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.
Chemically Speaking McGill University's Dr. Joe Schwarcz argues that chemicals are to be understood, not feared. Here, chemical issues are discussed in a responsible, unbiased fashion.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If I had told you ten years ago that a family seeking asylum from religious persecution would be turned away from the US, you would have thought I was nuts. But, it's finally happened—and no surprise to a Christian family.
Uwe and Hannelore Romeike came to the United States in 2008 seeking political asylum. They fled their German homeland in the face of religious persecution for homeschooling their children. They wanted to live in a country where they could raise their children in accordance with their Christian beliefs. Too bad they picked the United States, huh?
I expected this sort of thing from Scumbag Eric Holder and his cohorts at Justice, but did not anticipate that the (increasingly pointless) Supreme Court would refuse to take this one up. Consider that our country was virtually founded on the notion of religious liberty. Oh yes, there were warnings more than 50 years ago, but people like Robert Welch were crazy, right? Just like Sarah Palin was stupid for saying that Russia would invade Ukraine.
Jesus spoke about the brood of vipers, only this time they are not hiding, like the Pharisees, under a cloak of religion. No, they are operating completely in the open as Commie atheists.
It is not depressing that scumbags will be scumbags. No, it is depressing how many useful idiots (as Stalin and Lenin called them) we have here today.
This HND piece exposes just some of the sordid tale beyond the establishment's dangerous and scientifically bankrupt war against dietary salt. It is no exaggeration to say, as I do, that the anti-salt hysteria set the pattern for today’s sad mess that we call “science,” where it’s more about ego and maintaining the guild, than it is about the search for truth.
Read about one researcher who fed rats the human equivalent of a pound a day of salt, in an effort to prove that it caused hypertension. We also cover an obscure Indian tribe from Brazil, likely genetically predisposed to low blood pressure, who coincidentally have a low sodium diet. Think their Stone Age lifestyle applies to you? The powers that be surely do.
But, the pièce de résistance concerns one Dr. Walter Kempner his awful rice diet, and his...strange and sadistic methods.
The current issue of Lancet Neurology has a “sky is falling” alarm about the alleged ever-rising threat of environmental chemicals for our children’s neurological development. The authors are well-versed in this subject: not toxicology or neurology, no, we mean they are experts in the subject of trying to scare parents and the media about remote or hypothetical chemical threats. In this case, they wave the skull-and-crossbones banner of a “pandemic of developmental neurotoxicity.” If they hoped to garner media attention — and they surely did — they succeeded beyond expectations: fright is in the air.
The authors — Drs. Philip Landrigan of Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York and Philippe Grandjean of the Harvard School of Public Health — are long-time “toxic terrorists,” whose careers have been devoted to finding (or at least seeking) chemical toxins in the environment. Here, writing in Lancet Neurology, they have assessed the environment for the presence of certain chemicals they believe to have toxic effects on the developing nervous systems of fetuses, infants, toddlers and children. They have also taken note of the increasing frequency of diagnosing certain conditions related to brain function among our nation’s youngest demographic, and have perceived an increase in both the number of “chemicals of concern” (to them) and the number of young people diagnosed with ADHD or autism-spectrum disorders. Since their tabulation finds increases in both parameters, they have concluded a likely cause-and-effect relationship. Their proposed solution to this problem: tightened chemical regulation, and a national (or, better, international) “clearinghouse” to assess all known chemicals for neurotoxicity, discover unknown chemicals lurking with the same threat, and test anything entering the marketplace before deeming it safe (or at least safe enough).
“How such a baseless assault on ‘chemicals’ can find its way into the pages of an esteemed peer-reviewed journal such as The Lancet — Oh excuse me, I can’t stifle my laughter any more,” said ACSH’s Dr. Gil Ross, “Wasn’t it this same ‘esteemed’ journal that published Wakefield’s fraudulent opus on autism and vaccines? The whacko editor, Horton, has still never assumed any responsibility for the devastation and deaths that decision caused. Now, there’s this piece of…junk does it too much honor.
“I give the authors credit, so to speak, for having passed some science or math course at one time, so they should (you’d think) know better than to toss some known environmental and actual chemical toxins in a mix with their own made-up variety and call it a ‘study.’ Sure, lead is an ongoing problem, although of markedly diminished impact compared to Landrigan’s classic reviews dating from 30 years ago. And sure, methylmercury is a potent neurotoxin: so what? The authors make no mention of dose-response, as though the mere presence of a chemical is enough to tag it as a cause of some disorder. Then they feel that just mentioning other alleged ‘toxins’ make them guilty by association (DDT? Really?).
“They also fall for the ages-old fallacy of post hoc, ergo propter hoc: if some outcome follows some environmental change, the latter must have caused the former, as if opening an umbrella causes it to rain. Other ‘experts’ may have found a similar increase in neurological ailments based on the skyrocketing consumption of organic food, with as much relevance to public health as this nonsense: check out this tongue in cheek graph which shows a correlation between organic food consumption and autism.
This piece in essence is simply a call for the precautionary principle: if there is ‘concern’ about a chemical — or substance, or behavior — then ban or restrict it until/unless it can be proven ‘safe.’ But when applied to the tens of thousands of chemicals in our environment, our commerce, and our consumer products, if applied as these authors demand, it would require a complete abandonment of our way of life, period. They don’t seem to care, or even take notice. But why should they: they got what they wanted, publicity and scare-mongering adherents.”
Original here. BTW--"Toxic terrorists" is one term, but I prefer "Science welfare frauds."
Those of a certain age may recall the title of this posting as a 1949 tune popularized by Guy Lombardo. Right, of course, but what we're getting at here is a look at vacations. This HND piece cites data suggesting that vacations are good for your health.
We also spotlight an up-and-coming luxury travel company, with prices that surprisingly are not so luxurious.
Here's a heartbreaker for you, and just in time for Valentine's Day...
Posted by Ann Coulter. As Commies will always say, "If you want an omelet, you gotta break some eggs." Every single one of you who voted for this incompetent buffoon as president have blood on your hands.
This HND piece explains the relatively new concept of population health—defined as "The health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group." While these groups are usually geographic, they can also comprise other populations, such as employees, ethnicities, those with disabilities, or those incarcerated.
Evaluating outcomes on the basis of a cohort, rather than on individual results is a necessary accommodation to the Feds being in charge, of course, but how this will affect health care long term is still an open question. More than that, "Giant" health care seems to require virtually endless amounts of IT, which always seems to be able to acquire funding.
Many "providers" (as in physicians) are complaining—with plenty of justification—that the tail is wagging the dog.
This HND piece examines two very scary pathogens. CRE has a mortality rate of about 50%, and TRSV jumped species, from a plant virus to the likely cause of bee colony collapse disorder.
Supposedly, CRE occurs mostly in health care facilities, and seems to strike already sick patients, who are undergoing some sort of invasive procedure--usually endoscopy. But, it can also affect patients with cathethers. CRE stands for carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriacae. Since the carbapenem antibiotics are considered the last line of defense, this is truly bad news.
It's bad enough we're stuck with the inapt name "Affordable Care Act." This HND piece examines the best and easiest way the powers that be could have lowered the costs of health care. Only they didn't.
With defensive medicine comprising more than 7 percent of the total cost of health care, the fact that tort reform was purposely ignored speaks volumes about the incompetence and corruption of our great leaders. Nice to know that a few thousand plaintiff's attorneys can overrule what's best for 300 million Americans.