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To Have Clean Air, We Need Pro-Human Environmentalists

June 24, 2017 - 10:19pm

Over time, wealth makes people desire a clean environment. That’s why environmentalists, if they are to be successful, must be pro-human at heart.

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Wax From Whacks: Pour Hot Water On a Waxed Apple And... the Wax Melts. Aaaaaaaaaah!

June 24, 2017 - 3:26am

In what can be considered to be nothing short of a quantum leap in science, it has been discovered that when you add hot water to wax it melts. Who knew? But a cadre of Internet idiots would have you believe that the viral video of boiling water being poured onto an apple is evidence of toxic pesticides being released from the fruit rather than plain old melting wax. D.U.H.

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Breatharian Couple's Story Tests Media's Common Sense

June 23, 2017 - 2:02pm

This past week, a story went viral that calls into question the media's ability to separate fact from fiction. When handed a story about people who claim to not eat and live on the energy of the universe - that is obviously not true - the media failed to keep fiction out of the media which may have dangerous consequences for the people who believe it. 

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Steve Carney, Internet Invertebrate Who Makes Mercola Look Like Albert Schweitzer

June 23, 2017 - 11:03am

If you're tired of me ragging on Oz, Mercola, Weil and Adams, it's your lucky day. There is another miscreant in the phony world of Internet health. Meet Steve Carney. He is a real piece of work. 

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Dear CDC, Stop Scaring People Into Thinking They Have 'Prediabetes'

June 23, 2017 - 10:16am

WHO and International Diabetes Federation refuse to consider "prediabetes" a legitimate term. So why does the CDC want to convince 80 million Americans they have it?

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How Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Work

June 23, 2017 - 7:37am

Initially developed by Archie Cochrane in 1971, systematic review and meta-analysis attempt to examine the literature to find clinical answers. Initially a tool for clinicians, these summaries are now a source of media hype and fodder for policymakers. How do they work and how can you tell you are being hoodwinked?

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How do systematic review and meta-analysis work

June 23, 2017 - 7:37am


Initially developed by Archie Cochrane in 1971, systematic review and meta-analysis attempt to examine the literature to find clinical answers. Initially a tool for clinicians, these summaries are now a source of media hype and fodder for policymakers. How do they work and how can you tell you are being hoodwinked?

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Steven Pinker: 'Solutions Create New Problems'

June 23, 2017 - 1:26am

The Breakthrough Dialogue is an annual meeting of a politically diverse group of scientists, professors, journalists, think-tankers, and others who discuss technological solutions to environmental and social problems*. Referring to themselves as "ecomodernists," they represent everything environmentalism should be: pro-science, pro-technology, pro-human, and bipartisan.

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After 99-Year Wait, US Will Witness Total Solar Eclipse in August

June 22, 2017 - 6:23pm

In less than two months, the entire continental U.S. will witness a total eclipse of the sun for the first time in nearly a century. On Aug. 21 those living in a 70-mile-wide band stretching between Oregon and South Carolina will be able to watch the moon completely block out the sun while they are treated with a rare, naked-eye glimpse of the burning star's solar corona.

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Dear CDC, Why Are You Torturing Pain Patients?

June 22, 2017 - 3:20pm

It's one thing to read countless stories about pain patients being subjected to indescribable suffering, thanks to a thoroughly misguided, foolish CDC attempt to "address" the opioid overdose epidemic. It's quite another to actually speak with one of them, whose story is haunting and profoundly upsetting. 

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Dear CDC, Thank You for Advocating Regional Approach to Infection Deaths

June 22, 2017 - 2:53pm

Recognizing the highly integrated nature of patient sharing between institutions, the Centers for Disease Control rightly aims to make a dent in healthcare-associated infection deaths by using a regional, nuanced approach. Thank you.

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Dear CDC, Thanks For Debunking 'Chronic' Lyme Disease Myth

June 22, 2017 - 2:37pm

Sometimes the CDC really gets it right, and let's give 'em credit! That's certainly true in the case of "chronic" Lyme disease. The agency explains that the symptoms some people suffer after successful Lyme treatment may be due to other tick-borne disease. But the chronic administration of antibiotics isn't necessary to treat a non-existent illness.

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NY Attorney General Breaks Up Sham Breast Cancer Charity

June 22, 2017 - 12:14pm

There are evil people in this world. Then there are the people who ran the despicable Breast Cancer Survivors Foundation, who gave little to charity while taking the majority of the money for themselves as administrative costs.

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The New Dark Age: EU Court Issues Insane Ruling on Vaccines

June 21, 2017 - 9:27pm

For a continent that (bizarrely) prides itself on turning away from religion, Europe has ironically replaced it with all manner of postmodern nonsense and pseudoscience. Welcome to the New Dark Age.

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Breast Implants Might Give False Heart Attack Readings, New Research Suggests

June 21, 2017 - 6:22pm

There's new data to suggest that women with breast implants could receive an incorrect diagnosis for a heart attack when undergoing an electrocardiogram. Doctors could not say this with certainty, but they indicated that this could very well be the cause. 

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Trust Me, I am a Doctor

June 21, 2017 - 5:58pm

With information —bad, good and worse— overload from all media forms at all times, public confidence is plummeting. So says a new report identifying that only 37% of the public trust evidence from medical research as opposed to 65% who prefer the experiences of friends and family.

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With Childhood Firearm Injuries, Time to Look at the 'Man In the Mirror'

June 21, 2017 - 5:35pm

A new study shows among other things, that responsible gun ownership can reduce the loss of life from firearms among children.

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Beans, Nuts And Seeds — Miracle Foods Or Menaces?

June 21, 2017 - 3:59pm

When the anti-gluten craze dies down, there's another just waiting in the wings — the anti-lectin craze. According to food guru Steven Grundy, lectins are mostly what ails us. Unfortunately, they're in supposedly healthful foods such as beans, nuts and legumes. So what's a person supposed to eat? 

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Some People Are Friendly to Everyone They Meet. Here's Why.

June 21, 2017 - 2:51pm

You may have met someone – a child or adult – who was instantly friendly and inquisitive. But soon after you felt that this extrovert's interaction may have crossed normal social boundaries. It's possible you spoke with someone afflicted with Williams syndrome, which can simultaneously produce both joyful and heartbreaking results.


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Eating Facilitated By Social Interaction — Even If It's Just You

June 21, 2017 - 2:00pm

Social facilitation of food consumption brings to mind groups of people seated around a dining table. But a new study by Japanese researchers suggests that a group, or even another person, might not be necessary if the eater can watch his or herself in a mirror.

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