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Nice work if you can get it. Imagine what cosmetic companies must do to get the "clean stamp" from the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a perennial target of ACSH because of its weak science (but robust finances - more on that later)

Since 2004, EWG's Skin Deep® cosmetic database has helped people protect themselves from potentially toxic chemicals in personal care and beauty

EWG Cosmetics and Personal Care Site

The EWG can't tell a toxic chemical from a badminton shuttlecock

Josh Bloom, ACSH Site

If you're wondering what business an environmental group has rating the safety of 10,500 personal care products, so...

(March 5, 2020)

Riding the New York City subway is a rather gruesome experience on a good day. And there is no such thing as a good day. They are all bad or worse.

I've managed to avoid the wretched thing since the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, but today I had no choice. Following is my trip report. I hope it goes viral. 

 

1. The Dreaded 6 Train

Stepping onto a 6 is like stepping into some kind of Alice In Wonderland portal where everything’s a little smaller and pushed closer together. Every New York City Subway Line Ranked

New Yorkers have long been passionately arguing about which of the 36 lines that "serve" the...

The source of today's information comes from a series of interviews with various members of what constitutes our Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), an amalgamation of many government agencies. It is in response to a call by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) to understand how well the SNS functions. All qualitative, no p-values. The authors found problems in governance, command and control, data management, "market" intelligence, and risk expertise. 

            "obsession with cost and profit has now infiltrated our sense of public health and how we are going to take care of each other in the most dire circumstances." Tara O'Toole Chair [1]

In 2018, NASEM [1] found...

In early April I wrote about a potential coronavirus drug that could be given in pill form. This would automatically vault N-hydroxycytidine (NHC) into the lead in the race to find better anti-coronavirus treatments while the world waits for a vaccine, which may or may not work. NHC inhibits viral replication by the same mechanism as remdesivir (and other antiviral drugs) but is orally active (can be given in pill form). More or less. (More on that later.)

NHC, like a number of other antiviral drugs, is a chain-terminating nucleoside (a nitrogenous base connected to a sugar - ribose or deoxyribose) analog that acts by binding strongly to...

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the “American food supply is among the safest in the world.” But if you read the media's recent reports about toxic metals in baby food, you may feel otherwise.

“95% of tested baby foods in the US contain toxic metals ....” CNN reported on October 18. “There's a strong chance your baby's food contains traces of toxic heavy metals, including arsenic and lead, according to a new study,” NBC likewise told readers....

Is using acupuncture to treat pain in soldiers, even in combat, a good idea? No, it's not, for reasons that I will explain below. But first, in case you're in the mood for some propaganda that is worthy of Pravda then take a look at an article in Health.mil, which recommends that acupuncture should be used to "help" injured soldiers, even during combat. 

It should come as no surprise that the article features Dr. Richard Niemtzow, who is the editor in chief of Medical Acupuncture and the inventor of BFA (battlefield acupuncture) and also runs a weekend clinic,...

U.S. Right To Know is a small marketing group devoted primarily to endorsing the organic food process and undermining conventional agriculture. Nearly 100 percent of their funding comes from organic food companies, and they seem to believe that for organic food to be cost-effective, regular farming has to become more expensive. (1) Like Sourcewatch, Mother Jones and a few others, they are what the science community calls Deniers For Hire, the junkyard dogs of politically partisan anti-science groups. They hate farmers, and they hate affordable energy, but they hate scientists and doctors most of all. (2)

Now, they are not paid to be ethical, they are paid to get results for their clients, so since they are stuck blogging on Huffington Post we...

Carrie Fisher’s tragic death after last week’s inflight medical emergency is sadly an all too familiar occurrence.  In fact, upticks of cardiac-related deaths on Christmas and New Year’s, in particular, are well-documented. 

This is often referred to as the “holiday effect” with the ‘why’ being unknown and most elusive, but speculated to range from any or a combination of the following:  abrupt behavioral changes albeit dietary, alcohol, exercise, work or vacation-induced, stress secondary to travel itself or familial discord or preparations, financial issues, capacity for displacement of death, delayed access to medical care due to remote locations, being en...

"Although everybody with a political agenda routinely professes great respect for the wisdom of the American people, the actual behaviors reveal not respect but thinly veiled contempt."

W. T. Anderson, Reality Isn't What It Used to Be: Theatrical Politics, Ready-to-Wear Religion, Global Myths, Primitive Chic, and Other Wonders of the Postmodern World (New York: Harper & Row, 1993)
In the imposing main building of my alma mater, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, stands a frieze honoring the immortals of science: Archimedes, Newton, and Pasteur, among others. It reminds those who enter that science and its practitioners can profoundly change the world and our understanding of it.

Somewhere perhaps in a dark, dank...

“Overeating isn’t fueling obesity, it’s too many carbohydrates in our diet, researchers say,” Fox News reported on June 7. Despite its recent vintage, the story outlined the arguments advanced by Harvard endocrinologist Dr. David Ludwig and several co-authors in a December 2021 opinion piece for the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Their thesis is well known by this point, but for anyone who hasn't followed the diet wars, the argument goes like this: people necessarily overeat when they gain weight, but overeating is not the ultimate cause of weight gain. Instead, obesity is primarily a hormonal...