Operation Electrosmog Reduction, Part 2

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  For the past five years, since reading Zapped by Ann Louise Gittleman, I have tried to control my exposure to electromagnetic fields aka EMF as much as I can without going batty. Such is the glacial progress of EMF awareness in the general public that I can post this record of my EMF experiment from five years ago and not worry about it being outdated. I have definitely sensed EMF's effects. I wrote about a few of those experiences in part one of this experiment. In another episode I spent a week suffering from mysterious waves of fatigue, similar to blood-sugar drops, after I moved my TV-binge-watching spot from one side of my couch to the other (because adventure). When I realized I was sitting 18 inches from the…
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Discussion forum misinformation

Discussion forum misinformation

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Last updated July 2022 Some of us still remember when "regular" people were dressed, coached, prompted and edited before they were allowed to appear on any wide-reaching media -- on TV or in newspapers or magazines. Almost everyone on TV looked and sounded exactly alike and were probably clones of each other kept in a basement at CBS Studios and rented out to ABC and NBC. But they were polite and proper and gave you the idea that Americans were good people and that our educational system worked, darnit. Now we know better. Now we have the internet. Somehow Americans got the idea that if they can type, their opinions matter. (Let me be clear here -- except for one obnoxious industry shill, I have no complaints about MY commenters.)…
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Weird niacin deficiency symptom: perceptual changes

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Recently I came across a discussion forum referring to the use of niacin for social anxiety at multi-gram doses. One commenter mentioned that based on her experience, either niacin has to be repleted in much larger amounts than commonly believed, or plays a much more important role in the diet. Or both. This intrigued me. I’ve never experimented with niacin in any big way, because I never found any mention of big doses used for anything but heart disease or schizophrenia, the latter application made famous in the 60s by Dr. Abram Hoffer. Another issue was the annoying and unpredictable flushing. Somehow I had mistakenly concluded that niacinamide, a form that does not cause flushing, and no-flush niacin were the same thing, and since no-flush niacin definitely gives me flushes,…
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Look up and report Rx drug side effects online

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In the past few years several consumer-driven databases have sprung up that allow you to look up and report side effects to prescription drugs. The FDA's method of collecting and reporting side effects is slow and inefficient and relies mostly on doctors' reports of patient complaints. Apparently doctors tend to report only "medically serious" complaints like nausea or abdominal pain, and consider things like sexual dysfunction to be not worth mentioning. On top of that, many people don't even bother sharing side effects with their doctors, probably because they know the exchange will go like this: Doctor: Any problem with the flurextrothimstim? Patient: Yeah, my eyelashes started to fall out. Doctor: Really? I've never heard of that! Give me a call in a few months and tell me if it's…
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Reading guide

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I use my other social media feeds to highlight news items focusing on the effects of nutrition, the environment and prescription drugs on our health. Here are some of the websites I get my info from. Don't be put off by the Paleo sites if you're not Paleo -- they're not too self-righteous about it, although some of their commenters can be. The site authors have done a lot of thinking about nutrition and diet, and a lot of questioning of the beliefs held by the American healthcare system and the popular media. New York Times Health Feed ("Well") New Hope 360 Amanda's Health Journal Food Politics Beyond Meds Chris Kesser Discover's Health & Medicine RSS Feed Dr. Briffa Mark's Daily Apple Nature.com's News Feed New Scientist's News Feed The…
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Spotting planted product plugs on discussion forums

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My last online research project on an alternative health product reminded me that even in the best-run, most closely moderated discussion group, you can find promo copy disguised as user experience. In this case, the manufacturer has been in business for 40 years, has very little competition, and is pretty much the expert on the subject. Why they felt the need to resort to these "fake-dotal" tactics, I don't know. Maybe I'm so paranoid about the subject that I just misinterpreted an enthusiastic supporter with poor social skills. I ended up buying one of their products anyway, since there were bona fide reviews on enough different sites to convince me it was worth trying. Many forums now forbid links and product names in posts, but marketing hacks still get around…
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