Articles about Health
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Seven Sins of Our System of Forced Education
Sometimes I find, no matter how uncomfortable it makes me and others feel, I have to speak the truth. We can use all the euphemisms we want, but the literal truth is that schools, as they generally exist in the United States and other modern countries, are prisons. Human...
The More a Society Coerces Its People, the Greater the Chance of Mental Illness
Throughout history, societies have existed with far less coercion than ours. While these societies have had far fewer consumer goods and less of what modernity calls “efficiency,” they also have had far less mental illness. This reality has been buried, not surprisingly, by...
When Another Person Makes You Suffer, It Is because He Suffers Deeply Within Himself
“When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over.” - Thich Nhat Hanh I grew up in a family dominated by alcoholism, narcissism, illness and dysfunction. There were four of us, my mother, my father, my...
How America's Culture of Shame Is a Killer for Boys
Put an end to shaming by doing one beautifully simple thing. For Americans, shame is how we make people do what we want. We use it on our children to get them to attend to us. We use it as a heavy-handed short cut in our adult relationships. We use it in our political...
Touch Isolation: How Homophobia Has Robbed All Men Of Touch
Mark Greene has one clear reason we should all fight for gay rights. Homophobic prohibitions against male touch are hurting straight men as well. “Boys imitate what they see. If what they see is emotional distance, guardedness, and coldness between men they will grow up to...
Violence Is a Preventable Brain Disorder
‘Think of a world without war, a world of social justice, a world of ecological sustainability.’ This is how Robin Grille starts his talk at TEDX Pittwater. Robin is a psychologist, author, educator and advocate for children who is not alone in his dream for a better world...
Mutiny of the Soul
Depression, anxiety, and fatigue are an essential part of a process of metamorphosis that is unfolding on the planet today, and highly significant for the light they shed on the transition from an old world to a new. When a growing fatigue or depression becomes serious, and...
Argentina: The Country That Monsanto Poisoned
American biotechnology has turned Argentina into the world’s third-largest soybean producer, but the chemicals powering the boom aren’t confined to soy and cotton and corn fields. They routinely contaminate homes and classrooms and drinking water. A growing chorus of doctors...
An Anarchist Response to Ebola
Anarchists are part of the global conversation on what’s broken in the world, but when things really fall apart—like with the current Ebola outbreak—is the state the only answer? How might a stateless society respond to a challenge like this one? This article provides an...
We Don't Need #BandAid30 - African Musicians Made A Song Already
Bob Geldof is going to put out another Band Aid single, another rehash of  the grotesque “Do They Know it’s Christmas?” with slightly altered lyrics. We’ve written about the problematic politics of such songs in detail before. Bim Adewunmi broke it down over at the Guardian...
The Innovative and Creative Power of ADHD
One psychologist argues that we should consider people with ADHD to be highly imaginative people rather than people with a learning disability.  Where does innovation, invention, or creativity come from? What part of the brain does it live in? Scott Barry Kaufman, a...
10 Things Food Banks Need But Won't Ask For
Some items are in high demand at the food bank and you may not realize it. Because they aren’t essentials, the staff doesn’t publicly ask for them. A survey on Reddit.com asked volunteers what items people would be most appreciative of and we’ve listed the top 10 below. If...
Wayward Nation: The New American Dream is Censored
Mikey, his best friend Ethan, and their crew set out on the road in Janice the RV in search of the New American Dream. First stop is Vegas, where they meet their first pioneer, Yael Cohen, founder of the charity F*ck Cancer. Ethan falls for Yael instantly, and on a whim...
A Celebrity Death, Addiction, and the Media - Dr. Gabor Maté
It is always big news when a celebrity is stricken dead by a substance overdose. What never makes the news is why such tragedies happen. The roster of drug- and alcohol-related show-business deaths is ever expanding: Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, Keith Moon...
Mesmerizing Photos of People Lying in a Week's Worth of Their Trash
The United States has a trash problem. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average American produces more than 4 pounds of garbage per day. That’s more than double the amount produced in 1960, and it’s50 percent more than the amount produced by...
Meats: A Health Hierarchy
In case you've not yet purchased your weekend meat, here is a pretty harrowing/empowering case for choosing chicken instead of beef when you can. About a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture. First, here’s the hierarchy of meats (well, proteins) in terms...
18 Empowering Illustrations to Remind Everyone Who's Really in Charge of Women's Bodies
When Brazilian graphic designer Carol Rossetti began posting colorful illustrations of women and their stories to Facebook, she had no idea how popular they would become.  Thousands of shares throughout the world later, the appeal of Rosetti's work is clear. Much like the...
