Sunday, April 24, 2016
Maybe you’re better off not having the surgery but taking the painkiller.
– President Barack Obama
Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges regulations to limit physician’s prescription of opiate pain medication.
– News report
States enact laws limiting opiate pain relievers in both dosage and length of use.
– News report
In discussing his health-care plan, President Obama declared that chronic pain medication is an alternative to surgery in elderly or infirm patients — or perhaps all patients. More recently, the director of the CDC declared that chronic opiate medication is addictive and will be severely curtailed.
But these pronouncements are mutually contradictory. In fact, they may be seen as a cruel confidence game — pressure people to forego surgery in exchange for pain medication, then confiscate the pain medication. Whether this is done by design or negligence, it is politically fraudulent and...
Sunday, April 10, 2016
Just this week we received the raw data, scanned files of the transcript of our 1996 Congressional Testimony. Recently I’ve written a lot about when an internal medicine specialist, a neurosurgeon, and I testified before the House Appropriations Committee recommending that Congress refuse to pay for gun control-motivated junk science. We had all independently become aware of and alarmed by the trend of medical journals and societies using their prestige to generate results-oriented research articles that all carried the same message — guns are like virus, and owning them is a disease.
Part of the public health-gun ban lobby axis, we had discovered, was the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC had noble origins of fighting infectious diseases such as malaria that are rare in America today, but once regularly took lives. With its adoption under the federal government in what is now the Department of Health and Human Services, it took on the aggressive posture of all federal bureaucracies by expanding its mission.
In the 1990s influential bureaucrats at the CDC found another deadly “disease,” gun violence. Forming...