May 5, 2018

May 5, 2018
 

Over the past 24 years the United States and the world have made great strides in cleaning up the air we breathe. We have installed scrubbers to ensure cleaner coal burning, switched to Natural Gas and increased the use of wind and solar power. Developing countries no longer randomly use dirty energy and many of them are moving straight to clean sources of power.

We have increased efficiencies of motor vehicles and even large trucks have almost doubled their MPG during that time while cutting down on the smoke in the air. All of this has led to less respiratory problems, and less days that cities like Los Angeles, Houston and Tampa have a dark haze hanging in the air.

 

We have eliminated cigarette smoke in almost every indoor building and the air is much cleaner. How many of you would tolerate sitting down for dinner in a restaurant and having someone light up at the table next to you?

All of these improvements took a lot of work and dedication and no one wanted to give up and go back to the “way we were.” The same does not seem to be true when it comes to the American College of Physicians and their new 2018 Diabetes Guidelines. This week we have an exclusive article from Stanley S. Schwartz, MD and Mary E Herman, PhD on why the new ACP guidelines are a GIANT step in the wrong direction.

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We can make a difference!

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Dave Joffe

Editor-in-chief