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.
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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.
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!
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.
Small Dead Animals An artist from Saskatchewan posts a lot of common sense. And the commenters are actually intelligent. Who knew?
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.
Warning Signs Alan Caruba's blog is a daily look at events, personalities, and issues from an independent point of view.
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This HND piece takes a look at the possibility that there may be true-life medical conspiracies. But, are they really "star chamber" type affairs, or maybe these situations—at least some of these situations—only appear to be conspiracies. Perhaps they are more conformity than conspiracy.
We give the example of peptic ulcers and Tagamet, and continue with the matter of neuro-immune disease. Strangely, Senator Harry Reid seems to be involved in the latter.
This HND piece examines a mostly hidden story: Physician suicide. Conservative estimates put the figure at around 400 per year, and that works out to losing the student body of an entire med school annually. Most experts think the real numbers are a good deal higher.
Of course, it's no secret that ever since Medicare, and certainly since health care became a subsidiary of the insurance industry, being a physician is not what it used to be. Throw into the mix rapacious plaintiff's lawyers, and it's not a pretty picture. Then there's the matter of depression, which is also in play—only those docs affected can't do much about it, since merely seeking treatment for depression can affect licensure status.
This HND piece examines the matters of chain of custody, specimen tracking, and data integrity. We cite the example of how the very first use of forensic DNA could have been for naught, based on sloppy specimen tracking.
But there is more at stake here than forensics. We also consider the giant business of medical diagnostics. Surely these millions of specimens must be kept with proper identification of their rightful owners, so to speak. Included is shout-out to a smart new company involved in the enterprise of keeping this stuff straight.
What, you may ask, does a tragic police-involved shooting have to do with the brutal rape and murder—50 years ago—of a woman from Queens, NY? That's easy...
Learning absolutely zero from its absurdly inaccurate and biased coverage of the Genovese case, the media did it again—big time—with the Mike Brown/Darren Wilson matter. Everyone seems to remember that "38" witnesses to Kitty's death "did nothing."
Yet, no one seems to remember the name of the vile perp Winston Moseley, or that Genovese was at least his third murder victim. Nor, do they remember that Moseley was caught precisely because the public chose to "get involved," by reporting his suspicious behavior to the police the following day, which led to his arrest.
For what it's worth, there were nowhere near 38 actual witnesses, although that seems to be the number of people interviewed by the police. More than that, there are those who insist their calls to the police precinct went unheeded, and when the cops did show up later to investigate the murder scene, one resident said bitterly "You should have come when we called."
But the Kitty Genovese story is only and forever about how the terrible people of Kew Gardens, Queens refused to get involved—as if the perp didn't even exist.
Likewise, we can debate excessive force in the Mike Brown case, but no one seems to care that had he not acted like a vicious thug, which no one disputes, he would surely be alive today.
Oh yeah. The "official" tainted version of the Genovese case came from the NY Times. What a surprise.
This HND piece looks at the cynical use of the Ebola scare as a vehicle to advance special interests.
One of the first to take advantage of the crisis was the clownish Francis Collins, director of NIH, who rather absurdly claimed that the agency's problems in fighting the disease have been hampered by a series of budget cuts. No one, including people within NIH, was fooled for long. But for Collins, being a political hack has always been more important than acting as a physician.
Then, there's the shrill Ebola-fueled campaign launched by the National Nurses United (NNU). Plenty of details are covered in the piece, but let's just say this: Beware militant Leftists masquerading as a health care union. Yeah, they're so concerned about infection control that they are against their own nurses getting flu shots.
On November 21st, the Washington Post ran a Special Report on diabetes, featuring a series of supposedly informative articles. The report was sponsored by Novo Nordisk, a big name (maybe the biggest) in diabetes care. No doubt, they have every interest in getting people off their meds...
To be kind, the report was a profound waste of time, and very much in keeping with so-called "diabetes education," provides zero takeaway for the diabetic. I vented a bit via e-mail to the report's editor, Mary Jordan.
