The Hidden Dangers of Tattoos

The Hidden Dangers of Tattoos

Along with a growing movement of consumers turning their backs on GMO and processed foods, toxic pesticides, mandatory vaccinations, mercury dental amalgams and fluoride treated drinking water, another and curiously contradictory trend is also sweeping the country…

Americans Are on More Drugs Than Ever

Americans Are on More Drugs Than Ever

If you’re a U.S. adult and don’t regularly take a prescription drug, you’re now in the minority, according to a survey of nearly 2,000 U.S. adults by Consumer Reports.1 The revealing sample found that more than half of U.S. adults regularly take prescription medications, and the average adult takes four.

Brenda Fitzgerald Eyed for CDC Director Post

Brenda Fitzgerald Eyed for CDC Director Post

The Trump administration is reportedly expected to appoint Brenda Fitzgerald, MD as the new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A decision on Dr. Fitzgerald has not been finalized. According to a recent report by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution…

Malaria Burden Worldwide Has Dropped Without Vaccines

Malaria Burden Worldwide Has Dropped Without Vaccines

It is a common position taken by vaccination proponents that vaccines deserve all the credit for the worldwide decrease in incidence and mortality from communicable diseases since the early 1900s. Last month, vaccines were credited with saving nearly a half million lives since 1963, in the U.S. alone. This popular stance glosses over such contributing factors as management of sewage…

EpiPen’s Notorious Marketing Model

EpiPen’s Notorious Marketing Model

It’s a great business model: Start (or find) a life-threatening trend, develop (or acquire) a product absolutely necessary to counteract that trend, then gradually raise the cost until you find the highest price the market will bear. No wonder Mylan, the company that owns the EpiPen, is being compared—and unfavorably yet—to Turing Pharmaceuticals and its former chief executive Marti Shkreli, the man…

There’s Measles and Zika. Then There is Autism.

There’s Measles and Zika. Then There is Autism.

When you look at all the drama behind the 189 reported cases of measles1 in the United States last year and the recent daily reporting on the Zika virus, it is reasonable to question the priorities of our country’s public health officials and media. No one died from measles in the U.S. and…

Leaky Vaccines: More Than a Farmer’s Nightmare?

Here’s the quote, as provided to The Washington Post: “To me, it doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t use imperfect vaccines,” says Andrew Read, Evan Pugh Professor of Biology and Entomology and Eberly Professor in Biotechnology at Penn State University, “Let’s say we become certain that a malarial vaccine is going to drive the evolution of more dangerous malarial…

Consumer Reports Looks at Arsenic in Food

Over the last several years, various studies from Consumer Reports have shown “worrisome” levels of arsenic in many mainstay foods commonly fed to children, including—of all things—fruit juices and organic baby cereal. Consumer Reports researchers first tested the arsenic levels in apple juice after Dr. Mehmet Oz alerted his viewers that arsenic levels in 10 of 36…

Doctors Going to Work Sick, Putting Patients at Risk

In case you didn’t know, patients may not be the only sick people in the room when they go visit the doctor’s office. A study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics designed to understand how often and why physicians and advanced practice clinicians work while sick found that 94% of respondents believed that working while sick puts…

Sugar Nation: Is Sugar the New Alcohol?

It is a common misconception to associate cirrhosis of the liver with alcohol abuse, but the truth is that more and more people who either don’t drink alcohol at all, or drink very little, are being diagnosed with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), which can range in severity from simple excess fat in the liver to cirrhosis or end-stage liver disease. The disorder has…