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  •  Harkin and Hatch are co-conspirators (2+ / 0-)
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    betelgeux, wildweasels

    Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Herbalife) gets cash for Institute after legislative favors.

    "The simple fact that Senator Harkin co-wrote the execrable Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) with the multi-talented Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT&founding Festival member) would be qualification enough, but Tommy Boy has engaged in more recent stupid.

    Harkin followed up DSHEA by creating the Office of Alternative Medicine in the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which morphed into the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM).  By alternative, we mean therapeutic approaches that are not embraced by conventional medicine, by which we mean approaches lacking scientific evidence and plausibility.

    Like a mildly abusive parent, Harkin has publicly expressed disappointment in the performance of his intellectually challenged brainchild:

        One of the purposes of this center was to investigate and validate alternative approaches. Quite frankly, I must say publicly that it has fallen short. It think quite frankly that in this center and in the office previously before it, most of its focus has been on disproving things rather than seeking out and approving.

    A lay person might, naively, think that NCCAM existed to scientifically test alternative modalities based on the idea that NIH is a science-based organization, not faith-based (e.g., Treasury Department).  Not so.  While NCCAM has been doing a lot of investigating (about $120 million per year recently), it has not nearly enough validating for Senator Harkin.  I don't know about you; but when I pony up $108, I expect either validation of my preconceived notions or sweet AIG bonuses, take your pick.  "

    I say good riddance to him.

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