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 anticipates the dreaded holiday downers, and documents how a better posture could improve your mood. For one thing, a good posture is linked to increases in testosterone and decreases in cortisol levels. Likewise, it has long been known that stretching—which improves posture—causes endorphins (pain-reducing, feel-good hormones) to be released.
Ironically, for those who already have bad posture, slouching might feel more comfortable. That's because the very act of slouching weakens core muscles, making it more difficult to sit upright. There's your vicious cycle!
We then cover a cool breakthrough product from chiropractor Evelyn Haworth. Her Tru-Align is a passive system that does wonders for improving posture, and relieves many symptoms.
This HND piece expands on an article from 2014. Forward Head Posture is a plague affecting just about anyone who uses tech devices.
As it happens, FHP is an expression of Upper Crossed Syndrome, explained in the piece. In fact, the brilliant doctor who came up with these "crossed syndromes" re-wrote the book on chronic pain—by focusing on muscle imbalances. And, boy, do muscles ever get out of whack with frequent computer and smart phone use!
We link out to several excellent exercises that will help you fix FHP.
Let's face it! The prevalence of chronic disease, and the astounding statistic that 88 percent of Americans over 65 have at least one chronic condition, expose an epic failure of our healthcare system. In this latest HND piece, we cast a big bright light on the subject. Many of us are getting tired of being told that virtually all of these conditions occur because we "are getting older," and beyond taking all sorts of drugs, there's not much that can be done about it.
Oh, by the way, chronic disease [including cardiovascular diseases; cancers; chronic respiratory diseases; obesity; arthritis; and diabetes] is by far the leading cause of death worldwide. Is it too conspiratorial to suggest that since there's way more money in treating these afflictions than curing them, no cures will ever be found?
Some suggest that we can't cure chronic diseases because we are not approaching them in the proper fashion. For this, we discuss the Cynefin Framework, a knowledge management tool, which allows decision-makers to see things from new viewpoints, assimilate complex concepts, and address real-world problems and opportunities. Broad brush, the manner in which we treat acute illness simply does not work for chronic disease—yet, conventional medicine employs the same paradigm.
Just over a week ago, this story appeared in my HND column, and has already garnered more posted comments than any article I have ever written for that publication. This piece details the story behind the incredible success of nutritionist Diane Kress' Metabolism Miracle books.
Combining common sense and good science, Diane blows the lid off the conventional wisdom, and explains why diets don't work for at least half the people. The answer is that at least 50% of the population has what she calls "Metabolism B"---a condition whereby your body improperly controls insulin.
Type 2 diabetes and obesity are two of the more obvious symptoms of "Met B," but there are dozens of others. The good news is that in many cases, no drugs are needed to reverse Met B, lose weight, and get your numbers back to where they should be.
The other side of this, of course, is that the institutionalized purveyors of the killer conventional wisdom should be shamed and condemned out of existence. Read the complete article.
This is not exactly a new finding, but several studies keep confirming it. I take a look at this phenomenon in a recent HND piece.
Here's a pull quote from a September, 2009 study:
People with more education are likely to live longer, to experience better health outcomes, and to practice health-promoting behaviors such as exercising regularly, refraining from smoking, and obtaining timely health care check-ups and screenings.
We also put the spotlight on the notion of private supplemental academies, and talk to Shakir McDonald, Founder/Director of the B.E.E. Academy, based in Landover, MD. These academies, patterned after the Japanese Juku, do a great job fostering learning skills, thus keeping their students in school—with higher grades.
In anticipation of the New Year's resolution crowd that will be flooding the gyms in the next few weeks, we take a look at personal trainers in my latest HND article. I got some good help on this from Manhattan-based Glenn Dickstein, veteran of the fitness industry, who runs the Neighborhood Trainers website.
Many, perhaps most people can benefit from having a personal trainer, and this is especially true for those folks with particular health issues. For example, Alan Sidransky—himself a longtime type 2 diabetic—does wonders for clients with weight problems and diabetes.
For fun, we even go back to Chiron, the world's first personal trainer.
We don't always think about what could go wrong, especially in "non-contact" sports such as baseball. Unfortunately, minor injuries happen all the time, and on rare occasions, certain traumas, notably Commotio Cordis, can be almost instantly fatal.
My latest HND piece examines these matters, and highlights one New Jersey based entrepreneur, who has recently introduced a number of innovative safety products, designed to better protect young athletes.
This week's HND piece examines the physical therapy and training method called "Whole Body Vibration." I take you through the history, which includes Swedish fitness pioneer Dr. Gustav Zander, and full-on health nut Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, brother of the corn flakes magnate.
Yeah, I'd call someone a "nut," who thought sex was bad for you, and bragged that he and his wife had not partaken in 40 years.
Proponents of WBV, as it is usually abbreviated, make some extravagant claims, but so far the clinical data does not quite match up with them.
My latest HND piece is all about Cognitive Fitness, and how we can maintain it even as we get older. The best news for us Baby Boomers is that much of the conventional wisdom has been proven wrong. A proliferation of neuroscience research in the 1990s indicates that the brain does not necessarily diminish with age. Neither do our neurons have to die off as we add the years.
But, just as maintaining physical fitness requires physical exercise, maintaining cognitive fitness requires mental exercise.
For those willing to keep exercising their brains, the benefits can be huge. I cover the case of Richard Wetherill, who was able to essentially immunize himself from the symptoms of Alzheimer's, by working his mind to stay sharp.
Also included is an introduction to some Cog Fitness metrics, with a look at a new program from the Developmental Assessment & Intervention Center of Bedford Hills, NY