It was with great sadness that I learned that my friend, Dr. Miguel Faria, was stepping down as the founding editor-in-chief of the Medical Sentinel. Both Miguel and his wife Helen, the managing editor, worked tirelessly for the journal, instituting editorial policies that made it a unique, extremely valuable resource.
Previously, Miguel had saved the Journal of the Medical Association of Georgia from financial ruin by his creative design and by recruiting writers, including himself, who were able to articulate issues critical to the medical profession. However, his editorials on gun control and managed care were “too controversial.” His continuation of this battle in the Medical Sentinel brought the debate to new heights of scholarship. Under Miguel's leadership, the Medical Sentinel stood squarely for truth against the prevailing winds of leftist demagoguery.
In his book Medical Warrior, Miguel quotes George Orwell: “In this age, there is no such thing as staying out of politics, all issues are political issues.” Because physicians have been unwilling to enter this arena, they are losing battle after battle. The Medical Sentinel has faced these battles with...
You may not agree with every expression or thought written by Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist and syndicated journalist Vin Suprynowicz, but if you are a libertarian or a true conservative (and/or constitutionalist), you will cheer and applaud his astonishing, eye-opening new book, "The Ballad of Carl Drega: Essays on the Freedom Movement, 1994 to 2001."
But I warn you, if you are a bed-wetting, bleeding-heart liberal with a penchant for statism, socialism, collectivism, authoritarianism, welfarism or any of the associated modern "isms" --- beware!
Yes, the uncompromising stance of Suprynowicz in his indefatigable pursuit of freedom will inflame the minds of those who worship omnipotent government and the State at the expense of individual freedom --- inflame them to catalystic internal combustion.
And yet, despite his passion and his stridency (something of which he is proud), it's the spark of freedom, not polemical argumentation, Suprynowicz wants to ignite in the hearts of his readers.
The book consists of a succinct introduction, which sets the tone for the rest of the book, followed by 16 sections including a postscript and...
Without a doubt, Health and Nutrition Secrets That Can Save Your Life, by the eminent neurosurgeon, nutritionist and associate editor of the Medical Sentinel Russell L. Blaylock, M.D., is a brilliant and compelling tour de force that will reverberate in the field of health and nutrition for years to come.(1)
From the Dedication to the Afterword, this is a beautifully written and brilliantly composed tome --- definitely a welcomed addition to his previous opus, Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills (1994).(2)
Readers may be shocked by some of the content of Health and Nutrition Secrets, particularly the number of substances that Dr. Blaylock has found to be highly toxic, or disagree with some of the conclusions drawn from his research --- but no one can deny that a cornucopia of knowledge and information has been gathered, researched and carefully compiled in the formulation of this book.
It is no wonder that it has taken so many years of study by a prominent neuroscientist of the stature of Dr. Blaylock, with such a vast amount of knowledge in so many fields of endeavor --- neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, pathology, embryology, biochemistry,...
With Trent Lott ready to have burned Robert E. Lee in effigy to stay in office, it’s refreshing to see Southerners like Dr. Miguel A. Faria, Jr. Dr. Faria is the author of Medical Warrior: Fighting Corporate Socialized Medicine, Vandals at the Gates of Medicine, and most recently Cuba in Revolution: Escape From a Lost Paradise. He is also editor of the Medical Sentinel, the journal of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. All of his books are available through www.haciendapub.com. A retired neurosurgeon, Dr. Faria lives in Macon, Georgia.
Why did you and your family move to the South?
We moved south because it was an excellent opportunity for my father, who had just completed all of his medical re-certification requirements to practice medicine in the U.S. By chance, the best job opportunity offered to him was in Columbia, South Carolina, at the State hospital. Coincidentally, the rest of our family...
Dr. Miguel A. Faria Jr., a retired neurosurgeon, former Clinical Professor of Surgery (Neurosurgery) at Mercer University School of Medicine, and contributing editor to Health Care News, was appointed in September to the Injury Research Grant Review Committee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Faria began serving his term immediately, despite reported opposition by several CDC officials. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Tommy G. Thompson, who appointed Faria, defended his nomination and pointed to the Committee’s charter, which calls on it to “ensure that the diverse perspectives of leaders in injury prevention and control are considered in planning, establishment, implementation, and evaluation of the overall injury research program.”
Gun Control Controversy
Faria was one of three physicians who in 1996 testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Labor, Health, and Human Services to eliminate funding for the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) because of the agency’s alleged use of biased science to promote a gun control agenda. Several weeks after that hearing,...
Like the months of the year and the days of the week, whose names come down to us from ancient and antediluvian times, many of the symbols of Christmas pre-date Christian times.
