many studies have been done using curcmumin on cancer patients he pointed to a table in the PDF that listed seven human studies and said they were all on cancer patients. That’s when he made the condescending remark above. Reading through the file in class I found that only two studies were done on cancer patients, and the other five were studies testing delivery agents and how long curcumin stays in the body with various agents.
I made a mistake saying there have been no studies testing curcumin’s efficacy against cancer in humans (my independent research turned up none), but the professor made a more egregious error saying this one file contained results from seven such studies, and he was especially wrong when he overlooked the recurrence rate.
What to do? I’m leaning toward telling the prof I would like to address the class to admit my error, then after doing so point out the professor’s intellectual dishonesty.