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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 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
This HND piece examines how the widely-publicized notion of "fake news" has now crossed over into the relatively obscure world of addiction treatment. We focus on story run in the Washington Post, that merited something beyond elementary fact checking. The... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2017 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece covers familiar (probiotics) and not-so-familiar ground (prebiotics). Probiotics, of course, are the good microorganisms living in your gut. Prebiotics are particular plant fibers that favor the growth of good bacteria. By some accounts, they also retard the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2017 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece starts off by examining the science behind a few popular health-oriented old wives' tales. It then segues into a more detailed look at why cold and damp weather really does promote aches and pains. Thanks to an... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2017 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece describes one more example of bringing "eee-ville" psychedelics into mainstream medicine. A few months ago, we covered the marijuana extract, CBD. Although the term "PTSD" is relatively new, the condition goes back to antiquity, and I discuss... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece covers two somewhat unique and completely unrelated topics: Polydactyly and black-eyed kids. I've always thought that people with functional six-fingered hands are more common than reported, simply because there's no reason TO report it. Indeed, the best... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2016 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece tries to tone down the sun exposure hysteria, just a wee bit. You see, exposure to those awful rays is still the easiest way to get your very necessary Vitamin D. In fact, there's plenty of data... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2016 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece covers one more infection control problem at a VA hospital, only this time, it involves dental work. What makes this one so bad is that there is absolutely no mystery as to what went wrong. You see,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2016 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece starts off by discussing some key points from the excellent 2007 book The Medicalization of Society: On the Transformation of Human Conditions into Treatable Disorders. It then works its way to a few comments on the long-running... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2016 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece focuses on the world's most dangerous animal (to humans). And that, of course, is the lowly mosquito, responsible for the deaths of more than 1 million people every year. We go on to explain that this little... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2016 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece analyzes the silly pontifications of a well-known dean of a well-known school of public health. His particular comments were actually posted before the election, but he recast them as suggestions for President-elect Trump. Since the guy is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2016 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This is a guest post from Micah Ali, of the Compton Creek (California) Mosquito Abatement District One of the chief responsibilities of government is to educate people about the risks of exposure to—and ways to prevent the spread of—a public... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2016 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
As you might expect, some of the sore losers from the world of Science are piling on Donald Trump, and are getting all frantic about how he will ruin their cushy arrangements. I'm talking about foreign slave labor (grad students),... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2016 at Shaw's Eco-Logic