A look at excited delirium

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This HND piece introduces the syndrome of excited delirium, which is well-known to medical examiners, EMS personnel, and emergency physicians—even if it seems to be denied by others. The irony here is that the syndrome was identified (under the name Bell's Mania) in 1849, and thus is hardly something new.

Unfortunately, politics and the pressure of "polite society" have kept excited delirium from entering the entire medical lexicon. The joke is that both the DSM-5 and ICD-10 describe identical syndromes, even if they don't use that name.

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COVID-19 panic porn

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This HND piece takes a look at the frankly outrageous and biased coverage of the latest outbreak of COVID. During the past few weeks, many young people gathered in close proximity at protest demonstrations and bars. And, during the same period, testing for the virus increased greatly. So, surprise, surprise, there are plenty of positives being detected.

At the same time, deaths are dropping like mad, and while hospitalizations are up in many areas, this includes people who have been delaying procedures, and many others who are positive for COVID, even if that is not their major complaint. Still, extra dollars are in play for calling everything "COVID." And, yes, there are also some severe legit cases of COVID in the ICU.

However for the most part, the people testing positive now are either asymptomatic, or have very mild cases of the disease. Be assured that the ensuing media circus reflects the most obscene injection of politics into public health in history.

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What about that second wave of COVID-19?

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This HND piece digs into the latest COVID scare—that it could come roaring back, worse than ever. We give you some background on principles of immunology, including the notion of herd immunity. More testing is showing more positives, and that should come as no surprise.

It should make you feel better that a number of authorities are not buying into this hype, and that comparisons to the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918-19 are ill-advised, given the great improvements in healthcare in the ensuing years, as well as the massive advances in mass communications.

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When failures in public health, science, and politics all converge

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This HND piece uses the current COVID-19 situation to examine what happens when politics enters the already failed worlds of public health and science. It starts with a look at how and why science got ruined. Naturally, that didn't help public health.

We then segue into the bizarre paradigm whereby protests against the lockdown are evil, but much larger protests following the death of George Floyd are not only benign to health, they are even necessary. So, protecting people from catching COVID-19 is the most important public health issues, until it isn't.

Of course, in such a discussion, it is impossible to not comment on the scandalously overblown and overrated Dr. Tony Fauci—and we do.

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Pulling out all the stops for a COVID-19 vaccine

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This HND piece puts the spotlight on an interesting approach to developing a COVID-19 vaccine: DNA medicine. The idea here is that DNA plasmids are introduced via a special device into the cell. There they trigger T cells to do their thing against the invading COVID virus. The company behind this unique approach is Inovio Pharmaceuticals.

Inovio has had some real success with MERS, caused by a related coronavirus, and initial studies look good for COVID. At present, Inovio is having some issues with one of its sub-contractors, and that is the subject of litigation, which hopefully should be resolved soon.

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A look at peptides

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This HND piece examines the emerging world of peptide supplementation. We start with a bit of biochemistry—pointing out that bioactive peptides include many hormones, antibiotics, and other compounds that participate in the metabolic functions of living organisms. A prime example is insulin, well-known to diabetics as one of the few substances that can rapidly lower blood glucose levels.

In a few cases, topical use of peptides (including collagen) and oral supplementation (creatine) are well-established. However, there are dozens of other peptides out there that are the subject of research, as well as semi-legal use by the public. The good news is that bioactive peptides are very powerful; the bad news is that bioactive peptides are very powerful.

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Shouldn't we expect more from our public health agencies?

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This HND piece examines the legacy of failure that is our public health agencies. We first focus on their handling of COVID-19, and the ridiculous policy of quarantining the healthy while ignoring the most vulnerable. This is brought into sharp relief when you realize that at least 43% of all deaths from the virus have occurred in nursing homes. And then, the frankly murderous record of New York state is compared with Florida. Florida— with a larger population and many more older residents—has a fraction of the deaths.

It hardly takes a rocket scientist to understand that forcing COVID-19 patients into such facilities is a recipe for disaster. So what does that tell you about the leadership of the Empire State? And, then there's the flagrant politicization in how the deaths from COVID are even being counted.

What about the entire theory behind the lockdown mentality? Prepare to be disappointed once again. If nothing else comes out of this pandemic, it should be the harsh realization that most medical academics and bureaucrats are little more than empty suits, whose value is immensely overstated. We then segue into the utter fiasco that is our record on obesity, dietary recommendations, and diabetes.

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Chronic halitosis is no joke

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This HND piece examines the all-too-common problem of chronic halitosis, going way back in time to find that the first breath mints were produced by the ancient Egyptians. And, that is just one of the interesting historical anecdotes we uncover.

We then move into a discussion of the science behind bad breath. It turns out the the main cause is volatile sulfur compounds (VSC) produced by anaerobic bacteria living on the tongue and nearby areas. So, those early commercials about killing the germs that cause bad breath were correct.

Then, we segue into a discussion of the Halimeter®, the world’s most trusted and widely used instrument for the analysis and treatment of chronic halitosis, manufactured by Interscan Corporation. The company has just launched its all-new Halimeter® PLUS, featuring brand new electronics, a real time graphic display, and an SD memory function. With this memory, the practitioner can store all patient readings, and export the data to Excel for further study.

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A look at nursing homes

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This HND piece examines the history and current state of nursing homes, and gives a possible explanation for the appallingly high rate of COVID-19 deaths that are occurring in these facilities. Of course, there are vast disparities in this fatality rate state-to-state with the worst offender—by far—being the state of New York.

We look at how Medicare defines the term "nursing home," and link to its handy tool that rates every such facility in the country. Then we segue into a searing attack on how these places are run, from a longtime advocate for change in the industry.

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My last article on COVID-19 (for now)

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This HND piece presents a few more observations and contrarian points on the ongoing crisis. We discuss a number of published studies that seriously question the rigorous lockdown approach. In the first one, TJ Rodgers says that there is no correlation between the length of lockdowns are how many lives were saved. A similar study from Western Europe echoes Rodgers' results.

Next, infamous Professor Lockdown (Neil Ferguson of the UK), he of the 2.2. million deaths in the US, has been completely discredited. And, his personal life has about as much integrity as his epidemiological modeling. For this, Elon Musk gets in his digs.

Then, we segue into a treatment of masks—and how to use them; and end with a few snarky comments from Lionel Media.

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