Organic Food Won’t Help You Get Pregnant
Struggling with infertility is a crushing experience. It is humiliating and painful, both physically and emotionally, because treatments often involve a litany of invasive tests and surgeries. Infertility patients take several rounds of powerful drugs, followed by careful monitoring, more …
London’s Mayor Cracks Down on Fish and Chips
London mayor Sadiq Khan unveiled his “London Plan” on Wednesday, and, as expected, it took a tough stance against a dangerous threat jeopardizing the health and future of the city’s children. No, it’s not a strategy to protect …
Texas Futile Care Law in the Dock
Imagine your dad is in the ICU with a stroke, struggling for life.
Imagine, having listened to the wise voices in bioethics, that he wrote an advance directive, leaving instructions about the medical treatment he wanted if incapacitated.
Imagine, that …
American College of Physicians Opposes Assisted Suicide
Excellent. The American College of Physicians, after studying the issue, has issued a policy statement against the legalization of assisted suicide. From the ACP Position Paper:
Society’s goal should be to make dying less, not more, medical. Physician-assisted suicide is …
The Fatuity of Fat Studies
Earlier this month, several websites covered news of an upcoming “fat studies” course that will be taught at Oregon State by Associate Professor Patti Lou Watkins. From the way some reporters wrote about it, you might have concluded that fat …
The Organic Industry Is in Turmoil
Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods, the grocer that brought pricey organic food to the masses, comes during a time of turmoil in the organic industry: The Department of Agriculture is continuing to investigate the importation of millions of pounds …
War On Generic Drugs Only Makes Drug Prices Higher
Everybody complains about the high cost of prescription drugs. Even President Trump said recently that the pharma industry “is getting away with murder” with its high prices.
One way that the cost of many older drugs has been held down …
‘Post-truth” is much in the news these days — both the word itself and the phenomenon it describes, in which (according to the Oxford English Dictionary, which chose “post-truth” as its Word of the Year) “objective facts are less influential …
Can Diet Explain the Rising Death Rates of White Americans?
Something is killing us — beyond the fact that life itself is a terminal condition. This week brought news that the U.S. mortality rate overall has risen slightly since 2014. “It’s a definite milestone in the wrong direction, and …
World Health Organization Seeks to Define Singleness as a Form of Infertility
What do you call people who are not reproducing because they do not have a sexual partner? Antiquarians may designate them “single,” but the World Health Organization (WHO) knows better. They are, we learn today, “infertile.” Henceforth, the organization intends …
It’s the early 1990s, and a young man is sitting in a human-resources office at the Coca-Cola Company, which has just offered him a terrific job. But he is nervous. He begins asking his HR liaison a series of …
Persistently Unconscious Patient Awakened
Ever since Terri Schiavo, writing about the wrongness of removing feeding tubes from patients diagnosed with persistent unconsciousness (PVS)–we should never call them “vegetables,” a term as denigrating and dehumanizing a racial epithet–is like spitting in the wind.
When It Comes to American Health, Culture Trumps Politics
There are times when our partisan political debate feels like the modern, social-media-fueled version of Nero fiddling while Rome burns. Or perhaps the better analogy is to the proverbial “bread and circuses” designed to distract a population from its own …
In Single-Payer, Who Really Pays?
Making the click-through worthwhile: the not-so-solid public support for single-payer, the inconvenient details behind the boast that Hillary Clinton “made history,” a stunningly low percentage of Americans can answer basic questions about how our government works, and the former Democratic …
Pro-Life Laws Do Not Lead to Poor Public Health
This week, the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) and IBIS Reproductive Health released a study on pro-life laws and public-health outcomes. It purports to show that the states most active in enacting pro-life policies fare poorly on a range of …
The ‘Dubious’ Claim That Obamacare Saved Zero Lives
If you are going to claim that someone’s policy will cause upward of 200,000 deaths, I feel that you should have relevant supporting evidence. Maybe I’m just old-fashioned that way. Certainly, no such standards seem to hamper the editors …
On Health Care, Most People Don’t Know What They’re Talking About
Editor’s Note: This piece is reprinted with permission from the Adam Smith Institute.
Health care in the United States is famous for three things: It’s expensive, it’s not universal, and it has poor outcomes. The U.S. …
The Culinary Cult
We’re all opposed to animal cruelty. . . until the definition of “animal cruelty” becomes so broad and far-reaching that it includes ordering McNuggets.
Matt Scully wrote on NRO earlier this week a defense of animal rights that …
Double Standard: Male Birth-Control Study Cancelled Due to Side Effects
A new study shows that a hormonal birth-control shot for males could effectively prevent pregnancy in female partners, but further studies were cancelled after the men involved in the study experienced side effects, primarily depression. The decision to curtail the …
Out of Work and Taking Pain Pills
Just a few months ago, hardly anyone was talking about American men leaving the workforce, even though more than 10 percent of males 25–54 are neither employed nor looking for work.
Now it seems like everyone is talking.
Nicholas Eberstadt of the …