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D. S. Nelson

Why did CDC ignore signals its methodology was flawed for a decade or longer?

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On March 24, 2021, a scathing commentary was released by two researchers calling the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) overdose death statistics over the last decade firmly into question.

“In a 2018 report titled, Quantifying the Epidemic of Prescription Opioid Overdose…


Is the institution of science failing the American people?

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I have taken a long hiatus to write a series of (non-fiction) books related to the shocking decline of ethics in modern medicine and within the wider culture of academia. The series is called Gods & Machines and the first book in the series is titled “Villainy.” It will be available in stores around the second half of 2021. I’d like to share some excerpts from the book and provide you with an overview of the concepts Villainy will be introducing.


You may be next in line as the object of a false narrative…

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The National Academies released a new consensus report on December 19, 2019, and the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) released an announcement the same day communicating their intention to ‘develop the evidence’ for a new practice guideline for the treatment of acute pain.

The National Academies

There are…


Another Day, Another Guideline — Part III

The rest of America is about to suffer the consequences of unchecked power…

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The National Academies released a new consensus report on December 19, 2019, and the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) released an announcement the same day communicating their intention to ‘develop the evidence’ for a new practice guideline for the treatment of acute pain.

The National Academies

There are…


Social Structures & Their Evolution — Part I

How our social structure is evolving toward greater social control…

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It’s easy to assume, especially as an outsider or as someone who hasn’t yet been otherized, that everyone has the same level of opportunity in the United States, but the truth is, our social structure is quite a bit more nuanced than that. All one has to do to recognize this fact is to study our history as a nation. One important example of this lack of uniform opportunity is how African Americans have been treated historically. They were subjected to a rigid closed system within an already existing open class structure by force.


How Systems Thinking Can Solve The Overdose Crisis — Part I

We can solve the overdose crisis, but will federal agencies listen?

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Systems Thinking is important — and failures in this kind of thinking are killing thousands of patients by denial of safe and effective pain management, while many others suffer unnecessarily. This is indicative of a collapse of the systems' constituent parts, in this case, human beings.


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SDOH & The Emerging Surveillance Apparatus — Part I

Data that can influence things you never thought possible…

Social Determinants of Health or SDOH is a relatively new term that’s been spreading within the discourse of late in healthcare circles.


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ENFORCEMENT OF ETHICAL PRACTICE: A PERILOUS DOWNWARD TREND — PART I

What is the purpose of ethics guidelines?

Physicians have a duty to practice medicine within ethical guidelines and there are steep penalties for violations of accepted universal ethical norms, however, there have been many in the public eye of late who have been misleading the culture in regard to certain public health crises and not abiding by universal ethics principles. One example would be the overdose crisis and subsequent policies that were introduced and implemented to ‘correct course,’ many of which appear to be part of a systematic dismissal of human suffering once recent events, policy developments, etc., are compared in-depth.


Another Day, Another Guideline — Part II

As real-world evidence mounts showing harm, another guideline is issued…

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National Public Radio (NPR), among many other outlets, reported in its October 10, 2019 article that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a new guideline on how to ‘appropriately taper’ a patient off of their long term opioid analgesic medications, and warned that abrupt discontinuation of long term analgesic therapy could actually ‘harm them.’


Another Day, Another Guideline — Part I

And it’s harming unsuspecting Americans…

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First, let’s define our terms. What exactly is ‘evidence-based medicine’ or EBM? The Evidence-Based Medicine Working Group communicated in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that EBM ‘de-emphasizes intuition, unsystematic clinical experience, and pathophysiologic rationale as sufficient grounds for clinical decision making and stresses the examination of evidence from clinical research.’[1]

D. S. Nelson

Author of Gods & Machines: Villainy (2021) | #Technology & #Biopolitics at the intersection of #Health

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