Dr. Oz Loves His Snake Oil

There was a time when I wanted to like Dr. Oz. Sometimes when I was flipping through the channels I'd come across him giving solid, down-to-earth advice. But these days I'm more likely to see him peddling some new "nutritional supplement" as a miracle fat-burning cure.Julia Belluz and Steven J. Hoffman have a long article at Slate looking at some of Dr. Oz's recent claims, Dr. Oz’s Miraculous Medical Advice, which pretty much confirms my suspicions:In Dr. Oz’s New York City studio, ga … [Read more...]

Getting the Pill OTC?

After spending the past year listening to Catholic spokesmen attacking health care laws that provide funding for birth control, I'm curious to see their reaction to this article from the LA Times:The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists issued a call Tuesday for birth control pills to be sold over the counter. Currently oral contraceptives are available only with a doctor's prescription.In a policy statement, the organization argues that making birth control pills easier … [Read more...]

Things That Do and Do Not Belong In a Uterus

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Catholic Hospital Mergers

Yes, I know that phrases like "the implications of hospital mergers" probably drive traffic away from the site, but I find this disturbing. Via a site called Mergerwatch, I find that a local hospital is merging with a Catholic hospital system, and one result is a restriction on the types of services the hospital can perform:Northeast Health has agreed to abide by Catholic health restrictions upon completion of its affiliation with two Catholic systems, St. Peter’s Hospital (part of Catholic … [Read more...]

Vaccination and Taxes

The Australian government is considering a plan in which parents who do not vaccinate their children do not receive certain tax benefits. I would really love to see some financial incentive being used in the United States.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=759aqPB4OGA&feature=player_embedded#! … [Read more...]