Saturday, December 10, 2011

American Council on Science and Health, 2011: Week 49

By Rich Kozlovich.

The presence of linked articles here are merely a way of showing what is going on, whether I agree or disagree with the positions presented. I have found this week's offerings to be particularly worthwhile in disabusing everyone of the junk science behind most of the claims by the greenies. I have highlighted those that I am most fond of. Please pay particular attention to those. In dealing with the greenies you will notice a common pattern. Demand more studies and reject anything that doesn’t fit with that bulwark of junk science and their primary article of faith; the Precautionary Principle.

We must come to understand that everything we are being told should bear some resemblance to what we see going on in reality. In the real world we are exposed to more synthetic chemicals than ever before in human history. Yet, in spite of their claims of human health disasters, people in the real world people are living longer healthier lives than ever before in human history. They make every negative health claim that they can, with little or no evidence, that everything that makes modern life possible is killing us. The reality is that everything they offer as utopia ends up creating dystopia all over the world. We need to get this…..they are irrational and misanthropic. The least insane among them want to rid the world of a mere four or five billion people and the most insane wants mankind eliminated. I would think that it should be obvious to the most casual observer that everything they work toward is a goal of ridding the Earth of humanity; not to preserve and promote humanity.

Their technological alternatives are all failures and the philosophical alternatives would put mankind back into the stone ages with an average lifespan of about 30 years. If that is what they subscribe to why would we think that they really care about our health and longevity? Why don’t we all… and I mean all …..get that? What is so complicated? All that we have to do is use their own actions and words to get that?


ADHD

Evidence of ADHD’s genetic origin, in some
And while Dr. Landrigan may believe that environmental "toxins" are the cause of several neurological disorders, a new study published in Nature Genetics supports the more likely theory that genetics play a much bigger role - specifically for patients with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

AIDS

HIV immune test cost-effective, but there’s still a price to pay
Viral load tests - which essentially count the number of HIV particles in a patient's circulation - are routinely used to assess the status of an HIV patient.

CANCER

Chemo’s life-saving cred quantified for breast cancer patients
Older chemotherapy drugs from the 1980s reduced breast cancer mortality by nearly a quarter.

Dueling stories in USA Today — but only the science-based one is ight
Environmental chemicals might or might not pose a significant risk to women's breast health, depending on which of two bizarrely conflicting USA Today articles you believe.

Combo therapy for advanced HER-2 breast cancer leads to slower progression
HER-2 positive breast cancer, accounting for approximately 25 to 30 percent of breast cancer patients, is considered to be a more aggressive form of cancer, often associated with poorer outcomes.

DIET

New study tips the scale in favor of weight loss for obese pregnant women
Though some women may use pregnancy as an excuse to indulge a little, some health experts caution that obese pregnant women should be more mindful of their eating habits and perhaps actually strive to lose some extra pounds.

Low HDL a sign, maybe not a cause, of CVD
Contrary to conventional wisdom, lower levels of "good" cholesterol may not actually increase a person's risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Calcium good in bones, bad in hearts
There may be tests beyond a blood pressure reading - beyond even considering standard risk factors such as LDL and HDL cholesterol - that could help assess a patient's risk of cardiovascular disease, suggests a new study. By measuring the burden of calcium in the coronary arteries, say German researchers, it is possible to distinguish between people who have different cardiovascular risk levels - even among those who have similar blood pressure readings.

Feds crack down on crackpot diet product
This past spring, we discussed the dangerously cracked logic of a weight-loss fad centered on the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG).

Doctor, doctor, give me the news
Although about one third of U.S. children are overweight, less than a quarter of these children's parents could recall their doctors telling them that their children were overweight, according to the results of a recent survey.

Let’s get physical to fight obesity
The results of a new nationwide survey reveal conditions that aren't favorable to improving the health of overweight children.

HEART

New reports on omega-3 fatty acids: Not much “there” there
Salmon, mackerel, cod, herring. Younger women can cut their risk of cardiovascular disease in half by eating fish like these that are high in omega-3 fatty acids, Danish researchers have reported.

INTERESTING TWIST!

FDA’s Plan B policy gets an F from HHS’s Sebelius
In an unprecedented move, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has overruled a decision by the FDA to allow emergency contraception - the "morning-after pill" - to be sold over-the-counter to teenagers under 17.

PESTICIDES

Pesticides and Healh in D.C.
ACSH's trip to Capitol Hill in D.C. was a big success, report Executive Director Dr. Gilbert Ross and Director of Development and Media Jody Manley.

PHARMA

Two cheers for Drs. Bloom and Ross
In an article for Science Careers, a supplement to the journal Science, reporter Elisabeth Pain interviewed ACSH's Dr. Josh Bloom about his take on the crises in the pharmaceutical sector.

Stop your bellyaching — a new vaccine may be on the way
Norovirus, the cause of the so-called "stomach flu," or "cruise ship virus," is the second most common illness in the U.S. (the common cold is the first), and it's also the leading cause of foodborne illness.

SCARES AND CONSEQUENCES

FearsHospital, heal thyself
Leave it to Dr. Philip J. Landrigan, director of the Children's Environmental Health Center at Mount Sinai, to once again needlessly scare the American public.

FDA to re-examine BPA: A win-win despite NRDC’s exultation
Activists at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) are patting themselves on the back now that the FDA has agreed to respond to their petition demanding a ruling on bisphenol A's (BPA) health risks - or lack thereof.

Something’s rotten in Louisiana, but it’s not the fish
In Louisiana, two U.S. Senators are pushing back against the NRDC's relentless efforts to promote their usual irresponsible, unscientific claims.

SCIENTIFIC INTEGRITY

Say goodbye to a Wolfe in sheep’s clothing
While experts are frequently excluded from health and science panels due to "conflicts of interest" that result from concerns about industry funding, the FDA has made an unusual decision: to eject a panel member because of an "intellectual conflict of interest."

My Take - I give all credit to this because of global warming! All of the exposure of fraud in the “science” of climate change has made it abundantly clear that these loons with Ph.D.'s are still loons who cannot be convinced of anything other than their own particular greenie views. Views that can only be categorized as articles of faith to a neo-pseudo-pagan religion! No amount of valid science can disabuse them of their positions, so why bother? This is long overdue and needs to be expanded all throughout government, science and universities. A good start in making that happen is to eliminate government grant money! Since grant money is now the holy grail of science...not truth!.

STROKE

Treating prehypertension reduces risk of stroke
As research in cardiovascular health evolves, experts have carved out a new category for patients who have a blood pressure reading that falls into the gray area between normal and hypertensive.

VACCINATIONS

Delta skids off the runway with anti-vaccine video
Intentionally or not, Delta Airlines has put itself in league with anti-vaccine activists, airing an in-flight video segment that encourages viewers to avoid the flu vaccine.

Delta flies right again
Yesterday we criticized Delta Airlines for airing an in-flight anti-vaccine video.

Shots for everyone: Celebrate National Influenza Vaccination Week
It's National Influenza Vaccination Week

If there is a health scare today, the American Council on Science and Health will most likely have the answer by tomorrow; and for members it will appear in your e-mail. No effort on your part, except to read the answer. All that the ACSH is interested in are the facts and they are prepared to follow them wherever they lead. Who can ask for more?  Please Donate Now!

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