Category Archives: Medicine

Drinking-Water and Copper

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They say: you learn something new every day. However, not everything you learn is as useful as this. Microbially-unsafe water is still a major concern in most developing countries. Although many water-purification methods exist, these are expensive and beyond the … Continue reading

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The Geriatric Games

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Having focussed upon the summer Globalist Games in Rio the mainstream media is now hyping-up the Geriatric Games. The Geriatric Games are a peculiarly American phenomenon that can be traced back to the presidency of Ronald Reagan [1981-1989]. Since those … Continue reading

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Theodore Bent and The Round Towers of Zimbabwe

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James Theodore Bent [1852-1897] was an English explorer and archaeologist who [amongst other things] made the first detailed examination of the “round towers” in the Great Zimbabwe. In 1889 he undertook excavations in the Bahrein Islands of the Persian Gulf, … Continue reading

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Genetically Modified Insects

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The release of sterile insects into “small populations” of target insects can reduce the target insect population. However, the release of sterile insects into “dense target populations” does not effectively reduce the target insect population. The sterile insect technique is … Continue reading

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Catastrophic Cows

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Settled Science has a perverse preference to demonise cattle whenever possible. This preference probably originates from a Western quasi-religious phobia of horned animals. Horns of a goat and a ram, goat’s fur and ears, nose and canines of a pig, … Continue reading

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World Bank Drops A Word

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The World Bank is getting a little forgetful. This is only to be expected when an organisation is in its dotage. The World Bank was created at the 1944 Bretton Woods Conference, along with three other institutions, including the International … Continue reading

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Sick Science

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Following hot on the heels of the Papal Pap and the New and Improved Sixth Mass Extinction Pap the cut & paste press has been infected with another virulent virus of the vacuous kind: Practitioner Pap. Panel of doctors give … Continue reading

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Groupthink

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In my naivety I though the concept of the Information Age was about developing a “knowledge-based society” where well informed individuals are allowed “to explore their personalized needs”. Thankfully, Wikipedia put me straight. Wikipedia reliably informs me I am “surrounded” … Continue reading

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Tobacco’s Bum Rap

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During the 1900s in the United Kingdom men were consuming almost seven pounds of tobacco annually [on a per capita basis]. Cigarettes have largely replaced other forms of smoking in the past seventy years, during which time tobacco consumption has … Continue reading

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The Cholesterol Correlation – The Caesium-137 Correlation

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Caesium-137 is a well studied radioisotope because of its “high affinity to fine soil particles”. Caesium-137, Cesium-137, or Cs-137 is one of radioisotopes of caesium with a nominal atomic mass of 137. … It is an artificial radionuclide with a … Continue reading

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The Cholesterol Correlation – The Nuclear Fallout Correlation

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The correlation between nuclear fallout and the epidemic of male coronary heart disease can be traced back in the United Kingdom to 1942 and the Manhattan Project. Secular and geographical trends in sex differences in coronary heart disease mortality D … Continue reading

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The Cholesterol Correlation – The Chemical Weapons Correlation

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The First World War [28 July 1914 – 11 November 1918] was grotesque and deadly. The total number of deaths includes about 10 million military personnel and about 7 million civilians. The Entente Powers (also known as the Allies) lost … Continue reading

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The Cholesterol Correlation – The Elephant in the Room

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The publication in 1953 of the [now] infamous cherry-picked graphic by Ancel Keys [claiming a clear correlation between degenerative heart disease deaths and dietary doses of fat] encouraged John Yudkin to delve into the murky depths of diet, death and … Continue reading

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The Cholesterol Correlation – The Ancel Keys “Facts”

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Extraordinary stories frequently feature extraordinary protagonists. The story of the Cholesterol Correlation features the extraordinary Ancel Keys. Keys was the only child of Caroline Emma Chaney Keys, a homemaker, and Benjamin Pios Keys, a bookbinder. Shortly after their son’s birth, … Continue reading

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The Cholesterol Correlation – Correlation and Causation

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The decline in mortality rates caused by infectious diseases during the first half of the 20th century resulted in a very significant improvement in life expectancy. Mortality in England and Wales: Average Life Span, 2010 http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/mortality-ageing/mortality-in-england-and-wales/average-life-span/rpt-average-life-span.html This improvement in life … Continue reading

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The Cholesterol Correlation – The Great Oxymorons

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Medical professionals confronted a bleak future in 1945 because: 1) The terror of infectious diseases had been eradicated by public health measures. 2) The fear of bacteria infections was being eliminated by the widespread use of antibiotics. 3) Demobilised medical … Continue reading

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The Cholesterol Correlation – Forgotten History

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The Cholesterol Correlation is one of the longest running soap operas in the illustrious history of Post-Normal Science. A soap opera, soapie, or soap is a serial drama and suspense on television or radio which features related story lines about … Continue reading

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