Lessons Learned from a Year without Showering
It has been one year since my last shower. Yes, I know that sounds crazy and a year ago I would have agreed with you. I was a regular showering guy for the first 26 years of my life. Well, maybe not every single day, but just about. So how does a regular showering guy end up...
Top Ten Bill Moyers Videos on the Web
Modern America has a strong generational divide.  Whether it’s cultural or political, there are a wide-range of topics that can be off limits when talking to “the grandparents.”  On the reverse side, it can be hard to listen to the “wisdom” of a generation that’s had such a...
The Obamacare We Deserve
Today marks the beginning of health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act’s new insurance exchanges, for which two million Americans have signed up. Now that the individual mandate is officially here, let me begin with an admission: Obamacare is awful. That is the...
Insurance Scam: How Private Insurance Companies Are Using Obamacare Fears To Rip People Off
By now you’ve probably heard horror stories about how the Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare, has forced so many people to lose their insurance policies. You’ve heard that affordable health insurance policies are being canceled and replaced with...
Getting Dirty Is Good for Your Immune System
For much of human history we lived close to the natural world. As civilization evolved we became increasingly urbanized, and most of us now live in cities. As we’ve moved away from nature, we’ve seen a decline in other forms of life. Biodiversity is disappearing. The...
Health Care: An Anarchist Approach
The current US debate about health-care funding can be understood as concerned with meeting the challenge of doing three things at once: (1) Ensuring that everyone can afford to buy ample medical services and (2) lowering the price of care while (3) not interfering with...
What We Can't Seem to Remember About MDMA and Why Legalizing Drugs Will Save Your Child's Life
This article is about every person who has ever ingested a mind-altering substance but didn't want to die from doing so. Thanks to our failed experiment with alcohol prohibition, we know that it's impossible to keep people away from intoxicants, legal or otherwise. The...
Why French Kids Don't have ADHD
In the United States, at least 9% of school-aged children have been diagnosed with ADHD, and are taking pharmaceutical medications. In France, the percentage of kids diagnosed and medicated for ADHD is less than .5%. How come the epidemic of ADHD—which has become firmly...
Obamacare Premiums Look Good, But Medicare-For-All Would Be Better
New data shows that many will be paying less for private insurance, but the bad news is that...
Nuclear Crisis at Fukushima Could Spew Out More Than 15,000 Times as Much Radiation as Hiroshima Bombing
We are now within two months of what may be humankind’s most dangerous moment since the Cuban Missile Crisis. There is no excuse for not acting. All the resources our species can muster must be focused on the fuel pool at Fukushima Unit 4.
Dear Marijuana: A Goodbye Letter
Hi. It’s me, Alexandra. I know I’ve been distant lately. I’ve been avoiding you. After talking things through one night with a friend, I woke up and decided I was leaving you. I’m 26. We had a good nine year run, but I’m saying goodbye. I didn’t just want to up and dump...
If You're Young, This Is The Only Obamacare Infographic You Need. I Obamadare You To Click On It.
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a comic strip that answers your questions over Obamacare!
30 Things You Should Do Right Now
1. Floss. Shut up about blood and it getting stuck in your teeth or a general fear of dentistry and just floss. 2. Sell your microwave. You’d be shocked how much healthier you eat when you have to clean a pan after every meal. 3. Apologize to your partner; you know what...
Meaning Is Healthier Than Happiness
People who are happy but have little-to-no sense of meaning in their lives have the same gene expression patterns as people who are enduring chronic adversity. For at least the last decade, the happiness craze has been building. In the last three months alone, over 1,000...
Let's Talk about a Real Healthcare System (And, No, I Don't Mean "Obamacare")
Let’s talk about healthcare. I don’t mean debating the Affordable Care Act. I mean healthcare, as in: If everyone needs healthcare, guarantee that everybody gets it. I know, when it comes to healthcare, it’s easy to get into a debate for or against Obamacare. But we...
Monsanto Protection Act May Soon be Repealed Thanks to Activism
The so-called Monsanto Protection Act signed into law earlier this year caused such an outrage that people around the world are planning to protest the biotech company later this month. Now a United States Senator is expected to try and repeal that law after mounting...
Open-Source Healthcare
The healthcare industry is a textbook example of what Ivan Illich (in Tools for Conviviality) called a “radical monopoly.” The central function of the government’s “safety” and “consumer protection” regulations, in most cases, is either to exclude competing providers of a...
Why aren't we talking about meat and climate change?
