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Laurie taught herself to read at age 4 by analyzing the spelling of the rhyming words in Green Eggs and Ham, by Dr. Seuss. She has worked as an editor in medical and academic publishing for more than 25 years. She is the author of five books:

  • Don't Feed the Narcissists! The Mythology and Science of Mental Health
  • Not Trivial: How Studying the Traditional Liberal Arts Can Set You Free
  • Thin Diabetes, Fat Diabetes: Prevent Type 1, Cure Type 2
  • No More Measles: The Truth About Vaccines and Your Health
  • Where Do Gorillas Get Their Protein? What We Really Know About Diet and Health

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(28 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Measles Attacks the Immune System and Can Infect the Brain Like HIV, the measles virus infects the immune system. Fortunately, we can drive measles into extinction through a global vaccination campaign.
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(39 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 29, 2017
Science Journal Spreads False Rumors About Vegan Diet An article published in the prestigious journal PNAS falsely claims that a shift to a vegan diet would be harmful to human beings. The article was written by people who study livestock, not human health and nutrition.
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(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 31, 2017
Doctors Should Use Vitamin C to Treat Sepsis A combination of intravenous vitamin C, vitamin B1, and steroids prevents people from dying of sepsis. Doctors should not wait for a placebo-controlled study before they start using this simple, cheap, and safe treatment for a disease that threatens life and limb.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 21, 2017
Can Donald Trump Read? Donald Trump does not use teleprompters. Is it because he cannot read? Donald Trump shows many of the telltale signs of functional illiteracy. Journalists should demand that President Trump show us whether he can read.
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(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 20, 2016
How Language Arts Teachers Will Save Democracy To play a meaningful role in politics, you need some skills that should be taught in language arts class. Teachers need to ignore the "experts" who want to strip the traditional disciplines (phonics and grammar) out of the curriculum.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 17, 2016
See a Registered Dietitian (RD) Instead of a Lyme Literate MD (LLMD) Many patients are being given a false diagnosis of chronic Lyme disease. As a result, they are given treatments that do no good and may do serious harm. The overuse of antibiotics in these cases is a threat to public health, as well as to the patient.
(28 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 29, 2016
Who Took the Mercury Out of Vaccines? Jill Stein has suggested that the FDA cannot be trusted to make good decisions about vaccine safety. In reality, our vaccines are safe because FDA and CDC take vaccine safety very seriously. The best way to fight the false rumors about vaccines is to focus on disease eradication. Once a disease is extinct, sales of the vaccine against it drop to zero.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 21, 2016
Should Psychiatrists Render Opinions on Political Candidates' Mental Fitness? American psychiatrists are not supposed to offer psychiatric diagnoses of public figures whom they have not formally evaluated. Fortunately, we voters do not need the psychiatrists' help in judging whether a public figure has a personality disorder.
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(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 9, 2016
This Summar, Cure Your Child's Dyslexia Dyslexia is not a brain disease. It is the result of using sight words instead of phonics for teaching reading. This summer, use phonics to teach your child to read.
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(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 8, 2015
Nearly Everything You Have Been Told About Diabetes Is False The most common form of diabetes can be reversed by eating a low-fat, purely plant-based diet. Unfortunately, doctors have been learning practically nothing about nutrition and dietetics in medical school. To solve this problem, healthcare reform activists need to lobby state legislatures and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 26, 2015
Kim Davis and Civil Disobedience Kim Davis's refusal to issue marriage licenses was an act of civil disobedience. Civil disobedience is political theater. For an act of civil disobedience to be effective, its actors must be well-cast, its audience must be large, and its message must resonate with that audience. When progressives use civil disobedience, it means they are serious. When conservatives resort to it, it means they are losing.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 2, 2014
Can You Read This? (How Sight Words Cause Dyslexia) Even the children who have learned several hundred sight words cannot read real stories. Until the child learns phonics, any attempt at reading a real story will be a humiliating, pointless ordeal.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 20, 2014
The Most Violent People on Earth! Toddlers are like tiny drunks. To transform them into well-behaved children, you need to teach them important lessons, such as don't hit people. To help them grow into responsible adults, you must teach them a set of subjects that are sadly being neglected in our public schools. Subjects such as grammar, logic, and rhetoric were once called the liberal arts because they were to be reserved for free men, as opposed to slaves.
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(57 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 8, 2014
The Fed Is Not the Problem 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.
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SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 24, 2014
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.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 15, 2014
Should You Moderate Your Web Site 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.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 9, 2013
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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 23, 2013
Is Logic Politically Incorrect? Some people on the left believe that logic is "Western." Yet that belief may be a symptom of a cultural bias called Orientalism.
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 28, 2013
Why Blame the Teachers When the Problem Is Their Bosses? 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?
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 28, 2013
Eating Meat, Dairy, Eggs, and Fish Can Make Your Breath Stink! 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.

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