How Independants Can Win in 2018: Empower the People

The July/August issue of The Atlantic has an article about Evan McMullin, the Presidential candidate who ran because he saw Trump as an autocrat. To counter this he wants to empower an independent party in 2018. He saw Trump as a threat because in his career in the CIA he worked in many countries ruled […]

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How not to create and stimulate dependence in entitlements.

Entitlements The conservative position that entitlements create dependence and decrease a society’s health by supporting the survival of the unfittest is not without merit, but eliminating them is the wrong solution. As the balloon here indicates they are the largest part of of the federal budget as well as being the fastest growing. Military spending […]

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The Role of Government

Common Sense Medicine extends to more than health and health care. A significant part of our book – The Boids and the Bees: Guiding Adaptation to Improve our Health, Healthcare, Schools, and Society – is how to guide social change. That means politics. Most political arguments use fear to motivate their respective bases. Reading Daniel […]

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Russia, our elections, and what to do about it.

Russia and the election – What to do and WHY!     A Common Sense Approach Besides determining if Trump and his campaign were in collusion with those interfering, what to do about it to prevent a recurrence is the main problem. There are two issues: the first is the hacking that everyone looks at. […]

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Twitter: bees, bugs, and superbugs

Twitter, as a means of communication, is big in the bug world. Bacteria release chemicals to communicate–it’s called quorum sensing–and when the message gets loud enough the colony shifts direction. Bees use it to choose a new hive–the site with the most bees on its doorstep wins. But in nature twitter is democratic–it’s one bug […]

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Sarah “Jo” Baker MD is still important.

Dr. Baker was one of the first women to graduate from an American Medical School. That was in 1898. She tried private practice for a year, but the country was not ready for women doctors so she gave it up after a year and got a job with the New York City Public Health Department. […]

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Superbugs and xylitol

Thirteen years ago I wrote an article that was published in Medical Hypotheses about how we can tame bacteria. Last week I got this video from a friend in Australia that shows how this is happening. My article was based on the ideas of Nathan Sharon whose research was on how bacteria attach to us […]

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Urinary Infections that kill?

Reading the news about antibiotic resistant germs causing urinary tract infections? As we have written, this is a war we have little chance of winning. The other side is just too good at coping with our weapons and we can’t adapt near as fast. We need another option! In our real world wars we look […]

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A common sense approach to violence

Common Sense Medicine is not just about health care and medicine. There are other elements in our culture that are also in need of common sense. Violence is one of them. Despite our news and the feelings they prompt violence is decreasing in the US. Violent acts of a criminal nature, however, are being replaced […]

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*Insurance is designed to pay for the unexpected crisis. Health insurance started that way in the U.S. but gradually, because the companies we work for were paying for it and getting a better tax break, it morphed into paying for it all. That means we have less interest in getting the ounce of prevention than if we were paying for some of those costs. Children we talk to about the dangers of drugs just say they’ll get a brain transplant if they burn theirs out. That’s why we think that Health Savings Accounts should be promoted by the government more; they put the individual back in a position of responsibility in making more choices in their health care. With Health Savings Accounts an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.


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