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  • Whole Foods Quackery

    04/29/2014 8:03:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Above the Market ^ | 04/29/2014
    Fortune has a puff piece out on Whole Foods Market (WFM, a stock in which I have no interest and no intended interest), the up-scale purveyor of excellent prepared food, overpriced groceries with multiple claimed but unsubstantiated benefits, phony health remedies, and the oxymoronic concept of “healthy indulgence.” It made its reputation by pushing healthier living and selling food that doesn’t contain the pesticides and additives that are often staples of “regular” food.The Whole Foods approach has worked in that its share price is up about 12-fold since its November 2008 recession-era low versus 130 percent for the S&P 500...
  • July 1934: See-Saw Rocks Dead Back to Life (U.K. Advertisement, Photo)

    06/11/2013 6:58:56 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 5 replies
    Retronaut ^ | July 1934 | Retronaut
    ... The machine produces 10 to 15 see-saw motions a minute to induce an exact imitation of natural breathing. It works automatically once the patient is balanced on the light metal frame.
  • Charlie Rogers pleads no contest in fake hate crime case

    12/10/2012 3:35:23 PM PST · by HogsBreath · 10 replies
    Journal Star ^ | 12-10-2012 | Jonathan Edwards
    Charlie Rogers maintained her innocence even as a Lancaster County judge found her guilty Monday of faking the anti-gay hate crime that shocked Lincoln and made headlines across the country. Rogers, 34, pleaded no contest in Lancaster County Court early Monday afternoon, a reversal of the not guilty plea she made in September. Judge Gale Pokorny found her guilty and set her sentencing for Feb. 14.
  • Study Links Autism to High Fructose Corn Syrup

    10/17/2012 8:09:45 PM PDT · by djf · 137 replies
    Autism Key Bulletin Board ^ | Posted on April 14, 2012 | Gary Porter
    A new study released this past week has once again linked the consumption of processed foods to health complications, giving food safety advocates even more cause for concern. The April 10th publication of the Clinical Epigenetics Journal reported a link between high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and autism in the United States. According to the study, the rise in autism rates "is not related to mercury exposure from fish, coal-fired power plants, thimerosal, or dental amalgam but instead to the consumption of HFCS. The study, led by former FDA toxicologist and whistleblower Renee Dufault, found that a deficiency of zinc,...
  • California Becomes First State In Nation To Ban Gay Cure Therapy For Teens

    09/30/2012 9:30:56 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 43 replies
    NBCNews.com ^ | September 30, 2012 | James Eng
    California Becomes First State In Nation To Ban Gay Cure Therapy For Teens California state Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, sponsored the bill to ban a controversial form of psychotherapy aimed at making gay youth straight. By James Eng, NBC News California has become the first state in the nation to ban therapy that tries to turn gay teens straight. Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday that he has signed Senate Bill 1172, which prohibits children under age 18 from undergoing sexual orientation change efforts. The law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, prohibits state-licensed therapists from engaging in these practices with...
  • California bans gay "conversion" therapy for minors

    09/30/2012 11:02:11 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 35 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sept. 30, 2012 | Mary Slosson
    SACRAMENTO (Reuters) - Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill barring a controversial therapy that aims to reverse homosexuality in minors, the measure's sponsor said on Sunday, making California the first state to ban a practice many say is psychologically damaging. The move marked a major victory for gay rights advocates who say so-called conversion therapy, also called reparative therapy, has no medical basis because homosexuality is not a disorder. The bill's sponsor, state Senator Ted Lieu, a Democrat from Torrance, said in a statement that Brown had signed the bill. An announcement from the governor's office was expected on...
  • In cancer science, many 'discoveries' don't hold up

    04/01/2012 11:11:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed, Mar 28, 2012 2:09pm EDT | Sharon Begley
    A former researcher at Amgen Inc has found that many basic studies on cancera high proportion of them from university labsare unreliable, with grim consequences for producing new medicines in the future. During a decade as head of global cancer research at Amgen, C. Glenn Begley identified 53 "landmark" publicationspapers in top journals, from reputable labsfor his team to reproduce. Begley sought to double-check the findings before trying to build on them for drug development. Result: 47 of the 53 could not be replicated. He described his findings in a commentary piece published on Wednesday in the journal Nature. "It...
  • Kyoto backs full of hot air

