food and nutrition

This is what ACSH does and has done for more than four decades. We report on the science. We try to be as accurate and encompassing all the facts that we know at the time of publication. A quote within the article said that the FDA did not recommend ivermectin for an oral treatment for humans. We now know that statement to be inaccurate.

As a result of that error, two scientists associated with ACSH received very vulgar and threatening telephone messages from a caller who masked his identity, too cowardly to put his name to his opinions. 

Science is a search for truth. The truth we learn tomorrow may change what we know today. That is what science has been for the past 600 years. And it has led to great things: abundant food supplies, a cleaner environment,...

Buried deep in the December 2020 COVID relief bill was an odd provision that had nothing to do with helping Americans financially crippled by the pandemic: a regulation (p 5,139) prohibiting the U.S. Postal Service from shipping “electronic nicotine delivery devices”—e-cigarettes. The final rule, once implemented, won't prohibit all mail carriers from delivering tobacco alternatives, but it will raise the associated compliance costs. The ...

“You’re going to learn how to heat water about ten degrees.”

When you get down to brass tacks, a nuclear reactor is just a way to heat water – in fact, on my first day at the Navy’s Nuclear Power School, our first instructor came in and said, “Gentlemen (there were no women in the program at the time), over the next six months you’re going to learn how to heat water about ten degrees.” I was underwhelmed – until I learned how much water we would be heating. In any event, whether one is using a boiler, geothermal energy, or almost any other form of energy, power plants work largely the same way – energy is used to heat water to the boiling point, the steam that issues forth spins a turbine attached to a generator that produces...

The introduction of COVID vaccines created a conundrum for public health officials: the clinical trials showed that the shots effectively prevented severe illness and death, but there initially weren't enough doses to go around, and it was unclear if immunization sufficiently reduced transmission of SARS-COV-2. The only reasonable response at the time, according to federal officials, was to vaccinate the most vulnerable populations and maintain masking and social distancing guidelines.

Now that vaccine distribution is in full swing, some experts are criticizing the CDC for maintaining only slightly less restrictive guidelines for fully immunized individuals, because it signals...

Why can’t a drug approved and used in humans for 35 years, with excellent safety margins, and 3.7 billion doses administered worldwide, and with almost uniformly demonstrated benefit in all stages of COVID-19 infection, get a decent day in court? 

The most recent updated meta-analysis of worldwide ivermectin use in COVID-19 disease shows risk reductions 

  • 85 % for prophylaxis (n=8,789)
  • 81% early disease (n=1,937 subjects)
  • 43%hospitalized patients (n=6,831 subjects) 
  • 76% overall reduction in mortality (n = 7,267 subjects)  

In aggregate, this data...

“Banning menthol—the last allowable flavor—in cigarettes and banning all flavors in cigars will help save lives, particularly among those disproportionately affected by these deadly products. With these actions, the FDA will help significantly reduce youth initiation, increase the chances of smoking cessation among current smokers, and address health disparities …Together, these actions represent powerful, science-based approaches that will have an extraordinary public health impact.” FDA Statement by Acting FDA Commissioner 

Janet Woodcock, MD

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I just can't pass up a title like this. No way. Yet, there it was...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"The One Thing You Should Never Do After You Flush, New Study Says"

Allie Hogan writing for BestLife, 4/20/21

Nonetheless, the BestLife article does contain some tips that are supposed to keep you healthy. 

Ms. Hogan writes "A new study out of Florida Atlantic University's (FAU) College of Engineering...

Russell Brand is a genius comedian. I'm especially fond of his character in the film “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” a self-absorbed rock star named Aldous Snow who writes cliche ballads about saving the planet.

Recently, it seems, Brand has adopted some of his on-screen character's environmental and economic concerns. According to an April 18 YouTube video, he's especially worried about Bill Gates' efforts to promote sustainable agriculture as a means of addressing climate change. His specific concerns are that Gates and other billionaires are buying up large amounts of US farmland and spending considerable resources lobbying to support technologies like genetically engineered (GE) crops.

These efforts, the comedian...

As always, the data from this comes from Our World in Data, and it reflects the current data as of May 1st

With nearly half of our population partially vaccinated, perhaps a partial victory lap is in order. The significant difference in our results versus the EU can be attributed to the real and perceived difficulties with the AstraZeneca vaccine – and they are the last bright spot on the horizon. Globally we have 7.7% partially vaccinated and a long way to go.

 

Here is the...

Red Lawhern Ph.D., a healthcare writer and member of the ACSH Board of Advisors, has repeatedly demanded that CDC respond to their many critics who have pointed out that the 2016 US CDC guidelines on opioid prescribing to adults with chronic non-cancer pain are contradicted both by science and the CDC's own statistics. He has received responses but they are just form letters. Here is the latest (I've even added my own translation of the CDC response. No extra charge).

** NOTE - The text in bold is taken directly from the email that Dr. Lawhern received. 

CDC: Thank you for your suggestion to CDC-INFO.

JB Translation: Seriously? You really expected this to be read by a human? 

 

CDC: Your...