Henry I. Miller , M.D.
Henry I. Miller , M.D.
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A Fishy Study Posits That Pesticides Can Travel Back In Time
There is no insect-pocalypse, bird-pocalypse, or fish-pocalypse

December 11, 2019  •  Issues & Insights

Part 3 in a series

It's not surprising that many people are skeptical about "scientific" findings. A new study from Japan seems to show that neonicotinoid insecticides ("neonics"), used around the world to protect crops from insect infestations, are so destructive that even before they were on the market or ever used in farmers' fields, they were able to cause entire ecosystems to collapse. Sort of like "Back to the Future" meets "Jurassic Park."

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Why You Should Worry About Drug Companies' Reliance on Chinese Ingredients
China's dominance puts both the health of Americans and our national security at risk

December 10, 2019  •  Los Angeles Times

China has become the world's largest producer and exporter of "active pharmaceutical ingredients," the base components drug companies use to manufacture most of the medications we rely on. China's dominance puts both the health of Americans and our national security at risk.

According to the findings of a new report from the U.S.-China Economic Security Review Commission, which was established by Congress in 2000, China's pharmaceutical industry "is not effectively regulated by the Chinese government" and has been responsible for a number of drug safety scandals.

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The Stanford Paradox: An Oasis of Scientific Achievement in a Desert of Political Correctness
The university's more-woke-than-thou pretensions are over the top

December 3, 2019  •  Issues & Insights

Stanford University offers a puzzling paradox. On one hand, hardly a month passes without news of a genuinely significant breakthrough in some field of science or technology. One week it might be the discovery that an unorthodox arrangement of wind turbines increases energy output; the next, the discovery of new healing and antibiotic compounds from scorpion venom.

But for someone like me who does not embrace progressivism, political correctness, or identity politics, the campus' zeitgeist can be cloying, annoying, and hypocritical.

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The FDA Needs More Adult Supervision, Not More Independence
Someone needs to regulate the regulators

November 25, 2019  •  Issues & Insights

Academics and former agency heads have called for the Food and Drug Administration to become an independent agency, out from under the umbrella of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Although the FDA has real problems, giving it more independence isn't the solution.

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Understanding 'Medicare for All' Could Make Seniors Vote Red
Older Americans have much to lose and little to gain with Medicare for All or a stepping-stone approach, such as the public option

November 19, 2019  •  American Greatness

Politicians can be amazingly adept at blowing smoke, especially while electioneering. With the 2020 presidential race unfolding, there is no better example of the phenomenon than the Democrats' mantra of "Medicare for All."

Healthcare is certainly top-of-mind for many seniors, who are projected to make up nearly a quarter of the electorate in 2020, the largest fraction since 1970. If the implications of Medicare for All were understood by the 50 million or so and increasing numbers of seniors in the United States, the promises of the Democrat presidential hopefuls could precipitate a Red Wave in the 2020 election.

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