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I live only 2 hours from the Ebola hospital in Dallas. Here’s what I’m doing to protect my family.

We Americans sometimes seem to have only two settings when it comes to public health issues;  “unconcern” and “panic”. (I think the media deserve a great deal of blame for this, but that’s another blog post).  The last few weeks have seen the switch flipped to near panic about Ebola, after the recent infection of … Continue reading

Send me your vaccine qustions!

Given ongoing interest in this post: http://violentmetaphors.com/2013/08/14/the-truth-about-vaccinations-your-physician-knows-more-than-the-university-of-google/, and based on several people’s suggestions to me, I’m going to put together a FAQ on the subject of vaccine myths/misconceptions. I will be pulling questions from the comment section of the University of Google post (and other places), but I would like to ask for your participation.  … Continue reading

The truth about vaccinations: Your physician knows more than the University of Google

“A cousin of my mom’s survived Polio and lived the rest of his life with its effects. He was not expected to live past his teens but made it to his 40s. I am grateful that modern science can protect us from Polio and other diseases and I choose to take advantage of modern science … Continue reading

GMO study is pseudoscience

I abhor the exploitative practices of Monsanto and companies like it. But truth is more important than politics, and I am always going to speak out when I see false information being touted as “science” to further an agenda. I wanted to make this clear because I seem be writing a lot about the misrepresentation … Continue reading

What exercise does for your brain

My friends are extraordinary people. The people I’m attracted to are very driven and highly intelligent (and perhaps more than a little neurotic). The majority of them are also passionate about exercise. “Exercise” is maybe too mild a term for this group: they are athletes devoted to a sport (either professionally or as committed amateurs), … Continue reading

Scary chemicals in your food: A recent high-profile example of scientific illiteracy

I want to acknowledge a magnificent takedown of a terrible pseudo-scientific article. Have you seen this BuzzFeed post on your Facebook timeline recently? “8 Foods We Eat In The US That Are Banned In Other Countries”, written by Ashley Perez summarizes some claims made in “Rich Food, Poor Food”, a book by Dr. Jayson Calton … Continue reading

Why you should vaccinate your children

Andrew Wakefield’s fraudulent report that the MMR vaccine causes autism has resulted in a generation of children (~age 10-16) who have a historically low vaccination rate (below 50% in some places). As a result, the rate of measles infection has skyrocketed in Britain: There have also been outbreaks in the United States, with significant infections … Continue reading

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