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Tainted Syringes in US

When Bush announced the Global and Perpetual War on Terror, and shifted funding away from environmental, worker, and consumer safety functions, I speculated that “the terrorists” would not have to do anything to kill us: our own corporations would do the job for them.  This has turned out to be the case,  many times, and…

SCHIP Sails Again

The new Congress and new Administration passed a law already.  It was barely notied by the media.  It is a reauthorization and expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).  Given the expected resistance to major changes in health care, it was astonishingly easy for Congress and the President to get this done. Details…

Endocrine Disruptors in the Media Again

No, it is not newspapers and videos that are disrupting your endocrine system (well, not that we know); rather, the topic is in the media.  Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that mimic the effects of hormones.  Perhaps the best-known example is bisphenol-A.  Others include various pharmaceuticals, dioxin and dioxin-like compounds, polychlorinated biphenyls, DDT and other pesticides.…

Mental Health Needs Increasing

The economic crisis is reported to be responsible for a recent increase in calls for mental health services: Economy worries driving more people to seek help By ROB WATERS and DAVID OLMOS September 20, 2008

Ambiguous Loss

One important concept in psychotherapy studies is the concept of ambiguous loss.  This is a loss that is, in some way, less than definitive.  If you are at the hospital visiting an ill beloved family member, and see the death, it is perfectly clear that a specific loved one has in fact died.  If you…

Mental Health Parity

This post is not about mental health parity.  Although it is a very important topic, there is no reason for me to write about it.  If you are interesting in the topic, just go read the (open access) Perspectives column in the current NEJM: Shuffling toward Parity — Bringing Mental Health Care under the Umbrella.…

Poisoning Ourselves, Part II

I’m harping on the same string.  A month ago, I noted how it was not necessary for terrorists to figure out how to poison us.  Our own companies are doing it for them.  Now, our government is doing a heck of a job to make it easier for companies to poison us, and to get…

Poisoning Ourselves

In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, it was noticed that there were cuts in the budget to the Environmental Protection Agency.  The rationale was that we needed to shift more funds to the global and perpetual war on terror.   At the time, I said that “the terrorists” won’t have to bother…

More than 90,000 u.s. infants are victims of abuse or neglect.  My question: what is Michael Chertoff gong to do about it?   Homeland security begins at home.  Nothing new there.  It was true before 9/11, and it is true now.  

One of the darker chapters in the history of the AMA is their historical opposition to universal, single-payer health care coverage.  The term socialized medicine came into use in the post-World-War-II period, in an attempt to falsely conflate such a health care plan with the menace of Communism.   Evidently, many people did not bother…