The deeply flawed American health system

Among many reports on problems in the American health system was a new study published in Health Affairs. The study found that 50 U.S. hospitals have been charging uninsured patients ten times and more than they should have. All but one are for-profit institutions. The most overcharging hospitals are located in Florida, followed by New […]

Threat to banana crop teaches a lesson on lack of crop diversity

Sixty years ago a banana-killing fungus decimated plantations across Latin America. Today a new strain threatens to wipe out world production once again. It may turn out to be concern over nothing. Free markets have proven to be quite resilient in the face of crop scares that frequently make headline news. In recent years the […]

Feinstein pushing FDA crackdown on home-based soap makers

Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) have introduced a bill called the ‘Personal Care Products Safety Act’ (SB 1014) that, according to Feinstein, would “make the world a safer place,” (for the multinational companies that enthusiastically support her bill). This jolly bi-partisan bill would not place an outright ban on home-based soap […]

Avian flu devastating U.S. poultry supply

Have you wondered why poultry has lately become the best meat buy in the U.S? Undoubtedly, the primary reason is because a devastating avian flu, the most virulent strain called H5N2,  is sweeping the country with no end in sight. The flu epidemic was first identified in Boise, Idaho in back yard chickens. The count of dead […]

Sheepdog sisters spread cheer in a troubled world

Sheepdog sisters Sophie and Sarah are real sisters (and real dogs). Unlike many human sisters, sibling rivalry is not a part of their lives and they are inseparable. As models who spend much of their time posing for unforgettable photographs, they are so busy they don’t even have time to worry about bad hair days. The mission […]

Is ADHD an invention, or is it real?

Radio host/ philosopher Joe Rogan recently conducted an interesting interview with psychological expert Andrew Hill, PhD, about the growing ‘problem’ of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children. Is ADHD real, or simply an inventive diagnosis requiring a drug to subdue and induce conformity in bored, active or artistic children? ‘Attention deficit’ implies there is something wrong with […]

Big-Pharma mind-altering drug use: where and why?

Every day, about 19 percent of Americans take one or more mind-altering drugs, according to a new poll from Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. But some states have more users than others. W.Virginia tops the American list with 3 of 10 people taking drugs that sound much more innocent than Oxycontin or Oxycodone, but are mind/mood-altering just the same. […]

Superbugs flying from factory farms

Superbugs have gone airborne, announced researchers at Texas Tech University. Antibiotic-resistant genes evolving in crowded feedlots have escaped to the air and are now capable of traveling long distances, said the scientists, who have been analyzing the particulate matter blowing over the Texas Panhandle and South Plains from the facilities. The researchers found that the particulates blowing downwind from the feedlots […]

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* Broccoli compound for prostate cancer?—New research has identified one of the key cancer-fighting mechanisms for sulforaphane (found in cruciferous vegetables). The research indicates that this much studied phytochemical may be able to move beyond cancer prevention and toward therapeutic use for advanced prostate cancer. The study suggests that a suforaphane compound may alter gene […]

Cheaper and healthier household cleaning tips

According to researchers from the University of Melbourne in Australia, many common household products labeled “green,” “all natural,” “non-toxic,” and even “organic,” often contain substances harmful to health. The researchers analyzed 37 such consumer products including cleaning, personal care, laundry and air freshening commodities, testing for 156 volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Forty-two of the products […]