Big Picture News, Informed Analysis

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

Eastern Europe’s COVID Woes

While many of these nations skipped the first wave, they’re struggling now.

November 18, 2020

Record-Breaking COVID Deaths

April 17th was the worst day for reported COVID deaths globally. Until the past two weeks. We’ve now blown past that record seven times.

November 16, 2020

Money, Medications & COVID

Experts with fewer financial ties to drug companies are noticeably more supportive of an inexpensive, off-patent drug.

November 9, 2020

COVID: Worries, Weariness & Humility

We don’t know what’s coming next – and the past three months are not a reliable predictor.

October 26, 2020

Pandemic Bungling Undercuts UN Goals

German study calls public transit ‘the big loser.’

October 7, 2020

Vaccines Are Complicated

Eager as we are for a COVID vaccine, we need to be realistic about possible harms – and a plausible timeline.

September 30, 2020

Is COVID Responsible for Only 6% of US Deaths?

When someone commits suicide, comorbidities on their death certificate don’t mean they didn’t kill themselves.

September 28, 2020

Davos and COVID-19

While our ‘thought leaders’ worried about the elderly in the year 2050, a virus that would kill hundreds of thousands of elderly people this year was spreading like wildfire.

September 23, 2020

Blog Returns Sept. 23

I’m deep diving into a new research project. There’s lots to read and lots to learn.

September 7, 2020

Science, Skepticism, and Irony

An impressive new book about the shortcomings of scientific research is inadvertently ironic.

August 31, 2020

Will Skyscrapers Survive COVID?

Tall buildings, dependent on elevators, have become precarious investments.

August 26, 2020

Hydroxychloroquine & the Judgment of History

How a safe, well-understood malaria drug was demonized as a COVID-19 treatment. Because a politician said good things about it.

August 24, 2020

A Few Months of Hindsight

Journalist George Gilder declared the pandemic over in April. Mathematician Isaac Ben-Israel insisted the virus would burn out everywhere 70 days after it began.

August 12, 2020

Funerals Have Spiked in Numerous Nations

Across the globe, many more funerals are being held this year than normal.

August 5, 2020

WHO: Disinformation from the Top

The head of the WHO isn’t annoyed his organization learned about the coronavirus from third parties. He isn’t angry it had to ask China for info more than once. In fact, he’s been covering for China.

July 22, 2020

WHO Now Says China Didn’t Report Coronavirus – Corrects Timeline

After implying for months that China followed international rules, the World Health Organization backtracks.

July 20, 2020

Secrecy & Stonewalling: China and SARS 1.0

China gave the WHO permission to send in investigators, but wouldn’t allow them near the affected area after they’d arrived. They departed empty-handed, two weeks later.

July 15, 2020

Where Are COVID Deaths Rising?

Chile, Peru, Brazil, and Mexico have experienced dramatic increases. So have New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts.

July 8, 2020

40 Days in Brazil

Forty thousand Brazilians have died of the coronavirus in the past 40 days.

June 24, 2020

Financial Conflicts & the Retracted COVID Research

Lead author, paid by drug companies, gives the all-clear to products those companies sell. World’s leading medical journal fails transparency test.

June 22, 2020

Retracted Papers Written by Journal VIP

The lead author of two retracted COVID-19 papers is editor-in-chief of an Elsevier medical journal.

June 17, 2020

What Went Wrong in Massachusetts?

State hit disproportionately hard by the coronavirus.

June 10, 2020

Staggering Death Rate in 7 US States

American deaths per million equal or exceed Europe’s worst-hit nations in several locales.

June 3, 2020

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

176 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