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 picks up the baton from a few months ago. Only this time, the State of Indiana is complicit in a rotten crony capitalism scheme, which throws out the more popular closed e-cig systems, in favor of the old-school closed systems.
Surely, it is only by coincidence that the closed systems—favored by Big tobacco—are exempt from the legislation. Yep, just like it's a coincidence that the closed systems aren't quite as good as the open devices at helping people quit smoking.
Maybe some day, the public will connect the dots, and figure out that "public health" is the LAST thing on the minds of the ghouls in charge of government and private public health organizations.
This HND piece exposes how the dubious notion of "sustainability" (popularized by the UN) has now caught up with the lifespan of humans. It seems that one way of improving lives for most, is to limit the lifespan of some.
At least that's what came out of an article published last January in The Lancet. The geniuses who wrote it define premature death as occurring before age 70, implying that "most" of these are preventable. This has caused those over 70 to feel...left out.
Ironically, some oldsters rightfully complaining about this ghoulish policy have no problem drinking the Kool-Aid on the rest of the 168 specific sustainability targets.
This time, there is another wrongful death lawsuit, and perhaps more importantly, the FDA is now publicly getting involved. So, there's something for everyone! Regulatory screw-ups, manufacturers covering their rear end, and blame being thrown back and forth.
The sad part of this is that it is not exactly "rocket science" to determine—once and for all—the best method to process these scopes. all that's standing in the way is fear, corruption, and a whole lot of money.
This HND piece shines a big spotlight on AllTrials, a project launched in the UK, which advocates that all clinical trials should be listed in a clinical trials registry, and their results should always be shared as open data. The motto is "All Trials Registered—All Results Reported." Recently, AllTrials has been launched the US.
It comes as a surprise to most people that crummy clinical trial results are seldom publicized. The most obvious problem with this, of course, is that such negatives can help prevent disasters. There are many examples, but a particularly awful one involves certain arrhythmia drugs, which—to be kind—did not quite produce the intended results. Trouble is, in the absence of the earlier negative findings being published, around 100,000 poor souls dies unnecessarily.
Gee, what if 66 Titanics sunk to the bottom of the North Atlantic? Do you think people might complain? Just one more demonstration of the rotten state of "science" these days. But this time, there's hope.
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.