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Screen Shot 2014-02-21 at 1.48.56 PMHere we go again. Mixing science with politics. We all know how well that works.

Yet, Paul Joseph Watson, writing on Infowars.com manages to do just this with a side order of chemical scares tossed in, and the result is predicable a big mess.

Watson identifies ten ways that men are being emasculated. The first two have to do with the seismic shift in the balance between the sexes all because of chemicals in the environment.

These are...

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), was recently interviewed by Bret Baier of Fox News about the worrying spread of Zika in Florida. (The video is embedded at the bottom of this post.)

He made an excellent point about public health policy that is very much worth highlighting.

Mr. Baier asked (starting at the 1:59 mark) what Dr. Fauci thought about research in mice that suggested Zika may adversely affect adult brains. He responded:

"I think we should be careful about making the connection between that study in a mouse model and anything that we're seeing with the adults, in which we have thousands and thousands of cases of human adults who are infected with no apparent deleterious...

Screen Shot 2013-11-08 at 12.36.26 PMACSH gives a big shoutout to Julia Llewellyn Smith, for her brilliant commentary in The Guardian on the latest (and certainly not last) diet fad du jour gluten free (fill in the blank).

Ms. Smith, who sounds exactly like an ACSH staffer, takes no prisoners in her scathing look at the overwhelmingly silly trend to rid the planet...

Screen Shot 2014-02-12 at 2.27.19 PMLet s say that you have gotten your first two HPV shots, but don t get your third, perhaps because you are stuck in Scotland waiting for the next appearance of the Loch Ness Monster. Or too busy wiping the BPA off your cash register receipts in order to prolong your life (these two are equally likely).

Fear not. Although not as good as three, two shots are vastly superior to none.

A recent study of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm concludes...

There has been a long history of ridiculous fearmongering by environmental activists masquerading as health experts. BPA, MSG, Alar, DDT, and food coloring are just a handful of chemicals that fell prey to overblown fears or outright fabrications. Today, the whipping boy that takes the brunt of the unfounded chemophobic assault on science is the herbicide glyphosate.

Glyphosate is demonized primarily for one reason: Monsanto. To many of its irrational detractors, who refer to the company as "Monsatan," anything the company touches is, by definition, evil. The seed giant genetically engineered some of its crops to be resistant to glyphosate so that farmers could spray it on their fields; the crops would survive while the weeds were destroyed. It's not a perfect solution. For...

In an op-ed for Forbes, Angela Logomasini, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, takes the EPA to task for attempting to skirt the standard regulatory system on chemical regulation. She describes an insidious new policy called Design for the Environment, which is effectively restricting certain substances by putting pressure on manufacturers to voluntarily remove them from the market. By doing so, the agency has seemingly adopted the precautionary principle, using fear instead of science as a criterion for regulation.

What Logomasini would instead have the EPA attend to is the critical difference between hazard and risk....

Last week, the respected scientific journal Nature published a superb editorial castigating the Breast Cancer Coalition, a nonprofit ostensibly devoted to reducing the toll of breast cancer. The editorial pointed out that the goal put forward by the BCC, to cure breast cancer by 2020 was irresponsible, given the complexity of cancer in general and breast cancer specifically.

Somehow, the chief spokesperson of the Natural Resources Defense Council, Dr. Jennifer Sass, tries to trick anyone who reads her blog into swallowing the falsehood that...

vaccinationChildhood contagions, such as measles, polio, meningitis and pertussis (whooping cough) can threaten the lives of people from all economic backgrounds. But despite the overwhelming evidence backing the safety and efficacy of vaccinations, people in the upper socioeconomic strata of our society seem to be hopping on the anti-vaccine bandwagon at an alarming rate. With percentages of vaccination exemptions increasing in...

Zika is either a looming threat for the United States or the biggest health scare since Swine Flu BPA Trans Fats Bird Flu SARS Cell Phones Glyphosate Bacon Ebola.

Right now, all cases have been sexually transmitted, which, if you are in science and not mainstream media, is actually a lot scarier than mosquitoes. But if mosquitoes are about to become the big threat for Zika transmission in the U.S., the obvious answer to prevent that is killing the ecologically-useless bugs using pesticides.

Yet environmentalists have already begun invoking "Agent Orange" and claiming if we kill these bugs we are going to get prostate cancer, because that is the kind of scary thing they do to raise...

We routinely write about phony chemical scares. Thanks to know-nothings, groups with agendas, and the press, the mere mention of BPA, which is about as close to harmless as chemicals get, sends people into a frenzy. Some will go to great lengths to avoid it, such as refusing to touch cash register receipts.

But, there is nothing phony about phosphine—the gas that recently killed four children in Texas. Phosphine is a real poison and a very potent one at that. Most chemists will go their entire careers without ever using it.

This accident provides an unfortunate opportunity to examine the chemistry of what happened.

Tragically, and inadvertently, a father, who had spread aluminum phosphide under his home to kill insects,  caused the accident by...