Category Archives: Health

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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Gut Flora as a “vaccine” to reduce hypersensitivity and asthma–the Hygiene theory get’s some support

Paul Driessen saw this WSJ discussion of gut flora and asthma. It relates to the hygiene theory that exposure at a young age to allergens reduces hypersensitivity and allergic disease, including asthma.

I would second that motion. Anyone who knows asthmatics and allergies knows that desensitization is one way to reduce the severity of the allergic phenomena.

A very clean environment can cause a hypersensitive child, then adult, goes the theory. Expose yourself to dirt and bacteria and allergens, reduce your sensitivity.

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Cancer research issues. Two opposing positions

Here are what I would consider two opposing viewpoints on cancer research.

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Hookworms reduce auto immune diseases?

The idea is that they release an inhibitor substance to reduce the body’s tendency to reject the hookworms.

And the hope is that it might be an inhibitor that reduces autoimmune disorders that are sometimes devastating like Celiac Sprue, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Dermatomyositis, Scleroderma.

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Tinnitus and chronic pain share a common brain wiring problem?

This makes sense to me, phantom pain, reflex sympathetic dystrophy (now called complex regional pain syndrome), chronic pain and tinnitus (ringing or buzzing or whistling in the ears) have brain activities that seem to be in common.

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British study of healthy smokers reveals what we knew

What we knew, as serious students of medicine and toxicology, is that a toxin has a threshold for causing injury and the subject has a profile of variable susceptibility that changes the threshold.

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I don’t take vitamins or supplements, but I smoke cigars–does that count?

Moderation in all things, I say, and cigars are in the vegetable section of the food pyramid, right? I have never ever in my now almost 70 years, taken a vitamin–just couldn’t imagine that American food was inadequate to sustain me.

However food and health obsessed people just have to be doing something–anything to assure their immortality (that’s really the goal).

The only thing immortal in America is a government agency–Ronald Reagan taught me that.

Here’s a little memo to the anxious about supplemental vitamins.

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