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
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.
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.
This HND piece continues where this one left off. We get more into the history of how science went wrong, and get into the arcane matter (for most of us) of journal impact factor.
I can't resist including a great example of junky garbage "science," as done by a Harvard guy who should—nay, DOES know better. No bogus stats here, just a matter of him re-defining a term to fit his crummy premise. While I don't name the man, it shouldn't be too difficult to identify him—if you care to do so.
This HND piece examines how what we call "science" has become increasingly corrupted by money, and therefore politics. Several factors are involved...
Academic institutions are greedy for money, so they are going after government research dollars, big time. This, of course, creates the "publish or perish" syndrome, which in turn means that a study merely getting published gives it merit, and thus this becomes an end in itself. Never mind that a goodly number of these "results" cannot be duplicated, or that no one seems to care.
To add to the fun, I describe an interview from a few years ago, with a researcher who essentially omitted her published work was garbage.
This HND piece riffs on a famous line from Coleridge, and suggests that the profligate use of bottled water has become an environmental issue in itself.
To be sure, purifying your own tap water at home—with charcoal filtration—is a popular option. We discuss what is actually meant by the term "activated charcoal," and why coconut shell activated charcoal is considered to be the best type.
Then, we get specific and highlight a new product from an innovative company in the field of hydration.
This HND piece looks at olfaction, and notes how it can conjure up vivid memories. Some have asked: Why can't this phenomenon be used forensically?
We report on interesting work, just published, that suggests that humans can perform pretty well in a scent lineup, but strangely, the ability to discriminate between odors diminishes rapidly with time.
Another study is cited, which links PTSD with odors. We also mention a case of canine scent tracking gone very wrong.
This HND piece takes you all the way back to the guy who first discussed stress—endocrinologist Hans Selye. From there, we get a little techie on the "fight or flight" hormones. When secreted more or less continuously, as they are in chronic stress, it's very bad for your health.
Not surprisingly, the CDC has identified workplace stress as a major source, if not THE major source of stress for American adults.
And,of course, we have to include that quote from Nigel Marsh: "The reality of the society that we're in is there are thousands and thousands of people out there leading lives of quiet, screaming desperation, where they work long, hard hours at jobs they hate to enable them to buy things they don't need to impress people they don't like."
This HND piece discusses the seemingly miraculous properties of CBD, a Cannabis extract, that's got all the therapeutic benefit—without the high. Pre-clinical research (using cell culture and non-human subjects) has shown anti-seizure, antioxidant, neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-tumor, anti-psychotic, and anti-anxiety properties.
There have also been wonderful results with formerly intractable cases of pediatric epilepsy. Heck, some of the most glowing reports come from the belly of the beast...NIDA (The National Institute on Drug Abuse).
As with all natural remedies, though, the FDA is in a bit of a quandary. By all rights, any therapeutic claims should be subject to regulation, which means expensive clinical trials. But, since CBD is not proprietary, why would any supplier pay for such testing? Here's a thought: Take a small amount of the hugely wasteful medical research grants budget, and have that cover the trials.
This HND piece starts with a walk down Chinese drywall memory lane, but ends up at a very current case. An unfortunate Florida homeowner—and we are certain that there are many more like him—got caught up in the state's nonsensical criteria for tainted and corrosive drywall.
In defense of the Sunshine State, it simply went along with the absurd recommendations of the Consumer Product Safety Commission and ASTM. CPSC chose orthorhombic sulfur (S8) as its qualifying standard, despite plenty of contrary data--and this was data that CPSC paid for, and represented superb analytical work. Another epic fail from CPSC, and from the once-respected ASTM.