Archives: 2002

Diagnosing Patients in the Absence of Data

December 22nd, 2002, No Comments

To the Editor, I am extremely embarrassed by the state of medical “science”, having just read the article, “What should we say to patients with symptoms unexplained by disease? The ‘number needed to offend’” by Stone et. al. In this day and age of access to science, technology, history and philosophy, we have come to […]

Don’t believe claims that pesticides are safe!

December 16th, 2002, No Comments

To the Editor: After reading Vroom’s editorial, “Another View of Pesticide Use,” it is plain to see why it is against federal law for stakeholders (manufacturers, applicators) to make claims of pesticide safety to the public at large. Vroom ignores a huge body of literature detailing how decades of organophosphate use have affected people of […]

Problem of Lost Health Benefits Is Reaching Into the Middle Class

November 25th, 2002, No Comments

To the Editor, Your 11/25/02 article detailing loss of medical insurance omits the most glaring example of lost but critically needed health insurance. I refer to the plight of the newly disabled. The Social Security Administration notes the huge rise in disabilities among non-senior citizens, telling us to expect that 3 our of every 10 […]

The Manipulation of Memory for Fun and Profit

November 16th, 2002, No Comments

[OpEd submission to the Washington Post:] In her OP-Ed column of 11/16/02, [Ellen] Goodman raises an extraordinarily crucial point when she asked, “Isn’t human suffering more than a matter of chemistry?” The answer is very complex and intimately tied to the concept of a mind-body division which is financially beneficial to the status quo in […]

CMFS is an Overdiagnosed Complaint – Examine physician symptoms!

August 10th, 2002, No Comments

To the Editor, Bass and May, cite a frighteningly high percentage of persons whom they feel qualify for a diagnosis of “chronic multiple functional somatic symptoms”. There is no doubt that such a diagnosis will fit certain individuals. However, the criteria used for making this determination was as follows: Potential CMFS patients may be identified […]

EPA proposal for acceptable levels of sarin

January 28th, 2002, No Comments

To: Dr. Paul Joe, CDC Re: Worker/population exposure to Organophosphate-based Chemical Warfare Agents I have just read the Federal Register notice publishing a proposed rule on exposure limits for three organophosphate based chemical formulations. This response questions the appropriateness of suggesting that any exposure limits can be set which would be below the level of […]

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