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MORNING DISPATCH 10/10/08: Tobacco, Infections, HIV, and Rights for Plants

ACSH's harm reduction approach attracts criticism
We received many comments yesterday about our support for R.J. Reynolds' new smokeless tobacco products, some taking issue with our harm reduction approach to quitting smoking. "While, in an ideal world, getting all smokers to simply stop being addicted to nicotine would be an easily attainable goal, this is not likely to happen in the real world," reiterates ACSH's Dr. Elizabeth Whelan.

New smokeless products, which dissolve in a user's mouth to deliver an...

•In September 2009, ACSH was mentioned in venues including a National Post writer's blog ( http://ginamallet.com/2009/09/01/streep-bites-hand-that-feeds-her/ ), National Post itself, the Gazette, New York Times (a comment posted by Dr. Ross: http://timespeople.nytimes.com/view/user/48697324/activities.html ), National Post, Calgary Herald, BigHollywood.com, the Guardian, the Telegraph, NewsMax, Forbes.com, Green Grandma, Hawaii Reporter, USA Today (comment by Dr. Ross), the California Tobacco Control Program, Dailyu Herald, News-Review, CBSNews.com, Boston Globe, Tribune, North Texas e-News, Indiana Gazette, Summit Daily News,...

Environmental chemicals might or might not pose a significant risk to women s breast health, depending on which of two bizarrely conflicting USA Today articles you believe. Both articles assess the same Institute of Medicine (IOM) report on the causes of breast cancer, yet arrive at wildly different conclusions. The IOM is a group of independent experts who advise under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences; this report was commissioned by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer foundation.

One article asserts that the report demonstrates that certain lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, losing weight, and avoiding excessive use of hormone therapy and medical radiation exposure are the...

420px-Quercetin.svg_Endocrine-disruptor we at ACSH have been fighting an uphill battle against this pseudo-scientific term for years.

According to radical environmental groups and others with similar anti-chemical agendas, we are being bathed in these things and they are doing serious, chronic harm to all of us.

Nonsense, says ACSH s Dr. Josh Bloom. Those with a stake in...

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....