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Michael Shaw
DC metro: Fairfax County, VA
Interests: Music, movies, human behavior, fitness (mental, physical, spiritual), true health care--not "disease care" which sadly is the current model
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This HND piece goes into the sordid tale of how a mediocre antiviral got stockpiled to the tune of billions of dollars, during the past flu scares. What's more, it was added to, and then removed from, the WHO Essential... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece gives a shout-out to our friends at the American Council on Science and Health, regarding their release of the wonderful (and free) Little Black Book Of Junk Science. Arguably, junk science has been around longer than fake... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Shaw's Eco-Logic
We have covered the low-salt diet mythology before, but in this review, we shine the spotlight on the first full-length book on the subject. Research scientist James J. DiNicolantonio has done a bravura job in presenting the case against low... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
We do a review of Dr. Matthew Hahn's new book over at HND. Hahn is a modern day country doctor who knows a thing or two about the difficulties of practicing good medicine in a era of so many...distractions. Naturally,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2017 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece examines one of the very few classes of drugs that earned a Nobel prize: Beta-adrenoceptor antagonists—aka beta blockers. As the name implies, the drug resists the actions of norepinephrine and epinephrine, thus preventing the raising of heart... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2017 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece puts the spotlight on nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and tries to cut through some of the scare-mongering—as people attempt to deal with chronic pain issues. To put things in prespective, we quote respected rheumatologist Dr. Don Goldenberg: "There... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2017 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece begins with a history of the natural products/supplement industry, and then segues into the reasons why more than 70% of the public takes supplements. After that, we consider the question of whole food sources of nutrition versus... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece is a follow-up to the article from last September. Put simply, ibogaine is a hallucinogen that shows promise in treating opiate addiction. However, its status as a Schedule I controlled substance has made it difficult—to say the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece picks up from my 2014 article. Official figures for the US—which most think are low—put the toll at about one per day. We quote one doc who thinks the deaths have increased since the advent of Obamacare.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece covers yet another outbreak of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus aka MRSA. What makes this one plain awful is that it occurred in a neonatal intensive care unit, and would not have even been reported publicly, but for "leak"... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2017 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece discusses how retired and suffering NFL players are turning to cannabidiol (CBD) to relieve their symptoms. Unlike denial, which was the NFL's primary response to concussions, the league sure knows how to deal with chronic pain—and that's... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2017 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece examines the very real problem of prescription drug abuse. The title derives from the sad fact that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. We cite... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2017 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece covers a bill being promoted by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), that would allow certain types of hearing aids to be sold, without the need for a professional consult. At first blush, this seems like a reasonable libertarian... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2017 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece takes to heart this statement from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): "Consumer self-care is becoming an important part of efficient and effective healthcare delivery. By exercising best practices of promoting wellness and preventing... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2017 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece is a follow-up to the previous entry—our annual treatment of autism. In this case, we focus on the works and comments of Michael J. Goldberg, MD. Goldberg has many documented cures of formerly autistic kids, concentrating on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2017 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece is the latest installmetn in our annual coverage of National Autism Awareness Month. This time, we look into compelling evidence that nasty herpesvirues CMV and HHV-6 could be involved in the epidemic of autism spectrum disorder. We... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2017 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece examines the radical—and completely sensible—ideas of physician/healthcare reform guru Kent Holtorf, MD. Holtorf's main premise is that an insurance model, whereby even routine services are covered, is doomed to fail. This failure is based on the rather... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece takes a look at a few new directions in healthcare IT. At the heart of this is a pretty serious role reversal: Healthcare is now dictating to IT. Healthcare is demanding better products, and no, one size... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece traces the long history of these oils, as they have been used for medicinal, as well as flavoring/perfuming purposes since ancient times. They are also part of seafaring materials known as "naval stores." Therapeutic applications of these... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece examines the problem of infertility—more common than you might think. And, yes, we do get into the statistics. In fact, we critique them, which helps us segue into the other part of the piece, which spotlights Mercier... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND article takes another look at chronic disease—you know, those conditions responsible for around 70 percent of all deaths. For those keeping score at home, we examined this topic last year, from a different angle. This time, we discuss... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece examines how clutter can affect one's health. Most of us know that hoarding can have awful effects, but it turns out that simple clutter can cause stress, and even depression. We quote expert Peter Walsh, who identifies... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2017 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece begins with a brief review of how energy is controlled in biological systems—namely the ATP-ADP cycle. From there, we move into cellular respiration and a short history of sports drinks. What we now call "energy drinks" usually... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2017 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece delves into a new form of treatment, that is now moving from elite athletes to the general public. We begin with a discussion of stem cells, and how they are key agents of healing—normally traveling to the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece takes a look at our largest organ...our skin. We start off with a bit of anatomy, and then segue into a few ancient remedies that are still very much in use today. Aloe, for example, goes back... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at Shaw's Eco-Logic