Science and Medicine

A Catalog of Information on GMOs, Monsanto, and Related Topics

By on January 2, 2016 in Science and Medicine with 5 Comments

There seems to be a prevalent myth that, when it comes to GMOs, Monsanto, and related topics, there is an “information gap,” that is, that these issues simply haven’t been studied enough, or that they haven’t been studied in any truly comprehensive or long-term manner. The Internet has become a sort of “Wild West” when it comes to information: Anyone can publish anything they like. Sensational headlines trend. Dense scientific papers don’t. Conflicts of interest can be hard to identify. Charlatans, snake oil peddlers, quacks, and people who don’t realize that anecdotes don’t qualify as evidence, have free reign to produce articles that prey upon some of your deepest fears and appeal to the less-than-logical elements of the human brain, leading you to make potentially fatal decisions.

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On the Practice of Medicine and Humanity

By on December 19, 2015 in Life Lessons, Science and Medicine with 0 Comments

Being a medical practitioner, I think, is much more than being able to diagnose an illness and create a treatment plan — it’s about tapping into the very essence of what it means to be human.

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Donald Trump and Vaccines

During the CNN Republican Debate, Donald Trump made two claims about the safety of vaccines — specifically, that vaccines cause autism and that it would be safer to spread vaccines out over longer periods of time. In this post, I will evaluate those claims by reviewing published scientific data and information from credible health organizations.

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Bioterrorism and United States Preparedness

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) define ‘bioterrorism’ as, “the deliberate release of viruses, bacteria, or other germs (agents) used to cause illness or death in people, animals, or plants.” (1) The CDC breaks down these agents into three categories: Category A agents are considered the highest risk, Category C agents are those […]

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