Big Picture News, Informed Analysis

This blog is written by Canadian journalist Donna Laframboise. Posts appear Monday & Wednesday.

This Blog Will Return May 20th

In the interim, I recommend this brilliant essay on what the coronavirus has taught us.

April 22, 2020

Civil Liberties, the Economy & Typhoid Mary

Let us not be cavalier about the coronavirus. Let us pay proper respect to the dead.

April 20, 2020

Belgium: Coronavirus Hotspot

The death toll you’ve heard almost nothing about.

April 15, 2020

Inside America’s Hospitals

The coronavirus is straining the healthcare systems of the richest nations in the world.

April 8, 2020

How NYC’s Leaders Betrayed the Public

Medical bureaucrats wrapped themselves in the cloak of science. They said the battle was against paranoia, misinformation & stigma. Thousands have now perished.

April 6, 2020

Why Homemade Masks Make Sense

Coronavirus deaths follow choir practice. A grassroots, homemade-masks-for-all movement gathers steam. 

April 1, 2020

Losing Doctors on the Battlefield

163 61 physicians have died in Italy. They’re also dying in France, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

March 30, 2020

The Virus and the Fires

When things are dire, humans accomplish amazing feats.

March 25, 2020

Protect Hospital Staff, Or Healthcare Collapses

Doctors on the front lines are shouting from the rooftops.

March 23, 2020

Best Coronavirus Memes

Humour is our secret weapon.

March 18, 2020

From Valentine’s to Friday the 13th

Four weeks ago, we lived in a different world.

March 16, 2020

Italy’s Hospital Meltdown

Coronavirus has turned hospitals into war zones, say Italian doctors. 

March 11, 2020

So You Thinks SARS Was No Big Deal (Part 1)

Canada was the only country outside Asia in which people died from the SARS coronavirus. A doctor and two nurses were among its victims. All three were in their 50s.

March 9, 2020

Coronavirus Math: The Number I’m Watching

How are different countries coping? What is the case fatality rate?

March 4, 2020

When Is A Pandemic Not A Pandemic?

The World Health Organization is playing games.

February 26, 2020

Suicide Crisis, Climate Propaganda

How can zero deaths be a ‘health emergency’?

July 15, 2019

Diabetes, Doctors & Real World Results

Some people are ‘curing’ their Type 2 diabetes by changing what they eat.

June 3, 2019

Mice, Medical Research & the Media

Reputable media outlets routinely mislead the public when reporting the latest scientific discoveries.

April 17, 2019

Canada’s Carbon Tax Will Kill People

‘Winter mortality is lower when the price of heating is lower’: new research report. 

April 8, 2019

Vaccines & the Globe’s Most Vulnerable

Tourists who eschew vaccination are reintroducing disease to less affluent countries.

February 27, 2019

Butter, Cream & Grains of Salt

Peer-reviewed science can be found to support nearly every position.

July 23, 2018

What the Thai Cave Rescue Teaches Us About Nature

Humans make things safe, clean, and healthy.

July 11, 2018

Is Tomato Soup Good for You?

‘Healthy’ is now being defined in radically different ways, by different interest groups.

May 14, 2018

Eat Your Veggies (With Lots of Butter)

In the low-carb universe, vegetables are served with lots of butter, mayonnaise, and hollandaise.

May 11, 2018

Perverse Scientific Incentives

There are structural reasons for the low quality of much scientific research.

April 18, 2018

Science is Not Truth

We need to lose our naivete. Many scientific findings are neither crisp nor clear.

April 16, 2018

Is Fruit Good for You?

Fruit may be natural, but its sugar content has increased due to selective breeding.

April 2, 2018

Chicken Wings & Potato Skins: My New Health Food

If fat were the villain we’ve been told it is, I should have gained 40 pounds.

March 28, 2018

Exercise Won’t Keep You Slim

People who exercise regularly still gain weight.

March 23, 2018

Defining High Blood Pressure

Changing definitions of ‘normal’ blood pressure means more people are coping with drug side effects.

March 12, 2018

Bogus Blood Pressure Readings

Doctors and nurses rarely follow the rules when collecting important info about our health.

March 9, 2018

Medical Flip-Flops

Standard medical practice is often pointless, risky – and a waste of money.  
 

March 7, 2018

Unethical Behaviour at the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association didn’t bother to replicate pivotal research before it told the public to change its behaviour. The result was an uncontrolled public health experiment.

January 24, 2018

About That French Paradox

When scientists began believing that high fat diets & heart disease went together, this wasn’t true in 8 European countries.

January 22, 2018

When Government Makes You Fat

After the high-carbohydrate Food Pyramid was introduced, diabetes shot through the roof.

January 19, 2018

Obesity, Diet Pills & Death

Whether it’s climate science or medical science, a fake crisis leads to bad decisions that harm real people.

April 10, 2017

Suddenly Sick: The Foibles of Medical Science

Climate science and medical science have things in common. Including suspect behaviour on the part of the United Nations.

March 29, 2017