The Plague – Drug Addiction: “Heroin use has increased a staggering 63 percent over the last 10 years”

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Heroin use has increased a staggering 63 percent over the last 10 years in the United States—an increase made all the worse by the growing abuse of prescription opioids such as oxycodone (Percocet), hydrocodone (Vicodin), and codeine. An alarming 45 percent of Americans addicted to heroin are also addicted to prescription opioids. Continue reading

Duh: Epigenetics is Another Pop Science Scam

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This is a good summary:

Since I started this website, I’ve written many posts on epigenetics, a term that now refers to modification of the nucleotide base composition of DNA by the environment or by other genes. Such modification—usually involving attachment of methyl groups to two of the four bases that make up DNA—may have significant effects on the organism, ranging from changed behavior to changed appearance. But “epigenetics” has been taken up by the “Darwin-was-wrong” crowd as a way to claim that environmentally induced epigenetic modifications of the DNA can be inherited in a stable fashion over generations and even produce adaptations—a decidedly non-Darwinian mode of evolution called “Lamarckian inheritance.” Continue reading