Disclosure, or not

Dangers of Disclosure

By Ruth Williams

Editors at PLoS Medicine suggest that merely disclosing conflicts of interest is insufficient and possibly even counterproductive.

“Whether or not journals adopt exclusion policies, Caplan suggests a possible improvement to the disclosure process. “We’ve got the internet. You should put your relationships and what you are doing online and explain what you are up to.”


My comment:

Disclosure of Pheromones.com as my domain for information dissemination about human pheromones and the purchase of pheromone-enhanced products continues to be a thorn in my side when I expect interest in my published works, such as Human pheromones and food odors: epigenetic influences on the socioaffective nature of evolved behaviors. Socioaffective Neuroscience & Psychology, 2: 17338.

Nevertheless, the epigenetic effects of nutrient chemicals and pheromones that I detailed have since been indicated in reports of pre-existing genetic variations responsible for adaptive evolution, as compared to random mutations, which apparently are not involved in adaptive evolution. See: Evidence of non-random mutation rates suggests an evolutionary risk management strategy.

Taken together these two publications might be considered “game changers” that force evolutionary theorists and molecular biologists alike to reconsider whatever model they are using for therapeutic drug development, or whatever else they are doing. Clearly, epigenetic effects on the gene, cell, tissue, organ, organ system pathway must at least be considered before scientific progress can best be ensured.

But when the most important of these epigenetic effects appear to come from nutrient chemicals and their metabolism to pheromones instead of from “random mutations,” the fact so many people have intuitively “known that all along” may reflect badly on researchers who have not considered the facts, and who will therefore not respond favorably to disclosure or non-disclosure of commercial interests. With disclosure, or without it, the first rule of and scientific venture is to get the  model right!


About James V. Kohl 1308 Articles
James Vaughn Kohl was the first to accurately conceptualize human pheromones, and began presenting his findings to the scientific community in 1992. He continues to present to, and publish for, diverse scientific and lay audiences, while constantly monitoring the scientific presses for new information that is relevant to the development of his initial and ongoing conceptualization of human pheromones. Recently, Kohl integrated scientific evidence that pinpoints the evolved neurophysiological mechanism that links olfactory/pheromonal input to genes in hormone-secreting cells of tissue in a specific area of the brain that is primarily involved in the sensory integration of olfactory and visual input, and in the development of human sexual preferences. His award-winning 2007 article/book chapter on multisensory integration: The Mind’s Eyes: Human pheromones, neuroscience, and male sexual preferences followed an award winning 2001 publication: Human pheromones: integrating neuroendocrinology and ethology, which was coauthored by disinguished researchers from Vienna. Rarely do researchers win awards in multiple disciplines, but Kohl’s 2001 award was for neuroscience, and his 2007 “Reiss Theory” award was for social science. Kohl has worked as a medical laboratory scientist since 1974, and he has devoted more than twenty-five years to researching the relationship between the sense of smell and the development of human sexual preferences. Unlike many researchers who work with non-human subjects, medical laboratory scientists use the latest technology from many scientific disciplines to perform a variety of specialized diagnostic medical testing on people. James V. Kohl is certified with: * American Society for Clinical Pathology * American Medical Technologists James V. Kohl is a member of: * Society for Neuroscience * Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology * Association for Chemoreception Sciences * Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality * International Society for Human Ethology * American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science * Mensa, the international high IQ society