1 in 5 children in the US face the stress of hunger. The unemployment rate hovers near 8%, with the unofficial rate estimated to be above 20% if you include those that have given up looking for work. An oxycontin epidemic continues to kill our youth. Our government continues to spend and run excessive deficits that promise to be a burden to future generations.
In the Presidential debate, the topic of public spending on science was touched on briefly, with President Obama saying that he wants to use some of the money now being spent on war, to spend more money on basic science to keep America in the front of scientific and technology.
But at this time when people need job training and assistance, the US government is spending $3.4 million on a study to figure out how many times someone needs to go to a chiropractor to get their back rubbed to alleviate migraine headaches. Yes, your tax dollars are being wasted on this and other questionable projects as part of the massive, and what I consider a largely unaccountable, NIH budget, and nowhere is this clearer than in spending of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), a part of the NIH that uses taxpayer money to fund studies on New Age therapies.
The following are just a few of the studies the NIH funded in 2011 where information is currently publically available:
- Massage in Rabbits. – $386,000 – Ohio State University. The official title of the study is “Massage Therapy in Eccentric Exercise Induced Muscle Weakness and Inflammation.” The principal investigator confirmed with me that it is as it read – a study applying massage to rabbits to try to figure out what is the best massage duration.
- The Role of Breathing in Meditation. $453,000 – University of California San Francisco. Yes, nearly half a million dollars of taxpayers money to tell us that breathing is important in meditation. I predict breathing is important in most things…
- Losing weight through meditation. $1,158,000 – University of California San Francisco. The study, entitled “Metabolic and Immunologic Effects of Meditation” seeks to find out if one meditates, will they shed pounds. My guess is if you meditate near your fridge, you probably won’t. Add this to the $480,000 to study “Yoga for Therapy of the Metabolic Syndrome” University of California San Francisco, and we can see a new Meditate and Yoga Your Way to Slim video soon.
- Structural, Functional, and Behavioral Effects of Meditation – Mass. General Hospital – $438,265. This study take 90 stressed out people and tries to figure out how meditation makes them relax.
- Mechanisms of Meditation – $320,00 – Emory University.