TD Sterling:

The Anti-Smokers' Stooge

TD Sterling is an advocate for confounding by infection

The single most important fraud that the anti-smoking movement has perpetrated against the public is in their deliberate use of confounding to falsely blame smoking for diseases that are really caused by infection. Their corrupt health fascist ideology only allows consideration of their pet prejudices in the areas of diet, exercise, pollution, genes, and feelings. Studies on these subjects have been lavishly funded for decades, while research on the role of infection has been starved.

The Lasker Syndicate that has totally controlled the health establishment since World War II eagerly embraces this statistical fraud because it reinforces their prejudices and rationalizes their health fascist social engineering agenda. Even when the studies are contradictory, such as the often-noted conflicting findings about diet, it serves their purposes because it perpetuates the delusion that diet is important. And the public is too stupid and sheeplike to figure out how they're being conned.

Theodor D. Sterling is a statistician, and he was one of the pioneers of the use of multivariate analysis in health research. He is claimed to be a "tobacco industry stooge" because of the studies he did for the tobacco industry, ostensibly to defend smoking. But throughout his long career, including those tobacco industry studies, Sterling's work has stayed tamely within the parameters of the Lasker Syndicate's political correctness.

Even after it became obvious and incontrovertible that human papillomavirus is virtually the sole cause of cervical cancer - and this has been described as one of the most highly specific relationships that has ever been discovered - TD Sterling has refused to acknowledge the reality that the studies blaming smoking were confounded by smokers' higher rates of exposure to the virus, and the investigators' failure to detect its presence.

If Sterling was really on smokers' side, one might think that he would have established this truth himself. Instead, it was elucidated in 1994 by AN Phillips and George Davey Smith, who are pedigreed anti-smokers. Any reasonable person would expect that a "tobacco industry stooge" would eagerly embrace this truth and expand this area of inquiry. But Sterling, to the contrary, has sought to defend the validity of multivariate analysis by falsely pretending that the effects of misclassified variables can be corrected for merely by further statistical manipulation, without the necessity of accurate measurement (Recovering true risks when multilevel exposure and covariables are both misclassified. JJ Weinkam, WL Rosenbaum, TD Sterling. Am J Epidemiol 1999 Oct 15;150(8):886-891).

Surely it is not a coincidence that this work and other key tobacco-related articles were published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, the journal of the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygeine and Public Health, which boasted Jonathan Samet, the anti-smokers' star perjuror in the Minnesota tobacco trial, on its Board of Overseers. Also, the worthless trash of Levy & Marimont, which the tobacco lawyers offered as a supposed defense in the Engle smoking trial, whose transparently bogus flim-flam failed to convince jurors of the innocence of tobacco even in the simple cases of ulcers and cervical and stomach cancer, is based primarily on a 1993 article by TD Sterling and his cronies (Risk attribution and tobacco-related deaths. TD Sterling, WL Rosenbaum, JJ Weinkam. Am J Epidemiol 1993 Jul 15;138(2):128-139).

Likewise, the publication of other works by Sterling et al., including in such Lasker Syndicate organs as the American Journal of Public Health of the APHA, were not truly for the sake of scientific discussion and debate, but of deceit, manipulation and misdirection. It's a variation of the old Rothschild bankers' trick of controlling both sides in every war. In this case, what is controlled is the information supply. There has never been a war between the anti-smokers and the tobacco industry. It was all a sham staged by the power elite, who control both sides, as fake as a professional wrestling match. And the tobacco lawsuits were just their pretext for expanding their monopolistic control over the tobacco industry and loot smokers, while conning the moronic public that they're noble vindicators who are "saving the children." And the same goes for that glorified TD Sterling Fan Club, aka FORCES, who slavishly parrot the Lasker Syndicate party line on everything other than tobacco, and whose only real gripe against the tobacco companies is that they dumped their hero's lame arguments in favor of abject groveling.

Sterling / Simon Fraser University
Sterling's works / PubMed

Exposure to Pollutants in Enclosed "Living Spaces." Theodor D. Sterling, Diana M. Kobayashi. Environ Res 1977 Feb;13(1):1-35. Review.

Sterling & Kobayashi, 1977 / UCSF-Legacy

"A Review Of: Smoking-Related Deaths and Financial Costs" (Of the Preliminary Draft Prepared by the Office of Technology Assessment on May 10, 1985). By T. Sterling, A. Arundel, J. Weinkam. June, 1985. TD Sterling's main criticism, that "In consequence, estimates of attributable risk due to tobacco use are not valid if these estimates are derived from the comparison of populations that differ substantially with respect to employment patterns and occupational hazards, especially exposure to toxic chemicals, dusts, and fumes," is practically made to order for the Health Effects Institute. It lets them get away with suppressing research on the role of infection, and falsely blame smoking via confounding.

Sterling, June 1985 / UCSF-Legacy

An unflattering view of TD Sterling by a Canadian BATCo employee

Even some people in the tobacco industry doubted Sterling: "Also, I would like to take another view on the scientific competence of Theodor Sterling Ltd. before proceeding further, since T.D.S. is clearly not in the same intellectual ball-park as Philip Burch, even if his professed views are more conventional, and his bank balance larger." (R.E. Thornton visit to Professor T.D. Sterling, Vancouver, B.C. - August 11th, 1986). But these were not the people who made the key decisions. As Bero and Glantz so graciously showed, it was the tobacco lawyers who did.

BATCo visit to Sterling, 1986 / UCSF-Legacy

TD Sterling profits from anti-smoking and other indoor air hysterias

Thornton noted, "I suspect that the business interests of the Sterling family (which I had not known about before the trip) were not far away during our discussion." His so-called "green" building design firm (with plenty of government connections) actually benefits from health lies.

Theodor Sterling Associates Ltd.

Proposed film on smoking and lung cancer

The proposed script for an untitled film, starring TD Sterling; April 20, 1982.

Proposed film, 1982 / UCSF-Legacy

Who Founded Sterling Software Federal Systems Group?

Sterling Software assisted in the preparation of the 1986 Surgeon General Report: The Health Consequences of Involuntary Smoking. The Federal Systems Group of Sterling Software "has a long history of providing specialized information technology services for several sectors of the United States Government, including U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), U.S. Intelligence Agencies, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), U.S. Air Force, and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). In 1998, Sterling Software began its 32nd year of service to Federal Agencies." It was recently sold to Northrop Grumman for $150 million. It is not stated who founded this division of the firm. Sterling Commerce, the Dallas-based business applications group, was co-founded in 1981 by Sterling L. Williams, and brothers Sam and Charles J. Wyly Jr. of Dallas. Sam Wyly got his MBA at the University of Michigan in 1957, has "roots in the [computing] industry stretching back to the 1950s," and founded University Computing in 1963.

1986 Surgeon General Report Preface and Foreword / CDC (pdf)
Federal Systems Group / Sterling Software
Fight for control begins at CA / India Abroad Online 2001
Sam Wyly / Enviroone - Univ. of Michigan
Re: Sterling Software & Bush / Free Republic

TD Sterling did some work for the University of Michigan in 1957 (A General Survey of Statistical Decision Theory. Proj. Michigan Z915; and A General Surveillance System Measurement Model, Part I, II. Proj.Michigan Z913, Z914). He was an Assistant Professor of Statistics at Michigan State University at E. Lansing. In testimony to the US House of Representatives in 1969, he said, "I am serving now, and have served in the past, as a consultant to public agencies on problems related to data acquisition and analysis. These include the National Science Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences, the Veterans Administration Research Centers, as well as a number of universities and industries."

Sterling testimony to House Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, 1969 / UCSF-Legacy

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