The food chain Chipotle recently announced that none of its offerings will contain ingredients from GMOs. Henry Miller devastates this piece of grandstanding in the Forbes.com post “Chipotle: The Strangest Restaurant Menu Ever:”
Reversing past policy, FDA will begin to regulate a class of products called “laboratory-developed tests” (LDTs), sometimes called “home-brew” tests because they are developed in and used in a single clinical laboratory rather than being manufactured and sold by big companies. There are far better options that would not obstruct innovation.
An increasingly frequent and worrisome phenomenon that unnecessarily threatens human health and the natural environment is “regrettable substitutions,” which refers to bans or limitations on certain products, even though the alternatives might pose risks that are uncertain or greater. It calls to mind the old saying “out of the frying pan and into the fire.”
The data could not be more clear: The chances are vanishingly slim that kids born into fragile families headed by young, poorly educated, low-income adults are going to be able to close the gap with kids born into stable, two-parent families headed by professionals in their thirties and forties.
If the FDA regulates, it will not be to make e-cigarettes more available. It will be to make them more costly, either in terms of accessibility or in terms of price, or both. If so, the FDA regulation will slow this healthy substitution away from more-toxic substances.
Modern society deeply depends on doctors. Which is why recent international reactions against doctors – from mistrust to outright attack – represent a disturbing trend that can not only lead to an immediate threat to global health workers but also precipitate that all-feared outbreak of an uncontrollable epidemic.
The Working Group on Health Care Policy devises public policies that enable more Americans to get better value for their health care dollar and foster appropriate innovations that will extend and improve life.