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 covers the devastating report released a few days ago by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA). Murray was dragged into the world of endoscope reprocessing and infection control when famous Virginia Mason Medical Center of Seattle became one of the first hospitals to report deaths related to tainted endoscopes. Who knows how many went unreported?
Making matters worse is that the entire situation reveals epic failure at all levels, not the least of which is the good old FDA. Bear in mind that the processing (cleaning and sterilizing) of these scopes is left up to hospital employees who are among the lowest paid.
Murray's report proffers a number of recommendations, and we comment on these.
This HND piece begins with the new 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines, and then segues into the so-called paleo diet.
All told there is at least a bit of sense in the guidelines, even if they still get it wrong about sat fat and salt. At least, they didn't succumb to the anti-meat morons or the insane low salters (less than 15t00 mg per day), led by the ridiculous Dr. Elliott Antman. Now maybe if people were ants...
As to the paleo diet, once you get past its low carb aspects, it is little more than a silly celebration of the Noble Savage. That is to say, it is mostly bunk. And, cavemen DID get heart disease.
This one, over at the Mike's Comments—and mirrored a few other places—puts an epilogue on this hack's downfall. I think you'll like the irony.
Sabrina, like so many others before her, was able to fashion a career solely because she wrote PC stuff. I guess no one ever told her that if she was going to lie, choose the lies carefully—or at least do some fact-checking. The smart crisis PR move would have been to visit the fraternity in question and do a big fat mea culpa, replete with a nice puff piece. Heck, she could have even foisted some of the blame on Jackie Coakley.
No doubt, though, she got legal counsel advising against it. Bad move.
This HND piece examines some of the science (good and bad) behind low carb. The bad stuff takes advantage of no formal definition of the term "low carb," to mock its efficacy. In that case, 40% carbs was considered "low," and in fairness could be, since the recommended diet—incredibly—is still at 60% carbs.
We quote diet expert and friend of this column Diane Kress, and mock a big study or two.
This HND piece describes some interesting research being done on gut bacteria, in light of improvements in genetic analysis techniques. Certainly, the friendly bacteria are vitally important to us, and it is no coincidence that 60-70 percent of our immune system is located in the gut, and is therefore intimately connected with the microbes.
There are some provocative early findings on both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, in that the gut bacteria profile is different, comparing diabetics to normals. One big question is whether this is a chicken/egg situation., and if you can eliminate diabetes by inoculating the sufferers with proper bacteria. Could harnessing our tiny friends be the key to conquering chronic disease?
We focus on yet another insult to medical residents—the heart and soul of our healthcare system. As an "experiment," the maximum number of hours they can work, which was recently lowered, has now been increased. This by ACGME—the very organization that lowered them. Welcome to the world of predatory healthcare NGOs. Too bad there are dozens more of them, and virtually all of them are bad.
It's bad enough that the feckless Feds are financing these, uh...studies, but the academic institutions behind the work actually claimed that humans were not involved. Oh, and neither the docs or the patients were told of these arrangements, thus totally violating rules for voluntary informed consent.
And you wonder why are healthcare system simultaneously sucks and is too expensive.
This HND piece discusses the recently published finding that US healthcare spending increased 5.3 percent to $3.0 trillion in 2014. That represents 17.5 percent of the gross domestic product.
You might recall that O-care was supposed to save us money, but every single thing increased, as well as per capita costs.
So, now that the insurance part of Obamacare has imploded, and I promise you this will continue, the brain trust has no choice but to remind us about all the other provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Only, most of those, including the highly touted ACOs (Accountable Care Organizations) have tanked, as well. In fact, the O-care fanboys resorted to dinking the number big time to make the ACOs look much better than they are.
This HND piece was inspired by the uneven experience most of us get when surfing through various health-related websites. It is ironic, of course, that in this era of endless communications media, too many of us have forgotten how to communicate effectively. Perhaps it has something to do with the rise of social media, and the old adage that the opposite of communication is ego.
We touch on the big topic of customer-centric website design, as championed these days by our friends at LCN.com. Of course, this is hardly revolutionary, as this very same idea was being stressed at the dawn of Web 2.0. Back to the basics, right?
Also included are five best practices, that should be followed in everyone's web design.