CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 1986
Spence Carlsen's letter (Feb. 14) likening frost-resistant bacteria on strawberries to DES hormone or the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant overlooks the fact that advancement may involve some risk. Such reasoning used to say that if God had meant for man to fly he would have given him wings. The real issue is whether or not the benefits outweigh the risks. I will "seriously contend" that the possibility of increased agricultural productivity is more than an "economic motive," and I am sure that people starving to death in Africa would agree.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 1998
So about 100,000 people die each year from properly prescribed drugs, and another 2.2 million suffer reactions serious enough to require medical attention (April 15)? I can't see a single reason why Americans need anything more powerful than aspirin to protect themselves in a society where microorganisms are running wild. No possible benefit from medicines can outweigh this sort of drain on our hospital emergency rooms. Oh, wait a second. This letter was supposed to be about guns.
April 10, 2002
Re "Fat Deductions From the IRS," editorial, April 5: This is really good. We have tens of millions of poorly nourished families on subsistence diets and without medical services, but our duly elected politicians, evidently representing the will of the people, are thinking of giving tax breaks to those who simply eat too much. Should the will--or lack of willpower--of the 54 million obese people outweigh that of the other 230 million? A great country, or what! M.E. Gedgaudas Newhall
July 18, 1999
The only "movement" Kid Rock is advancing toward is self-destruction, and there's absolutely no reason why we should read about it ("Don't Let Him Kid You," by Natalie Nichols, July 11). Not only are his sexual habits and drug use completely revolting, but they are incredibly expected from a rock star who has way too much money, and not a lot of talent. A month ago, Jay Leno, on his weekly tour of the streets to find stupidity and ignorance, bumped into Kid Rock, who unsurprisingly managed to miss every simple question that Leno asked.
July 9, 2008 |
Medical castration to treat localized prostate tumors does not prolong survival and its side effects far outweigh any potential benefit for most patients, researchers reported today. The technique, which involves using drugs to block the body's production of the male hormone androgen, is a powerful tool when used in conjunction with surgery or radiation for treating aggressive prostate tumors.
December 4, 2013 |
The anti-vaccination movement has long been a public menace. It's responsible for the resurgence of numerous serious diseases that were on the decline, including measles, mumps and whooping cough. Now the movement has been given a big booster shot by Katie Couric, who devoted a large portion of her daily talk show Wednesday to some highly emotional and scientifically dubious claims by critics of Gardasil, a leading vaccine for human papillomavirus, or HPV. The segment focused on a mother convinced that her 20-year-old daughter died after a cycle of Gardasil immunization, and a second family whose 14-year-old daughter fell ill after the shots.