    12/06/2011 2:48:22 PM PST · by Clive · 8 replies
    Sun News Network ^ | 2011-12-06 | John Robson
    The devotion of right-thinking persons to the Kyoto Protocol is not just puzzling. It is proof they are not serious. If they were, they would be even more fed up than we so-called "deniers" over the failure of Kyoto, and its 17 fancy follow-up conferences, to do anything important to stop climate change. Obviously supporters such as Jean Chretien and Bill Clinton were cynics, signing the accord for domestic political gain without having or wanting a plan to meet its targets. Indeed, Clinton never even asked for U.S. Senate ratification, let alone pushed for it. But what can explain the...
  • Bleak Economy Prompts Men To Seek More Sex Partners?

    10/14/2011 4:00:51 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Eurasia Review ^ | 10/13/11
    Bleak Economy Prompts Men To Seek More Sex Partners? Written by: Eurasia Review October 13, 2011 Grim economic times could cause men to seek more sexual partners, giving them more chances to reproduce, according to research by Omri Gillath, a social psychology professor at the University of Kansas. Men are likely to pursue short-term mating strategies when faced with a threatening environment, according to sexual selection theory based on evolutionary psychology. When made to think about their own death, which mimics conditions of low survivability, Gillath and his colleagues found that men responded more vigorously to sexual pictures and had...
  • Alien life deemed impossible by analysis of 500 planets

    01/23/2011 9:38:58 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 203 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | January 23, 2011 | Heidi Blake
    Howard Smith, a senior astrophysicist at Harvard, made the claim that we are alone in the universe after an analysis of the 500 planets discovered so far showed all were hostile to life. Dr Smith said the extreme conditions found so far on planets discovered outside out Solar System are likely to be the norm, and that the hospitable conditions on Earth could be unique. We have found that most other planets and solar systems are wildly different from our own. They are very hostile to life as we know it, he said. He pointed to stars such as HD10180,...
  • Important, For Men: A long ring finger may mean you're a prostate cancer risk (with illustration)

    07/21/2010 8:27:32 AM PDT · by rawhide · 42 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9:56 AM on 21st July 2010 | Pat Hagan
    Men with a long ring finger could be three times more likely to develop prostate cancer, research shows. Doctors found that the risk increases if the ring finger on the right hand is significantly longer than the index finger next to the thumb. But men whose ring fingers are only slightly longer, or are about the same length, are much less likely to get the disease. The findings open up the possibility of screening men with longer fingers at an early age for signs of cancer. In the study, blood tests showed that men with longer ring fingers on their...
  • Rapid Rifting Presages Future Events

    11/19/2009 8:22:01 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 54 replies · 1,847+ views
    ICR News ^ | November 19, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    The Great Rift Valley extends some 4,000 miles southward from Syria north of Israel, through the Gulf of Aqaba, through Ethiopia, and all the way to Mozambique in southeast Africa. It harbors a giant fault, which has been under investigation as a model for sea floor spreading. A recent geologic event rent a gaping crack through the desert of Ethiopia, causing safety concerns for locals. These crustal plate motions may foreshadow rifting events further north in the Great Rift Valley...
  • the green millionaire - donald barrett ( propaganda )

    10/18/2009 3:02:17 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 1 replies · 793+ views
    Fibomercials and Scams ^ | June 26th | Robert Crane
    for example, from his rant against big bottled water: "... the huge soda companies decided to sell you bottled water which is from the same source as tap water, but guess what? when you sell it as natural and in a bottle, it's unregulated. at least tap water is regulated." this from a guy who is currently fined up to his eye balls as a result of pimping unregulated natural supplements for every disease imagineable, while blasting regulated big pharma. shameless.
  • The Bipolar Puzzle

