Let Them Eat Dirt-NOT!

Recently, Dr. Marc Siegel from the Fox News Medical A Team shared with viewers new recommendations that children should be allowed to eat dirt rather than refrain from doing so. The reason for the recommendation is that we are becoming too sterile and germaphobic. By doing so, young children are not being exposed to microorganisms that are necessary to help…

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Acupuncture and Proof

Acupuncture has been used successfully for thousands of years to heal both people and pets. Despite its impressive track record, there are many skeptics who still refuse to believe it can offer any help or have any place in modern medicine. This is because, in the mind of a skeptic, the benefits of acupuncture can’t be explained in a way…

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Toyotas and Sudden Acceleration

Since the problem of sudden acceleration in certain Toyotas has been in the news for quite some time, it’s become apparent that not all claims are legitimate. In some instances, there have been true instances of unexplained sudden acceleration. Neither the government, nor Toyota, nor independent engineers have been able to determine the cause of this potentially serious issue. In…

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My Trip to Washington DC Opens Eyes

I just recently got back from an enjoyable vacation to our nation’s capital with my family. It’s always good taking time off to visit other parts of the country. I got to see many interesting sites and enjoyed lots of good food (I LOVE seafood, and the seafood, especially the crabs, in DC are great,) there were two attractions that…

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EPA Warns of Danger with Dog/Cat Flea Products

As a result of an increased number of reports of side effects from using topical flea products, the EPA is taking steps to attempt to increase the safety of chemical flea and tick control products for cats and dogs. The EPA will review labels to determine which ones need stronger and clearer labeling statements and will also develop more testing…

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The Placebo Effect and Alternative Medicine

I recently came across a post on another blog purporting to show that there is no proof that natural/alternative therapies work. This particular blog is devoted to debunking any therapy that falls outside the mainstream. The writer of this blog constantly seeks to show that there is no proof that any natural therapy ever works or helps anyone or any…

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Fighting Finches

Unfortunately there is another new cruel sport popping up in back alleys. In addition to dogfights and cockfights, now we have finch fights. Finches, very small cute birds, can become aggressive during the mating season, especially males. Unscrupulous folks have discovered that these males will attack each other if confined in an enclosed space. As a result, another cruel sport…

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Microchipping Dangerous Dogs-a Good Idea?

A proposal in the UK calls for microchipping all dogs so that dangerous dogs will be more easily identified. A separate proposal calls for requiring pet insurance that would cover bodily damage to an innocent third party. The proposals are designed to make it easy to identify dangerous dogs and hold their owners responsible for their actions. While I tend…

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Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs and CRP-I’m Right Again

Two years ago I was having a conversation with a friend of mine who’s a big wig drug salesman for the giant pharmaceutical manufacturer Merck. He makes a lot of money selling their drugs, including their blockbuster cholesterol-lowering drug Mevacor, to large hospitals and doctor groups. I mentioned to him that elevated blood cholesterol levels were not a major cause…

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