Author Archives: Michael D. Shaw

Scaring People About e-Cigarettes: A Public Health Disgrace

According to Dr. Gilbert Ross, Medical and Executive Director, American Council on Science and Health

Smoking is America’s most important, and preventable, public health problem: It is estimated that almost a half-million of us will succumb prematurely to smoking’s deadly effects each year, with twenty-times that number sickened. Among our 43 million smokers, over half try to quit each year, yet less than one in twenty succeed. The FDA approved products—patches, gums, and drugs—help “boost” that to about one in ten, an abysmal “success” rate of 10 percent. Yet, the official line, from the FDA and the CDC on down, is “stick with the FDA-approved methods; don’t even try anything else!”

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No consumer health risk from bisphenol A exposure–so says EU food safety group

EFSA’s comprehensive re-evaluation of bisphenol A (BPA) exposure and toxicity concludes that BPA poses no health risk to consumers of any age group (including unborn children, infants and adolescents) at current exposure levels. Exposure from the diet or from a combination of sources (diet, dust, cosmetics and thermal paper) is considerably under the safe level (the “tolerable daily intake” or TDI). Continue reading

Would You Trust A Doctor Who Got Kickbacks To Prescribe Your Drugs?

I’m thinking, “Maybe not.” Yet, this sort of unethical practice goes on all the time. According to physician/activist Roy Poses, MD, there were at least four significant settlements of such cases during the last half of 2014 alone. And, by January 9th of our new year, another high profile case has already been settled. Officially, it is known as U.S. ex rel. Fragoules v. Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., Civil Action No. 10-10420 (D. Mass.).

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American Sniper: A Contrarian View

By now, the story of Navy Seal sniper Chris Kyle is familiar. He holds the record for the most confirmed kills, he wrote a book which led to a movie, and he was killed on a shooting range by a PTSD ex-Marine. There is also the troubling business regarding comments he made about Jesse Ventura.

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Teixobactin To The Rescue

Once in awhile, great science appears. I present this story to provide a contrast to the normal “junk” fare.

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Faith Versus Reason?

Now is as good a time as any to address the false dichotomy between “faith” and “reason.”

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Harvard Ideas on Health Care Hit Home, Hard

Karma’s a bitch!   Some things never change:   Libs have absolutely no sense of irony.