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.
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 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 discusses the seemingly miraculous properties of CBD, a Cannabis extract, that's got all the therapeutic benefit—without the high. Pre-clinical research (using cell culture and non-human subjects) has shown anti-seizure, antioxidant, neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-tumor, anti-psychotic, and anti-anxiety properties.
There have also been wonderful results with formerly intractable cases of pediatric epilepsy. Heck, some of the most glowing reports come from the belly of the beast...NIDA (The National Institute on Drug Abuse).
As with all natural remedies, though, the FDA is in a bit of a quandary. By all rights, any therapeutic claims should be subject to regulation, which means expensive clinical trials. But, since CBD is not proprietary, why would any supplier pay for such testing? Here's a thought: Take a small amount of the hugely wasteful medical research grants budget, and have that cover the trials.
Since April is Autism Awareness month, this HND piece takes another look at the condition. In fact, we examine this within the context of conventional wisdom, which has been an unmitigated disaster in autism. Really...how hard is it to charge parents lots of money to tell them that there's no hope for their kids?
The good news is that unconventional voices are finally making headway, and are even curing autistic kids.
This HND piece starts off with idiotic conventional wisdom on tennis elbow, and segues into the equally idiotic death of George Washington, a true victim of conventional wisdom. The final example in Part 1 looks at the deeply flawed mission statements of nearly all hospitals.
Along the way, we invoke Freakonomics and The Affluent Society, two works that also skewered conventional wisdom.
This HND piece is a reminder that there are still way too many of these infections. The latest outbreaks occurred in an unnamed hospital, causing two deaths. Maybe the best thing would have been for the hospital in question to 'fess up. We explore that aspect, and take a dimmer view of the situaiton than even Sen. Patty Murray's recent report.
Also covered are several recent articles strongly indicating that ethylene oxide sterilization is the answer to this problem. Read the complete article.
This HND piece starts with a walk down Chinese drywall memory lane, but ends up at a very current case. An unfortunate Florida homeowner—and we are certain that there are many more like him—got caught up in the state's nonsensical criteria for tainted and corrosive drywall.
In defense of the Sunshine State, it simply went along with the absurd recommendations of the Consumer Product Safety Commission and ASTM. CPSC chose orthorhombic sulfur (S8) as its qualifying standard, despite plenty of contrary data--and this was data that CPSC paid for, and represented superb analytical work. Another epic fail from CPSC, and from the once-respected ASTM.
This HND piece continues to shine some needed light on the FIRST and iCOMPARE clinical trials. Make no mistake. The purpose of this research was to create data justifying the rollback of certain limitations on the maximum duty hours for medical residents.
There are a host of things wrong with these studies, not the least of which is the researchers' nonsensical contention that no human subjects were involved in work that encompassed 4,330 surgical residents and 138,691 patients.
What makes this even more pathetic is that NIH could have done better simply eliminating the middleman! Why not take the money allocated for this garbage research, and spend it instead on...more residents.
It would be amusing, were it not so pathetic—as the cliché goes—to watch the pundit class attempt to explain the rise of Donald Trump. No doubt, Trump is populist, but these analysts fail to recognize one very basic fact: Trump is a pissed-off rich guy financing his own populist campaign, and, as such, there has never been anyone like him in American history.
Comparisons to Hitler, even acknowledging the dictator's initial (and very short-lived) populist approach, conveniently omit that it was the Nazis who violently broke up demonstrations—just as the anti-Trump forces are doing today. Full marks if you recognize the delicious irony of former Nazi kapo George Soros being the guy behind the anti-Trump thugs.
Also pathetic are the techniques used by the elites in their vain attempts to undermine Trump. First off, it was the media in the person of the supposedly "beloved" Megyn Kelly going after him in the debates. But...horror of horrors...he answered back! Why, the Donald must have missed the memo whereby the media fawns over Dems and relentlessly attacks most Republicans, although those on Team R are never supposed to fight back.
Of course, her gambit backfired, and Megyn was exposed to be little more than the liberal lawyer with a nose and boob job and non-seductive low voice, that she always was.
Next, Trump dissed John McCain, which was going to be another kiss of death...only those in the know were already quite aware that Johnny's military record was not exactly spotless. Sure enough, more damaging material immediately appeared online, and the elites failed again.