    09/14/2008 8:57:03 PM PDT · by neverdem · 26 replies · 414+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 14, 2008 | JENNIFER EGAN
    When Claire, a pixie-faced 6-year-old in a school uniform, heard her older brother, James, enter the familys Manhattan apartment, she shut her bedroom door and began barricading it so swiftly and methodically that at first I didnt understand what she was doing. She slid a basket of toys in front of the closed door, then added a wagon and a stroller laden with dolls. She hugged a small stuffed Pegasus to her chest. Pega always protects me, she said softly. Pega, guard the door. James, then 10, had been given a diagnosis of bipolar disorder two years earlier. He was...
  • So Many Vitamins, So Little Time - Truths and Myths About Dietary Supplements

    07/06/2008 10:56:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 68 replies · 366+ views
    abcnews.go.com ^ | July 4, 2008 | BROOKE JACOBSEN and SUSAN WAGNER
    Last year Americans spent $22.5 billion on dietary supplements, taking everything from a standard multivitamin to fish oil for the heart to magnesium for healthy bones. But how do we know which vitamin pills we need and which we don't? And at what doses do the risks outweigh the benefits? Dr. Eric Rimm at the Harvard School of Public Health sat down with ABC's Medical Editor Dr. Tim Johnson to discuss some of the more talked about vitamins, how much of them we should be taking and whether too much can be detrimental to our health. In a field filled...
  • Crazed Veterans Spark Nationwide Crime Wave

    01/13/2008 6:06:24 PM PST · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 76 replies · 167+ views
    Powerlineblog ^ | January 13, 2008 | John Hinderaker
    Crazed Veterans Spark Nationwide Crime Wave That's the theme of a front page article in today's New York Times: "Across America, Deadly Echoes of Foreign Battles." The article reports on what must have been a major effort by the Times to comb through news reports from across the country, identifying and tabulating instances where servicemen who returned from Iraq or Afghanistan were charged with some form of homicide. The Times summarizes the results of its research: Town by town across the country, headlines have been telling similar stories. Lakewood, Wash.: Family Blames Iraq After Son Kills Wife. Pierre, S.D.: Soldier...
  • 17th Century Baldness Cure Is Chicken Dung Says Ye Olde Men's Goode Health

    08/30/2007 6:52:41 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 22 replies · 552+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 30th August 2007 | OLINKA KOSTER
    17th century baldness cure is chicken dung says Ye Olde Men's Goode Health By OLINKA KOSTER 30th August 2007 In our age of gyms and jogging, dental floss and deodorants, mouthwash and moisturisers, a chap can waft along with ease every day feeling fit and fragrant. But back in 1654, with Oliver Cromwell ruling England, good health and grooming for men was somewhat more basic. Then, no self-respecting male's medicine chest was apparently complete without liberal supplies of cat's dung, snail's blood and chicken droppings - not to mention arsenic and brimstone. Gruesome as they may sound, they were recommended...
  • Enviro-babble

    08/12/2007 2:33:12 AM PDT · by Clive · 5 replies · 599+ views
    National Post ^ | 2007-08-11 | (editorial page)
    Canada's premiers and territorial leaders held their annual meeting in Moncton this week. The main agenda item was global warming. And so it was that on Thursday, the leaders paraded to the microphone and pronounced themselves committed to a greener world. But instead of offering practical plans, they served up hypocritical rhetoric designed for voters back home. The worst offenders were Ontario's Dalton McGuinty and B.C.'s Gordon Campbell. Throughout the summit, Mr. Mc-Guinty did his best to paint Alberta as Canada's climate bogeyman. While never identifying the province by name, the Ontario Premier repeatedly stated that the biggest emitters of...
  • Some Vitamin Supplements Increase Death Risk Say Researchers

    02/28/2007 2:45:16 AM PST · by XR7 · 86 replies · 3,342+ views
    MedicalNewsToday ^ | 2/28/07 | Catharine Paddock
    Vitamin supplements taken by millions of people every day for their health could be increasing their risk of death a new Danish-led study suggests. The study is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The international research team reviewed the published evidence on beta carotene, vitamin A, vitamin E, Vitamin C and selenium. The team was led by Dr Goran Bjelakovic, from Copenhagen University Hospital, Denmark. These dietary supplements are marketed as antioxidants and people take them in the hope they will improve health and guard against diseases like cancer and heart disease by eliminating the free radicals...
  • New ear stapling fad claims to curb appetites