Christmas, "Christ's Mass," in our calendar represents the feast of the nativity of Jesus Christ, which according to Clement of Alexandria (c. A.D. 215) took place on either December 25 or January 6. That is why in some countries, like Spain and in Latin America, gift-giving takes place at Epiphany (January 6) rather than on Christmas Day, as in most English-speaking countries. And yet, in ancient Rome, pagan priests celebrated the Saturnalia, dedicated to the god Saturn, from December 17 to 23, while December 25 was extolled as the renewal of Sol Invictus ("Unconquered Sun"). The northern tribes across the Danube celebrated the winter solstice (Dec. 21) as the Festive of Yule.
St. Gregory the Great (Pope, A.D. 590-604) encouraged Christian priests to adopt and reinterpret local customs while Christianizing people in foreign lands.
For ancient Germans, holly, pine branches, and other evergreens possessed magical power for their ability to remain green through the inclement winters...
A book authored earlier this year by John F. McManus, president of the John Birch Society, entitled "William F. Buckley, Jr. Pied Piper for the Establishment," has not received the attention it deserves in the mainstream media and, surprisingly, the alternative, more conservative forms of communication in this information age.
Frankly, the information may be too disturbing for some readers, particularly those who think they know what is happening in the world from watching and listening to Dan Rather on CBS News, Peter Jennings on ABC World News, or Tom Brokow on NBC News or, for that matter, to the more conservative Fox News Channel. Ditto for those also avidly perusing more conservative publications like The Washington Times and The Wall Street Journal.
Yes, gentle reader, you will be jolted out of your most comfortable reading armchair were you to engage yourself in carefully reading this highly disturbing but meticulously documented book. The 255-page tome (including index) describes assiduously the political career of William F. Buckley Jr., a man who has been considered "the patron saint of the conservatives" by orthodox liberal and authorized...
On Dec. 4, 2002, the Associated Press (AP) reported how Fidel Castro has given up smoking his beloved cigars, despite the Caribbean Island fame and investment in that tobacco product. Now Castro is critical of rum drinking as well, in the name of advocating for the well-being and public health of his people.
Speaking to a group of medical students the previous evening, the Maximum Leader, who the AP cited as the Cuban "President" Castro, rhetorically asked the question, "How much damage has rum caused any society? How many deaths from the irresponsibility of accidents and alcoholic drinks?"
The AP report carried by CNN described the so-called "heavy investment in [Havana's Latin American Medical] school by his poor country as proof of the superiority of socialist morality and as example of its health system."
Yet the report failed to mention that of the eight U.S. medical students attending Havana's "free" medical school and who arrived in April 2000, only two remain. The Rev. Lucius Walker, founder of the New York-based Pastors for Peace, who has been in charge of the admission process for U.S. medical students, blames the extremely high dropout rate not...
Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday. If you don't feel particularly thankful this year, go to the bookstore and buy Dr. Miguel A. Faria, Jr.'s insightful and autobiographical book, Cuba in Revolution: Escape from a Lost Paradise. You will become educated about Cuba, you will learn about America, and you will become very thankful.
Faria, now a retired neurosurgeon and naturalized American citizen, was just 13 when his father, also a physician, decided their time had run out in Fidel Castro's new revolutionary Cuba. The book opens with their highly readable clandestine escape, and later develops their circuitous route to the United States.
If your only exposure to Castro's Cuba is today's high-school textbooks or television news, be prepared for a different picture of the revolution and its human toll. Faria's family helped to topple Batista, only to find their own lives in danger not long after. Faria complements his own direct knowledge by revealing some little-known history leading up to and through the revolution.
Interwoven with this narrative are the major elements of American relations with Cuba: the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile...
Open Letter to Georges M. Halpern, M.D., Ph.D., Academy for International Medical Study (AIMS), Great Neck, N.Y.. Dear Dr. Halpern: Thank you for your repeated entreaties to accompany you in your "AIMS Brings You Cuba!" adventure. You should know that as a pragmatic decision to obtain hard cash, American physicians are welcomed in communist (fascist) Cuba, but Fidel Castro does not allow freedom-loving Cuban-Americans to participate in those indoctrinating cultural/medical exchanges. Nevertheless, I would like to give you some suggestions for your upcoming trip to Cuba.
While you are in the Caribbean prison, which is what Cuba has become, you and some of your fellow participants should independently rent a taxi (probably driven by an M.D. or professor who is forced to do so for pressing economic reasons, despite his exalted education) to see for yourselves the real, dire situation in Cuba, rather than wearing the rose-colored glasses provided to naive tourists and fellow travelers of the communist dictatorship.
Before you go on your exchange trip to communist Cuba, you should surf the Internet and read some of the articles that have been published and posted in...