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Archives by Tag 'health care'
American Health Care: a Cuban Fix
MATEO PIMENTEL
Despite the fact that the US altogether spends arguably more on public health than any other economic force in the West, next to nothing about its healthcare system is democratic. Like most everything else, this industry, or market sector, only exists to serve profit moti...
Are Seniors the Vanguard of American Yoga?
STEWART LAWRENCE
It’s one of the paradoxes of today’s youth- and beauty-obsessed yoga culture that one of the oldest and most established yoga styles has become one of the least known:  Iyengar Yoga, named for its legendary founder B.K.S. Iyengar, isn’t complicated or e...
The Real Story About Bush, HIV/AIDS and Africa
ROB PRINCE
The thin thread – the pretext – for offering George W. Bush what  was originally entitled an “Improving The Human Condition Award”, now referred to as `a Global Service’ award (by the University of Denver) – is his supposed work to fight AIDs in Africa. ...
Agent Orange: the Struggle Continues
MARJORIE COHN and JEANNE MIRER
Today marks the 52nd anniversary of the start of the chemical warfare program in Vietnam, a long time with no sufficient remedial action by the U.S. government. One of the most shameful legacies of the American War against Vietnam, Agent Orange continues to poiso...
Disillusioned and Disoriented on the Rock Island Trail
JOHN CARROLL, MD
I went jogging on the beautiful Rock Island Trail today. It begins in Peoria and courses 26 miles north. Trees line much of the trail and protect its users from the sun and wind. And beyond the trees are cornfields and in some locations freshly constructed houses. ...
What’s the Sexual Health of the Nation?
DAVID ROSEN
What is the best way to determine the true pulse of the nation?  How are we to measure the “recovery” from the Great Recession of 2007-2009?  Is it the New York Stock Market’s new highs, now well over 15,000 from a low of 6,547 in March ‘09?  Is it the unemploy...
Justice for M.C.
LEE HALL
A South Carolina hospital is being sued for irreparable harm caused by surgery on a toddler’s genitals. M.C. was 16 months old, in the care of South Carolina’s Department of Social Services, when doctors and department officials determined the chil...
Extracting Wealth, Endangering Health
ALEXANDRA McANARNEY
As a resource-rich country, Suriname bills itself ...
How Rick Perry Spells Relief
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. — King James Bible, Matthew, 25:40  It’s not that he doesn’t like veterans.  In fact in his remarks on Memorial Day w...
Death By Zip Code
LAURA S. FLANDERS
It stands to reason that people suffer stress when money’s short, but do economically hard times in and of themselves kill people? Sanjay Basu, co-author of “...
The Merchants of Shame
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Two weeks ago my restorative slumber was rudely aborted by the shattering opening chords of “Search and Destroy” by th...
Men Get Sick, Too
ISHMAEL REED
Harriet Freed, in the Tikkun Daily, wrote:  “The original Women’s Liberation Movement was a movement of both race and class integration, a vision of justice for all. It saw female liberation as the basis for social revolution.” She claims that the movement w...
Breast Panic on the Left
RUTH FOWLER
A rich, powerful celebrity renowned for bad action movies, sex appeal and humanitarian missions in predominantly brown and black developing countries, writes an Op-Ed which reads like a press release in The New York Times. This Op-Ed, written in the first person, informs ...
Hospitals as Loan Sharks
DEBORAH BURGER
If there is one problem that symbolizes the ongoing national healthcare emergency, it is the rampant price gouging in the healthcare industry that continues to price too many Americans out of access to care and into financial ruin. Not only is the problem not solved by th...
After Billions Are Made, Risks from Asthma Drug Emerge
MARTHA ROSENBERG
World sales of Merck’s blockbuster asthma drug, Singulair, were about $5 billion a year until last year when its patent expired in the United States. But the drug also has a darkening cloud over it. The ...
The Commodification of Breasts
BINOY KAMPMARK
Melbourne. Popular culture, and celebrity, have come to this. A well-endowed personality, a figure of celluloid appeal, has to justify to the other-worldliness of an action personal and specific to the person in question.  That a woman has to have a maste...
Angelina Jolie Under the Knife
RUTH FOWLER
Angelina Jolie, scion of Hollywood beauty, has gone under the knife for medical, rather than cosmetic reasons and guess what – it’s news! Angelina’s double-mastectomy, undertaken because she carries the ...
The Coming Pandemics
RALPH NADER
The deadly influenza virus H7N9 was first detected in China this March. “When we look at influenza viruses, this is an ...
The Ongoing Scandal Called the Veterans Administration
DAVE LINDORFF
My mother died last Thursday at the age of 89. Her death, fortunately coming peacefully following a stroke during her sleep, followed a long mental decline caused by Alzheimer’s disease. I’m sure the Veterans Administration is relieved. They won’t have to pay...
Military Failure & the Crisis in Masculinity
DAVID ROSEN
The failed “war on terrorism” is finally winding down.  The poorly thought-through and even-poorer executed war is finally coming to an end.  The imperial conquest and occupation of Iraq is ostensibly over; how long before sectarian divisions reduce the country to a...
The Yin and Yang of Banking, Work, Wealth and Health
KEVIN ZEESE and Dr. MARGARET FLOWERS
This week, the economy continues to reveal the failure of banking reform, how that failure may worsen and why we need to move toward a well-regulated, public banking system.  Reports continue to show a foundering “economic recovery” that is not producing sufficient j...
