Dependence Day

Dependence Day

Independence Day is our most endangered holiday. We should celebrate it while we still can. The entire concept of independence — of autonomous citizens making their own choices in the pursuit of their own happiness — is under attack. The American war for independence...
The Dangers of Government Medicine

The Dangers of Government Medicine

When the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that there was no chance of an Ebola outbreak in the United States, I suspected that we were doomed. President Barack Obama responded to the scourge in Africa by ordering “boots on...
Officially Killing Americans Courtesy of the FDA

Officially Killing Americans Courtesy of the FDA

The Food and Drug Administration can make two types of errors. It can approve a drug that has dangerous unanticipated side effects, or it can reject or delay approval of a drug that is safe and effective. Let’s look at these errors, because to err on the side of...
Health By Government Permission

Health By Government Permission

The Food and Drug Administration is a huge, unwieldy, distant and indifferent bureaucracy. After more than a century of regulation, it follows a well-established pattern in the history of the U.S. Government. It relentlessly, voraciously and persistently seeks to...
The Hydra of Government Medicine

The Hydra of Government Medicine

We value physicians for their ability to optimize the length and quality of our lives. They value treating and preventing illness, relieving pain and curing disease. Yet the relationship between doctors and patients is increasingly under attack by a relentless...
The Separation of Medicine and State

The Separation of Medicine and State

The federal government in general, and the Food and Drug Administration in particular, increasingly inject themselves into direct control of every medical practice. The FDA is aggressively moving past its lock on the approval of every medication and all medical...

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