Reducing your carbon footprint by eating less red meat rarely gets attention. This strategy has been recommended by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, epidemiologists writing in The Lancet and a host of other highly-regarded researchers and organisations. But it...
There's arsenic in your rice -- and here's how it got there
Rice. It’s just one of the basics, right? Whether eaten on its own, or in products like pastas or cereal, this inexpensive and healthy food is a staple for Asian and Latino communities, as well as the growing number of people looking to avoid gluten. Here’s the bad news...
"The Drugs Don't Work": How the Medical-Industrial Complex Systematically Suppresses Negative Studies
Reboxetine is a drug I have prescribed. Other drugs had done nothing for my patient, so we wanted to try something new. I'd read the trial data before I wrote the prescription, and found only well-designed, fair tests, with overwhelmingly positive results. Reboxetine was...
Gulf Seafood Deformities Alarm Scientists
New Orleans, LA - "The fishermen have never seen anything like this," Dr Jim Cowan told Al Jazeera. "And in my 20 years working on red snapper, looking at somewhere between 20 and 30,000 fish, I've never seen anything like this either." Dr Cowan, with Louisiana State...
A Love Letter to the Overcommitted
It usually starts with a lack of sleep. Then I notice I'm only eating carbohydrates, and mostly things which require less than 10 minutes to prepare. I find myself waking in the middle of the night to check my Blackberry, or worse, getting up to...
FDA Says Chicken Meat Contains Small Amounts of Arsenic
After years of sweeping the issue under the rug and hoping no one would notice, the FDA has now finally admitted that chicken meat sold in the USA contains arsenic, a cancer-causing toxic chemical that's fatal in high doses. But the real story is where this arsenic comes...
The End of the Animal Kingdom
I wrote this originally in 2010, and, it is based on decades of work by some of our best. Our scientists do not get credence from media. This graph displays the recorded measurements of the O2, or Oxygen, level of our atmosphere. Unlike the countless tens and tens of...
FRACK! New documentary puts controversial gas "fracking" technology  under the spotlight
Frack! tells the story of the unconventional gas-drilling ("fracking") frenzy sweeping the Marcellus region, including the Catskills and Upper Delaware River watershed, threatening pristine areas which provide clean drinking water for over 15 million people.  Without a...
The Moral Calculus of Mega-Economics
March 14, 2011 (1400 hrs) - Watching scenes of the devastation is emotionally taxing. Bodies continue to be found everywhere. The body count in Miyagi Prefecture alone is now over 10,000. Whole towns completely wiped off the map. Even if people escaped with their lives, those...
Honeywell Bannister Complex in Kansas City Hides Pollutants
The Honeywell complex in Kansas City owned by the General Service Administration (GSA) and regulated by the NNSA is a toxic waste dump. Instead of holding the corporations liable for the mess they have created the EPA has created a program referred to as a Superfund. The...
U.S. Pays For Corporate Profit At the Expense of Human Lives
Kansas City, Thursday March 1, 2011 a group of concerned citizens gathered at the Cherith Brook Community House (A Catholic Worker House) to educate and plan protests against the building of nuclear warheads in Kansas City.  Dorothy Day was the matriarch of an anarchist...
Ten Things To Do When You’re Feeling Hopeless
These days, I’m more likely to feel hopeless than sad, more likely to feel as if nothing is ever enough, as if nothing really makes a difference, as if our whole human civilization is unraveling and there is nothing I or anyone can do about it. It’s a different feeling from...
This is the Definitive Argument Against Drug Prohibition. It's Time We Legalize All Drugs.
After you've finished reading this, there will be no doubt in your mind. Legalizing all drugs is the best way to lower the incidence of death, disease, crime and addiction. If you already know the drug war has failed, skip to the middle for an alternative policy. You will be...
Kansas Exposed to Service-Member Trauma
Will Stewart-Starks, an Iraq Veteran and member of Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) gives an audience of Lawrence art enthusiasts and local activists a summary of his organizations recent campaign to address military deployments of wounded soldiers. Art show...
Bad Food Makes Kids Dumber, Study Says
A new study says 3-year-olds who mostly eat processed foods have lower IQs five years later. (So Pop-Tarts and Sunny-D are why we're "falling behind" China in math and science?) The study, cited in The Guardian, examined the diets of 14,000 wee Britlets, based on what their...
Do Synthetic Food Colors Cause Hyperactivity in Children?
Food coloring is the reason glace cherries are red rather than beige and that children's tongues sometimes appear freakishly blue. But man-made dyes may do more than make processed food look vibrant and whimsical. Some blame the additives for triggering behavioral problems...