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.
Lifehacker Tips and downloads for getting things done
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.
Weasel Zippers Conservative commentary from all over the Web. Updated constantly.
Have you ever wondered why groups such as the American Lung Association and American Cancer Society are against e-cigarettes? This HND piece explains this seeming paradox...and a whole lot more.
As you might expect, it's all about the dollars, and falls nicely into the old "Bootleggers and Baptists" angle on prohibition. Indeed, the smoking prohibitionists line up on the same side as Big Tobacco and Big Pharma on this issue.
Another year, another drug kickback settlement. This HND piece covers the qui tam action which resulted in a $39 million settlement against Daiichi Sankyo. In this particular matter, the defendant violated both the False Claims Act and the Anti-Kickback Act.
The drugs in question are Welchol (cholesterol-lowering); and Benicar, Azor, and Tribenzor (antihypertensives).
Yes, the company got dinged, but what about the bribed doctors? Read the complete article.
This HND piece describes something that is all too rare these days: A shining example of great science.
With the media chock full of junk science on matters ranging from climate change to this week's new food or chemical scare, the brilliant research of Kim Lewis and associates, in isolating an antibiotic that does not seem to induce resistance, is quite exciting. His group calls this potential miracle drug Teixobactin.
The key to Lewis' discovery is a device they call an ichip, which lets them culture bacteria that previously could not be grown in vitro. It is likely that other wonderful discoveries will emerge via this same method.
Now is as good a time as any to address the false dichotomy between "faith" and "reason."
Ask any believer to defend his faith, and he will probably relate certain personal experiences that convinced him that God was working in his life. There would seem to be no way that these events could have occurred randomly. Of course, this contention can't be proven, so at some point, he just has to believe.
Ask an atheist how he knows that Timbuktu exists. He read about it in a book, he saw a picture of it. Thus, he had to believe that the book was true, or his teacher was correct, or what he calls Timbuktu, is actually Timbuktu. More than that, he has to believe that the definitions of the words in the book are true as he is taught, not to mention the significance of the letters and numbers, themselves. In addition, during any conversation, he has to believe that the words he speaks are also the words he (and others) hear. None of this can be "proven" rationally.
Even if he were to visit this town himself, ultimately, he would have to believe the signs in the town identifying it as such. At some point, he has to accept a basic item on faith.
In fact, the very paragon of rationality—Euclidean geometry—relies on several key assumptions, which can never be proven. i.e. they are taken on faith, right?
Since there is no such thing as non-antecedent reasoning, there is ultimately no difference between faith and reason.
This HND piece gives a summary of the criminally botched case of psychiatric patient Dan Markingson—at the hands of the University of Minnesota. This acutely psychotic patient was wrongly placed on a clinical trial, and—despite protestations from his mother that he was suicidal—killed himself with a box cutter to the throat.
If you think that a corpse, lying nearly decapitated in a bathroom, would trigger an investigation by the U, you are quite mistaken.
What makes this story so awful is that despite all sorts of misdeeds by the researchers and the drug company involved, it is just business as usual. The good news is that an army of folks is moving against the U, and maybe the putrid mess that is our clinical trials system could change.
This HND piece discusses infection control, and how high tech, common sense, and a bit of high touch can make a dent in the spread of pathogens. We bring in some cool innovaitons from NASA, and mention a few products that incoproate this wizardry.
This HND piece covers yet another crummy diet study, and it is one more junk science affair headlined by big name know-nothings.
This one is a bit unique in that it combines the overhyped DASH diet, with "proof" that low carb is worthless. But, that would be low carb defined as 40% carbs in your diet. Talk about stacking the deck.
As to DASH, it is a warmed-over Mediterranean diet, with somewhat more carbs and a drastically lowered sodium content. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute geeks would freak at the real Mediterranean diet and its typical sodium level of 4200 milligrams per day.
Sadly, the people behind this study are way too high up in the, uh, food chain of influential researchers.
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.