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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Let’s Make America Safe Again

Making America Safe Again does not mean going to martial law or a police state. That’s what Duterte is doing in the Philippines and it has translated into killing anyone suspected of drug dealing. There are better ways to make us safe. An introduction to these ideas is on our Facebook page, America’s Favorite Country […]

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On bullying

Addressing bullying: When Trump had dissenters at his rallies he raised the cry: ‘kick um out’, ‘hit um in the face’, and his followers obeyed. When he did not like his TV contestants efforts he said: ‘You’re fired.” When he won the election he appointed a staff from his closest supporters–his clique. Those are  the […]

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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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Nsouli CRS

Xylitol 7/6/15 12:50 pm     Xylitol Nasal Irrigation: A Possible Alternative Strategy for the Management of Chronic Rhinosinusitis Nsouli TM, Diliberto NZ, Nsouli ST, Davis CM, Bellanti JA Introduction: Chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS), a condition that has been estimated to affect nearly 14% of the population, is associated with significant quality-of-life impairment for the patient and […]

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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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Immigration—a biological perspective

Should we be humane and let them in, or safe and keep them out? There are pretty clear cut arguments on both sides. So far there does not seem to be any middle ground. A biological perspective may provide that. We, that is our bodies, get invaded all the time; mostly it is by biting […]

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Fighting terrorism

John Bolton at the American Enterprise Institute is talking about a new level of warfare after the Paris attacks. We all have a tendency to think in those ways. When we are attacked our first response is instinctual and aimed at surviving, and that usually means fighting back. But this instinct is played out in […]

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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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