Tag: public health
Public Health Bureaucracies Consolidate Power as Pandemic Continues
In a surprising memo released last month by Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, federal agencies under the umbrella of his department are now prohibited from passing additional regulations on food, medicines, medical devices, and vaccines without Azar’s approval. As stated in the memo, “Any prior delegation of rulemaking authority, including the...
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Scientific Policy in Response to COVID-19
We have all heard, from politicians and from scientists, that the public-policy response to the COVID-19 pandemic should be based on science. For example, Joe Biden’s website recommends we “Ensure that public health decisions are made by public health professionals and not politicians, and officials engaged in the response do not fear retribution or...
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Fluoride Fear Makes a Comeback
“Have you never wondered why I drink only distilled water, or rainwater, and only pure-grain alcohol? Have you ever heard of a thing called fluoridation of water? Do you realize that fluoridation is the most monstrously conceived and dangerous Communist plot we have ever had to face?”
Who Should Regulate Tobacco Products? Less Is More!
Over the past year, the Food and Drug Administration undertook a “historic crackdown” of the e-cigarette industry. Recent bans on selected e-cigarette flavors are certainly a step in this direction. With promises for “aggressive action” by FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, more heavy-handed regulations are likely to follow. The FDA certainly has increased its regulatory...
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Government vs. Private Efforts to Promote Breastfeeding: My Response to a Critic
Private efforts to promote childhood nutrition (specifically breastfeeding) are superior to government “solutions.”
New Blood-Pressure Guidelines Raise Concerns about Interest-Group Lobbying
On November 13, 2017, millions of Americans had high blood pressure for the first time. It wasn’t even Thanksgiving.
EPA Undermines the Fight Against Zika Virus
Other than anarcho-libertarians, most agree that government has a role to play in preventing and suppressing epidemics, a classic public-health problem. Viral or bacterial infections are not passed from animal to person, or person to person, by voluntary exchange. Instead, proximity to another’s infection can lead to an individual’s becoming infected, notwithstanding any market...
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Twelve Parallels in Political Economy
The federal budget is to a tolerable government as the Palace of Versailles is to a two-car garage. *** The Code of Federal Regulations is to the rule of law as a trainload of cyanide is to a nutritious diet. *** A member of Congress is to the preservation of our liberties as a member...
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Swine Flu Is the Health of the State
Statists across the spectrum are playing up the swine flu as more evidence that we need more state action and government power. Liberals see it as an excuse for more public health programs. Conservatives see it as a reason for clamping down on the border (not just conservatives—a Democratic Congresswoman has called for a...
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