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Saturday, May 17, 2003

"Inside the Cuban Revolution" by Julia E. Sweig, senior fellow and deputy director of the Latin American program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), is a greatly disappointing book.

For one thing, the book is too narrow in scope and breadth as well as in covering the period under study. Although the book claims to study the period between November 1956 and January 1959, the author and publisher would have been more forthcoming about the content of this book if they had titled this tome more appropriately "Inside the 26th of July Movement Underground ­ April 1957 to July 1958."

Very little detail is actually given about the period from February to April 1957 and August 1958 to January 1959, although these are crucial periods in the Revolution and the insurrection against Batista.

In fact, two of the most important events of the entire Revolution ­ and this brings us to the most serious flaw in the entire book ­ are almost completely neglected by the author, like informational black holes: the contribution of the 13th of March movement of the Revolutionary Directorate (RD) to the insurgency against Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista and the...

Keyword(s): Castro, Cuba, Cuban Revolution

Tuesday, April 1, 2003

The proposed Patients' Bill of Rights is presently stalled in a congressional conference committee due to the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Despite its appellation, a misnomer, this legislation has nothing remotely to do with extending basic traditional rights of citizenship to Americans or of providing protections against medical rationing to patients. It has much to do with providing a financial bonanza for the denizens of the sue-for-profit, litigation industry, creating chaos in medical care, and paving the way for the government to come back to "solve" anew the resurgent problems of "spiraling health care costs" and the "growing number of the uninsured" that will result.

It is not well understood that the much-maligned health maintenance organizations (HMOs) are not the product of the free market, but rather the deliberate creation of collectivist academics and statist politicians. It was Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA), who has been for years a champion of socialized medicine, and self-described "Keynesian" president, Richard Nixon, who hatched the HMO Act of 1973 in Washington, supposedly to control the mounting health care costs.

The road to the problem...

Tuesday, April 1, 2003

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...

Keyword(s): freedom in medicine

Tuesday, March 11, 2003

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...

Friday, February 14, 2003

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,...

Keyword(s): health, nutrition

Saturday, January 4, 2003

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 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...

Wednesday, January 1, 2003

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,...

Keyword(s): CDC, health care policy

Sunday, December 29, 2002

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...

Keyword(s): Christmas

Friday, December 13, 2002

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...

Friday, December 6, 2002

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...

Keyword(s): Castro, Cuba, Cuban Revolution

Fransini Giraldo is a Colombian girl who dances her own style of Salsa. In this video, she dances to the rhythm of Sonora Carruseles de Colombia, presumably in the Colombia countryside. Published July 16, 2013.