Month: March 2022

TREATMENT STRATEGIES: LONG-STANDING PROCEDURES MUST OFTEN BE CHALLENGED.

Sadly, the annals of history are littered with failed “treatments” of all sorts that, at the time, seemed logical, but when subjected to the crucible of scientific confirmation, proved to be not only ineffective, but often downright dangerous! Examples of such foolishness, although too numerous to list, extend from such procedures as blood-letting for many …

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ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF POLITICS VERSUS SCIENCE: USE OF MEDICATIONS TO TERMINATE PREGNANCIES

 In order to adhere to the requirements of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), before prescribing a medications to abort pregnancies in the first 10-11 weeks, physicians have been compelled first to perform a pelvic examination or ultrasound test for pregnancy. These examinations require an in-person clinic visit, which can be burdensome, expensive, and …

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CONFUSED ABOUT EGGS? HERE IS THE LATEST RESEARCH

While eggs provide a rich source of nutrients, their considerable cholesterol content has lead to the hypothesis that increased egg consumption could put individuals at risk for poor cardiovascular outcomes. This hypothesis has been controversial, with different guidelines taking diverging approaches to egg intake, and prior meta-analyses providing inconclusive results. Now a recent systematic review …

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“Stand Your Ground” Self-defense Laws: Do they “stand up” to scientific analysis?

Many US states have amended self-defense laws to enhance legal immunities for individuals using deadly force in public. Despite concerns that “stand your ground” (SYG) laws might unnecessarily encourage the use of deadly force, their impact on violent deaths and how this varies across states and demographic groups remains unclear. This raises important questions:  Are …

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GLUTEN AND MENTAL FUNCTION: ANOTHER MYTH DESTROYED

Gluten is a protein present in wheat, barley, and rye. It is a ubiquitous component of Western diet, with an estimated intake averaging about one to five teaspoons/day. In celiac disease, gluten triggers severe immune responses that cause intestinal damage. In addition to severe gastrointestinal disruption, this immune reaction has been linked to multiple neuropsychiatric …

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