Op-eds
Is Clinton’s Health Less Important than Trump’s?
Is Clinton’s Health Less Important than Trump’s?
by Gerard J. Gianoli, M.D. - http://EarAndBalance.net Imagine, if you would, that tomorrow Donald Trump suffers a concussion. Suppose he trips on a flight of stairs, falling down and hitting his head. The head injury is so severe that he is unconscious for a time and has to be hospitalized for a week. After getting out of the hospital, the Trump campaign tells us that he has fully recovered and that there are no lingering effects of the head trauma. During the following weeks, he is seen in public to wear glasses with a Fresnel lens on one side. He... read more
Is Hillary Clinton Medically Unfit to Serve?
Is Hillary Clinton Medically Unfit to Serve?
By Jane M. Orient, M.D. Some Republicans as well as Democrats have used the term “unfit to serve” about Donald Trump, based on things he said, and what they assume he might have meant. Surely his style can be abrasive and blunt. But a huge number of ordinary Americans cheer him, probably because he said what they were thinking. They don’t have an evil, ungenerous, uncompassionate, racist, bigoted heart, and they assume he is like them. They are sick of being pushed around and disrespected by the politically correct crowd who are hypersensitive about almost everything--but constantly spew profane, obscene,... read more
A Tale of Two Conventions—Controversy and Deceit
A Tale of Two Conventions—Controversy and Deceit
By Gerard J. Gianoli, M.D. - http://EarAndBalance.net “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” It was a time of controversy and a time of deceit. The Republican and Democratic National Conventions, now just over, showed some stark contrasts. The Republican National Committee along with many in the GOP were less than pleased with the eventual nominee—Donald Trump. However, the controversy surrounding Mr. Trump’s nomination, for all its warts, was open for everyone to see. There was never any secret that the “GOP establishment” didn’t want a Trump nomination. Some of the prominent GOP stalwarts refused... read more
“Welcoming” Zika to the United States
“Welcoming” Zika to the United States
By Jane M. Orient, M.D. The Zika virus has arrived in a trendy area in North Miami, Florida. The numbers are so far few, but unlike the more than 1,600 other Zika-infected patients in the U.S., these patients had no history of travel to outbreak areas or known contact with people who had such a history. So, how did it get here, and how do we stop it? It did not get here because of “global warming” or “climate change.” That dreaded apocalypse has been taking a break for at least 18 years. In any event, Zika (or climate change)... read more
Making American Medicine Great Again
Making American Medicine Great Again
by Jane M. Orient, M.D. The Republicans are at it again: trying to tweak a bad idea, make it “bipartisan,” and set a flawed system more firmly in concrete. What we really need is a Republican reform—one that can restore the Republic, along with medicine. Yes, ObamaCare needs to be repealed—every last syllable. But that’s not all. To make America and American medicine great again, we need to remember what made it great in the first place. It was, to quote Dinesh D’Souza’s great insight in his book Stealing America, the “anti-theft” society. That’s what attracted people like him from... read more
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