Public Policy

The neverending, losing war on drugs

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An article in today’s New York Times has some sobering news about the enormous narcotic addiction problem that is so prevalent in this country. Since 2010, there has been a sharp increase in deaths from heroin overdoses in New York City.

According to the Times, “The death toll from heroin has more than doubled over the last three years, presenting a growing challenge to city officials who have so far been unable to reverse the rise.” Continue reading

Policy statements from all over falsely accuse e-cigs/vapors of harm potential

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New policy statements from the WHO, the AHA, and the CDC spew baseless, distorted allegations, warning smokers not to try e-cigarettes and spreading false concerns about “second-hand vapor.” They should be ashamed for selling out. Continue reading

A doubleheader of GMO stupidity—From the two most populous countries in the world.

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Two recent stories may have rendered the old saw, “one step forward, two steps backwards” obsolete. And not by a little.

In fact, it would not be incorrect to adjust the numbers a bit. Such as: “one step forward, two-and-a-half billion steps back,” because this is the combined population of China and India—two of the places where significantly more food will be required to feed their rapidly-growing countries. Together, they comprise 36 percent of the earth’s population. Continue reading

Totally Wicked e-vapor e-liquid company fights “city hall” in the EU

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An e-cig/vapor company takes on the misguided EU “Tobacco Products Directive”. They only have science, the EU’s own treaties, and common sense behind them, but it will still be an uphill battle to save smokers. Continue reading

The DEA, narcotic abuse, and a terrible solution—which will hurt patients

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It is no secret that narcotic abuse—mostly oxycodone and hydrocodone (the ingredients in Percocet and Vicodin, respectively)—is a serious and growing problem in the US.

So, leave it to our government—the DEA in particular— to screw it up more.

Except, this time, their actions are certainly going to hurt patients with legitimate needs, and probably do little or nothing to combat the abuse problems. It may even make the problem worse.
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Opposition by public health officials to e-cigarettes encouraging smokers to keep on smoking

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There are currently about 42 million American smokers. And smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death, with 480,000 people Continue reading

Health News Update: August 18, 2014

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New study supports a change in dietary sodium targets set by govt. agencies

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American consumers ingest, on average, about 3400 milligrams of sodium every day (similar to the diets of most recorded civilizations), well above the dietary sodium targets set by US government agencies and the American Heart Association of 1500 to 2300 milligrams or lower. However, there has been much debate Continue reading

FLU FACTORIES

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Dr. Gilbert Ross in the New York Post, August 13, 2014.

As we near the start of flu season, beware: Many of the city’s top hospitals pose a serious hazard to your Continue reading

Do Patents Kill?

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A recent opinion piece in The Economist discusses a very polarizing topic—whether patents granted to pharmaceutical companies help or discourage innovation in biomedical research.

Unlike reflexive reactions of many other groups and commentators, who somehow think that it is fair to take intellectual property away from one particular industry, the Economist article recognizes that this is impossible, that is, if we ever want to see a new drug again. Continue reading




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