D. S. Nelson
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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.

The scope of the problem with CDC’s unintentional poisoning statistics, expounded upon by these two researchers in regard to…

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A press release posted by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform today provides the results of an investigation by the committee uncovering a corrupt scheme by several Trump Administration associates to capitalize on suffering veterans.

The three accused Trump associates from the former president’s private golf club known as…

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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.

This announcement comes on the heels of an…

Another Day, Another Guideline — Part III

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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.

This announcement comes on the heels of an…

Social Structures & Their Evolution — Part I

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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…

How Systems Thinking Can Solve The Overdose Crisis — Part I

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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.

We’ve all seen the…

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SDOH & The Emerging Surveillance Apparatus — Part I

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

SDOH is a new all-encompassing model that’s being integrated into the current healthcare model, and it’s driving the evolution of the industry as well as public health practice…

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

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…

Another Day, Another Guideline — Part II

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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…

D. S. Nelson

Author of Gods & Machines: Villainy (2022) | #Technology & #Biopolitics at the intersection of #Health

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