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 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 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.
This HND piece covers one more infection control problem at a VA hospital, only this time, it involves dental work. What makes this one so bad is that there is absolutely no mystery as to what went wrong.
You see, the unnamed dental offender didn't use the disposable drill bits provided to him by the agency. Oh, no. This genius preferred to use his own personal bits, only he...forgot to sterilize them. Now, they'll be testing nearly 600 of his patients for HIV, hep B, and hep C.
This HND piece starts off by discussing some key points from the excellent 2007 book The Medicalization of Society: On the Transformation of Human Conditions into Treatable Disorders. It then works its way to a few comments on the long-running JAMA Internal Medicine series called "Less is More."
Among other things, the book questions the notion of Adult ADHD, whereby most of the supposed victims are self-diagnosed. And there is also the bizarre abuse of human growth hormone on kids who might be only slightly below average height.
By the time this over-treatment works its way into the "Less is More" series, we are looking at some pretty dangerous abuses, including the gross over consumption of proton pump inhibitors, and the absurd condition known as "prediabetes."
This HND piece analyzes the silly pontifications of a well-known dean of a well-known school of public health. His particular comments were actually posted before the election, but he recast them as suggestions for President-elect Trump.
Since the guy is an academic, it's no surprise that he's not a fan of Trump, but I was astonished at the lack of originality in any of his suggestions. More than that, his suggestions reveal an astonishing lack of appreciation as to how his tired ideas have failed—badly—in the real world.
Really now, what's the point of having the bully pulpit, not to mention a captive audience of impressionable students, if all you're going to do is trot out the same failed solutions that date back to the 1960s, if not earlier?
As you might expect, some of the sore losers from the world of Science are piling on Donald Trump, and are getting all frantic about how he will ruin their cushy arrangements. I'm talking about foreign slave labor (grad students), as well as overly large and often pointless grants from the NIH. That, and more, are in play in this HND piece.
Trump's supposed "anti-science" bias seems to derive from his climate skepticism; his sympathetic attitude to parents who believe that vaccines caused their kids' autism; and his disenchantment with the NIH. The article deals with all of these topics. We also touch on some favorite themes, including "health care, not disease care."
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.