In China, the world’s Ultimate Crony Capitalist State, the rich breathe clean air, the poor choke on smog

It’s not supposed to be like this. What with the central planners of the Chinese Communist Party in charge. And yet like pretty much every really big government regime outside of the tiny Nordic countries (and even there sometimes) there is massive pollution.

In socialist countries the planners call the shots, and despite what many of our “progressive” friends might think, those in government don’t typically have “the public” in mind. This is the great myth. It’s as obvious as the smog hanging in the Beijing sky.

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Magic Mushrooms May Hold Key to Long-Term Anxiety Relief in Clinical Settings (But the Drug War hampers progress)

“Mushroom” study at Johns Hopkins

I debated whether to post this article but obviously I decided to.

There is very real evidence that many of the drugs that have been demonized in years past, particularly psychedelics, have tremendous potential for alleviating human suffering. Many of these same very powerful drugs of course have great potential for abuse and harm also. But because of bureaucratic stupidity mixed with the innate American tendency toward Puritanism progress in researching these substances has been hindered unnecessarily.

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FEE: The DEA Is to Blame for America’s Opioid Overdose Epidemic

An excellent article that focuses on yet another failure in our war on drugs. Truly one has to realize at this point that our drug policies in this country are too often, mostly perhaps, driven by vested interests exploiting ignorance and fear for power and pay. The bureaucrats and the cronies in pharma take advantage of the deep Puritanical tendencies in this country. Tendencies that often contribute to people living lives of agony and despair.

Drugs are a mental health issue and should be treated as such.

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White House Will Have To Justify Kratom Ban

Earlier we reported on the upcoming DEA induced kratom ban. Kratom is an herb that helps some with anxiety and pain and has helped others reduce opiod dependence. Even still the government is about to make kratom a Schedule 1 substance, a completely banned drug. Cocaine in comparison is a Schedule 2 drug. One can technically get a prescription for cocaine. One can technically research the therapeutic effects of cocaine.

Why is the DEA moving in this direction?

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Worried About Prostate Cancer? ( How to thread your way through the swamp of crony medicine to find solutions for this common cancer.)

My own recent experience with prostate cancer may be useful to you in sorting out the options. I am an investment, not a medical, professional. But for that very reason, I have no biases, no axe to grind, and above all, no income that would be put at risk from progress in medicine.

We live in a world of government enforced medical monopolies. The general rule is that doctors will recommend whatever they do,

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A collection of VA scandals over the past few years (Too many to list in one post)

This is not exhaustive but in light of the recent statement by the Veterans Affairs chief comparing waiting for treatment at VA hospitals to waiting in line at Disney World we figured we’d post some of the other VA stories we’ve done relatively recently. The level of dysfunction at the agency is remarkable. This is what “single payer” healthcare looks like, slow, red tape, top heavy crony administration, people dying waiting for treatment.

 

307,000 veterans died awaiting Veterans Affairs health care,

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5 Things ACA Supporters Don’t Want You To Know About UnitedHealth’s Withdrawal From ObamaCare

D’oh.

In another life I was a property and casualty insurance underwriter. I would assess risk and figure out if premiums for a given area were enough or too much. Was the company too exposed to hurricane damage? What about earthquakes? Balancing risk with premium was the name of the game.

Given my background I have never understood how Obamacare was going to “work.” Obamacare seemed (and is) an adverse selection machine. The sick are more likely to sign up and the healthy have shied from the program for any number of reasons.

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One year after VA scandal, the number of veterans waiting for care is up 50 percent

I was under the impression that the “VA scandal” was ongoing and multiple scandals now, but the point is taken. The VA has not headed in the right direction since the the problems at the department became major news.

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Coca-Cola Ends Financial Sponsorship of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

In other news Phillip Morris is sponsoring the Olympic marathon team. (Not really.)

I like a good cold Coke on a hot summer day as much as the next person, but the stuff isn’t healthy. Not that it need be for Coke to sponsor the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, but there is some dissonance there.

Sugar is not unlike a drug in many respects. Some people think it is a drug. For some people it can be addictive like a drug that’s for sure.

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FCC versus Your Health

Will the FCC under “Net neutrality” kill an important and promising area of innovation in medicine, “mobile medicine”?

The FCC may not kill such innovation completely but it may slow it down, likely by a lot. This is a particular shame as the people who may benefit most from “mobile medicine” are the poor and otherwise isolated and marginalized.

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Defense Department expected to announce the winner of a lucrative contract to overhaul the military’s electronic health records system this week

And guess what? The likely winner (according to this article) writes a lot of checks to politicians in Washington DC.

The goal here is big data. Managing population health – not your health necessarily. And people are going to make big bucks (taxpayer bucks) in the process.

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Scientific team sounds the alarm on sugar as a source of disease (Yet we continue to subsidize the stuff)

Sugar, we all love it. Even if we don’t eat piles of candy we Americans still injest loads of it in our other foods, bread, other processed foods, soda, juice, in our morning coffee. The USA has a sweet tooth and it’s costing us. Literally.

Sugar is a highly subsidized commodity.

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