Dear Ms. Jordan--
Talk about a missed opportunity! As one who writes a weekly health column for a major website, perhaps I was naive to think that your coverage of this topic would include something other than the tired old cliches, which—by the way—have only worsened public health. Here is why there is an "epidemic" of diabetes:
1. The conflation of the very real and devastating autoimmune condition of Type 1 (real) diabetes with the lab finding of hyperglycemia, which has quite cynically been named "Type 2 diabetes." After all, it is so much easier to build a brand with 29 million sufferers than less than 1 million.
2. The criminal advocacy of a low-fat/ high carb diet by both the ADA and AHA, despite mountains of evidence to the contrary.
3. The advocacy of expensive, harmful, and often avoidable pharmaceutical therapy to promote glycemic control. Might I suggest that you actually read the papers, endlessly cited, which are purported to "prove" the necessity of tight glycemic control, but in fact do no such thing.
Moreover, the record of pharmaceutical therapy in this area is far from stellar. Indeed, there is really only one drug that probably is safe and effective, and that is Metformin. Ironically, though, Metformin does little to directly lower blood glucose. Instead, it mitigates so-called "liver dump," whereby for many people, during a period of not eating, the equivalent of as much as 70 grams of carbs is forced into the blood by the liver.
Of course, as Diane Kress has pointed out, the same mitigation effect can be achieved by consuming 15-20 grams of carbs.
4. As to insulin therapy for type 2s, this is the single most absurd aspect of the "epidemic." To be sure, insulin will almost instantly lower blood glucose, and that is why it is essential therapy for type 1s. But, consider this: 80% of type 2s are obese. Insulin lowers blood glucose by forcing the glucose into the cell. In other words, insulin will make a fat person more fat! But then, he will need even more insulin, which will make him still fatter...
His insulin resistance occurs *because* he is fat, as the body's defense to prevent him from gaining more weight.
5. However, the most basic reason for our "epidemic" is that the "diabetes" blood glucose level has been lowered from 160 milligrams per deciliter to 140 milligrams per deciliter to 125 milligrams per deciliter. Good luck finding any scientific evidence behind this. It sure does create more diabetics, though, right? Bear in mind that dozens of things can temporarily raise blood glucose, including stress. Stress can easily raise this number by 30 points.
OK, then. What if someone who is already stressed gets his blood tested to discover it is 126? He is now given the provisional diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, and I promise you is more stressed. He comes back a few days later, and this finding is confirmed.
You might ask: What if he never shows this hyperglycemia ever again? It doesn't matter. He is now a diabetic for life, which means at the very least that his life insurance will be forever rated.
We have more treatment, more drugs sold, and higher insurance rates for life, regardless of any other health findings. Cool racket, no?
You might try doing some real journalism next time.
This HND piece applies the "treating symptoms, rather than causes" criticism to how we approach mental illness. It's no secret that there are serious limitations to psychoactive drugs, even if they are champion best-sellers.
We highlight some works that offer new pathways to therapy, and give a plug to Marcia Angell, MD, for her efforts in exposing the questionable practices of Big Pharma. Read the complete article.
This HND piece takes a hard look at Obamacare, in the wake of the resounding defeat suffered by Dems in the recent midterm elections.
Let's see. The uninsured have been reduced from 45 million to...41 million, at only a cost of multiple billions. Virtually everyone's insurance rates have gone up, despite Obama's ridiculous statement that a family would save $2500. And, if that's not bad enough, the budget folks have admitted that they cannot even figure out what this boondoggle is costing.
The ACA is hands down the worst piece of social legislation ever passed in US history—-and may well retain that distinction until the end of time.
This HND piece examines a relatively new trend in health care: Direct Primary Care. This is a better version of concierge medicine in that there is no insurance involvement. For a monthly fee, you are prepaid to see the doc as often as you like. And, freed from the hassles of dealing with insurance companies, the doctor's overhead is lowered by an average of 40 percent.
What's more, this sort of intelligent prepaid plan puts health insurance back to what it is supposed to be: Coverage for catastrophic illness, not every day stuff.