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 expands on an article from 2014. Forward Head Posture is a plague affecting just about anyone who uses tech devices.
As it happens, FHP is an expression of Upper Crossed Syndrome, explained in the piece. In fact, the brilliant doctor who came up with these "crossed syndromes" re-wrote the book on chronic pain—by focusing on muscle imbalances. And, boy, do muscles ever get out of whack with frequent computer and smart phone use!
We link out to several excellent exercises that will help you fix FHP.
This HND piece continues where this one left off. We get more into the history of how science went wrong, and get into the arcane matter (for most of us) of journal impact factor.
I can't resist including a great example of junky garbage "science," as done by a Harvard guy who should—nay, DOES know better. No bogus stats here, just a matter of him re-defining a term to fit his crummy premise. While I don't name the man, it shouldn't be too difficult to identify him—if you care to do so.
You'll love this one...put together by a friend of mine from memory. Yes, back in the 1980s he saw a slide show, and it must have seared itself into his brain. In that era, these courses cost thousands of dollars. We now bring it to you FREE!
This HND piece examines how what we call "science" has become increasingly corrupted by money, and therefore politics. Several factors are involved...
Academic institutions are greedy for money, so they are going after government research dollars, big time. This, of course, creates the "publish or perish" syndrome, which in turn means that a study merely getting published gives it merit, and thus this becomes an end in itself. Never mind that a goodly number of these "results" cannot be duplicated, or that no one seems to care.
To add to the fun, I describe an interview from a few years ago, with a researcher who essentially omitted her published work was garbage.
This HND piece examines the new phenomenon—and explosive growth—of the medical scribe industry. While scribes have existed for some time, it took the forced introduction of electronic health records (EHRs) to cause this industry to skyrocket.
Not only do doctors hate EHRs, but their use drives productivity and revenues down by as much as 30%. Scribes shadow the docs and fill out the EHRs, during patient exams. As Michael Murphy MD (CEO of Scribe America) explains, the docs have a choice of seeing fewer patients and spending even more time on paperwork/data entry; making futile attempts to do contemporaneous EHR entry themselves during patient time (which patients hate); or working even more hour, playing catch-up with the EHRs.
Clearly, medical scribes are the antidote to the hated EHRs. Read the complete article.
This HND piece delves into a brief history of how the trucking industry became regulated in 1935, which messed things up so badly that much of it became de-regulated in 1980. Of course, new regs would follow shortly.
This gets us into the bizarro world of required physical exams for truck drivers. Let's be kind and say that the integrity of these exams varies quite a bit. At the bottom are "doctors" who hang out a truck stops, and will basically pass anyone, to legit MDs who...yes...occasionally have to fail drivers, which unfortunately means that they cannot work as drivers anymore.
The other problem is the inconsistency of what drugs they test for, and what drugs are prohibited, but are not tested for.
This HND piece starts off with a brief history of retirement, busts a long-held myth, and then segues into practical issues encountered by many retirees.
The fiscal side gives a referral to a new and growing website, chock full of interesting—and contrarian—ideas. The mental component features some points from an article entitled "5 Warning Signs You Aren't Psychologically Prepared for Retirement." As to physical health...we discuss those topics constantly in our other HND articles, all archived here.
This HND piece examines the worrisome situation in which people—and not just youth—seem to be permanently attached to their devices. Notwithstanding the obvious physical ailments that excessive use of such products can bring, there are surely also mental consequences, including plain and simple addiction.
We take a look back at the notion of High tech/High touch, originally introduced by John Naisbitt in his blockbuster best-seller Megatrends. As it happens, this sort of thing leads into Zenlock, a product featured in the posting.
This HND piece traces the history of such beverages, long before they were even called "energy drinks." Do Roman gladiators take the concept far back enough for you? How about coffee itself, dating from the 15th century?
Then there's Coca-Cola, at one time containing plenty of sugar, caffeine, and cocaine—for good measure. We discuss the likely mechanism of how caffeine acts as a stimulant, along with its paradoxical effects on headaches and migraines. And, don't forget Jolt Cola.
We end up at a kinder, gentler, energy drink, that is gaining appeal, amidst the additive-laden competition.
This HND piece riffs on a famous line from Coleridge, and suggests that the profligate use of bottled water has become an environmental issue in itself.
To be sure, purifying your own tap water at home—with charcoal filtration—is a popular option. We discuss what is actually meant by the term "activated charcoal," and why coconut shell activated charcoal is considered to be the best type.
Then, we get specific and highlight a new product from an innovative company in the field of hydration.