Category: Good Times and Bad

China Blamed for Rise in US Opiate Overdoses!

Sometimes you have to admire the audacity of politicians who direct the attention of the masses away from the real causes of our problems. Let’s also tip our hat to the journalists and PR specialists who keep Johnson & Johnson’s name out of stories about Fentanyl. (J&J has been making and selling the powerful synthetic opiate in the US since 1961, when it acquired Jannsen.) Last week President Trump complained —and the New York Times pseudo-substantiated— that Chinese companies selling fentanyl online are causal factors in the US opiate epidemic. “Despite Trump’s Pleas, China’s Opioid Bazaar is Booming,” was the...

Read More

Heart Stents Don’t Ease Chest Pain (!)

I wish I’d been clipping all the articles in which the esteemed NY Times reporter Gina Kolata has had to break it to readers that a tenet of modern medicine has been proven false.  On November 3 the exclamation “Unbelievable!” —a quote from an establishment cardiologist— made its way into the headline of Kolata’s story about heart stents not alleviating chest pain.   Take it away, Gina: “A procedure used to relieve chest pain in hundreds of thousands of heart patients each year is useless for many of them, researchers reported on Wednesday. Their study focused on the insertion of...

Read More

Kolata of the Times on ‘Predatory Journals’

With some fanfare last year the flailing New York Times started running essays on page two in which reporters comment on their own news stories. On October 31 the Times ran both a news story and a commentary by Medicine correspondent Gina Kolata on the subject of “Predatory Journals.”  According to the news story, “…Universities, colleges, even community colleges insist that faculty publish scholarly research, and the more papers the better. Academics and the schools they teach at rely on these publications to bolster their reputations, and with an oversupply of Ph.D.’s vying for jobs, careers hang in the...

Read More

Paxil Linked to Suicide —Why is this News?

The news, as reported by Roni Karyn Rabin in the New York Times, is on the legal side of the story. Extensive excerpts are provided below. The medical facts linking SSRI antidepressants to suicide have been known since the early ’90s —or  late ’80s, if we count episodes suppressed during clinical trials. Glaxo is being sued by a woman whose husband killed himself while on a generic Paxil not made by Glaxo (which no longer sells Paxil in the US). The plaintiff cites Glaxo’s original falsification of Paxil’s safety profile. Cannabis clinicians and medical users take note: the psychiatric establishment...

Read More

Still Crazy After All These Years

“We had to destroy the village in order to save the village” was a famous line that summed up the US military’s approach to pacifying Vietnam. Today,  when the long-awaited Ken Burns Vietnam War documentary begins airing on PBS, a New York Times lead story contains a subheadline summarizing the US military’s equally insane approach in Afghanistan: “Green Zone Expansion Underscores Threat to Western Allies.” Right there at the top of page one!...

Read More