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The Dose Makes the Poison in 400-Year-Old Murder

By Michael Arnold Glueck, M.D., and Robert J. Cihak, M.D.

A favorite focus of the Medicine Men column is how dose levels often transforms a beneficial medicine into a poison. Low doses of aspirin and radiation, for example, can reduce heart disease and eliminate cancer. High doses can kill.

The famous dictum, “the dose makes . . . → Read More: The Dose Makes the Poison in 400-Year-Old Murder

Witchfinders Persecute Hollywood

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Arnold and Anne Kopelson will produce the action-adventure tentpole Witchfinders for Regency Enterprises. The Justin Stanley and Shane Bitterling-penned spec script is “in the vein of Pirates of the Caribbean with witches.”

Witchfinders reportedly “centers on a group of 17th century witch hunters who are charged with destroying a . . . → Read More: Witchfinders Persecute Hollywood

The Deadly Trail of Psychology

By Selwyn Duke

Pain and suffering have been humanity’s constant companions since time immemorial, and man has always yearned to be liberated from life’s trials and tribulations. This yearning has given birth to much legitimate scientific and philosophical endeavor and has inspired many to look above themselves and find God. But it has also made . . . → Read More: The Deadly Trail of Psychology

Best possible result for single-tier medicare

By Dennis Bueckert

For defenders of single-tier medicare, Monday’s election results represent the best of all possible outcomes. For advocates of pay-as-you-go medicine, it’s a bitter pill to swallow.

After years of watching the principles of universal medicare get stretched and arguably broken by provincial governments, the New Democrats are in a position to . . . → Read More: Best possible result for single-tier medicare

Warning: Star Anise Tea’s & Herbals

Health Canada Advises Consumers Not to Ingest Teas or Health Products Containing Star Anise Unless it Is Identified as Chinese Star Anise

OTTAWA – As a precautionary measure, Health Canada is advising Canadian consumers not to ingest herbal teas or health products containing the herb “star anise” unless they are confident that it is Chinese . . . → Read More: Warning: Star Anise Tea’s & Herbals

Killer cyberappliances: Satan implicated

By Lester Haines

Inhabitants of the Italian village of Canneto di Caronia – previously evacuated after domestic appliances staged an inflammatory uprising – have made a fearful return to their homes.

The tiny hamlet earlier this year became the front line of the war of annihilation between man and machine when normally docile equipment – . . . → Read More: Killer cyberappliances: Satan implicated

Dalai Lama Says PETA Misrepresented Appeal

The office of the Dalai Lama said Friday that an animal rights group misrepresented the nature of a request by the spiritual leader that fast-food chain KFC not open an outlet in his homeland, Tibet.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, released a document Thursday from the Dalai Lama asking that the . . . → Read More: Dalai Lama Says PETA Misrepresented Appeal

Greens earn funding with 4 per cent of vote

The Green party, fighting to be recognized as a legitimate party, recorded a major boost to its fortunes on Election Night, winning four per cent of the popular vote.

The party, which had complained about not being allowed to participate in the two all-leaders’ debates, climbed more than three percentage points from the last . . . → Read More: Greens earn funding with 4 per cent of vote

Price of stamps going up again

Warning to letter-writers: Doing the write thing is about to get more expensive. Canada Post says the price to mail a letter in Canada will go up another penny to 50 cents early next year.

The new rate takes effect Jan. 17, a year after the last increase. The 2.04 per cent increase is . . . → Read More: Price of stamps going up again

Euro rights court backs ban on Muslim scarves

Banning Muslim headscarves in state schools does not violate the freedom of religion and is a valid way to counter Islamic fundamentalism, the European Court of Human Rights said yesterday.

In what could be a precedent-setting decision, the Strasbourg-based court rejected appeals by a Turkish student who was barred from attending Istanbul University medical school . . . → Read More: Euro rights court backs ban on Muslim scarves