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.
The Coach's Team 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.
Loren Feldman Feldman does videos, marketing, commentary and...puppets. He also understands tech and art.
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!
Quiet Music Nick Francis is a superb music programmer. Of course, it helps that he has an encyclopedic knowledge of music. Stream, subscribe, enjoy.
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.
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.
Weasel Zippers Conservative commentary from all over the Web. Updated constantly.
Zero Hedge Works to...
Widen the scope of financial, economic and political information available to the professional investing public; provide analysis uninhibited by political constraint; liberate oppressed knowledge
This HND piece starts off by examining the science behind a few popular health-oriented old wives' tales. It then segues into a more detailed look at why cold and damp weather really does promote aches and pains.
Thanks to an interview with NYC orthopedic surgeon Armin Tehrany, MD we gain some understanding on this matter. For one thing, heat loss DOES tend to cause tightness and loss in range of motion. Another factor is that the generally lower barometric pressure—typical of cold and rainy weather—has been documented in studies to exacerbate symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
Useful tips on how to beat this phenomenon are included.
This HND piece describes one more example of bringing "eee-ville" psychedelics into mainstream medicine. A few months ago, we covered the marijuana extract, CBD.
Although the term "PTSD" is relatively new, the condition goes back to antiquity, and I discuss how it is even mentioned, or at least implied, in The Iliad. Conventional treatment for PTSD—to be kind—has not been particularly successful.
The psychedelic MDMA, better known as "Ecstasy," had been used by certain psychiatrists until it was "scheduled" by the FDA in 1985. Given the intractability of PTSD, clinical trials with MDMA finally started a few years ago. The results seem promising, and who knows, maybe by some miracle, the drug will be removed from Schedule I.
This HND piece covers two somewhat unique and completely unrelated topics: Polydactyly and black-eyed kids.
I've always thought that people with functional six-fingered hands are more common than reported, simply because there's no reason TO report it. Indeed, the best way for a parent to handle this is to tell the child that it may be "abnormal," but absent the difficulty in obtaining gloves, it might really be a gift. If anything, such kids will probably end up being more popular than average.
Officially, most polydactyly involves small, useless digits that are usually removed in early childhood.
As to the black-eyed kids, we describe the most reasonable explanation that I—as a connoisseur of the bizarre—have ever heard.
This HND piece tries to tone down the sun exposure hysteria, just a wee bit. You see, exposure to those awful rays is still the easiest way to get your very necessary Vitamin D.
In fact, there's plenty of data suggesting that many of us are Vitmain D deficient, and that all of this heliophobia could be part of the reason. There's also loads of info to suggest that occupational sun exposure does not increase risk of melanoma, even of melanomas situated on the head and neck. What's more, Vitamin D has been shown to have some protective actions against many forms of cancer.
This HND piece covers one more infection control problem at a VA hospital, only this time, it involves dental work. What makes this one so bad is that there is absolutely no mystery as to what went wrong.
You see, the unnamed dental offender didn't use the disposable drill bits provided to him by the agency. Oh, no. This genius preferred to use his own personal bits, only he...forgot to sterilize them. Now, they'll be testing nearly 600 of his patients for HIV, hep B, and hep C.
This HND piece starts off by discussing some key points from the excellent 2007 book The Medicalization of Society: On the Transformation of Human Conditions into Treatable Disorders. It then works its way to a few comments on the long-running JAMA Internal Medicine series called "Less is More."
Among other things, the book questions the notion of Adult ADHD, whereby most of the supposed victims are self-diagnosed. And there is also the bizarre abuse of human growth hormone on kids who might be only slightly below average height.
By the time this over-treatment works its way into the "Less is More" series, we are looking at some pretty dangerous abuses, including the gross over consumption of proton pump inhibitors, and the absurd condition known as "prediabetes."
This HND piece focuses on the world's most dangerous animal (to humans). And that, of course, is the lowly mosquito, responsible for the deaths of more than 1 million people every year.
We go on to explain that this little fly is really a vector for the actual pathogens, and then go on to discuss the history of orgnaize3d efforts in mosquito abasement. As one of my friends—who lives in a mosquito-infested area of metro NYC—noted, "All but the most lunatic Greenies are on board with killing these miserable creatures."
Since we have already covered the tragedy of banning DDT, and what it did to Africa, that sordid aspect of this story wasn't included.
This HND piece analyzes the silly pontifications of a well-known dean of a well-known school of public health. His particular comments were actually posted before the election, but he recast them as suggestions for President-elect Trump.
Since the guy is an academic, it's no surprise that he's not a fan of Trump, but I was astonished at the lack of originality in any of his suggestions. More than that, his suggestions reveal an astonishing lack of appreciation as to how his tired ideas have failed—badly—in the real world.
Really now, what's the point of having the bully pulpit, not to mention a captive audience of impressionable students, if all you're going to do is trot out the same failed solutions that date back to the 1960s, if not earlier?
This is a guest post from Micah Ali, of the Compton Creek (California) Mosquito Abatement District
One of the chief responsibilities of government is to educate people about the risks of exposure to—and ways to prevent the spread of—a public health crisis. I refer, specifically, to mosquito-borne illnesses such as West Nile virus and the Zika virus, potentially lethal conditions that demand a combination of civic outreach, community-based preparedness, action by individual men and women, and couples and families, as well as the engagement of schools and other institutions.
I write these words from experience because, as President of the Compton Creek Mosquito Abatement District, I know that an epidemic like the one described above—a threat that continues to spread with unprecedented speed and ferocity—requires leadership, on the one hand, and the dissemination of relevant information, on the other. I understand that, for the good of my constituents and the betterment of all citizens throughout the United States, we must make this matter a top priority.
That process begins like any other campaign to improve personal health and wellness: It operates from a foundation of intelligence and wisdom, where you must make the former intelligible so you can ensure respect for the latter; it involves patience and conversation, inviting questions about issues big and small; it includes practical steps to isolate this or that challenge; it revolves around attentiveness, from public officials, and answers, for concerned members of the public; it requires constant vigilance on behalf of achieving a consequential victory.
These rules extend to so many facets of life, because they show how they can influence the outcome of one situation and inspire positive results for a multitude of other scenarios. The emphasis, then, is where it should; where it must be—on education and in-class programs for students and teachers, which mobilize people of all ages and interests, guaranteeing that no one is unaware of—that no one is without recourse to—the solutions to avoid a crisis or stop an epidemic.
Think of these guidelines as a primer for individual safety and collective protection.
If we adopt this advice, and if we abide by these suggestions, then we will be stronger—and healthier—for many years to come.
As you might expect, some of the sore losers from the world of Science are piling on Donald Trump, and are getting all frantic about how he will ruin their cushy arrangements. I'm talking about foreign slave labor (grad students), as well as overly large and often pointless grants from the NIH. That, and more, are in play in this HND piece.
Trump's supposed "anti-science" bias seems to derive from his climate skepticism; his sympathetic attitude to parents who believe that vaccines caused their kids' autism; and his disenchantment with the NIH. The article deals with all of these topics. We also touch on some favorite themes, including "health care, not disease care."