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Hidden Dangers of the Meat Industry

Published: May 2, 2011

We Americans enjoy cheap food. When corporations become “farmers” or “ranchers” their economies of scale can produce substantial savings to the consumer in price. Unfortunately, the industry has prices that are distorted in several ways. The meat we eat has government subsidies distorting its accounting. Large costs to society from in business-as-usual read more »

Lies, Dammed Lies, And Statistics

Published: March 16, 2011

So goes the saying of what types of lies there are. While stats may not always represent falsehoods, they are always capable of being misleading. This was pointed out with great clarity by New Scientist magazine in an article worthy of examination from their 2/12/11 issue. Rudy Giuliani, while running for president said that the chance of a man surviving read more »

Have You Heard of Fluoridation, Mandrake?

Published: January 19, 2011

Putting fluoride in America’s drinking water is considered one of the greatest health successes of the 20th century, but it has had its detractors. Most, however, have been less vehement than General Jack D. Ripper, who’s suspected pollution of our “precious bodily fluids” led to a nuclear attack on the USSR in Stanley Kubrick’s classic black read more »

Circumcision Can Help Stop Cervical Cancer

Published: January 13, 2011

Although the removal of the penile foreskin has been a religious practice for millennia (it is not only a Jewish ritual but a Muslim one as well) it has come under attack in recent decades as being both unnecessary from a heath standpoint and somewhat detrimental to sexual pleasure. The pendulum began swinging back in favor of circumcision in recent read more »

Something Else to be Worried About

Published: December 15, 2010

The breeding of superbugs resistant to antibiotics is a terrifying development. In the US, staph infections are more problematic now than ever, as are gastrointestinal illnesses derived from Clostridium dificile, and many other bacterial diseases. In other countries there are often few restrictions on antibiotic use, so they are thrown at colds, flu, read more »

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