Jeff Stier

Posted August 28, 2012

The Obama Administration would like to have us believe that his agencies have struck a reasonable approach to using its regulatory powers. In his Executive Order on regulatory reform last year, the president proclaimed (in part), "Our regulatory system must protect public health, welfare, safety and our environment while promoting economic growth, innovation, competitiveness, and job creation. It must be based on the best available science." (Executive Order 13563, January 18, 2011.)

Posted July 26, 2011

Vocal patient advocates are increasingly distorting public health priorities, research agendas, and even public policy. Media and policy makers, as sympathetic to the voices of patients and family members as the rest of us, are giving the advocates influence that outweighs their credentials.

Posted July 13, 2011

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the 60,000 doctor-strong professional association, is calling for a government ban on “junk food advertising” to kids to help curb childhood obesity as four Federal agencies prepare to recommend “voluntary guidelines” that take more than a few steps in that direction.

Posted June 01, 2011

Taxing any disfavored behavior takes us down a slippery slope leading to government intervention into every decision we make. Such a scheme could never be fair and effective.

Posted June 01, 2011

Taxing any disfavored behavior takes us down a slippery slope leading to government intervention into every decision we make. Such a scheme could never be fair and effective.

Posted April 18, 2011

When it comes to regulating pharmaceuticals, it is important to remember that there are no "safe" drugs. All medicines have benefits and risks and they must be weighed against each other for each particular patient's unique circumstances.

Posted February 28, 2011

In a culture fascinated with celebrities, we should remember that those we gawk at may be very talented and are often even brilliant -- at what they do. But just like we probably shouldn't watch most scientists act, sing, or worse yet, model, let's keep the celebrities in their proper places too.

Posted February 23, 2011

Why would the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) overturn its own scientists and decide to regulate trace levels of perchlorate in drinking water after it recently decided it didn't need to be regulated?

Posted June 21, 2010

When journalists give an award to one of their own, you’d think they’d honor reporting that rises above that of others in journalistic quality.

Posted May 19, 2010

Attacks on industry-funded science are often cloaked in a call for simply more disclosure of the source of funding for a given study. And who could be against more disclosure?

Posted May 03, 2010

We have the safest food supply in the world today - it has actually never been safer. But there is always room for improvement. After more than a year of deliberation and negotiation, the Senate is poised this week to pass The Food Safety Modernization Act.