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Alcohol: Why do we drink?
Graham Peebles: There are, of course, varying levels of alcohol consumption and many types of drinker, but why do people drink at all and why do governments allow alcohol to be commercially sold and energetically promoted? ... Like many problems of contemporary life the reasons are complex, interconnected and woven into the worldwide mode of living, the values it promotes and the conditioned social behavior produced. Individual success, competition and conformity to a certain lifestyle are some of the prominent ideological characteristics of the time; all are divisive in varying degrees and contribute to an atmosphere of anxiety. ... Like all types of consumerism, at the heart of alcohol use sits desire, the desire to escape unhappiness and to be happy, and the desire for comfort, for freedom from distress. ... “Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside.”... Visit Website ]
Sep 8, 2018, 3:30pm

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Chemically Induced Frankenstein-Humans
Robert Hunziker: One of the biggest open questions of the 21st century is whether 144,000 different chemicals swirling throughout the world are properly tested and analyzed for toxicity. By almost all accounts, the scale of toxic risk is unknown ... Correspondingly and very likely, not yet 100% proven but probably 99%, as a result of ubiquitous chemical presence, one hundred fifty million (150,000,000) Americans have chronic disease ... Why? ... Chemicals found far and wide throughout America alter human hormones as well as human DNA, which passes along generation-to-generation known as transgenerational inheritance. ... Researchers believe that every adult disease extant is linked to epigenetic origins. ... Visit Website ]
Sep 5, 2018, 12:49pm

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Inside the Secret Network Providing Home Abortions Across the US
Lizzie Presser, Guardian UK: Women are working outside the law and the medical establishment to meet the demand for safe, cheap terminations ... On a winter morning, Anna* walked the aisles of an herbal medicine store, picked up a bottle each of blue cohosh and black cohosh, along with a plastic bag of pennyroyal tea, and drove to the topless bar on the edge of town where she worked. There, she met Jules, another dancer. They performed on a small stage with crystal curtains, the green light of an ATM flashing on their left, until 9pm. The women, both in their 20s, then drove to the Motel 6 where Jules lived and entered her dim room on the second floor, which smelled of grape cigars. Anna pulled out the tinctures and tea and explained the plan. She was going to help Jules try to have an abortion.... Visit Website ]
Aug 27, 2018, 2:16pm

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The Surprising Links Between Your Mental Health and Everyone Else’s
Travis Lupick: Nearly 50 percent of people in the U.S. will experience a mental health disorder at some point in life. Every single person, every day, passes through the continuum that is mental health, from building resilience to dealing with challenges such as anxiety and depression to recovering from trauma to living with severe disorders that need constant medical care. ... “There are three different kinds of causes of depression, and we’ve been focusing way too much on the biological ones and not anywhere near enough on the social and psychological ones” ... This broader understanding of mental health—as a continuum, and one that is deeply and continually affected by environment, circumstance, and experience—is further revealed in the many statistics repeated after the suicides in June of celebrities Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade... Visit Website ]
Aug 21, 2018, 4:59pm

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“Don’t Be Stupid, Be a Smarty”: Why Anti-Authoritarian Doctors Are So Rare
Bruce E. Levine: “Don’t be stupid, be a smarty, come and join the Nazi Party” is an intentionally obnoxious line from the hilarious “Springtime for Hitler” in Mel Brook’s The Producers. Not hilarious is the reality that doctors in Nazi Germany were “smarties” in Brook’s sardonic sense, as they joined the Nazi SS in a far higher proportion than the German general population. ... Also not funny is that U.S. doctors and healthcare professionals—from their “aiding torture” (description used in the CIA Inspector General’s Report) at Guantánamo Bay, Abu Ghraib, and elsewhere to the more recent drugging of detained child migrants—have served U.S. authoritarian policies... Visit Website ]
Aug 16, 2018, 2:50pm