    12/11/2006 11:04:03 AM PST · by the_devils_advocate_666 · 43 replies · 1,674+ views
    The Daily Athenaeum ^ | 12/11/06 | Brenda Paiz
    Crash diets, plastic surgery, "miracle pills" and extreme workouts are the most common ways to shed off those extra pounds. However, a new fad is gaining popularity and due to its price and supposed success, it is sweeping the nation one ear at a time. Those who perform the acupuncture ear stapling procedure claim that by inserting a tiny, surgical staple into the ear, it will trigger certain pressure points that may curb appetites, reduce stress, relieve pain, and may even help one to quit smoking. "I must admit, I was a little skeptical at first considering all the gimmicks...
  • Judge Says California Needs to Hire Mental Health Workers for Legislature

    08/07/2006 10:37:09 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 4 replies · 219+ views
    AZCONSERVATIVE ^ | 5 Aug 2006 | John Semmens
    U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton ordered the Schwarzenegger administration to ask state lawmakers for the money to hire hundreds of mental health workers to tend to the needs of the legislators. The order is the latest in a string of actions in which federal overseers are driving reforms in the states troubled assembly. Separate lawsuits have placed federal courts in charge of much of the states legislative operations, including safety, employee discipline and health care and mental health systems. Last year, Gov. Arnold Schwarzeneggers Department of Finance estimated that California needed to hire an additional 552 mental health employees to...
  • Study links autism, vaccine

    03/03/2006 1:54:55 AM PST · by neverdem · 120 replies · 5,241+ views
    metrowestdailynews.com ^ | March 2, 2006 | Jon Brodkin
    Autism diagnoses have dropped nationwide since mercury was removed from most childhood vaccines, according to a new study that some say lends credence to charges that vaccinations were responsible for a huge increase in autism cases. About 4,700 families -- including ones from Framingham and Waltham -- have pending claims in a federal vaccine court alleging that mercury in vaccines caused their children to develop autism. The allegations are controversial and viewed with skepticism by many government officials and medical professionals. But supporters of a vaccine-autism link say a new report in the peer reviewed Journal of American Physicians and...
  • I was right: The teacher admits that Airborne doesn't work (herbal cold "remedy")

    03/01/2006 8:43:28 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 11 replies · 513+ views
    Respectful Insolence ^ | 3/1/2006 | Orac
    A while back, I wrote about Airborne, the "herbal" concoction designed by a schoolteacher that is touted as preventing colds and the flu if taken preemptively or lessening their severity if taken early on in the course of a cold. I concluded that there was no evidence that it did what Victoria Knight-McDowell, a schoolteacher and the creator of Airborne, claims. Now the company itself seems to be admitting as much. It turns out that the company commissioned a study to "prove" Airborne's efficacy, and its results did seem to show a mild positive effect on colds. Unfortunately, the study...
  • Pampered prisoners offered reflexology [UK tax dollars at play]

    06/06/2005 11:32:09 PM PDT · by Constitutionalist Conservative · 3 replies · 669+ views
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | June 1, 2005 | David Sapsted
    Holistic massages and aromatherapy to soothe away the stresses of life behind bars are to be offered to inmates at Britain's newest prison. To a chorus of protests, the managers of Peterborough Prison are advertising for two part-time holistic therapists to "offer treatments such as reflexology, aromatherapy, acupuncture, Indian head massage, reiki and shiatsu alongside general relaxation and other health promotion groups". United Kingdom Detention Services, which runs the 65 million jail, opened two months ago, yesterday defended offering prisoners the sort of treatments they would have to pay dearly for on the outside. "We look at the whole person...
  • Weirdest Cures on Show at Debate

    04/26/2005 8:07:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 346+ views
    BBC ^ | 25 April, 2005
    Weird and wonderful inventions will be on show during a debate on medical "quackery" at London's Science Museum. Devices once used to treat the sick are being taken out of storage for the adults-only event on Wednesday evening. Many date from the 1800s. They include Sir Hiram Maxim's Pipe of Peace, a precursor of the inhaler, and a hand-cranked electric shock machine used to treat toothache and tics. The debate will take place at the museum's Dana Centre from 1900 BST. 'Unique chance' Lisa Jamieson, head of Dana Centre programmes, said: "This will be a unique chance for our audience...
  • Exhibit showcases the art of medical quackery

