The “Alternative” Controversy

Posted on Friday, June 19th, 2009

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the AP Impact series bashing “alternative medicine”. And it got us to thinking about how this term is kind of a straw man.   onlyforward/Flickr Self-proclaimed skeptics like to say there is only medicine: that which works. Everything else, they argue, is non-medicine, and they lump it […]

Drugs and the Non-Compliant Patient

Posted on Friday, December 19th, 2008

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal describes a phenomena that must terrify Big Pharma: people deciding not to take prescription drugs due to disclosed and increasingly publicized health risks. Many consumers have doubts about the safety of their medications, although drug industry officials say the heightened skepticism might be temporary. Only 27% of […]

Informed Consent: Vaccination

Posted on Friday, October 10th, 2008

Early in September, we were all treated to glowing reports about the high childhood vaccination rates in the U.S. The ABC News/HealthDay lead was typical: “The vast majority of American children are getting their recommended vaccinations, federal health officials said Thursday.” But just a few weeks later, the Medical Industrial Complex was fretting that not […]

4 Days Left to Submit Comments on Mercury to the FDA

Posted on Thursday, July 24th, 2008

In May, the FDA reopened public comments on its Class II “with special controls” classification of precapsulated mercury amalgam. This means that “general controls alone are insufficient to assure safety and effectiveness, and existing methods are available to provide such assurances. In addition to complying with general controls, Class II devices are also subject to […]

NY Times Reports on Cases of Autism & Illness via Vaccination

Posted on Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

Last weekend, federal health officials convened a panel of experts to review a case in which a nine year old girl developed autism after getting a series of vaccinations. But as the New York Times recently reported, there’s an even more troubling case that’s being ignored: On Jan. 11, a 6-year-old girl from Colorado received […]

Video: Rooted – Root Canal Risks

Posted on Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

YouTube description: “A short trailer of the fully referenced one hour documentary about the dangers of Root Canal therapy and the dental professions arrogant refusal to acknowledge the published science.”

Update: Revised Plans to Spray Pesticide in NorCal

Posted on Monday, June 30th, 2008

It’s a step forward: the state of California has reversed its position on spraying for the light brown apple moth in the Bay Area. But they apparently will still spray over agricultural and undeveloped areas in the state, as well as use the chemical at ground level. The decision follows months of protests and lawsuits […]

Towns Question Fluoride Use…

Posted on Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

…including Grand Rapids, Michigan, the birthplace of public water fluoridation. Read more in the Chicago Tribune.

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