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A painful recommendation by the American Academy of Neurology

There is no doubt that the use and abuse of opioids—narcotics related to morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, etc. is on the rise. There is also no doubt that the rate of addiction and overdose deaths are also headed upward.

So, what do you do about it? And, does what you’re doing make sense?

The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) thinks that it has a solution—stringent restrictions in the legal use of narcotic painkiller. Continue reading

Ho Hum. Blum is Glum

Here she goes again. Deborah Blum couldn’t resist bemoaning the state of our environment—this time, trace chemicals in water. In her New York Times Sept 25th blog, “A Rising Tide of Contaminants,” Blum seems to be trying to convince us that we are drinking pure poison. If followed to its logical conclusion, one might wonder why anyone is still alive. Continue reading

ACSH Trustee Dr. Paul Offit in the WSJ on Anti-Vaccination Foolishness

We at ACSH have always considered ourselves to be honored to have a man such as Dr. Paul Offit on our board of trustees. His fierce commitment to public health, as well as his contributions to vaccine research makes him nothing short of a hero to our organization, and many others. Continue reading

Antibiotic Crisis: Obama Cares?

In the “twenty years too late is better than nothing” department, the antibiotic crisis is squarely in the news today after President Obama issued an executive order that will establish a new inter-agency task force for the sole purpose of developing a national strategy to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Continue reading

Want to really reduce climate impacts? Don’t fear fracking, promote nuclear instead!

An op-ed in today’s New York Daily News calls for attention to be paid — to nuclear energy. This would help fill our energy needs without any impact on climate. It is posited as a message to the masses streaming to New York for the climate march this Sunday. Continue reading

Water pollution not from fracking, it seems — neither are “health” effects

Fracking news, pro (water “contamination” not frack-related) and con (junk survey alleging health effects among nearby residents) Continue reading

Whole Foods’ Anti-GMO Swindle

Every now and then, someone really gets it.

This past June, it was Alex Berezow, the founding editor of RealClearSciencewhose piece The Lies that Whole Foods Tells blew the doors off of Whole Foods and their less-than-truthful marketing practices.

This time, it is Michael Schulson, whose new piece in The Daily Beast addresses the same topic from a somewhat different angle, and none too gently. It is a must read for anyone who is confused by, or on the fence on the GM food controversy. Continue reading

Gov. Nixon’s e-cigarette veto: harming smokers, not protecting kids

Gov. Nixon’s e-cigarette veto: harming smokers, not protecting kids

Gilbert Ross, M.D

The American Council on Science and Health Continue reading

Lancet asks if e-cigarettes are a “smokescreen.” We ask, why is Horton still working there?

The Lancet just had to get its word in on the “e-cigarette controversy.” Its editorial — written we’re sure by editor-in-chief Richard Horton — toes the W.H.O. line of alarmism and hyper-precaution about this ground-breaking technology. No surprise, given his history.    Continue reading

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


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