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Nutritional psychiatry: can you eat yourself happier?
Amy Fleming: What we stick in our mouths matters to our mental health ... simply following a healthier diet – without other lifestyle modifications such as exercise, but taking into account things such as education, income, bodyweight and other health behaviours – results in a 30% reduced risk of depression. ... That healthier diet may vary from country to country, but research has shown that, regardless of where you live, eating closer to a traditional, pre-industrial diet rich in plant foods, fish, unrefined grains and fermented foods, with less meat and highly palatable processed and snack foods, reduces your risk of depression. ... But, crucially, it is not enough just to eat well: you need to consume all the nutrients and fibre your body needs – and avoid significant consumption of refined and heavily processed foods. “People are eating all this stuff that’s toxic and detrimental to their brain health”... Visit Website ]
Mar 18, 2019, 4:39pm

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Marijuana Law Reform Continues To Make Progress
Here are the top ten events that shaped cannabis reform in 2018: ... #10: States, Localities Move to Expunge Past Marijuana Convictions ... #9: FDA Approves First-Ever Plant-Derived Cannabis Medicine ... #8: FBI: Marijuana Arrests Spike for Second Straight Year ... #7: Legal Marijuana Access is Associated with Reduced Opioid Abuse ... #6: Incoming House Rules Chair to Allow Floor Votes on Marijuana-Related Measures ... #5: Governors Campaign, Win On Marijuana Legalization Platforms ... #4 Canada Legalizes Adult Marijuana Use and Retail Sales ... #3: Congress Amends CSA to Lift Ban on Commercial Hemp Production ... #2: Marijuana Initiatives Win at the Ballot Box ... #1: Public Support in Favor of Adult Use Legalization at Historic Highs... Visit Website ]
Jan 5, 2019, 2:33pm

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Do Sleeping Bears Hold Secrets for Human Health?
Louisa Willcox: By now most of Yellowstone’s grizzly bears are snug hibernating in winter dens, safe at last from human dangers. ... But in the darkness below the snow, mysteries and miracles unfold, apropos of our Christmas season. Researchers have long known the basics of bear hibernation. These bruins don’t eat or drink or excrete waste for between 150 and 180 days. But when grizzly bears crawl out of their dens in spring, they are specimens of health. They lose very little bone strength or lean muscle mass, though they may lose as much as 30 percent of their fall weight. ... In modern ecology, you hear that the grizzly bear is an “umbrella species.” The health of grizzly bear populations engenders health for entire ecosystems. Ancients had a different way of orienting to the same issue. There is an old story of a bear that goes into her den to dream the world into being each winter. In her imagination, she creates each plant and animal — entire ecosystems — during the long barren months... Visit Website ]
Jan 2, 2019, 4:02pm

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Ralph Nader: Canada's Health Care System Puts America's to Shame
Costly complexity is baked into Obamacare. No health insurance system is without problems but Canadian-style single-payer— full Medicare for all— is simple, affordable, comprehensive and universal. ... In Canada, everyone is covered automatically at birth – everybody in, nobody out. ... In Canada, the health system is designed to put people, not profits, first. ... In Canada, coverage is not tied to a job or dependent on your income – rich and poor are in the same system, the best guaranty of quality. ... In Canada, health care coverage stays with you for your entire life. ... In Canada, you can freely choose your doctors and hospitals and keep them. There are no lists of “in-network” vendors and no extra hidden charges for going “out of network.” ... In Canada, the health care system is funded by income, sales and corporate taxes that, combined, are much lower than what Americans pay in insurance premiums directly and indirectly per employer. ... In Canada, there are no complex hospital or doctor bills. In fact, usually you don’t even see a bill. ... and many more differences ... Visit Website ]
Dec 27, 2018, 2:40pm

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A Nobel Prize-Winning Cancer Therapy Will Be Unaffordable for Most Americans. Public Pharmaceuticals Can Help Change That.
Dana Brown: Last week, researchers James Allison and Tasuku Honjo were awarded this year's Nobel Prize in medicine for their work on cancer immunotherapies, heralded by the Nobel committee as "seminal discoveries" that "constitute a landmark in our fight against cancer." ... Immunotherapies like those developed on the basis of Allison and Honjo's work are indeed an important step towards a whole new way to treat cancer, as well as a host of other chronic diseases. However, this Nobel award should remind us that these innovative therapies are out of reach for so many patients in the United States due to the exorbitant prices drug companies charge for them. ... Immunotherapies constitute a part of the class of drugs called biologics (as opposed to chemical pharmaceuticals) that have shown very promising results in treating many previously intractable conditions... Visit Website ]
Oct 10, 2018, 3:24pm

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There's No "Food Revolution" in the US's Prisons
Bill Berkowitz: The foodie revolution may be televised, but it hasn't touched the chow consumed by the incarcerated in prisons and jails across the country. America's incarcerated are subject to overcooked, foul-tasting, soggy, nitrite-heavy, nutrient-lacking, spoiled, unhealthy food. The only pop-ups in prison food is wondering what in the heck might pop out of a typical unpalatable dinner tray. ... "The U.S. prison and jail population is now the highest per capita in the world with 2.2 million inmates, which means institutions across the country are trying to cut costs wherever they can: It often ends up being the kitchen that suffers the deepest cuts ... "Some institutions have simply slashed three meals a day to two; others are relying on sugary canned fruits and 'vitamin drinks' to fulfill health requirements, margarine to help boost calorie counts, and foods such as bread, beans and hot dogs to complete a tray."... Visit Website ]
Sep 27, 2018, 2:36pm

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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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