American Council on Science and Health The American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) is a consumer education consortium concerned with issues related to food, nutrition, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, lifestyle, the environment and health. ACSH is one of the few fearless voices of reason on these matters.
Christopher Whalen One guy who really understands the financial crisis. Brilliant insights. Links to his other sites.
Coach Is Right Coach Kevin Collins has an impressive resume, and uses all of his talents to demolish the Left. Site includes some guest columnists, as well.
Discussions In Infection Control This blog, designed and written exclusively by Lawrence F Muscarella, PhD, gives you the most comprehensive discussion of healthcare-associated (hospital) infections (or, “HAIs”), infection control, and both instrument and endoscope reprocessing in the world.
Dr. Malcolm Kendrick Provides much-needed balance to the increasingly strident health care lobby that seems intent on scaring everyone about almost everything.
Formaldehyde Facts Your antidote to formaldehyde phobia in the media, from ACC's formaldehyde panel.
Health Care Renewal Expert analysis of what's wrong with American health care. Advocating for accountability, integrity, transparency, honesty, and ethics in leadership and governance of health care.
Health News Digest One of the best and biggest health sites on the web. New content on a daily basis, geared to the professional and informed lay audience.
Interscan Corporation The independent pros in gas detection, known for taking on the tough applications. Site has much technical material, way beyond mere product touts.
Jewish World Review One of the original news/opinion aggregate sites. Founder/Editor-in-Chief/Publisher Binyamin L. Jolkovsky calls it "The intersection of faith, culture and politics." Loaded with content tending toward politically conservative. An oasis for energetic Judaism.
JunkScience.com Steven Milloy and company do a great job in exposing junk science, which he defines as: Faulty scientific data and analysis used to advance special and, often, hidden agendas. Lots of good content.
Lifehacker Tips and downloads for getting things done
Overlawyered Chronicling the high cost of our legal system. Water Olson and company explore an American legal system that too often turns litigation into a weapon against guilty and innocent alike, erodes individual responsibility, rewards sharp practice, enriches its participants at the public’s expense, and resists even modest efforts at reform and accountability.
Paradigms and Demographics Ohio-based "bug guy" Rich Kozlovich dishes on junk science, junk politics, and many other matters. Rich is also on the prowl 24/7 for supplemental content written by Others. And he still has time to kill pests!
Selwyn Duke Hard-hitting and well-written conservative commentary, from a modern day renaissance man. The Duke is not afraid to ruffle some feathers, or invoke his Catholic faith, either.
SenSoft International Expert assistance on GSA, VA, DOD, and other federal contracts. Yes, there really can be great customer service in such an esoteric space.
Small Dead Animals An artist from Saskatchewan posts a lot of common sense. And the commenters are actually intelligent. Who knew?
The BPA file Prolific blogger Alan Caruba puts another notch in his gun with excellent coverage of this era's most senselessly demonized chemical.
The Excel Addict Most of us use Excel. Some of us use it a lot, and are constantly looking for easier ways to do things. Francis Hayes--the Excel Addict--offers plenty of free tips, a regular newsletter, and an inexpensive book to download.
The International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics Everything you know about cholesterol causing heart disease is wrong, and this website is run by eminent doctors who are trying to set the record straight. But, with billions of dollars in drug sales at stake, it won't be easy.
The Nutrition Experts The name says it all. Jo-Ann Heslin and Karen Nolan have sold millions of books, and have re-launched their information-packed website. What's more, they encourage website visitors to submit questions.
Warning Signs Alan Caruba's blog is a daily look at events, personalities, and issues from an independent point of view.
Weasel Zippers Conservative commentary from all over the Web. Updated constantly.
This HND piece invokes the first line from Lydia Maria Child's "The New-England Boy's Song About Thanksgiving Day" (1844). Child was always on the side of the oppressed, and I suspect that she would have a few things to say about our present day healthcare system.
The article examines the continuing saga over infection control issues relating to certain types of endoscopes. We're talking about a double recall involving 2800 units of a commonly used "reprocessor" for these scopes. That the FDA was asleep at the switch on this one is quite an understatement.
We also open the huge topic of conflicts of interest in healthcare (such as Big Pharma buying influence), even though this matter seems to downplayed by the New England Journal of Medicine. I'm sure that NEJM's position has nothing at all to due with the fact that absent Big Pharma advertising, it would cease to exist.
