Health

Trump reverses decision on vaping ban

Featured image President Trump has decided not to move forward with a ban on most flavored e-cigarettes. The mainstream media is certain that Trump made this decision for a bad reason, but it can’t make up its collective mind what that reason was. Some organs say Trump balked at the ban because his supporters like to vape. Some say he balked because the ban would have cost people jobs. Some attribute Trump’s »

The anti-vaping campaign gains momentum

Featured image Consumption of cigarettes is the leading cause of preventable death in this country. David Abrams, a professor at New York University’s College of Global Public Health, estimates that 1,300 people die from smoking every day. The life expectancy of a cigarette smoker is said to be a decade less than someone who has never smoked. Vaping is a method of taking in nicotine, via e-cigarettes, that unlike smoking cigarettes, does »

Washington Post glibly dismisses mental illness as cause of mass shootings

Featured image It seems to me that any rational person would intuit a connection between mental illness and mass killings. However, the anti-gun left wants to deny the connection so that all blame can be placed on guns and white supremacy ideology. The Washington Post follows this agenda-driven line in an article called (in the paper edition) “Studies: Mental illness isn’t to blame.” The article is rubbish. Post reporters William Wan and »

On the two mass shootings

Featured image Two cases of mass murder in one weekend have caused commentators once again to inspect the writings of the murderers for political content. The goal, as always, is to assign blame to one side or the other in our political divide. In the case of El Paso, the murderer’s writings are anti-immigrant, but also apparently socialist in some respects. In the case of Dayton, the writings reportedly are avowedly socialist, »

Two perspectives on JUUL

Featured image Last week, Congress held two days of hearings on JUUL, the maker of a vaping product that can be, and very often is, used as an alternative to cigarettes. JUUL’s product provides the nicotine that attracts people to cigarettes (and addicts them), but not the tar and other carcinogens that kill them. Two well known House members offered clashing perspectives on vaping. The first came from Rashida Tlaib, the deranged, »

Is Trump causing Latinas to give birth prematurely?

Featured image The Washington Post wants us to believe he is. It cites several studies that apparently show an increase in premature births from Latinas since President Trump took office. Deep in the article we read an important disclaimer: Scott Sullivan, a maternal-fetal medicine professor at the Medical University of South Carolina, who was not involved in the study, cautioned against blaming Trump’s election. “The study doesn’t show that. It’s shows a »

Liberal Social Darwinism In Action

Featured image I think it was our pal Charles Kesler who once remarked that “Social Darwinism” was the only kind of Darwinism that liberals oppose, though to be sure it is actually the progressive left that the label “Social Darwinism” fits most accurately. In any case, the liberals of Seattle seem determined to give Darwinian survival of the fittest a good workout. From NPR this week: Washington State Officials Declare State Of »

Youth smoking plummeted with advent of vaping

Featured image I’ve written several posts about e-cigarettes — i.e., vaping. I consider them the most effective response to the enormous public health problem posed by cigarette smoking — the leading cause of preventable death in this country. Vaping offers a relatively healthy alternative for smokers who want to be done with cigarettes (as a great many smokers desire, but haven’t been able to accomplish). They deliver the nicotine that attracts people »

FDA comes to the aid of Big Tobacco and limousine liberals

Featured image Earlier this week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) threatened to pull e-cigarettes from shelves if manufacturers do not control “widespread” teen use. Tobacco stocks surged on the news. Shares of Altria rose more nearly 7 percent to their best day since November, 2008. Philip Morris International increased about 3 percent. British American Tobacco shares increased nearly 6 percent to their best day since December, 2008. This is no coincidence. »

Smoking declines, vaping to “blame”

Featured image I have written about e-cigarettes. I consider them the most effective response to the enormous public health problem posed by cigarette smoking — the leading cause of preventable death in this country. E-cigarettes offer a relatively healthy alternative for smokers who want to be done with cigarettes (as a great many smokers desire, but haven’t been able to accomplish). They deliver the nicotine that attracts people to cigarettes (and addicts »

The case for vaping recognized

Featured image Smoking remains an enormous public health problem in the U.S. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in this country. According to some studies, more than half of longtime smokers will die from smoking-related complications. David Abrams, a professor at New York University’s College of Global Public Health, estimates that 1,300 people die from smoking every day. The life expectancy of a cigarette smoker is said to be »

Misdiagnosing the opioid crisis

Featured image According to the Maryland Department of Health, a record 2,282 people died in Maryland from unintentional drug-and-alcohol-related intoxication in 2017. That’s more than double the number of such deaths in Maryland in 2014. Keep that year in mind. 88 percent of the intoxication deaths in Maryland in 2017 were opioid-related. Opioid-related deaths include deaths due to heroin, prescription opioids, and nonpharmaceutical fentanyl. Large increases in the number of fentanyl-related deaths »

Going Postal Revisited

Featured image Anyone remember the phrase “going postal”? It arose from the spate in incidents starting in the 1980s when disgruntled former postal workers, in at least 11 separate incidents, returned to a postal facility and shot up the place, killing 35 people according to Wikipedia. The phrase became common currently for workplace violence which spread beyond post offices, and sometimes the phrase was used casually, as in “I just might go »

Liberal Dems oppose breakthrough anti-smoking technology

Featured image Smoking remains an enormous public health problem in the U.S. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in this country. According to some studies, more than half of longtime smokers will die from smoking-related complications. David Abrams, a professor at New York University’s College of Global Public Health, estimates that 1,300 people die from smoking every day. E-cigarettes offer a partial solution to this perennial health crisis. They »

And Now for Something Completely Different: Stop Whining, Drink Wine!

Featured image We’ve long known that red wine reduces the risk of heart attacks and several other ailments, which is why daily consumption of red wine is part of my health regimen. But did you know wine also makes you smarter? It’s settled science! At least according to a new book, Neuroenology: How the Brain Creates the Taste of Wine, by Gordon Shepherd. Mike Meisner of Napa Valley’s Last Bottle Bar summarizes »

Inadvertent comic relief from Al Franken at the Price hearing

Featured image At Tom Price’s hearing yesterday, the Democrats focused on alleged ethics problems. One involved the purchase of Zimmer Biomet stock. John has discussed this purchase which was directed by Price’s stockbroker as part of ongoing management of the congressman’s investments. A second involved the purchase of Innate Immunotherapeutics, an Australian biotech company. The decision to make this purchase was Price’s. There is a dispute between Price and Sen. Patty Murray »

Mental Floss: Everything You Know Is Wrong

Featured image “Everything You Know Is Wrong” is the prospective title of a book I’ve long wanted to write about why the conventional wisdom about everything almost invariably turns out to be wrong. We’re seen it with all manner of diet advice, such as salt, low-fat fads, and so forth. (Turns out there are already a couple of books with this title and similar themes, so I’m late to the party I »