Archive | March, 2015

Pamphlet: Tobacco harm reduction, e-cigarettes, and e-cigarette use: an overview

25 Mar

The absolute truth!

Anti-THR Lies and related topics

by Carl V Phillips

For a seminar at the U.S. Senate offices today (which also featured Gregory Conley and CASAA’s Igor Burstyn), I prepared a handout that I think is the best way to give an overview of what the title describes.

[Update: I neglected to mention that the event was hosted by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), in the person of CASAA advisor Sally Satel. They and she did a great job of planning the event and getting a lot of people there to hear what we had to say. It was a great contribution to the cause.]

It is aimed at people who know a little bit about the topic, and thus have probably heard bits of the usual misinformation, but are fuzzy on even the basics. It glosses over the health science because Igor was covering that.

I figured I might as well share it more widely: Phillips…

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Letters From Those Abused and Afraid

14 Mar

Disrupted Physician

IMG_0873Letters From Those Abused and Afraid.

I am posting Dr. Roop’s letter below at his request. He specifically stated his name and contact information be included. I applaud his courage. Aswas the case with the Inquisition, this is system that relies, above all else, on secrecy and silence. Effective “Impression management” requires both the promotion of positive information and suppression of negative information.The “PHP-blueprint” has been effectively propagandized via a congratulatory back-slapping paradeof misinformation. This propaganda barrage includes both exaggeration of the existence anddanger of impaired and incompetent drug addled and misbehavingdoctors inflated capabilities in rooting them out and protecting the pubic from theircollective mayhem. Aimed at the legal, regulatory, administrative and legal arenas of medicine and thegeneral public this moral crusade has flourished without any meaningful opposition. Suppression of negative information is necessary and involves both removing it ( comments critical of PHPs are rapidly removed as spam)…

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We Have Germination!===Is the PP Debate Finished?

13 Mar

Bolton Smokers Club

OK. No big deal.

I sowed the seeds on the 11th, and now, the 14th, the little darlings are popping up all over the surface of the compost. Very tiny, of course, but visible. Three/four days has sufficed. What is important is that my home-gathered seeds are viable. They are third generation, and should be ‘acclimatised’ to my soil to some extent. The only inference that I draw from that is that the plants will be just a little ‘hardier’. I don’t quite know what I mean by that! Perhaps it means that cooler, wetter conditions will not deter growth initially but not stop growth in due course.


Another interesting point is that ‘toasting’ is becoming more and more obvious as a means of ‘ageing’ tobacco quickly. I have been at it again, toasting Red Virginia and using it in a blend. I wanted to confirm my initial impressions…

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The Aging Physician—Goodbye Dr. Welby!

12 Mar

Disrupted Physician


As a specialist in geriatric medicine  I have experience in taking care of a number of physicians who were referred to me for suspected cognitive decline. The first was a well-respected surgeon who was a pioneer in the development of his particular subspecialty and was still teaching and operating in his 70s.   Known for his breadth of knowledge about medical history and his sharp clinical acumen, he seemed to be slowing down.  Colleagues noticed he appeared fatigued and forgetful at times (not remembering his keys, having trouble finding the right word).  An internist colleague who knew him for 50 years curb-sided me and asked if I would see him.  He did not have a primary care physician or seen a doctor professionally in decades (a common phenomenon in this age cohort).

I met him the next week and he readily admitted to having difficulty concentrating and having trouble with his short term memory.  We reviewed his history…

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3 Mar



Nicotine Reduction Therapy, What’s really safe? The Truth & Perspective on the Gum, Patch & Drugs Over E-Cigs.

2 Mar

Nicotine Reduction Therapy, What’s really safe? The Truth & Perspective on the Gum, Patch & Drugs Over E-Cigs..

Concerns about Medical Boards

2 Mar

Incriminating, Discriminating Evocative.


Concerns about Medical Boards.