The Worst Patients in the World

GOSIA HERBA Americans are hypochondriacs, yet we skip our checkups. We demand drugs we don’t need, and fail to take the ones we do. No wonder the U.S. leads the world in health spending. by DAVID H. FREEDMAN I was standing two feet away when my 74-year-old father slugged an emergency-room doctor who was trying to get a blood-pressure cuff around his arm. I wasn’t totally surprised: An accomplished scientist who was sharp as a tack right to the end, my father had nothing but disdain for the entire U.S. health-care system, which he believed piled on tests and treatments … Continue reading The Worst Patients in the World

Your body is a temple: Are you keeping it clean? Learn more by checking out the new film Secret Ingredients

by: Ethan Huff (Natural News) Did you know that at least 80 percent of the American food supply is now contaminated with glyphosate, the primary cancer-causing ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide? It’s true, and every time you eat something containing glyphosate, you greatly increase your risk of developing cancer or some other serious chronic illness – if you aren’t already afflicted with one or more glyphosate-induced diseases, as millions of Americans unknowingly are. In the eye-opening new film Secret Ingredients by Jeffrey Smith and Amy Hart, the subject of glyphosate contamination in the food supply is brought center stage, as doctors and other … Continue reading Your body is a temple: Are you keeping it clean? Learn more by checking out the new film Secret Ingredients

Are Nutritional Supplements a Waste of Money?

Credit: Getty Images The FDA is stepping up its oversight of the $50 billion nutritional supplement industry By Nutrition Diva Monica Reinagel The FDA recently announced that it plans to increase its oversight of the multi-billion dollar supplement industry. This would include everything from the calcium and multivitamins at your local drug store, to those questionable weight loss and virility supplements pitched on late night cable TV stations. According to the FDA, “Three out of every four American consumers take a dietary supplement on a regular basis. For older Americans, the rate rises to four in five. And one in three children … Continue reading Are Nutritional Supplements a Waste of Money?

Human Drugs Are Polluting the Water—And Animals Are Swimming in It

ESTHER AARTS Salmon on psychotropics, platypuses on prozac, and other strange tales from the wild by REBECCA GIGGS What impels small salmon, called smolts, out of their nursery brooks to the ocean? Across thousands of miles, the fish transmogrify from fingerlings into trollish adults—hook-jawed, toothy, and, in the case of many males, humpbacked. Though reversing the journey does not rescind their metamorphosis, the big fish famously return, waggling against currents, vaulting over dams, and pushing together, like a blade, toward the very gravel beds where, years earlier, they hatched. The salmon “pulse,” as some people describe this recurrent migration, is … Continue reading Human Drugs Are Polluting the Water—And Animals Are Swimming in It

How did one woman wielding FAKE SCIENCE manage to fool so many supposedly “smart” leaders in the business community?

By Vicki Batts Theranos and its female founder, Elizabeth Holmes were widely promoted as the would-be future of feminism and medical technology. But as it turned out, her promises of life-changing technology in the world of blood testing were empty, and the science she based her entire company on was fraudulent. How did one woman fool so many people, for such a long period of time? The answer is simple: Holmes was giving the media what they wanted (a female icon)  and over-eager investors simply don’t know enough about science to ask the right questions. The age-old adage, “If it’s … Continue reading How did one woman wielding FAKE SCIENCE manage to fool so many supposedly “smart” leaders in the business community?

Do antidepressants work?

Photo by Robert Brook/Science Photo Library Depression is a very complex disorder and we simply have no good evidence that antidepressants help sufferers to improve by Jacob Stegenga is a lecturer in philosophy of science at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of Medical Nihilism (2018). He lives in Cambridge. Edited by Sam Haselby Your grief and guilt overwhelm you. You are so tired you cannot think straight. Your simple joys are lost in an invisible agony. You have pain in your head and back and stomach, real pain. The swamp of your soul suffocates you with despair. All this … Continue reading Do antidepressants work?

PLACEBOS CAN CURE DEPRESSION. SO WHY DON’T WE USE THEM MORE OFTEN?

by Isabelle Kohn Fake drugs have been shown to be at least as effective as antidepressants at treating mental illness, so why does your prescription still say ‘Prozac’? Katie Peabody held the glistening, impossibly airy Entenmann’s chocolate donut up to her mouth knowing one of two things were about to happen: Either she’d finish it and go about her day like nothing ever happened, or the chocolate in its sticky, mud-brown frosting would make her go blind. A doctor had warned her about the possibility of this side effect early on. It was 1988, and she was a research subject … Continue reading PLACEBOS CAN CURE DEPRESSION. SO WHY DON’T WE USE THEM MORE OFTEN?