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Sorry, Bernie Is Right
Matt Bruenig: Mainstream fact-checkers are still trying to discredit Bernie Sanders's Medicare-for-All plan. But there's no way around it: single-payer is entirely realistic. ... Two weeks ago, the libertarian Mercatus Center released a report estimating the cost of Bernie Sanders’s Medicare-for-All proposal. Like most think tank products, the author and communications team behind the Koch-funded Mercatus report carefully cultivated a certain kind of media coverage in pursuit of their political agenda. ... The first sentence contains the claim that many journalists put as their headline and lede: Medicare for All will “increase federal budget commitments by approximately $32.6 trillion” between 2022 and 2031. The rest of the abstract, and indeed the rest of the text of the paper, omits the more important fact that their estimate states that overall health expenditures would fall by $2 trillion over that period.... Visit Website ]
Aug 13, 2018, 12:08pm

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Research Shows Entire Black Communities Suffer Trauma After Police Shootings
Tasha Williams: Police killings of unarmed African Americans have created a mental health crisis of enormous proportions. ... Research included data from the Mapping Police Violence Project database for police killings between 2013 and 2016 and information from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System of over 103,000 Black Americans. The results indicate that police killings of unarmed Black Americans are having a population-level impact on the mental health of Black Americans. ... That means the mental health burden for African Americans caused by police killings of unarmed Black victims is nearly as great as the mental health burden associated with diabetes... Visit Website ]
Aug 3, 2018, 3:44pm

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What Will Happen If Abortion Legislation Is Turned Back to the States?
Kirsty Vitarelli: A hostile Supreme Court ruling will make an unwanted pregnancy “so much worse for more and more people,” said Megan Malloy, senior policy manager for the Guttmacher Institute, a research and policy organization involved with advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights. “The impact will be felt hardest by people who are already disadvantaged in their access to healthcare and reproductive health — those on low incomes, people of color, and the young.” ... “We need to be focusing on giving people all the information they need to self-manage their abortion for whatever reason, be that for increased privacy, or due to a more restrictive legal situation." ... The ACLU maintains that a woman’s right to choose is a civil liberty, and more than half of America agrees, with the Pew Foundation pinning support at 57 percent... Visit Website ]
Aug 2, 2018, 3:12pm

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Private Insurance Companies Don’t Care About the Elderly
Joel Dodge: Long-term care is a vital part of any health system. And the only way to fund it is through Medicare for All. Our current system for paying for long-term care is deeply inadequate. While Medicare funds most other healthcare costs for seniors, it does not cover long-term care (except for short stints following hospitalization)... There are four good reasons why single-payer is the clear solution for our long-term care system. ... 1. The private market for long-term care insurance is dysfunctional. ... 2. It’s extremely difficult for people to plan ahead for their long-term care needs. ... 3. Most other developed countries guarantee universal coverage for long-term care. ... 4. Attempts at incremental reform in the US have failed. ... Visit Website ]
Aug 1, 2018, 4:20pm

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Standing Rock Medic Bus Is Now a Traveling Decolonized Pharmacy
Mary Annette Pember: This bus was indeed an old friend. It has a lot of history helping indigenous people; it served as a kitchen and then a treatment center for the Medic + Healer Council at the Standing Rock water protector camps. Now it’s been transformed into a bus for the Canoe Journey Herbalists, who are currently accompanying the approximately two-week-long annual Native American traditional canoe gathering along the Pacific coast of Washington and Canada. The journey is expected to culminate in a final stop in Puyallup, Washington, on July 28. Over 100 canoes from more than 70 tribes registered to participate this year. ... “This is about decolonizing herbalism” ... The herbalists are indigenous-centered and -led and intend to teach people how to harvest plants sustainably as well as the importance of sharing both the plants themselves and the knowledge of their use... Visit Website ]
Jul 29, 2018, 3:26pm