    03/24/2005 6:59:57 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 164+ views
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) For hundreds of years, the flamboyant sellers of patent medicines relied not only on exorbitant claims and theatrical presentations to push their panaceas, but also employed accomplished artists to create advertisements for their too-good-to-be-true elixirs and gadgets. "Quack, Quack, Quack," a new exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, showcases the prints, posters and pamphlets that guaranteed everything from "animal magnetism" to cures for "the indiscretions of youth" and were the precursors of todays spam e-mails and late-night infomercials that also promise the moon but rarely deliver. "Quacks have been around forever and theyre still with...
  • Doctor: Terri Can Recover

    03/23/2005 11:23:50 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 51 replies · 1,377+ views
    Newsmax ^ | Tuesday, March 22, 2005
    CLEARWATER, Fla. - A prominent brain specialist believes that Terri Schiavo can recover with proper treatment. Dr. William Hammesfahr, nominated for a Nobel Prize for his work in medicine, told the Christian Wire Service that he "and others I know have treated many patients worse than Terri, and have seen them regain independence and dignity." Dr. Hammesfahr said he has examined Terri Schiavo three separate times for a total of over 10 hours. "There are many approaches that would help Terri Schiavo. I know, because I had the opportunity to personally examine her, her medical records, and her X-rays." The...
  • Chewing gum can 'enhance breasts'

    03/20/2005 9:20:48 PM PST · by festus · 26 replies · 6,295+ views
    BBC News ^ | March 18, 2005 | BBC News
    A chewing gum which the makers say can help enhance the size, shape and tone of the breasts has proved to be a big hit in Japan. B2Up says its Bust-Up gum, when chewed three or four times a day, can also help improve circulation, reduce stress and fight ageing. The gum works by slowly releasing compounds contained in an extract from a plant called Pueraria mirifica.
  • Guns don't kill people,....

    02/08/2005 10:53:55 PM PST · by djf · 18 replies · 968+ views
    Doctors: (A) The number of physicians in the U.S. is 700,000. (B) Accidental deaths caused by Physicians per year are 120,000. (C) Accidental deaths per physician is 0.171 (Statistics courtesy of U.S. Dept of Health Human Services.) Now think about this: Guns: (A) The number of gun owners in the U.S. is 80,000,000. Yes, 80 million. (B) The number of accidental gun deaths per year, all age groups, is 1,500. (C) The number of accidental deaths per gun owner is .000188 Statistically, doctors are therefore ~ 909 times more lethal than gun owners. NOT EVERYONE HAS A GUN, BUT ALMOST...
  • Doctors, Others Deride Chiropractic School

    01/17/2005 8:04:02 AM PST · by anniegetyourgun · 98 replies · 2,513+ views
    AP ^ | 1/16/05 | BRENT KALLESTAD
    TALLAHASSEE, Florida (AP) - Some Florida State University professors have been circulating a parody map showing the campus of the future, with a new Bigfoot Institute, a School of Astrology and a Crop Circle Simulation Laboratory. It's a not-so-subtle jab in a growing debate over a proposal to build a chiropractic college on this campus - the first such school at a public university in the United States. More than 500 professors, including the university's two Nobel laureates, have signed a petition opposing the school and a handful have even threatened to resign rather than teach alongside what they consider...
  • ZOT! To the Good People of the World

    11/04/2004 3:16:06 PM PST · by liberty byrd · 145 replies · 3,230+ views
    A concerned citizen
    To all good people of countries other than the US- WE are now officially a rogue nation- please dont blame the citizens of the US as we have been taken over by Nazis. Trust us, we are more frightened than you. There is no possible way that Bush is the most popular president ever. There is no way that he won this election. It is a lie, supported by fraudulent elections and corrupt government officials. There is no popular support for Bush, only Bush freepers on the net paid for by homeland security to convince other nations and naive US...
  • ZOT! Censorship on Freerepublic.com proves every point I made.

