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.
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Widen the scope of financial, economic and political information available to the professional investing public; provide analysis uninhibited by political constraint; liberate oppressed knowledge
Goldberg has many documented cures of formerly autistic kids, concentrating on a neuro-immune etiology. Sadly, even though scientific papers, dating back to at least 2004, support this notion, the mainstream "autism community" is uninterested. Cynics might suggest that it's because there is far more money in maintaining the "incurable/treat for life" mantra.
Cold comfort that this sort of mentality applies to a host of other conditions besides autism.
This HND piece is the latest installmetn in our annual coverage of National Autism Awareness Month. This time, we look into compelling evidence that nasty herpesvirues CMV and HHV-6 could be involved in the epidemic of autism spectrum disorder.
We link out to lots of good material, including the original paper from Dr. Leo Kanner, who first described the disorder in 1943. We also cover the breakthrough ideas of Michael J. Goldberg, MD, who's been bucking the medical establishment, while curing kids along the way. However, the scariest stuff is probably the litany of illnesses caused by these horrible and omnipresent viruses.
This HND piece examines the radical—and completely sensible—ideas of physician/healthcare reform guru Kent Holtorf, MD.
Holtorf's main premise is that an insurance model, whereby even routine services are covered, is doomed to fail. This failure is based on the rather obvious point that such a model offers no incentive whatsoever for cost control, expect for arbitrary and bureaucratic meddling by the insurance carrier itself, in terms of simply rejecting claims. Related to this is the ridiculous situation in which prices are virtually unknown before the service is rendered.
Is there anything else you buy in which a price inquiry would be answered by the provider asking you what kind of insurance you have? As such, Holtorf says that all prices should be posted, allowing for comparison shopping. Otherwise, we will continue to have a climate of "send a giant bill to the insurance company, and see how much they will pay."
We cover a lot more in the complete article. For anyone who has ever been handed an ice pack in ortho-rehab, only to see it billed out as $40 for "cryotherapy," this article is for you.
This HND piece takes a look at a few new directions in healthcare IT. At the heart of this is a pretty serious role reversal: Healthcare is now dictating to IT. Healthcare is demanding better products, and no, one size definitely does not fit all.
Four trends are covered, including increased use of the Cloud; invoking some of gaming culture; getting more in artificial intelligence; and putting lots more customer service into the mix. Most patients are interested in becoming their own best healthcare advocates, and they will leverage technology to achieve these ends.
This HND piece traces the long history of these oils, as they have been used for medicinal, as well as flavoring/perfuming purposes since ancient times. They are also part of seafaring materials known as "naval stores."
Therapeutic applications of these oils have been described in thousands of scientific papers, and many of the oils are even mentioned in the bible. Of late, essential oils have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity, with the public being cautioned to study all product labels, checking especially for purity.
This HND piece examines the problem of infertility—more common than you might think. And, yes, we do get into the statistics. In fact, we critique them, which helps us segue into the other part of the piece, which spotlights Mercier Therapy.
Naturopath Jen Mercier does wonders with women who have been unable to conceive, and it doesn't require dangerous drugs, or expensive in vitro fertilization procedures. Mercier has release a new feature, promoting her popular techniques, which perform better than conventional medical interventions.
This HND article takes another look at chronic disease—you know, those conditions responsible for around 70 percent of all deaths. For those keeping score at home, we examined this topic last year, from a different angle.
This time, we discuss three theories of the etiology of chronic disease, all related to a state of chronic inflammation: low-grade bacterial, viral, and fungal infections in the bloodstream and gut; stress; and toxic exposure. On the matter of toxic exposure, we highlight a new book, written by a big guru of naturopathic medicine, Joseph Pizzorno.
Oh yeah, there's also a fourth theory, albeit more of a conspiracy theory—Chronic disease will never be solved because there's way too much money in treating it.
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.