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.
Chemically Speaking McGill University's Dr. Joe Schwarcz argues that chemicals are to be understood, not feared. Here, chemical issues are discussed in a responsible, unbiased fashion.
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.
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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.
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Incident Commander The purpose of the Incident Commander blog is to share hazardous materials and situation experiences and observations with both industry professionals and lay persons. Blogger Rick Moore shares insights, based on 30-plus years of field experience.
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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.
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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.
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One of the many huge issues with the infamous healthcare.gov website, that is only now getting the notoriety it deserves is this: There is currently no mechanism to get payments from the enrollees to the prospective insurance companies.
Health plans will estimate how much they are owed, and submit that estimate to the government. Once the system is built, the government and insurers can reconcile the payments made with the plan data to "true up" payments, he said.
The fix puts an additional burden on insurance companies, already taxed by having to double-check faulty enrollment data from the HealthCare.gov system.
Now, companies need to quickly put together financial management systems to make the payment estimates, so they can be paid beginning in January.
Absolutely amazing, isn't it? Obama is so hellbent on launching this disaster that nothing will stop him. I'll go out on a limb here, and suggest that there may just be a few snags in this workaround. Any bets on which insurance carrier will drop out first?
As they used to say: Your tax dollars at work. And those of a certain age remember when this was not meant to be sarcastic.
Who can forget the heady days of 1972-1974 when the Watergate scandal dominated the media? I'm no fan of Richard Nixon, but compare how he was handled by the Washington Post to how this same paper is giving the kid gloves treatment to Barack Obama. No objective observer can dispute that the crimes of the Nixon administration pale in comparison—in both quantity and severity—to those of the current administration.
Finally, though, there are some negative pieces in WaPo, including a front page story on December 2nd noting that:
The enrollment records for a significant portion of the Americans who have chosen health plans through the online federal insurance marketplace contain errors—generated by the computer system—that mean they might not get the coverage they're expecting next month.
The errors cumulatively have affected roughly one-third of the people who have signed up for health plans since Oct. 1, according to two government and health-care industry officials. The White House disputed the figure but declined to provide its own.
Kind of a bombshell, don't you think? Possibly as significant as a break-in at DNC headquarters, in a election where Nixon squeaked by with a 520 to 17 electoral vote advantage over the late and unlamented George McGovern? For those too young to remember, that event, and its ill-fated cover-up dominated the US media for two years!
Here's my take:
The media these days is irrelevant, except to a small number of enthusiasts. Think of it as the warnings recited during every pharmaceutical commercial on TV. Very often, death itself can be a side effect, but no one seems to care. Thus, the bad news is hiding in plain sight.
As such, WaPo can run the occasional story about Obama, and it won't change a thing. Even his most ardent supporters now realize that he is a smooth-talking incompetent buffoon, surrounded by more incompetent buffoons. However, they have way too much invested in this, and besides, since any criticism of any Black person for any reason at any time is always racist, who cares?
Most people accept that they can't do anything to stem the tide, and our best strategy is to wait for Obamacare, and the rest of his pernicious agenda to collapse under their own weight.
This HND piece examines the devalued currency of the medical profession, and it all starts with destroying the language.
Patients are no longer patients, but rather "customers" or "consumers." Doctors and nurses have been transmuted into "providers." No doubt, these verbal cosmetics are part of an overall effort to reduce costs. But, that's not where it stops. The term "provider" is deliberately and strikingly generic, designating no specific role or type or level of expertise.
I explain why the docs accepted this, and what can be done to put things right.
No, it's not that millions will lose their insurance. No, it's not even that your doctor or hospital might not be on your new plan. Rather, it's the consequences—both intended and unintended—of the breathtakingly stupid forced rush to electronic health records (EHRs), an integral part of the Affordable Care Act.
EHRs have long been touted as some sort of magic bullet that, all by themselves, would revolutionize health care. Imagine! You can replace those outmoded paper records with modern digital ones. Records would be available instantly, and could be shared as needed. Since doctors hate charting, the automated features built into EHR systems would streamline that miserable process, making it more reliable.
Backup systems would assure that records could not be lost or misplaced, and for so many more reasons...patient care would be drastically improved! In fact, one of the principal findings behind Obama's promise that the average American's health insurance bill would drop by $2500 per year was that merely by having EHRs in place, there would be a savings to the health care industry of $120 billion annually.
No, I did not make that up. Of course, the study "proving" that contention was financed by Cerner Corporation, General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, Johnson & Johnson, and Xerox—all major suppliers of EHRs.
Still, why complain? The Feds established a slush fund of more than $20 billion in incentives to those health care providers who could demonstrate so-called "meaningful use" of EHRs. And since virtually all providers are under the gun financially, there was no shortage of eager candidates for the cash awards.
At the time that the incentive program was announced, there were voices mocking the proposed savings, not the least of which referenced the expensive unmitigated failure when such a large rollout was tried in the UK with its National Health Service. And, please remember that the NHS has been, well, nationalized for decades, and should have been a textbook environment for a perfect rollout.
Meanwhile, in our own country, there are more EHR horror stories than can either be adequately followed, or even suppressed. Cost overruns, such as the University of Arizona's well-publicized spending of more than $100 million on a still very troubled system, abound. In some cases, EHR failings are brought to the attention of hospital administrators, and are not only ignored, but whistle-blowing staff are being threatened.
More serious is that scores of deaths have occurred, based on EHR failings. Link1Link2.
Of course, one of the primary "advantages" of EHRs is that they take decision making out of the hands of the physician. Charted treatment modalities are limited to what's on the pull-down menu, and I have little doubt that many of the deaths resulted from the inflexibility of the system, not allowing human override.
Just think. Your health care is now in the hands of soulless bureaucrats, computer geeks with no life experience, and rapacious third party payers. What could possibly go wrong?
The Swedes have done it again! As detailed in this HND piece, after two years, and a review of 16,000 studies, the Swedish Council on Health Technology Assessment concluded that the best diet is Low Carb, High Fat (LCHF).
As I point out, this is only news to those Kool-Aid drinkers who have clung to the High Carb Low Fat (HCLF) dogma, despite mounds of evidence to the contrary. Indeed, HCLF is being blamed for such ills as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease itself. We also take a trip down memory lane with Erik cigars.
This HND piece traces the history of health insurance, and demonstrates why will never work--as in becoming self-sustaining.
You'll discover who the father of government-controlled universal health care really was, and I think you'll like my conclusion:
A system based on the shakiest of actuarial foundations, in which hard choices will have to be made that can only destroy individual rights, operating in a platform whereby the core component values are unknown. What could possibly go wrong?
Leave it to the Aussies to shred the cholesterol/saturated fat theory of heart disease. In a special two part edition of Catalyst, Dr Maryanne Demasi
investigates the science behind the claims that saturated fat causes
heart disease by raising cholesterol.
The above web page not only gives you great videos from experts, including good guy cardiologist Ernest Curtis, there are more than two dozen other resources available for download.
Bravura job! Perhaps Demasi's effort will hasten the death of this awful theory.