    11/04/2004 11:53:37 AM PST · by AndreINCA · 142 replies · 3,279+ views
    You all took turns laughing because I am an extreme left, but I laugh at you because you people proved me right. You delete remarks for no other reason but you don't like the thoughts expressed, (though mine was left for assument) inactivate my account, and preach free speech for all. My words weren't for the purpose of starting a war, only to say, "hey, what do you think about this?" I didn't get one intellgent arugment. Name calling yes, insults yes, nothing thought provoking. So you cane prove me right yet again, and delete this post and inactivate my...
  • You People Can Zot My Ass

    11/03/2004 3:10:27 PM PST · by Paul Schwinn · 324 replies · 7,480+ views
    The late Mr. Schwinn, knocked off his trike by a bolt of lightning.
    Exactly why are you retards happy that this Cokehead chimp is back? Do Conservatives like escalating budget deficits? I guess so. Do Conservatives like pointless wars initiated by lies? I guess so. You really must love outsourced jobs and a crappy economy. You are probably too stupid to realize how the country is now screwed. To hell with all of you.
  • ZOT! Don't support Bush, hear Osama Bin Laden out.

    11/03/2004 4:37:48 PM PST · by AndreSOCAL · 146 replies · 3,715+ views
    Al Jazeera ^ | 11-03-2004 | Andre
    Following is the full English transcript of Usama bin Ladin's speech in a videotape sent to Aljazeera. In the interests of authenticity, the content of the transcript, which appeared as subtitles at the foot of the screen, has been left unedited. Praise be to Allah who created the creation for his worship and commanded them to be just and permitted the wronged one to retaliate against the oppressor in kind. To proceed: Peace be upon he who follows the guidance: People of America this talk of mine is for you and concerns the ideal way to prevent another Manhattan, and...
  • Global Warming [I believe. Zot! See, it just got another one!]

    11/03/2004 2:10:25 PM PST · by fred3 · 118 replies · 2,334+ views
    I was just wondering how many freepers believe in global warming? What do you think about it?
  • Cleaner throws out bag of trash in artwork

    08/28/2004 1:18:26 AM PDT · by atomic conspiracy · 21 replies · 612+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 8-27-04 | UPI staff
    Cleaner throws out bag of trash in artwork August 28, 2004 LONDON, England, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- A janitor at a London museum threw away a bag full of paper and cardboard, not realizing that it was part of a work of art. Recreation of First Public Demonstration of Auto-Destructive Art by Gustav Metzger was part of an exhibit Art and the 60s at the Tate Britain gallery. Metzger has since replaced the bag, the BBC reports.
  • THE ABSURDITIES OF WATER FLUORIDATION (November 2002)

    06/12/2004 7:07:25 PM PDT · by Coleus · 103 replies · 563+ views
    Red Flags Daily.com ^ | 11.28.02 | Paul Connett, PhD
    November 28, 2002THE ABSURDITIES OF WATER FLUORIDATIONThis Practice Is Unethical, Unnecessary, Ineffective, Unsafe, And Inequitable. Any So-Called Expert On Fluoridation Who Thinks Otherwise Is Invited To An Open Public Debate On This Issueby Paul Connett, PhDWater fluoridation is a peculiarly American phenomenon. It started at a time when Asbestos lined our pipes, lead was added to gasoline, PCBs filled our transformers and DDT was deemed so "safe and effective" that officials felt no qualms spraying kids in school classrooms and seated at picnic tables. One by one all these chemicals have been banned, but fluoridation remains untouched.For over 50 years...
  • Fluoride issue stages a comeback

    04/17/2004 4:13:04 PM PDT · by writer33 · 37 replies · 392+ views
    Spokesman Review ^ | 04/17/2004 | Carla K. Johnson
    Health board revives proposal despite two defeats at the polls and a dedicated opposition Anti-fluoridation activist Betty Fowler hasn't missed a Spokane Regional Board of Health meeting in seven years. Each month, she sits in the audience and waits for the end of the meeting when she speaks briefly against adding fluoride to public water systems. Next Thursday, her pet issue will be on the official agenda. Fluoridation is back. The health board will hear a report on the topic because local advocates are bringing it to Spokane city voters in November. The advocates, a group called Fluoridation Works, think...
  • Flu Misery and Myths or Get off Your Duff and Get a Flu Shot

