Debunking the Debunkers on Sugar
Dr. Courtney Gaine is having a very bad week.
She and her colleagues have been receiving calls, e-mails, and tweets accusing them of killing hundreds of thousands of people and asking how they sleep at night. “I never anticipated the …
The Most Ridiculous Reactions to Hillary Clinton’s Fainting
Having routinely denounced anyone who so much as mentioned Hillary Clinton’s health as denizens of the Internet’s right-wing fever swamps, Democrats and their media allies were forced to switch gears yesterday after footage emerged of the Democratic nominee’s “health …
No, Cutting Family-Planning-Program Funding Didn’t Increase Texas’s Maternal-Mortality Rate
A recent article in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology has received a good deal of media coverage over the past month, as it reports a consistent increase in the U.S. maternal mortality rate since 2000. However, most of the attention …
Michael Pollan and His Faddish Foodie Followers, Ten Years After The Omnivore’s Dilemma
Penguin Books is releasing a special tenth-anniversary edition of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, by Michael Pollan, with a new foreword by the author. The target market for this release must be post-Millennials — most of the Millennials who matriculated in …
Measuring Life by the Spoonful
‘How is your daughter doing?” is one of the most complicated questions I’ve had to answer.
As Veronica marks her 16th birthday this month, we are sharing an update in hopes of de-stigmatizing and demystifying life with chronic pain, …
Another Bad Week for the Anti-GMO Movement
Mounting evidence continues to discredit the anti-GMO (genetically modified organism) movement. This week has been a particular bruising one for anti-GMO activists, with the release of two reports that disprove most of their claims that GMOs are bad for people …
E-Cigarettes and The FDA: First, Do No Harm
The FDA has taken aim at a fresh collection of pleasures of which it disapproves, including e-cigarettes.
As the Wall Street Journal noted, this included (my emphasis added):
Banning [e-cigarette] sales to anyone under 18, requiring package warning labels, and making …
Feds Spend $143K Getting Mexican-American Women to Talk About Obesity with Each Other
The federal government is spending $143,000 on “intervention” efforts to get Mexican-American women and their daughters talking with each other about obesity.
Now, this may seem crazy to you, but the National Institute of Health, which is sponsoring (read: using your …
The Science Is In: Veganism Makes No Sense
The Senate is debating GMOs, and everyone is talking about health food; it’s a good time, then, to correct a few silly ideas. A vegan — say various vegan authorities — is someone who abstains from eating or using …
Big Organic’s Losing Battle
Liberal foodies are on a collision course with genetic engineering that may soon result in the welcome crash of the anti-GMO movement. As emerging technology promises an answer for nearly every issue on the movement’s agenda — from animal …
Krauthammer’s Take: Pneumonia Could Have Earned Sympathy If Clinton Camp ‘Were Honest and Clever’
Charles Krauthammer does not think the Hillary Clinton campaign would have disclosed anything about her health without Sunday’s video, and to him this shows a lack of foresight, not just of honesty:
The video is always decisive — for …
Facebook Is Censoring Science and Journalism
One might have thought that the recent allegations by former employees that Facebook was manipulating its trending-topics feed to suppress news stories that appeal to conservatives would make the social-media behemoth tread more carefully. Apparently, though, it did not learn …
The Phony Case Against Glyphosate
From its inception in 1970, the Environmental Protection Agency has been a hotbed of anti-science activism, incompetence, and corruption.
In 1972, on the basis of toxicity to fish and migrating birds (but not to humans), the EPA banned virtually all uses of …
What’s in a Name? Plenty, if It’s a ‘GMO.’
‘GMOs” get a lot of attention. Devotees of organic and “natural” food want to avoid them, on principle. Anti-technology activists prattle about their imaginary dangers. Pandering to special interests, confused members of Congress have been trying to find a way …
Americans are dying more. Not just poor white Americans — that we already knew — but Americans as a whole, according to preliminary data for 2015 that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released yesterday. That hasn’t happened since 2005, and …
Mitch Daniels Takes on ‘Callous, Heartless and Cruel’ Anti-GMO Activists
‘Lots of people said to tell you they wish you were running for president,” I said to Mitch Daniels, president of Purdue University, when I met with him last month.
Daniels laughed. “When people said that in 2012, I would ask, ‘…
FDA Makes a Dangerous Abortion Pill Even More Dangerous
In a stunningly reckless move, the Obama Food and Drug Administration recently relaxed standards for administering the abortion pill RU-486, allowing it to be used to abort children who are more developed in the womb and, shockingly, requiring even less …
Taxing Sugar: Britain’s Bloomberg Tories
Sometimes it’s the smaller things that reveal where a politician stands. British Chancellor of the Exchequer (finance minister) George Osborne today unveiled his latest budget. There was plenty in it that was praiseworthy, but then (The Daily Telegraph reports) …
Dirty Secrets of Fraudulent ‘Advocacy Research’
Scientific publishing is in crisis. A number of empirical studies have shown that 80 to 90 percent of the claims coming from scientific studies in major journals fail to replicate. This is alarming, and the problem is only likely to become worse …
Psychologist Blinds Woman Who Didn’t Want to See
There is a very anguishing mental illness known as Body Integrity Identity Disorder in which the ill person believes their “true self” to be disabled–usually paraplegic or an amputee.
Recently, I have noticed BIID moving toward normalization in the media, …