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Laurie has worked as a medical editor and writer for many years. She is the author of Not Trivial: How Studying the Traditional Liberal Arts Can Set You Free.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014     

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The Fed Is Not the Problem
(57 comments) Ignore the conspiracy theories. The Federal Reserve is not the problem. The problem is that ordinary people are not electing people who care about ordinary people.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014     

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Yes, Virginia, the Income Tax Is Constitutional
The U.S. Constitution gives the federal government the power to lay and collect taxes. However, it originally required that the amount of direct taxes (such as income or property tax) collected from each state had to be proportional to the state's population. That rule was overturned in 1913, with the ratification of the 16th Amendment.

Thursday, May 15, 2014     

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Should You Moderate Your Web Site Comments?
(2 comments) Is the comment section of your Web site a forum for serious discussions that advance understanding and help build consensus for productive action? Or is it a nasty playground for bullies? Laurie Endicott Thomas explains how you can enforce civility in your Web site's comments section.

Monday, December 9, 2013     

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High-Carb Diets Improve Blood Sugar Control
Back in the 1920s and 1930s, medical research showed that high-fat and high-protein diets undermined the body' ability to control blood sugar. In contrast, high-carbohydrate diets improved blood sugar control, in diabetics as well as in healthy subjects. Yet many physicians today are still telling their patient to reduce their intake of carbohydrates.

Saturday, November 23, 2013     

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Is Logic Politically Incorrect?
(1 comments) Some people on the left believe that logic is "Western." Yet that belief may be a symptom of a cultural bias called Orientalism.

Monday, October 28, 2013     

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Why Blame the Teachers When the Problem Is Their Bosses?
(12 comments) Why blame the teachers for the problems in our public schools, when most of those problems are the result of policy decisions that are made at the top of the educational establishment?

Saturday, September 28, 2013     

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Eating Meat, Dairy, Eggs, and Fish Can Make Your Breath Stink!
(1 comments) Dental problems can cause bad breath, but so can eating too much protein, especially protein from animals. Animal protein is particularly rich in the sulfur-containing amino acids that give rise to stinky compounds such as methyl mercaptan.

Friday, September 20, 2013     

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Low-Fat, Plant-Based Diet Protects the Prostate
A low-fat, high-fiber diet helps prevent prostate enlargement and prostate cancer. It can even help to prevent the progression of existing prostate cancers.

Monday, September 2, 2013     

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Is Dyslexia Really a Learning Disability?
(24 comments) The word dyslexia was originally used to refer to the loss of the ability to read after a brain injury. Today, it is applied to seemingly normal children who are not learning to read in school. But is the problem really in the child, or is it in the school? Labeling the child as learning disabled can cause the problems in the school to go unrecognized and unsolved.

Sunday, April 14, 2013     

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Why Trolls Attack!
(27 comments) Some Internet trolls are just jerks. They simply want to annoy other people. Others imagine that they are taking part in a genuine intellectual exchange. The problem is that they never learned grammar and logic in school. Thus, they never learned to parse or reason. As a result, they have no idea that they are unreasonable.

Saturday, February 23, 2013     

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What I Learned From the McGuffey Readers
(5 comments) The McGuffey Readers taught me that the children of my generation were learning abnormally slowly by historical standards. The problem was that the educational system in the United States had abandoned direct instruction in intensive phonics. Our educational system is still using sight words instead of intensive phonics for teaching reading, and children are still learning slowly, if at all.

Saturday, February 16, 2013     

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Why Not Let a Child Escape From a Bad Teacher?
(4 comments) If a child is suffering because his or her teacher is a bully or is simply not connecting with that child, why should the child have to finish the entire year in that classroom? Transferring the child to a different classroom can help the child and can reveal the cause of the problem.

Saturday, January 26, 2013     

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You Can Fix Stupid
(10 comments) Comedian Ron White says, "You can't fix stupid." Yet philosophy and education were developed specifically for the purpose of "fixing stupid." If people remain stupid after having been through school, then their schools need to be fixed.

Sunday, December 16, 2012     

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The Unspeakable Original Intent of the Second Amendment
(42 comments) The original purpose of the Second Amendment was never to enable citizens to attack their government. It was to enable white men to control slaves and Indians.

Friday, November 2, 2012     

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Lesson from the Hurricane: We Need Government, Not Charity
(9 comments) Big disasters show us the need for big government. If we had to rely on private charity, the help that we'd get would be too little, too late, wildly inappropriate, or with too many strings attached.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012     

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Hopefully, Grammar Schools Will Go Back to Teaching Grammar
It's okay to use 'hopefully' as a sentence adverb. It's not okay that so many of our public schools in the United States have stopped teaching grammar. The study of grammar provides the basic skills that one needs for logical thinking. That's why grammar was traditionally taught to free people but not to slaves.

Friday, July 20, 2012     

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If You Don't Know English Grammar, You'll Have Trouble Learning Foreign Languages
(7 comments) Americans have trouble learning foreign languages because American grammar schools have stopped teaching grammar.

Sunday, July 15, 2012     

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The Three Stooges Do Phonics!
The Three Stooges knew the importance of systematic instruction in phonics. Unfortunately, many of our educators do not.

Saturday, July 7, 2012     

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Some Kids Can't See Well, But Some Grownups Lack Vision
If you want children to focus on their schoolwork, make sure that they can see!

Monday, June 4, 2012     

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Someone Else's Weed-Killers Are Killing My Tomato Plants
(1 comments) Beware of using manure to fertilize your vegetable garden. The manure could contain long-lasting herbicides (weed-killers) that can destroy your vegetables.

Sunday, May 13, 2012     

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Starches Are the Solution to Your Weight and Health Problems
(7 comments) The Starch Solution explains that a diet based on unrefined starches and vegetables is the easy and natural way to control weight and prevent or reverse chronic disease.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012     

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Why Did the Educators in the U.S. Abandon Phonics?
(1 comments) The scientific evidence was always clear: intensive phonics is the best way to teach people to read English. So why did so many American educators discard phonics altogether, or at least push it to the sidelines? Is it because effective public education was destroying the privileges of the upper middle class?

Tuesday, March 27, 2012     

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Constipation Can Cause Pants-Wetting and Bed-Wetting
If a child or teen is wetting his or her pants or wetting the bed, the real cause may be constipation. Adding more fiber to the diet and eliminating dairy products usually solves the problem.

Thursday, March 22, 2012     

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Yet Another Silly Study About White Rice!
(3 comments) A recent article blames white rice for obesity and type 2 diabetes. Yet populations that have based their diet on white rice have been largely free of both problems. How can that be?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012     

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Should Children Learn to Read What the Writer Actually Wrote?
(3 comments) Children who aren't taught phonics have trouble learning to read. Many educators think that it's okay to teach children to guess instead of to read what's really on the page, but is that really reading?

Friday, March 16, 2012     

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Does Your Child Need Drugs or Phonics?
(6 comments) Many emotional and behavior problems in children are the result of an ineffective approach to teaching reading, not to a disease of the child's nervous system. Many of these problems go away by themselves if a proper method is used to teach the child to read.

Friday, March 16, 2012     

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Is Your Child Really Reading, or Just Guessing?
This article describes a simple test that parents can use to see whether their children are really reading, or are simply guessing. Unless children can accurately identify the words that were actually written, they aren't reading.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012     

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Even Small Amounts of Any Animal-Source Foods Are Bad for You
(32 comments) A recent study showed that eating a lot of red meat is hazardous. Yet earlier work showed that eating any animal-based food is hazardous.