Author Archives: Michael D. Shaw

The Declaration Of Independence, The Constitution, And The Gout

As we celebrate the 239th anniversary of the approval of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress, let’s take a look at a health problem bedeviling certain signers of the famous document, and its effect on our history. A common affliction—affecting at least seven of the 56 signers—was gout. Sufferers included Benjamin Franklin (PA); John Hancock (MA); Benjamin Harrison (VA); Thomas Jefferson (VA); George Ross (PA); Edward Rutledge (SC); and George Walton (GA).

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Big Money…Bad Healthcare?

Contrary to the widespread notion that the US healthcare system is the best in the world, a more realistic appraisal would deem it otherwise. In fact, here in America, we spend far more than any other country to deliver–in the main–mediocre outcomes.

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From Abington School District v. Schempp to Gay Marriage

Just over 52 years.      What’s next?   Tick-tock……

PharmedOut 2015

PharmedOut is a Georgetown University Medical Center project that advances evidence-based prescribing, and educates healthcare professionals about pharmaceutical marketing practices. Founded in January, 2007, it is an Internet-based alternative for doctors seeking Continuing Medical Education (CME) courses, not sponsored by the pharmaceutical industry.

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The Pope joins the EU in a sad world of make-believe

The best piece you will ever read on the encyclical.

Statins: Still Overhyped After All These Years

In a rather self-serving review article entitled “A historical perspective on the discovery of statins,” Japanese biochemist Akira Endo hits all the conventional and PC notes in his 10-page (including references) trip down memory lane. From the get-go, in the abstract itself he tells us that…

“Cholesterol is essential for the functioning of all human organs, but it is nevertheless the cause of coronary heart disease. Building on that knowledge, scientists and the pharmaceutical industry have successfully developed a remarkably effective class of drugs–the statins–that lower cholesterol levels in blood and reduce the frequency of heart attacks.”

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Cholesterol lowering drugs and memory loss

Talk about drawing the wrong conclusion!   This ridiculous study, already widely touted, and it was just published TODAY, examined memory loss in statin and non-statin drug users.    Continue reading