NY Times: Why New Jersey’s Trains Aren’t Safer.
You could just have crush zones, like the long sand inclines you see on ski mountains for brakeless trucks. Tech fails. Analog (physical) fixes are more reliable. And CHEAP. NJ Transit’s skint.
Neuroskeptic: The Terrorist Inside Robin Williams’ Brain.
It’s a very sad story, only read if you have the ability to absorb it without consequences. A terrible end for such an amazing person. Gifts given are sometimes devastatingly and cruelly ripped away. Makes me even more convinced that assisted suicide should be a legal option.
I’m going to say it again. November 1 and November 8. Hillary, inoculate yourself.
The new ACA rates come out on November 1. Election is November 8. The new rates are going to sink you, Ms Clinton, unless you do something NOW. Your polling margins are terribly slim. Even three days of the 24/7 news cycle can sink you. Please listen, take my advice. DO SOMETHING. Don’t just shimmy.
I told everyone back when this started that the media would do their utmost to make this entire political season a 50/50 horserace. They have done so through simply terrible journalistic practice and false equivalence. When you’ve blogged through as many elections as I have, and had to suffer Bush/Gore, you know the territory. Sometimes I hate being right.
AuthorityNutrition: The 14 Most Common Signs of Gluten Intolerance.
Of note. In spite of the GF hatred and the belief that gluten intolerance is a myth - read the footnoted studies. Gluten affects many of us, negatively. What you choose to call it, I don’t give a darn. But keep our GF options available, please. Just reduce the sugar content, will ya?
Reuters: Parent bloggers question role in Mylan’s EpiPen schools push.
“The bloggers, more than a dozen mothers of children with serious allergies, embraced the effort Mylan outlined in a series of ‘summits’ it held for them beginning in 2013. They wrote impassioned posts on blogs shared with tens of thousands of followers on social media. Their personal testimony helped persuade a number of state lawmakers to pass bills to get schools to stock epinephrine injectors, such as the EpiPen, according to legislators and others familiar with the lobbying effort. During the same period, the company was marking up its EpiPen to more than $600 per twin pack, six times the 2007 price, creating a burden for many of the bloggers’ followers, other parents of children whose lives are threatened by bee stings and peanuts.”
Note this is the same strategy big pharma uses with doctors; symposia held in exotic locations. Read: bribery. I used to wonder that anyone would accept such largess without having at least one night of moral indigestion. I’ve since learned humanity has an incredible capacity to rationalize just about any action.
Bloggers, wake up. List your favor-granting, tchotchke-supplying influencers. Even if offered for free or for ‘loan’. List your sponsors. I understand you want or need to make money. Be open and honest, please.
I have no sponsors, have had none. If I did, they would be prominently listed in my right-side nav section here.
Authority Nutrition: How to Choose The Best Yogurt for Your Health.
Yes, but only certain stores ever carry anything other than the sugar-loaded ‘candy’ yogurts. Annoying.
Reuters: U.S. lawmakers blast Mylan CEO over ‘sickening’ EpiPen price hikes.
Even a Republican’s pissed. Nice to know there’s still only so far down they’ll go.
The Atlantic: The Vexing Economics of Obamacare.
“Single-payer health care ... [snip] ... would be the clearest way of solving the access-affordability conundrum.” Their ‘con’, that people ‘don’t want to give up their plans or physicians’ - they’ve already had to multiple times now, due to the ACA. That’s not a valid argument.
Authority Nutrition: Casein Protein Is Way Underrated.
Interesting. I may try it out for overnight or post-workout.
NY Times: ‘Active Monitoring’ of Prostate Cancer Does Not Increase Death Rate.
Of note, guys.
NY Times: Could Ancient Remedies Hold the Answer to the Looming Antibiotics Crisis?
“Meanwhile, the world indulged in the existing array of antibiotics in such a reckless fashion that it’s hard to know where to place blame. Physicians are just as guilty of overprescribing antibiotics — even to mollify hypochondriacs — as patients are of demanding the drugs too often.” No, you are wrong, NY Times. This is incorrect and placing blame squarely in the wrong place. Physicians were given perks to push antibiotics to patients - by drug companies. I worked as an A/V tech long enough to see how the third-generation cephalosporins were marketed. “Your patient could take amoxicillin and be better in a week, or take our new cephalosporin and be better in A DAY.” Doctors were complicit, but they wouldn’t/couldn’t have done it alone. To blame the patient, after the use of the above marketing? Revisionist history.
The Atlantic: Bayer and Monsanto Announce $66 Billion Merger.
Two of the biggest GMO/pesticide companies. It’s not a monopoly, there are many others, but holy hell they’re going to wield a great deal of power.
The Atlantic: Trump Unveils Plan to Boost Support for Child Care.
Hillary almost collapsed.
Looks like Hillary’s suffering from a familiar A/V malady. We would go from venue to venue, hyper-air-conditioned (super-cold in anticipation of thousands of hot bodies), then travelling out in the heat between venues. Or cold ballroom - hot city - cold airport - temperate airplane - cold airport - hot city ... you get the idea. The sharp temp changes really tax your immune system. And planes are petri dishes.
