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Drug Addiction: Learning From Elsewhere

A recent blog was created by my cousin, Sheila Kennedy, attorney, formerly candidate for the U.S. Congress, and prior executive director of the Indiana Division of the ACLU. She writes excellent blogs that I highly recommend. The one noted below can be found with the following link: https://sheilakennedy.net/2022/05/learning-from-portugal/ It addresses our ubiquitous problem of drug …

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DO WE REALLY NEED ROE V WADE? View from a Medical Perspective

Those who oppose voluntary termination of pregnancies usually call their movement “right to life.” But if asked how they define life, the answers are quite diverse. Does life begin with the fusion of two cells at the time of fertilization? At the time of a fully developed baby’s arrival? Or any time outside of these …

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Sleeping Pill Myths

The stress of the pandemic may left one tossing and turning at bedtime, frequently awakening. In a 2021 systematic review, researchers reported that 36 percent of people in the U.S. and 12 other countries have experienced sleep problems during the pandemic, and, according to a 2021 report from the American Psychological Association, 32 percent of …

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THE GOLO DIET: ANOTHER OVER-HYPED WEIGHT LOSS PLAN

According to its promoters, as constantly bombarded on TV, on the Golo plan you’ll reduce your caloric intake through a standard diet combined with a supplement that is purchased from the producer. The Golo diet, also known as the Golo Metabolic Plan, was launched in 2009. According to the diet’s official website, it was developed …

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Reap the Rewards of Intermittent Fasting, and Avoid the Downsides

I t has long been known that what and how much you eat can influence your weight and risk of chronic illness. Now researchers are focusing on the effects of when you eat. Studies suggest that intermittent fasting—typically, eating only during an 8-hour period or eating only every other day—could have many potential benefits, including improvements …

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THE REMARKABLE ADAPTABILITY OF SCIENCE

One constant feature of science is its ability to change in response to the incessant flow of new data. Behind every game-changing scientific discovery lay failed hypotheses, misguided assumptions, and experimental dead ends. None of these speed bumps should be scoffed at, because the road to every “Eureka!” moment is paved with scientific failures. Each …

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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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