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.
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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.
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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.
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This HND piece picks up the baton from a few months ago. Only this time, the State of Indiana is complicit in a rotten crony capitalism scheme, which throws out the more popular closed e-cig systems, in favor of the old-school closed systems.
Surely, it is only by coincidence that the closed systems—favored by Big tobacco—are exempt from the legislation. Yep, just like it's a coincidence that the closed systems aren't quite as good as the open devices at helping people quit smoking.
Maybe some day, the public will connect the dots, and figure out that "public health" is the LAST thing on the minds of the ghouls in charge of government and private public health organizations.
This time, there is another wrongful death lawsuit, and perhaps more importantly, the FDA is now publicly getting involved. So, there's something for everyone! Regulatory screw-ups, manufacturers covering their rear end, and blame being thrown back and forth.
The sad part of this is that it is not exactly "rocket science" to determine—once and for all—the best method to process these scopes. all that's standing in the way is fear, corruption, and a whole lot of money.
This HND piece looks AGAIN at problems with diabetes drugs. But, don't blame me for having repetitive themes. Blame Big Pharma and the FDA for developing and approving these drugs.
The latest class of diabetes drugs to cause concern are the sodium-glucose co-transporter-2 (SGLT-2) inhibitors. They lower blood sugar by blocking reabsorption of glucose by the kidneys, and increase its urinary excretion.
On May 15, 2015, the FDA issued a warning that SGLT-2 inhibitors have caused several cases of diabetic ketoacidosis, which is potentially fatal. All reported patients required emergency room visits or hospitalization to treat the condition. What makes this especially disturbing is that the condition had heretofore only been seen in type 1 diabetics, and it was associated with relatively high blood glucose levels. Not any more.
As if that's not bad enough, the instructions given in the FDA warning are pretty much useless.
This HND piece explores how a beneficial herbal remedy can be the subject of an irrational witch hunt, by media publicity whores and feckless bureaucrats.
Used in southeast Asia for hundreds of years, kratom is effective as a painkiller, and even has shown promising results in addiction treatment. Sadly, some unscrupulous vendors have spiked kratom with other chemicals, and this has caused problems. However, the answer is not to ban the natural herb outright; rather, it is to go after the adulterators.
This HND piece discusses how an essential chemical can be maligned, for no reason other than to raise funds, or mindlessly increase regulatory power. Sadly, chemophobia is big business.
We start off with Bela Lugosi, who—believe it or not—has a role in this drama, and take it out to the present with EPA trying to gum up rigorous standards, already accepted by industry. Of course, there are a few interesting stops in between.
I'm afraid that it's time to beat up on the FDA...again. This HND piece first presents the mission of this agency, then gives some examples of how it has, uh, failed to perform. The awful saga of TZD diabetes drugs needs to be dredged up, often, and we do it here.
The current disaster regarding yet another series of Listeria outbreaks, and the ridiculous targeting of KIND, LLC, reflect your tax dollars at work.
Yet another prestigious hospital joins the ranks of those reporting Carbapenem resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE) infections, linked to endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) endoscopes. On March 4th, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles discovered that four patients were infected with CRE, and 67 others may have been exposed. On the same day, Hartford (CT) Hospital announced that as many as 281 patients may have come into contact with a "tough strain" of E. coli over the past year, but denied that it was CRE.
Two matters keep coming up: The non-use of proven ethylene oxide sterilization, and the detached attitude of the GI-docs. Then there's the dumb idea of blaming the scopes and going back to older models, as if the earlier design did not also have contamination problems. More than that, just about everyone thinks that many more similar cases will emerge—and not just with ERCP scopes.
One wonders when the rest of the medical community will put pressure on the GI-docs to show some leadership. Read the complete article.
The title of this HND piece is taken from a mordant lyric in Richard Fariña's 1966 folkie love song "Children of Darkness." In this case, our "foul command" is officialdom, and its pathetic reaction to serious outbreaks of the dreaded superbug Carbapenem resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE), related to endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP).
High profile cases include Seattle's Virginia Mason Medical Center, and UCLA"s Ronald Reagan Medical Center.
The FDA has been asleep at the switch—to be kind about it, while the rest of the players are blaming each other. Cover-ups have surely occurred. Associated deaths have attracted plaintiff's attorneys, but the burden of proof will be on the plaintiffs, to show that the CRE was indeed caught during the hospital stay. Fortunately, this can now be done with DNA analysis.
Lax procedures in disinfecting the endoscopes are likely at fault, but the hospitals insist that they have always followed the manufacturer's instructions. This is subject to some debate, of course. It is expected that many more such cases will emerge in the coming months.
This HND piece suggests that many docs will be better off by simply absorbing the (now) one percent Medicare reimbursement penalties. But, that's only the beginning.
Never mind the billions that have been spent by the Feds ramming inferior electronic health record systems down the throats of the health care industry. The simple fact is that the majority of users hate them! And, they can harm patients.
As per health informatics guru Scot Silverstein, MD... "Why are we implementing patient care tools that are not tested for harms, not evaluated for harms, not reported systematically for harms, while the government does not refute the statement that harms are caused by EHRs and admits the true magnitude of harms is unknown?"
This HND piece exposes the idiocy of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee's leaked pronouncement on cholesterol in the diet. Namely, that is has very little effect on serum cholesterol. It's bad enough that this has been known for decades, but it is even worse that anyone listens to these ghouls...and believe me, many people do.
My take is that this is simply a clever tactic whereby they can tell people to not worry about their diet, since no matter what, cholesterol just needs to be controlled with statins. And, don't even get me started on the fact that the entire cholesterol/lipid theory of coronary heart disease has been debunked dozens of times over.
More than that, I'm convinced that the vast majority of statin users have serious side effects, but are either told to ignore them because of the "greater good" of CHD prevention, or simply that the muscle pain or memory loss they are experiencing is just a sign of old age.
As to the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, their risible, decades late embrace of the obvious in no way makes up for the bad medicine that will inevitably appear in the 2015 Guidelines: Advocacy of the high carb/low fat/low salt diet, despite massive amounts of data demonstrating its ill effects.