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How Trump Is Helping the Baby Formula Industry Mislead Moms About Breastfeeding
Julia Belluz: Public health institutions, including WHO and governments around the world, have been working to encourage and support moms in breastfeeding, and also counter marketing claims by food companies suggesting formulas are an equivalent substitute. ... But the US has often been a roadblock to improving global breastfeeding standards ... The Trump administration is carrying forward America’s damaging history of putting industry ahead of public health when it comes to moms’ and babies’ health ... “We are seeing trade interests rather than public health interests dominating now” ... if the Codex committee sides with the US, the industry could avoid the tougher regulation and standards infant formula has been subject to — standards that have averted thousands of deaths around the world... Visit Website ]
Jul 11, 2018, 3:44pm

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Questions About a Popular Antibiotic Class
Martha Rosenberg: Antibiotics, once considered benign drugs, are raising new and disturbing questions. Excessive medical and agricultural use of antibiotics is now clearly linked to antibiotic-resistant microbes or superbugs. Worse, antibiotics are now known to have negative effects on the microbiome, sometimes called the body’s second brain, contributing to obesity, diabetes and problems with mood. ... One of the most problematic antibiotic classes are fluoroquinolones which have also been best sellers. ... But by 2008, Cipro and its drug class were under a cloud thanks to an FDA announcement that cautioned fluoroquinolones posed an increased risk of tendinitis and tendon rupture... Visit Website ]
Jun 24, 2018, 10:53am

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When Cuban Polyclinics Were Born
Don Fitz: As discontent increases with overly expensive and totally inadequate US health care, it is time to look closely at the beginnings of the modern Cuban medical system. Like the US, Cuba had unintegrated, overlapping medical institutions that failed the poor, especially black, population of the island. Though several European countries have developed health care systems about 40% cheaper than the US, Cuba was able to craft health care which became more than 80% less costly than the US with a roughly equivalent life expectancy. ... During the second half of the decade (1964-1969) Cuba began redesigning medicine as a holistic system. It’s created a model for poor countries that forever changed medicine. Cuba did so largely by putting the polyclinic at the center of care delivery... Visit Website ]
Jun 22, 2018, 11:32am

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Pesticides Are Making Children Aggressive
Evaggelos Vallianatos: Pesticides cause a multitude of adverse effects on humans. However, they are especially harmful to children. They may have something to do with the mass-shootings in schools all over America because some of them are neurotoxins. This means they affect and damage the central nervous system and the brain – of all animals, including humans. ... Professor Guillette studied Yaqui children, four to five years old. These children live in the Yaqui Valley of the Sonora state in northwestern Mexico. Agriculture in the Yaqui Valley is industrialized so the use of pesticides, including the DDT-like organochlorines banned in the United States, is heavy. In such an environment, the exposure of children to dozens of different toxins is a documented fact. ... Guillette found that those children had weaken stamina; could not catch a ball at a distance of three meters; failed to be fully creative in their play, failed to remember meaningful statements after thirty minutes; roaming aimlessly or swimming in irrigation ditches with very little interaction. ... In addition, these children were aggressive... Visit Website ]
Apr 15, 2018, 2:40pm

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The Plight of Pakistan's Lady Health Workers
Hafsa Adil, Al Jazeera: Underpaid and under threat, dedicated female workers strive to improve the health of impoverished women and children. ... For Pakistan's Lady Health Workers, it is a life of verbal threats, physical abuse, and unpaid salaries. ... The South Asian nation of more than 207 million people is one of three countries in the world, along with Afghanistan and Nigeria, where the transmission of the potentially deadly polio virus is ongoing. ... In 2017, five polio cases were reported in five districts in Pakistan, down from 306 cases across 43 districts in 2014. ... The Lady Health Worker Programme was introduced in Pakistan in 1993 in order to make primary healthcare accessible to women who are confined to their homes, and to effectively administer immunisation campaigns among children. Currently, 125,000 women are employed as part of the health programme... Visit Website ]
Apr 11, 2018, 3:32pm


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