Dr. Marc Siegel is a practicing internist and an associate professor of
medicine and a fellow in the Master Scholars Society at New York
University School of Medicine. He is a weekly columnist for the New
York Daily News, a frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post and The Nation. He is a member of the board of contributors at USA Today. He appears frequently on CNN, the Fox News Channel, and the NBC Today Show. He is the author of False Alarm: the Truth About the Epidemic of Fear and most recently, Bird Flu: Everything You Need to Know about the Next Pandemic (Wiley).
The city lacks the resources to address its residents' urgent mental health needs.
The United States has fueled a worldwide overreaction to the threat of a bird
flu pandemic, putting AIDS, malaria, malnutrition and other crucial
global health programs at risk.
Vaccine production in the United States is in an alarming condition--with drug-makers wedded to outmoded techniques and government more focused on terror than pandemics.
Why are so few elderly people signing up for the new
Medicare drug benefit? It's cumbersome, costly and totally confusing.
It has all the makings of a horror flick, but panic over a
possible bird flu pandemic is following a time-honored script:
sensational media reports, profit-hungry drug manufacturers and
politicians eager to capitalize on fears.
Darwin's discoveries about evolution never argued
against the existence of God. And the theory of "intelligent design" is
a dangerous attempt to undermine science and justify a literal reading
of the Bible.
Some people are scaring themselves about the wrong
things in ways that are doing terrorists' work for them. Here's one
physician's prescription for bringing irrational fears under control.
What are your thoughts on mercury in vaccines and any possible side-effects?
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