Sorry for the unexpected blogging hiatus. We had a death in the family, so I have been busy and out of town. I will have my next post up in the next few days, but in the meantime, here are a couple of interesting articles for discussion.

1. A new study, published last week, says that perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) may lessen the efficacy of certain vaccines. The study showed that children with higher levels of PFCs in their blood produced fewer antibodies after receiving vaccinations.

Are PFCs a contributing factor to the increased number of “booster shots” children receive in comparison with the previous generation?

Could PFCs also affect immune responses for conditions against which a child has not been vaccinated? 

2. Dr. Robert Lustig, of YouTube fame (if you haven’t seen his lecture, it is well worth the 90 minutes of your time!), makes some drastic recommendations for public health policy changes to reduce sugar consumption.

Should sugar be a “controlled substance,” like alcohol and tobacco? 

Should the government have the right to exercise certain controls over what we eat? Why or why not? What level of control is reasonable?

Oliver and his great-grandmother (my grandmother) — an amazing woman, who will be sorely missed by all of us.

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