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.
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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Ian Fletcher Fletcher is an economist who takes a dim view of certain conventional wisdom, such as how great Free Trade is supposed to be. You'll like his practical viewpoint on repairing our sick economy.
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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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.
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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.
The Whistle Hot health related topics from today's news. The Whistle blows the lid off the hype! Great insights from breakthrough nutritionist Diane Kress.
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In this HND piece, we take a look at the long love affair humanity has had with drugs. According to psychiatrist Tammy Saah, "Archaeological records indicate the presence of psychotropic plants and drug use in ancient civilizations as far back as early hominid species about 2 million years ago."
Various detox/treatment methods are discussed, but nearly all of them come with this chilling caveat:
An estimated 90 percent of people who have recovered from an addiction to drugs or alcohol will eventually relapse. Depending on the severity of the relapse, you may have to begin the process of addiction treatment and recovery from the very beginning.
Inspired by Mayor Bloomberg's recent failed venture attempting to control the size of soft drink portions, this HND story takes dead aim at that portion of the Nanny Staters, known as the Food Police. Although there are obnoxious individual spokesmen such as Bloomberg and food writer Mark Bittman, the reigning leaders of the food police are the inaptly named Center for Science in the Public interest (CSPI).
While CSPI is (finally) against trans fats, few people realize that they were formerly the biggest proponents of trans fats. What's more, they've been lying about it ever since.
We also discuss the concept of anarcho-tyranny, and how it applies to the food police. Read the complete article.
This HND piece analyzes what might actually be the single most stupid provision of all Obamacare...the medical device excise tax. You know something must be up if even some of the most liberal members of the Senate have voted to repeal it.
While many are aware that it levies a 2.3 percent tax on essentially all medical devices, few are aware (mostly because it was not publicized) that the tax is on the GROSS, and not the net. Thus, even companies that are showing a loss must still pay up. Of course, when this tax was first proposed back in the 1990s by Hillary Clinton, she smugly noted that she was not responsible if some companies were under-capitalized.
The biggest argument in favor of such a tax (that Obamacare will bring in so many more patients that it would be no problem) is complete nonsense, and we tell you why. Read the complete article.
This HND story looks at an unintended consequence of Obamacare: People might be forced into taking ownership of their own health.
If all the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) kick in next year as planned, most folks will look back with fondness on what they had before. For one thing, insurance premiums will be going up--and not by a small amount either. Given the expected influx of new patients, against a backdrop of a supply of physicians that has not appreciably increased since the late 1990s, it will be more difficult to see a doctor.
Perhaps even the government will see the light and create a paradigm shift from a disease care to a true health care model. Stranger things have happened. Read the complete article.
This HND piece examines the rampant snobbery connected with victuals. It starts off by quoting a rant from an anonymous Brit...
Every day, people compromise on their diet due to convenience and expense. This does not make them ignorant or in any way beneath you. There will always be those that try and stay ahead of the trends by discovering more prestigious/expensive ingredients, but this definitely does not mean that the quality of your food is better.
The snobbery covers many aspects of food, including "organics" (despite mountains of evidence showing that they are no more healthy than conventional fare); and a prejudice against frozen food, as if there had been no progress in that industry since the 1950s. Far better to keep clinging to stereotypes, I guess.
Quite a mouthful, and also the title of this HND article.
We take a look at how fear (especially the creation of fear in women) drives the marketing of health care. Even worse, the notion of empowerment, a term most often applied to women, is often victimization called by another name. As it is, both the US Department of Labor and health care marketeers agree on one thing: If you want to sell a health care product or service, go after women.
This HND piece takes another look at stress, which we focused on about three years ago. This time we cite a key paper from 1991. Although it was published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, it never got the attention it deserved.
With a provocative title like "Psychological Stress and Susceptibility to the Common Cold," you'd think ii would have caused more of a stir. That paper--and subsequent work from Sheldon Cohen, Ph.D., of Carnegie-Mellon University--showed that psychological stress was associated in a dose-response manner with an increased risk of acute infectious respiratory illness, and this risk was attributable to increased rates of infection rather than to an increased frequency of symptoms after infection.
Of course, the effect of stress on illness was recognized decades earlier, by Sir William Osler, considered the father of modern medicine.
The point here is that stress can be an important risk factor for many diseases. After all, chronic stress is hypertensive, hyperglycemic, and induces weight gain--all three of which are nasty health-killing factors. According to the work of Cohen and others, that's only the tip of the iceberg.
This HND piece examines the vital importance that "moving pictures" of all sorts have on health care. While it certainly helps providers, the biggest impact is--and will continue to be--on patient education.
Also included are plenty of good links, and some precepts on how one can evaluate the accuracy and utility of the constant stream of scientific—especially health-related—information.
About a month ago, I was on NPR's popular Faith Middleton Show. What initially promoted interest was a piece I did some years ago debunking the radon hysteria.
The producers decided that a more compelling topic would be the reliability of Science, and what factors might be distorting it.
Joining me in the discussion, which rapidly turned into a debate, was Ira Flatow of Science Friday--a big cheerleader, it would seem, for the current miserable status quo of science.
Although Ira had his share of misguided and uninformed remarks, one especially puzzled me. A good deal of the show was taken up with the radon meme. At some point he asks me why I keep mentioning the (incorrect and fully discredited) linear no threshold model.
Considering that the entire low-level radiation scare, including radon, is based on NLT, this would be a bit like having a show on antibiotics, and asking me why I keep talking about bacteria.
Is Science Broken? I think it is, but why not listen, and judge for yourself.
This HND piece gives you a peek under the hood of one of the most important portions of Obamacare. As I keep telling anyone who will listen, the main problem with Obamacare is that it was put together by people who don't know anything about how health care is delivered in the real world, and think that the solution to every problem is more bureaucracy.
Actually, it's even worse than that. They also believe that physicians, nurses, and the rest of the "providers" aren't nearly as important as their infernal systems. Heck, these exchanges are based on the absurd notion of managed competition. But, managed competition only works if there are ALREADY in place perfectly functioning health networks.
Thus, in its most ideal sense, managed competition only works in situations where it is not needed. Just one of the many problems with this mess.
The concept of defined contribution (DC) health plans, as opposed to defined benefits are explored, as well. Some people tout DC as "the answer," and it is...to the wrong question.