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Is it OK to generate a fake news story to make a point? Yes.

 

 

journalism

The author of this brief opinion piece, a scientist and journalist I respect and generally agree with, is wrong here. The point being made with this fake news story isn’t for self-gratification. The point it makes is critically important, which makes all the difference.

If you can expose a corrupt and/or broken system on which millions of people base life decisions, then you owe it to yourself to do so. The systems responsible for informing the public should be tested, independently and often, especially if those systems profit from their mission and are considered trustworthy.

If innocent lives were lost, or there was a strong possibility that innocent lives would be severely affected due to this story, then the morality of publishing this story would be much more difficult to discern. As it is, I applaud the authors for their dedication to exposing the sad state of pop science journalism and am happy for their success.

Flea Control Without Poison

We’ve been fighting fleas for awhile this summer and tried the top rated flea killing sprays as well as the shoulder-blade-applied solutions such as Frontline that we get from our veterinarian.

We’ve never had this much trouble getting rid of fleas before. I think my daughter might have brought these fleas back from Florida where she stayed with my parents this summer, since she came back with lots of bites on her lower extremities. Maybe these are military-grade super-fleas. The Frontline type products we get from the vet always did the job, and it seems to be working well for our outdoor cats but is ineffective on our indoor only cats. I actually sprayed a flea with the flea control spray designed for carpet and it seemed to have no effect. I sprayed a flea with the version designed for application directly to cats and it worked, just not very quickly.

I grew tired of putting toxins in our home and on our cats (even if they’re primarily toxic to fleas and similar pests) and I finally tried the widely heralded diatomaceous earth (DE) solution to fleas. This is actually working well for us and since it works mechanically, with the tiny grains killing fleas and similar insects by damaging their external waxy coating, insects can not develop resistance to its action, and since it’s not actually poisonous, it won’t harm your pets. We started using some “Safer” brand DE we bought at Home Depot and that’s been working well. There’s also a form of DE called food grade (supposedly ground up extra fine) that some people feed dogs and other medium and large animals to clean out parasites, and I got some from Amazon and am going to put in our cats’ fur going forward (just in case) until we’re sure there are no more fleas. With DE, you just need to be careful not to get it in your pet’s eyes or your own and try not to breathe in the dust.

Anyway, I just thought I’d share my experience with a natural remedy that works well. Here are some links to good info on DE.

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/all-around-non-toxic-flea-control.html

http://www.ehow.com/diatomaceous-earth-flea–control/

 

Gratitude is Good for You

According to the article,

Cultivating an “attitude of gratitude” has been linked to better health, sounder sleep, less anxiety and depression, higher long-term satisfaction with life and kinder behavior toward others, including romantic partners.

It’s an interesting read and includes some steps to take (including “gratitude lite”) to help those who aren’t naturally grateful to move in the right direction.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/22/science/a-serving-of-gratitude-brings-healthy-dividends.html?_r=1

Bedsider – A cool site for teens to learn about sex

I signed a petition on change.org and got an email from bedsider.org in response. This looks like a very cool site for teens and others who want to learn ab0ut birth control, sex, and everything related to that. There are some pretty funny videos on various myths that make it fun to learn the truth instead of trusting the school rumor mill about important stuff like whether coke actually works as a spermicide and whether some men are too big for a condom.

Here’s text from the email:

We believe everyone should have the life they want, when they want it. So, if you’re not ready for a baby just yet – but you are ready to have a great sex life – that’s where we come in.

Bedsider makes birth control easier. How do we do that? By giving you access to the stuff that really matters. Whether you’re considering birth control for the first time or already on it, we have everything you need to get it and use it well:

 

Quack of the Year – Joseph Mercola

I like reading Huffington Post. It’s definitely biased toward progressivism but has lots of intelligent content and a great humor section. The one thing that really bugs me about Huffington Post is that it gives medical quacks and hucksters a platform to spew their nonsense.

Joseph Mercola, a frequent “contributor” to HuffPo, is one of the worst offenders against medical science. He rants against the modern vaccination regimen, pasteurized milk, microwave ovens, and artificial sweeteners and writes in favor of all manner of unproven and discredited schemes such as homeopathy, vitalism, chelation therapy … The list is long and includes many of the worst snake oil schemes of our age. Mercola makes money off this drivel, probably a lot of money, and Huffington Post diminishes itself by allowing him to promote himself and his false wares on its site.

Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Mercola

Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/searchS/?q=mercola

Link: http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/?p=2116