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
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.
This HND piece describes the continuing failure of such agencies as FDA and CDC to protect the public. Among other things, we quote good friend Lawrence Muscarella on the horrible problem with heater-cooler devices, as used in many open heart procedures.
The inescapable concussion is that if institutions fail, then our last line of defense is...plaintiff's attorneys. But, wouldn't it be better if these bloated agencies actually did their job in the first place?
This HND piece tries to draw readers out of the bitter election campaign, and asks them to reflect...on how to improve their health. Naturally, I couldn't resist mentioning James Whitcomb Riley's classic "When the Frost is on the Punkin."
We have plenty of time in dreary January to make our resolutions for improvement. What better time than glorious fall to take stock? The piece links to a few pertinent places, including lifestyle guru Bob Caputo and his suggestions for health tailgating.
There's a good reason for my emphasis of this topic. Blood glucose level is easily determined at home with test strips, and given the "trigger" level of 126 milligrams per deciliter, will force compliant patients into immediate pharmaceutical therapy. Never mind that there are potentially serious side effects from these drugs—indeed, several of them have been withdrawn from the market. More than that, the supposed "necessity" of tight glycemic (blood glucose level) control has never been proved. To the contrary, it has been under attack since at least 2000, only you don't hear too much about that.
However, people like Cait O'Sullivan—pharmacy guru and academic detailer (providing objective, balanced, evidence-informed drug information on the best prescribing practices) for the province of British Columbia—have heard about it. O'Sullivan asked the FDA flat-out for proof at a recent seminar, and they simply shut her down.
We discovered some very interesting articles questioning the orthodoxy on glycemic control, and present them for your perusal.
This HND piece invokes an Oscar and Hammerstein song to comment on some of the findings of a recent study that tries to explain why public satisfaction with the healthcare system has been lower in the United States than in other high-income countries, for decades.
One finding of the study is that Americans are much more concerned about accessing their "most preferred care" than patients in the other countries. As is far too typical of "learned" studies of healthcare systems, the authors seem to care little about rather important—nay, fundamental—concepts. In this case, for example, just what constitutes "preferred care."
Ah, but they dare not pursue that question since that would get into the matter of outcomes measurement. Fortunately, we do dare to raise such topics.
This HND piece discusses a topic that seems to be well known and well documented—among those in the hydrogen community, but receives little publicity outside that realm. And this is the case, despite several hundred references in the medical literature as to the use of hydrogen as a therapeutic agent.
Hydrogen, being a superb reducing agent, is effective against those nasty free radicals, and the subset reactive oxygen species (ROS). Yet, is does not interfere with certain metabolic processes that do employ ROS. The answer to oxidative stress?
We also cover the events at Nordenau, Germany, and plug the organization leading the way on hydrogen therapy.
This HND piece puts the spotlight on Ibogaine, a hallucinogenic drug with demonstrated anti-addictive properties. Not surprisingly, these properties were discovered inadvertently by a heroin addict, as he and a group of friends were experimenting with other drugs.
They were astonished to find that they lost their cravings for heroin, and had no withdrawal symptoms, either.
However, being classified as a Schedule I drug, ibogaine is stigmatized, and even if it weren't, ti is a naturally-occurring substance, so there is no inherent interest by Big Pharma. Fortunately, there is plenty of positive literature on the matter, and the powers-that-be are finally taking an interest.
Our friends at Interscan continue to build out their already very comprehensive website. The latest addition is the completion of the "More on the gases we detect" section. Culled from a host of sources, these little summaries address..
How they’re used
Where they might be encountered
Occupational health and regulatory information
Links to the Interscan product pages, for the particular gas
This HND piece continues the discussion of the medical effects of cannabis. In this piece, we examine Cannabis and cancer, and cite a few positive studies.
There are demonstrated anti-tumor properties, as well as effects against the nausea and vomiting often induced by chemotherapy. Ironically, there are two FDA-approved drugs for the nausea/vomiting indication, which are nothing more than synthetic versions of the naturally-occurring chemicals in Cannabis. Yet, Marijuana is a Schedule I drug (the worst classification), and one of the first drugs classified). Note that Schedule I drugs are so classified, in part, because they have "no currently accepted medical treatment use in the U.S."
Ah...but who determines what is "medically acceptable"? Surprise, surprise! The entire asinine classification system is 99% politics and 1% science.