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.
This HND piece follows the continuing saga of the cholesterol nonsense and new and outrageously expensive drugs that have emerged to control this medical non-issue. It seems that the third party payers are questioning things...finally.
Good guy Dr. Malcolm Kendrick pokes fun at these developments, in light of the "LDL may not matter" big reveal of 2013. Yep, that supposed super baddie may not be so important after all. So, can we give back the side effects and get some dough for the drugs we took, that we didn't need to take?
And what better time to introduce a new drug for controlling LDL, that can cost more than $1000 a month?
This HND piece looks AGAIN at problems with diabetes drugs. But, don't blame me for having repetitive themes. Blame Big Pharma and the FDA for developing and approving these drugs.
The latest class of diabetes drugs to cause concern are the sodium-glucose co-transporter-2 (SGLT-2) inhibitors. They lower blood sugar by blocking reabsorption of glucose by the kidneys, and increase its urinary excretion.
On May 15, 2015, the FDA issued a warning that SGLT-2 inhibitors have caused several cases of diabetic ketoacidosis, which is potentially fatal. All reported patients required emergency room visits or hospitalization to treat the condition. What makes this especially disturbing is that the condition had heretofore only been seen in type 1 diabetics, and it was associated with relatively high blood glucose levels. Not any more.
As if that's not bad enough, the instructions given in the FDA warning are pretty much useless.
An expert independent evidence review published 19 August 2015 by Public Health England (PHE) concludes that e-cigarettes are significantly less harmful to health than tobacco and have the potential to help smokers quit smoking.
As you might suspect, there are not too many legit uses for fetal tissue, even though there is a demand. We take a look at some of the NIH-sponsored research using human fetal tissue, and you're not going to be too impressed. In fact, you might be shocked to discover what NIH wastes your money on—and this really is only the tip of the iceberg. Ironically, the best research in the category examined occurs with the smallest grants. ("Best" = Actually having a possible application to improving human health.)
Riddle me this, Batman: What's the difference between an academic scientist and a third-generation welfare mother? One difference is that the scientists are a whole lot more expensive to maintain.
This HND piece exposes the rather obvious, and strangely unreported fact that Planned Parenthood, by its own admission, is violating at least one federal law in this lovely matter of selling baby parts. Heck, there is little doubt they are violating two, in that the "donations" are clearly intended to gain profit.
As we describe in this and the follow-up piece, there are precious few legitimate uses for human fetal tissue, and certainly nowhere near enough to justify the scale of the ghoulish harvest, exposed by the recent Center for Medical Progress videos.
Imagine that. People running an abortion mill doing despicable things. Read the complete article.
How often do you hear someone say that to fix our country, we "need to get back to the Constitution?" Sorry, but this is a non-starter...
1. I reject the notion that "all" the country need do is to get back to the Constitution. Upon a moment's reflection, it should be clear that this is no solution at all.
The Commerce Clause (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3) gives Congress the power "to regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes." Covers a whole lot, doesn't it?
Article I, Section 8 contains 18 clauses, and here is the 18th: "To make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this Constitution in the government of the United States, or in any department or officer thereof." In other words, they can do anything they want.
Amendment XIV, Section 1 provides:
"All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." All by itself, this little gem has given us Roe v. Wade and Obergefell v. Hodges (same sex marriage).
Marbury v. Madison (1803) established the absurd notion of judicial review, thereby forever ruining the balance of powers, and making the Supreme Court the super-branch. No less an authority than Thomas Jefferson himself was dismayed at this state of affairs.
Given the four precepts described above, coupled with the reality that virtually every court decision expands, rather than limits federal power, no rational argument can be advanced that the Constitution is our saving grace.
2. Perhaps "getting back to the Constitution" is a shorthand for the wish that we get back to some earlier Spirit of the Founders, or Spirit of America. That would be a marvelous idea, but it may be difficult to achieve in the 21st century.
Instead of a Christian country in which only property owners (aka stakeholders) could vote, we now have a "diverse" land in which a heroin addict on welfare, who has to be propped up at the polling place, has the same vote as a productive citizen.
3. As to the military and its legitimate use, getting back to the Constitution will probably not help much. True, Article I Section 8, Clause 11 provides that Congress has the power: "To declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water."
However, Article II, Section 2, Clause 1 provides that: "The President shall be commander in chief of the Army and Navy of the United States."
Thus, the last time war was formally declared by Congress was on December 8, 1941. Of course, any number of bellicose acts subsequent to that date can be counted up. Arguably, there were plenty of them (non-declared) in the build-up to World War II, as well.
4. Kinda makes you wonder how many of the "patriots" endlessly talking about getting back to the Constitution have even read it
Please allow me to connect some dots here. In this posting, we exposed the firing of a tenured, well-respected physician (also on the Harvard Med faculty) because he quietly spoke out on the health dangers of the gay lifestyle.
Political Correctness eclipsed public health, of course, and the lion's share of the media was complicit in not covering this outrage.
But you see folks, it does not stop there. Not in the least. Now that PC runs public health, I can predict with supreme confidence that one day, PC dicta will be that no one over age 90 gets medical treatment, and instead should simply take one for the team, do his civic duty, and die. No doubt, docs will speak out, and no doubt they will get fired.
And, don't even start with what will happen once the Mandarins decide that health outcomes must be equal in all races. Rationing of care, anyone?
Dear readers, please understand that with PC guiding public health there is no turning back, it is truly game over. This is a far worse development than Medicare. True, Medicare destroyed the way healthcare is delivered, but only PC can destroy what is even included in the definition of healthcare.
Silly Hitler, he used violence, when all he really needed was PC. Of course, Adolf WAS onto something when he invented government-run healthcare. That's right, full-on socialized medicine was first created by Adolf Hitler. You could look it up.