Then there were the silly David Duke/racism slurs, and the utterly shameless spectacle of loser Mitt Romney channeling his late, unlamented father, in attacking the leading Republican candidate. Father George made an even worse speech concerning Barry Goldwater.
Trump is simply tapping into the serious anger that a sizable number of Americans have toward the elite political class—in both parties—that have sold them out.
How far back does this go? Well, it depends on your personal preferences. There was surely a Hell of a lot of anger toward Lincoln, as he lined up his fellow Americans to kill each other. Conveniently, the catastrophe of the Civil War gets played these days as a civil rights issue, even though that spin only occurred to Lincoln himself very late in the game.
Then, there was Woodrow Wilson (a big time racist, by the way), who promised to keep us out of war, but then pledged American lives in the absolutely pointless venture of World War I, which would inevitably lead to World War II.
The Great Depression brought us one of our all time worst presidents: Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
How bad were the Republicans during FDR's reign? This bad: It was no secret to Team R just how deceitful this man was. You think Obama lies? FDR told more lies in a month than Obama will in his entire career. Yet, they nominated a succession of RINOs to run against him.
1936 was pretty much the height of the Depression. We were not at war yet, and FDR was as vulnerable as he would ever be. So...they put up super RINO and closet Leftie Alf Landon, who got crushed.
In 1940, things were different. FDR was running for an unprecedented third term, did not end the Depression, and was saber-rattling. Businessman and former Democrat Wendell Willkie said all the right things, and even got FDR to tell the biggest lie of his life—that there would be no foreign wars if he were reelected. Alas, with lock-step support of the unions and corrupt big city machines, not to mention a weird combination of Southern racists and minorities, FDR got it done once again. To no one's surprise, after the election, Willkie showed his RINO true colors.
1944 was a problem. Had the Republican elite allowed Thomas Dewey to go public with his knowledge that FDR knew in advance of the Pearl Harbor attack, he just might have won. He did come closer than anyone else. As it was, by 1944, FDR was a walking dead man, and died only a few months after starting his fourth term, bringing us the lousy Harry Truman. People seem to forget that Truman left office with an approval rating in the 20-percent level. In the 1980s, there was a dumb attempt to rehabilitate this loser, which bombed once it was revealed that he was a Commie sympathizer and a racist.
In 1948, Dewey would get another chance, and should have destroyed Truman, only he didn't—running one of the most inept campaigns in American history. Being a RINO at heart, he did almost no real campaigning, and discussed none of the big issues of the day—such as how we won the war, but were losing the peace—and lost the most pivotal election of the 20th century.
In 1952, the RINOs were in full force, bringing us two terms of the awful Dwight Eisenhower, who was probably Stalin's best friend, after FDR. Eisenhower would never have gotten the nomination without Dewey's help.
Give this to Barry Goldwater: He had no chance in 1964, but he could certainly see the way the winds were blowing. The despicable LBJ put FDR's welfare state on steroids, opened up immigration in 1965, and gave us Vietnam—for good measure.
SO...Since 1936, with the exception of Reagan, the elites have brought us endless war, ruined our economy by sending jobs off to China and Mexico, and stood idly by—and even helped—as the Dems obliterated everything that used to define America. Remember religion, morality, factories, low unemployment, low taxes? Cherished institutions laid waste because of decades of abysmal, if not traitorous "leadership"—often reflecting tragically misguided and puerile social engineering.
In short, the time has long past in which we must respect such "leaders" merely because they attained positions of leadership.
Just a few of the reasons behind the Trump phenomenon.
This HND piece once again covers the topic of e-cigarettes, and this time spotlights an upcoming feature entitled A Billion Lives. Regular readers of my columns will already be familiar with the sad truth of officialdom being dead set against e-cigs, for completely selfish reasons--that have nothing to do with public health.
Helmer Aaron Biebert has created a compelling work that is sure to spread the message beyond the e-cig community.
This HND piece starts with the basics, and details typical symptoms of both hypo-and hyper- thyroidism. While classic blood tests have long been available to elucidate proper thyroid function, a growing number of people are exposing serious flaws in the conventional wisdom.
One of these is Dana Trentini, who has her own quite tragic story of being misdiagnosed as "normal." Yet one more example of mindless addiction to "normal" blood titers, by an internal medicine community that clearly should know better by now.