    10/27/2003 12:15:42 PM PST · by traditionalist · 159 replies · 425+ views
    fumento.com ^ | 10/9/2003 | Michael Fumento
    "I once had a bird, her name was Enza!" "I opened the window, and in flew Enza!" Most nursery rhymes may say little to us about history and present dangers. But this one, dating back to the horrific flu pandemic of 1918-1919, reminds us that influenza is highly infectious and can fly across the country with the speed of a bird. It's a reminder to get vaccinated against a preventable disease that reaps over 35,000 American lives a year.
  • Med Schools: Four That Flunk

    06/29/2003 7:55:55 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 70 replies · 1,609+ views
    Hartford Courant ^ | 6-29-03 | By JACK DOLAN And ANDREW JULIEN, Courant Staff Writers
    Med Schools: Four That Flunk June 29, 2003 By JACK DOLAN And ANDREW JULIEN, Courant Staff Writers Idaho regulators investigating complaints involving 12 patients revoked Dr. Brent E. Woodfield's license after concluding that he didn't understand "the basic principles of the practice of medicine." For Dr. Anacleto Capua, accused of misdiagnosing fatal conditions in three patients, refresher medical courses were recommended by Florida authorities concerned about his medical skills. Hitting the books might have helped Dr. Narpat Panwar, who flunked the U.S. medical licensing exam seven times before passing - only to be accused later in New York of botching...
  • Post-Traumatic Mick Disorder?...

    11/16/2002 6:41:42 AM PST · by Apolitical · 12 replies · 220+ views
    The Iconoclast ^ | November 16, 2002 | Marni-Rebecca Malarkey
    DAILY NOTEBOOK THE ICONOCLAST Post-Traumatic Mick Disorder?.... November 16, 2002: Oh boy. How far do we want to take the latest news story linking slavery and modern stress disorders? Now, there is no question that slavery has led to economic discrepancies between whites and blacks in the United States. But "post-traumatic slavery disorder?" Okay, well, in that case, I'd like to sue the government of England, the Queen, the Prime Minister and the entire House of Lords in the name of the Malarkey family of County Down, since throughout history the Irish have been treated badly by the English,...
  • If They Beleive That - Medicine

    11/10/2002 6:20:58 AM PST · by Hank Kerchief · 7 replies · 618+ views
    Fire and Hammer ^ | November, 2002 | Reginald Firehammer
    IF THEY BELIEVE THAT III This is the third article in the "If They Believe That" series on the dominance of superstitious rather than rational belief. The first two, were on Religion and Science. Superstition and Medicine (The following is adapted from "Truth and Superstition" in the September issue of Fire and Hammer.) One set of beliefs that are undeniably important to all people, both because everyone considers them important and because, when acted on, they have profound consequences, are those beliefs we have about the nature of our bodies, health, and disease. Depending on one's particular medical beliefs,...
  • Senate candidate blue -- literally

    10/09/2002 8:59:42 AM PDT · by reegs · 39 replies · 514+ views
    CNN.com ^ | 10/03/02 | CNN
    <p>GREAT FALLS, Montana (AP) --Montana's Libertarian candidate for Senate has turned blue from drinking a silver solution that he believed would protect him from disease.</p> <p>Stan Jones,a 63-year-old business consultant and part-time college instructor, said he started taking colloidal silver in 1999 for fear that Y2K disruptions might lead to a shortage of antibiotics.</p>
  • How to stall on medicinal marijuana

    08/21/2002 6:28:15 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 13 replies · 282+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Wednesday, August 21, 2002
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. Federal Health Minister Anne McLellan must be thankful she is not a judge on the Supreme Court of Canada. As a judge, she would have to make a decision. But as a cabinet minister faced with severely ill Canadians awaiting a federal supply of medicinal marijuana, she looks desperately to the wisdom of -- who else -- the judges. This is rescue work, plain and simple, for a government grown too cowardly to make hard choices. It is not the first time; Ottawa recently scuttled to the courts hoping for an...