I fell ill of this in Baltimore, years ago ... noone to spare from the crew. I had to haul my butt to the emergency room in a taxi, alone. They freaked out - I was dehydrated enough to start heart rhythm problems. They pumped me full of saline for hours. When I walked out eight hours later to catch a cab back to the hotel, I felt like the Stay-Puft Marshmallow man. Thought my eyes would pop out of my head. I couldn’t drive myself back home to Princeton, I sat in a hotel room alone, hallucinating for three days until the fever broke.
I give Hillary a big ‘pass’ on this one. Been there, been through that ... it’s really horrible. And I was late 20’s, 30’s ... in tip-top physical shape. It *hurt*.
[I’m an ethical guy - I would give Trump or Johnson a ‘pass’ on this one, too.]
Get well soon, Hill. And don’t do too much too fast. It’ll come back on ya.
Day later: Note that Donald Trump behaved better on this (so far) than the media.
WaPo: Democrats wonder and worry - Why isn’t Clinton far ahead of Trump?
It’s going to be the craziest 60 days we’ve ever seen in politics. I’ll say it again. Obamacare’s cost increases go live on November 1. One week before election. Hillary better have a fix long before, or else she could lose this with her current slim margins. Back-pocket election. Many things can happen in between, but that could end up being the nail in the coffin.
Men’s Journal: Exercising Saves You Money — Here’s Exactly How Much.
“The researchers broke the subjects out by the number of cardiovascular risk factors they had (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, age, even income), and among the overall healthiest, folks who didn’t work out sunk an additional $500 into health care.”
I was shocked, when trolling the ACA’s database. They consider “medium” use to include *19* prescriptions during a one-year period. I haven’t taken a prescription med in 20 years; if I can alter diet or increase exercise, I do it. Genetics helps too, no question. And my age is increasing, so it’s only a matter of time. But sheesh. Is the average person really taking that many drugs?
Vox: Gluten allergies aren’t increasing. So why are gluten-free diets skyrocketing?
Oh please, Vox. Read the referenced articles to see how they jig their main article copy to lead you by the nose to their own stereotyped conclusions. And be careful when using the word ‘diet’. It has two meanings, as you know. In one of their linked studies, if you turn the stats around, 14% of self-proclaimed gluten sensitive people are actually undiagnosed celiacs, wheat-allergic, or gluten-sensitive. I should think giving them non-medical options to handle their discomfort would be a good thing ... ? Sure, there are charlatans selling gluten-free as the Second Coming. So have paleo, grapefruit, veggie/fruit shake, mono and other diets. Even ‘low-calorie’ meals (based on erroneous-but-believed-accurate research) were available in restaurants. “Don’t eat eggs. Don’t drink milk.” Physicians recommended those, remember? What, you don’t care how bad trans-fats are, and that you were told to eat margarine? Kick a doctor lately? Didn’t think so.
This post is completely in my self-interest. More gluten free products, the more easy options I have. I remember when there weren’t any GF baked goods. No pizzas. Sticky, horrible rice pastas. No convenience foods whatsoever. I was stuck with veg and meat, veg and meat, veg and meat ... and one or two brands of amazingly tasteless protein/energy bars for Rolls Royce prices.
Authority Nutrition: Pre-Workout Nutrition - What to Eat Before a Workout.
Handy. I’ve not had good luck with protein. If running, bananas ... otherwise, not. My problem is having enough carb/sugar fuel to last an hour of hard work. Still experimenting. My onsite backup is a bottle of diluted Gatorade, to keep me suffering in good stead ...
Guardian.UK: Toxic air pollution particles found in human brains.
“We also observed other metal-bearing particles in the brain, such as platinum, cobalt and nickel. Things like platinum are very unlikely to come from a source within the brain. It is a bit of an indicator of a [vehicle] catalytic converter source.” Holy flippin’ Hannah. Thanks, E, for the link!
Virtual Tudors: 3D Mary Rose Models.
Check the Carpenter Skull. Rough life.
New Scientist: Antidepressant makes bones weaker by slowing down new growth.
“In the short term, those who take fluoxetine are less likely to break a bone, but the risk of bone depletion and fractures rises when they have been taking the drug for a year or more.” Prozac-takers, take note.
Authority Nutrition: 16 Studies on Vegan Diets - Do They Really Work?
Bottom line: They can.
BillMoyers: Why a Single-Payer Health Care System is Inevitable.
“Health insurers spend lots of time, effort and money trying to attract people who have high odds of staying healthy (the young and the fit) while doing whatever they can to fend off those who have high odds of getting sick (the older, infirm and the unfit). As a result we end up with the most bizarre health-insurance system imaginable: One ever better designed to avoid sick people.” My italic emphasis.
BillMoyers: American Women Are Still Dying in Childbirth at Alarming Rates.
Here’s a way to look at it. It’s only slightly more risky to have a baby in Iraq, than in Texas. 50 vs. 35.8 per 100,000. Sub-Saharan Africa still leads, with upwards of 300.
BBC: Prince death - Powerful drugs found in singer’s home ‘were mislabelled’.
Jeez. Someone screwed up, big time. I’m sure the boards will be full of conspiracy theories now.