Archive for the 'Medicine' Category

Winding down the War on Drugs

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Nevada voters approved medical marijuana at the polls, placing it in the state constitution in the year 2000 and instructing “The Legislature shall provide by law for … appropriate methods for supply of the plant to patients authorized to use it.” Now, sick Nevadans can pay a $150 fee and acquire a physician’s recommendation for […]

‘Sustainable’? Tell me your time frame

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

A regular reader writes in to protest my assertion that America now has enough proven fossil fuel reserves to last for centuries, warning “Fracking technology isn’t sustainable.” As with other shorthand terms designed to eliminate case-by-case by analysis, when “unsustainable” comes to mean merely “bad,” the results can get silly. We know where the term […]

From the Mailbag

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

From the mailbag Another Fearless Drug Warrior is writing my boss at the daily Review-Journal, trying to get me fired. One “Scott Miller” wrote in on March 12: I must state upfront that I am not a regular reader of any Stephens publications and am not likely to become one in the foreseeable future. Because […]

Making life worse for those in pain

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

During the Christmas season, 1994, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration put Las Vegas medical doctor Dietrich Stoermer, who had treated our troops in Vietnam, on trial here for writing “too many” painkiller prescriptions. Since other doctors worried about being “red-flagged” by the drug police if they took on the cases of chronic pain patients, Dr. […]

Obama turns focus to destroying economy

Friday, February 15th, 2013

In his State of the Union speech Tuesday, President Barack Obama made a few favorable references to his erstwhile opponent, Mitt Romney, the guy who four months ago was such a heartless cad that he “didn’t even care” that some woman got sick and died years after she left a company that Bain Capital took […]

‘A dramatic increase in neurological diseases’

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

JoAnn Rupiper, a former pediatric nurse now employed by the Southern Nevada Health District, spoke Jan. 26 at the 2013 Live Well Health Expo at the Bill and Lillie Heinrich YMCA, here in Las Vegas. A report on her talk, billed as intended to “dispel vaccine myths and misconceptions,” appeared in the Jan. 27 Review-Journal. […]

And now the clock chimes, and all the impostors drop their masks …

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

“U.S. Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada said Wednesday he would not rule out allowing tax rates to increase for higher-income Americans if it is coupled with substantial spending cuts … in a bid to avoid the ‘fiscal cliff,’” the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported last week. Few bothered to read further down, where the newspaper reported […]

Two billion dollars paid out for vaccine injuries

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

A local medical doctor wrote in a letter to the Review-Journal on Aug. 17, in response to my Aug. 12 column, complaining that Suprynowicz “add(s) to a gross misunderstanding” by expressing my “consistently erroneous opinion that shots … cause brain defects in children. This has been soundly disproved by extensive medical research. The shots are […]

How are we doin’?

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

How are we doing, safeguarding those “unalienable Rights” with which we are “endowed by our Creator” — in support of which 56 patriots solemnly pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred Honor, 236 years ago? We remain free by many measures. Americans can still pretty much live where we want, work where we want, […]

‘Free medical care guaranteed for all’

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

I recently finished the second book in Allen Steele’s Coyote series, 2004’s “Coyote Rising.” We’re eight pages from the end of this 382-page science fiction novel. The outnumbered space colonists have managed to defeat and ship home the invading earth army that tried to impose communism on the planet Coyote. Guerrilla leader-turned-president Carlos Montero walks […]