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.
The Coach's Team 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.
Loren Feldman Feldman does videos, marketing, commentary and...puppets. He also understands tech and art.
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!
Quiet Music Nick Francis is a superb music programmer. Of course, it helps that he has an encyclopedic knowledge of music. Stream, subscribe, enjoy.
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.
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.
Weasel Zippers Conservative commentary from all over the Web. Updated constantly.
Zero Hedge Works to...
Widen the scope of financial, economic and political information available to the professional investing public; provide analysis uninhibited by political constraint; liberate oppressed knowledge
This HND piece examines how clutter can affect one's health. Most of us know that hoarding can have awful effects, but it turns out that simple clutter can cause stress, and even depression.
We quote expert Peter Walsh, who identifies "Memory" clutter—stuff that reminds us of important events, and "Someday" clutter—items you won't toss because you feel you might need them someday. During his years of helping people get their possessions organized, Walsh noticed that his clients would improve other aspects of their lives, as well. In fact, he was able to tie this into losing weight, and wrote a book on the subject.
For the stuff that we do need to keep, an up-and-coming supplier of home storage and organizational products in highlighted.
This HND piece begins with a brief review of how energy is controlled in biological systems—namely the ATP-ADP cycle. From there, we move into cellular respiration and a short history of sports drinks. What we now call "energy drinks" usually have some amount of caffeine, and there are hundreds of brands available.
The posting concludes by spotlighting a new energy drink, that features some special ingredients to overcome the all-too-familiar caffeine crash—which often follows that needed boost of energy.
This HND piece delves into a new form of treatment, that is now moving from elite athletes to the general public. We begin with a discussion of stem cells, and how they are key agents of healing—normally traveling to the injured area via the bloodstream.
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is used by injection to encourage stem cells getting to regions with lowered blood supply—and these include joints, meniscus tissue, rotator cuff, spinal discs, and other tendonous/ligamentous structures. You know: areas prone to pain, since we humans first walked the earth.
When PRP isn't quite enough—as in osteoarthritis— stem cells (adult stem cells are used) can be injected directly at the site in question.
This HND piece takes a look at our largest organ...our skin. We start off with a bit of anatomy, and then segue into a few ancient remedies that are still very much in use today. Aloe, for example, goes back a staggering 6,000 years—to the Egyptians. Another golden oldie—Saffron Oil—is identified with Cleopatra.
And, then there's one from Africa: Shea butter, which is attracting plenty of attention from academic research labs, in light of it seemingly "cure-all" benefits to the skin.
This HND piece examines how the widely-publicized notion of "fake news" has now crossed over into the relatively obscure world of addiction treatment. We focus on story run in the Washington Post, that merited something beyond elementary fact checking.
The bare facts—as stated by the writer (a resident physician with a fancy academic background)—were true enough. The problem is that he has no appreciation of the context, and betrays a shocking ignorance into the basics of addiction treatment, let alone simple pharmacology.
Like much of what's published in the WaPo, this one was heavy on agenda, and light on reality.
This HND piece covers familiar (probiotics) and not-so-familiar ground (prebiotics). Probiotics, of course, are the good microorganisms living in your gut. Prebiotics are particular plant fibers that favor the growth of good bacteria. By some accounts, they also retard the growth of the bad actors.
We introduce you to the visionary Nobel prize-winning biologist from more than 100 years ago who first promoted the idea that supplementing good bacteria could improve both digestion and immunity. Even though this guy was a Nobel laureate (in a related field), he was going against the "settled science" of his day, and didn't exactly get a lot of love.
But, he shouldn't feel too bad. The importance of the colon in matters other than digestion has only very recently stopped being a tough sell. As it is, there are more neurons in the gut, than in the spinal cord.
This HND piece starts off by examining the science behind a few popular health-oriented old wives' tales. It then segues into a more detailed look at why cold and damp weather really does promote aches and pains.
Thanks to an interview with NYC orthopedic surgeon Armin Tehrany, MD we gain some understanding on this matter. For one thing, heat loss DOES tend to cause tightness and loss in range of motion. Another factor is that the generally lower barometric pressure—typical of cold and rainy weather—has been documented in studies to exacerbate symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
Useful tips on how to beat this phenomenon are included.
This HND piece describes one more example of bringing "eee-ville" psychedelics into mainstream medicine. A few months ago, we covered the marijuana extract, CBD.
Although the term "PTSD" is relatively new, the condition goes back to antiquity, and I discuss how it is even mentioned, or at least implied, in The Iliad. Conventional treatment for PTSD—to be kind—has not been particularly successful.
The psychedelic MDMA, better known as "Ecstasy," had been used by certain psychiatrists until it was "scheduled" by the FDA in 1985. Given the intractability of PTSD, clinical trials with MDMA finally started a few years ago. The results seem promising, and who knows, maybe by some miracle, the drug will be removed from Schedule I.
This HND piece covers two somewhat unique and completely unrelated topics: Polydactyly and black-eyed kids.
I've always thought that people with functional six-fingered hands are more common than reported, simply because there's no reason TO report it. Indeed, the best way for a parent to handle this is to tell the child that it may be "abnormal," but absent the difficulty in obtaining gloves, it might really be a gift. If anything, such kids will probably end up being more popular than average.
Officially, most polydactyly involves small, useless digits that are usually removed in early childhood.
As to the black-eyed kids, we describe the most reasonable explanation that I—as a connoisseur of the bizarre—have ever heard.
This HND piece tries to tone down the sun exposure hysteria, just a wee bit. You see, exposure to those awful rays is still the easiest way to get your very necessary Vitamin D.
In fact, there's plenty of data suggesting that many of us are Vitmain D deficient, and that all of this heliophobia could be part of the reason. There's also loads of info to suggest that occupational sun exposure does not increase risk of melanoma, even of melanomas situated on the head and neck. What's more, Vitamin D has been shown to have some protective actions against many forms of cancer.