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You are an Ecosystem

You might not have thought of it before, but you are an ecosystem.  Ninety percent of the cells in your body are not human.  We share our bodies with 100 trillion  microbes, living on our tongues, teeth, and skin and in our intestine. While we have just over 20,000 human genes our microbes have eight…

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Striking the balance – avoiding overtreatment

In medicine, more is not always better. The more we look the more we find. Most health people will be a little abnormal if we look hard enough.  Much of what we find (the cyst on the kidney, the high PSA, the nodule on the thyroid…) will never cause harm, but once it’s found it…

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The roots of violence

Why do we pretend violence is random, when it so strongly correlated with childhood violence? Why are we so accepting of the initiation of force against the most vulnerable members of society? Why are we so hesitant to challenge parents acting violently towards their children in ways that would never be acceptable towards another adult?…

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Breast Screening Guidelines for women in the 40s have gotten more confusing.

Help with Breast Screening Guidelines Breast Screening Guidelines for women in the 40s have gotten more confusing. For women at low-to-average risk of developing breast cancer.  The American Cancer Society now recommends screening mammograms every year from age 45-54, and every other year for women 55 years and older. The American Congress of Obstetrics and…

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Our country faces unmitigated disaster if the Other Side wins

The past several weeks have made one thing crystal-clear: Our country faces unmitigated disaster if the Other Side wins. No reasonably intelligent person can deny this. All you have to do is look at the way the Other Side has been running its campaign. Instead of focusing on the big issues that are important to…

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Mentally Ill Individuals or Societal Systems?

When we diagnosis an adult or child as mentally ill, we are also diagnosing our society as mentally well. What if we’ve got it backwards? The percentage of Americans disabled by “mental illness” has increased dramatically since 1955. A large survey of randomly selected adults, sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and…

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