This HND piece examines the 500 pound gorilla in the health care "room"—Why does the U.S. pay substantially more than any other country in the world for healthcare, only to realize mediocre outcomes?
Some observers suggest that these findings prove that a for-profit healthcare system is a recipe for disaster. However, profit per se is not the problem. Cutting to the chase, all the incentives built into the healthcare system are completely bass-ackwards. You see, with our fee-for-service model—that even in itself puts a premium on procedural rather than cognitive medicine—we are incentivizing procedures, rather than outcomes.
Or to put it another way, there is no incentive to keep people healthy. Rather, all the incentives are geared to treat sick people. Meanwhile, the public is obsessed on how much they don't pay, rather than how much they are not sick.
This HND piece goes after the absurd—but widely publicized—IARC findings regarding red and processed meat products. Bear in mind that of the 985 substances IARC has tested for carcinogenicity, only one has been put into its Group 4 (Probably not carcinogenic to humans).
Note also that in epidemiological terms, relative risks of 1.18 and 1.17—as are indicated with processed meat products and red meat, respectively—are statistically insignificant, and one wonders why the "experts" at IARC ignored this. Indeed, as a rule of thumb, an RR of at least 2.0 is necessary to indicate a cause and effect relationship, and a RR of 3.0 is preferred.
Compounding this epic journey into junk science, IARC does almost nothing to change the public perception of its ratings. Its classification system does not assess the carcinogenic risk of the given agent, but rather, its rating of the quality of supporting evidence.
Thus, included in the dreaded Group 1 (Carcinogenic to humans) are alcoholic beverages, asbestos, benzene, diesel exhaust, mustard gas, tobacco products, and now...processed meat. However, this does not mean that processed meat is as carcinogenic as tobacco products or asbestos, even if that's what any number of bogus authorities and fear entrepreneurs are now claiming.
The irony here is that IARC has recently been mocked by real scientists for its nonsensical work on formaldehyde. Among other things, it based its cancer assessment on an unpublished and ridiculously flawed and inconsistent study from China. At least, formaldehyde is a chemical with known dangerous properties. But red meat?
Among other things, we go after the almost comically greedy American Board of Internal Medicine, and cover their latest attempts at becoming a true life version of Dr. Evil. You'll love their ludicrous stance on copyright. Heck, even people who disagree with my views on the notion of copyright being mostly indefensible are appalled by how far into the wild blue yonder ABIM has taken it!
As to the benefits of board certification, you'd think that with a nearly 80-year history and a complete monopoly, they would have reams of data supporting their cause. But, you'd be wrong.
This HND piece continues the saga on how officialdom is trying to cover itself over the rapidly deteriorating diet/fat/cholesterol/heart disease meme. The elites are in full crisis mode now, as certain members of Congress are mocking them openly.
Many people—from all walks of life—are criticizing the "Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee." But no one has done a better job than investigative journo Nina Teicholz, bestselling author of The Big Fat Surprise.
The elites can only fight back by calling to authority, except that authority has been bankrupt for over 30 years.
This HND piece looks behind the current walking back of the "fat is evil" dietary theory. Readers of this blog know that the dietary fat/cholesterol/coronary heart disease meme has been disproved hundreds of times, but I guess bad ideas die very slowly.
The change in the wind is likely a direct result of the feckless bureaucrats behind this garbage finally sensing that the party's over. Maybe we can find some genius economist to help us determine how many lives have been ruined or even lost because of this deadly wrong advice.
This HND piece picks up the baton from a few months ago. Only this time, the State of Indiana is complicit in a rotten crony capitalism scheme, which throws out the more popular closed e-cig systems, in favor of the old-school closed systems.
Surely, it is only by coincidence that the closed systems—favored by Big tobacco—are exempt from the legislation. Yep, just like it's a coincidence that the closed systems aren't quite as good as the open devices at helping people quit smoking.
Maybe some day, the public will connect the dots, and figure out that "public health" is the LAST thing on the minds of the ghouls in charge of government and private public health organizations.
This HND piece exposes how the dubious notion of "sustainability" (popularized by the UN) has now caught up with the lifespan of humans. It seems that one way of improving lives for most, is to limit the lifespan of some.
At least that's what came out of an article published last January in The Lancet. The geniuses who wrote it define premature death as occurring before age 70, implying that "most" of these are preventable. This has caused those over 70 to feel...left out.
Ironically, some oldsters rightfully complaining about this ghoulish policy have no problem drinking the Kool-Aid on the rest of the 168 specific sustainability targets.