Author Archives: Michael D. Shaw

Yet More Mindless Attacks On E-Cigarettes

This column has already documented officialdom’s unrelenting war on e-cigarettes. In fact, those articles were some of the best-read I have ever posted, so I guess we touched a nerve. The insidious tag team—comprised of Big Tobacco and the supposed public health interest groups against smoking—is perfectly evocative of the “Bootleggers and Baptists” phenomenon, originally described by economist Bruce Yandle.

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The Swiss gnomes blow the doors off the fat/cholesterol nonsense

Finally….finally!  The smart money is into FAT! Here are some highlights, from the report issued by Credit Suisse, entitled   Fat: The New Health Paradigm. Continue reading

Are You Over 70? Are You Ready To Die?

Where did this headline come from, you may ask. All in good time, my little pretty. All in good time. We must start with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, coming out of the United Nations.

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Here’s a health tip: Stay away from Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Med Center

Any healthcare institution that values political correctness over public health is no healthcare institution at all.  All the folks who think this will stop with the Gay Mafia are very much mistaken. Continue reading

Who’s Watching The Watchers: Big Problems With ERCP Scopes

As reported on September 4, 2015, by the Chicago Tribune, relatives of the late Renate Winkler have filed a wrongful death suit, alleging that she died, after contracting a carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE) infection in 2013. The complaint maintains that Winkler’s infection was linked to her undergoing endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). ERCP is used to examine, diagnose, and treat certain diseases of the duodenum, the first part of the small bowel, and is performed more than 650,000 times per year in the US.

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All Hail AllTrials

Ben Goldacre (from his blog) is a medical doctor, academic, campaigner, and writer whose work focuses on uses and misuses of science and statistics by journalists, politicians, drug companies, and quacks. Among his more high profile targets have been British TV nutritionist Gillian McKeith; anti-immunization ghoul Andrew Wakefield; Brain Gym; and researcher/supplement entrepreneur/conspiracy theorist Matthias Rath.

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Dr. Kendrick, LDL, And Meaningless Guidelines

Dr. Malcolm Kendrick, author of The Great Cholesterol Con, divides his time between practicing medicine and educational endeavors. Kendrick, based in Cheshire, England is a founding member of the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine in Oxford and The International Network of Cholesterol Sceptics (THINCS). As noted in this column on previous occasions, the diet/cholesterol theory of coronary heart disease has been in a death spiral for years. Kendrick recently commented on an interesting development. Continue reading