Category Archives: Public health miscellany

For All The Anti e-cigarette Morons…

Finally, sanity from a government health agency!

An expert independent evidence review published 19 August 2015 by Public Health England (PHE) concludes that e-cigarettes are significantly less harmful to health than tobacco and have the potential to help smokers quit smoking. Continue reading

Hank Campbell picks up the issue on research funding and the NIH

As you might know the new exec at American Council on Science and Health (ASCH) is Hank Campbell, who started up Science 2.0

Here below I pasted what I think is a thoughtful and informative essay on the research funding issue we mentioned in the last 2 days. I have a couple of comments that are critical of Hank’s analysis but we agree on the big point that big jumps in research funding are not necessarily going to be efficient or productive. Hank agrees but says more that needs to be said.

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HIV in drug users–the story in Indiana reveals

HIV has always had a special status because it is associated with homosexuals, but this is about the problem of ideology getting in the way of public health.

http://acsh.org/2015/07/exploration-of-the-hiv-epidemic-in-rural-indiana-finds-ideology-over-health/

Black Psychiatrist says ghetto violence is due to Fetal Alcohol Disorder

This is absolute BS, nothing more than huffing and puffing to argue for an excuse for street thugs as having a diagnosis.

They are bad people, not victims of alcohol abuse by their mothers in pregnancy–nonsense.

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Political Correctness and Public Health

The term “politically correct” dates back to shortly after the Russian Revolution of 1917. Originally, it only meant adherence to the policies and principles of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (aka the “party line”). Inevitably, though, the term would become one of derision, mocking those who would blindly follow Stalin’s enormous policy flip-flops during and after World War II.

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Joe Schwarcz, McGill chemist, receives award for excellent debunking of junk science

Homeopathy has been one of Dr. Schwarcz’ targets but he generally does public education on sound science topics.

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New Pres of ACSH, Hank Campbell, founder of Science 2.0, announced

This is good, I think. I am a science advisor to ACSH and support their efforts to promote sensible science in matter of Public policy.

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