The Healthcare Delivery Con
NORMAN BALL
Innocent enough at first blush, the term healthcare delivery abets a clever linguistic ploy. It serves as the cognitive launch-point for a debate about the broken healthcare delivery systemand how best to fix it. The phraseology fosters t...
California Health Workers Get a Second Chance
CARL FINAMORE
Except for maybe the famously intractable George Bush and Dick Cheney, it’s pretty common to want to take back something we did in life. American slang celebrates this new opportunity – we get “another swing at the bat,” “another crack at it” or we take...
How Chavez Changed History for the Better
SAUL LANDAU
Hugo Chavez died in early March. Heads of state came to his funeral and sent condolences to his family— except for the US President. Even in death the White House maintained a resentful tone toward a man we had names as an enemy. But what did Chavez do to us? He offered...
Bloomberg’s Battle Against Obesity
BINOY KAMPMARK
Where there is no collective conscience – at least when it comes to social matters – there can be no workable paternalism. Matters such as health become secondary to choice – it is a consequence rather than a state of mind.  New York’s Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg ...
Yoga? It Just Might Take Your Breath Away
STEWART J. LAWRENCE
It would seem like the perfect medical “marriage”.   Those born with asthma, a chronic respiratory disease that afflicts an estimated 29 million Americans, have lungs and bronchial passages too constricted to allow for healthy breathing.   Long-acting drug...
Ryan’s Austerity Budget
ANDREW FIELDHOUSE
This week House Budget Committee Paul Ryan (R-Wis) released his Fiscal Year 2014 House Budget Resolution, ...
America, Shed Your Exceptionalism
BART GRUZALSKI
I’ve never thought of writing an article that might be read as a version of a home movie from trips overseas.  Hopefully these “pictures” will be of interest to readers of CounterPunch.  My wife Marion was invited as a guest of  Mahidol University in Bangkok  to...
The Right to Sick Leave
EILEEN APPELBAUM
The tide is turning in the debate over whether all employees should be able to earn paid sick leave. The benefits for those who need to be able to take a day off when they have the flu or want to keep a sick child home from school have not been in doubt. From a people per...
The Pathology of the Processed Food Industry
MANUEL GARCIA, JR.
The “Western Way Of Life” is an eating disorder. We are increasingly a culturally stunted, attention-deficit herd of obese individuals, the gooey interiors of mechanical beetles whose carapaces are the obese automobile-like trucks we drive in a constant tangle...
Life and Death in the Frack Zone
WALTER BRASCH
José Lara just wanted a job. A company working in the natural gas fields needed a man to power wash wastewater tanks. Clean off the debris. Make them shining again. And so José Lara became a power washer for the Rain for Rent Co. “The chemi...
Pain Relief in Haiti
JOHN CARROLL, MD
Most Haitians have very difficult lives and many of them suffer from painful conditions that are never treated. And their pain is ignored too, not because “Haitians have a higher pain tolerance”, but because Haitians are poor. When Haitians have medical...
HIV-Positive Inmates Too Expensive for Private Prison Operators?
CHRISTOPHER PETRELLA
Defenders of the for-profit prison industry reflexively insist that privatization—or the process of subjecting “correctional services” to market pressures—will naturally generate efficiencies as companies respond to competitive forces. They claim that the “marke...
What Kind of Unions Will We Have?
CAL WINSLOW
In April, 43,000 Kaiser Permanente workers in California will vote, again, to decide which union will represent them, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) or the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW), the latter now allied with the California Nurs...
It’s Time for Paid Family and Medical Leave
EILEEN APPELBAUM
Tuesday, February 5, marks the 20th anniversary of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, passed with bipartisan support in Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1993.  In the 20 years since passage, the FMLA has been used more than 100 million ti...
When the BMI is Not Enough
FAITH SIMON
I am a family nurse practitioner in a rural northern California clinic. I spend many hours a week talking to adults, parents and children about health behaviors. I ask about food choices, soda/juice intake, and family meal plans, cooking styles, grocery shopping an...
Helping Improve the Burmese People’s Health
Dr. CESAR CHELALA
Following recent events in Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi has asked that foreign governments take a more active role in increasing aid. This is the right time to support Burma’s precarious public health system as a way to improve the Burmese people’s dismal health status. Th...
Women & Children First! (to be Harmed by Radiation)
JOHN LaFORGE
“Woman and children first” is redefined in the nuclear age, now that science has shown that they are far more susceptible to the ravages of radiation than men and boys. The nuclear power and weapons industry, people living near reactors, practitioners of nuclea...
No Urgency for Haiti’s Poor
JOHN CARROLL, MD
Port-au-Prince. How long should we let hundreds of thousands of Haitians live in horrid tents and shacks after the earthquake of 2010? They have been living in squalid conditions for three years now. 

And how long should we let a two year old little b...
Embattled Roe v. Wade Turns 40
DENNIS BERNSTEIN
Today, Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women, will lead a candlelight vigil to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that recognized women’s fundamental right to an abortion. In a recent s...
Health Insurance is Not Healthcare
JP SOTTILE
Insurance companies make a simple wager with you each time you sign a policy. They are betting that, over the life of the policy, they will pay out less to you and your beneficiaries than you will pay them. Insurance companies of all kinds make tidy profits on this...
Stop the Poverty, Start the Healing
ROSEANNE DEMORO
The pervasive poverty engulfing this nation comes as no surprise to America’s nurses.   They see the country’s declining condition in their patients–  an assault on the basic state of health of America’s population, with appalling effects.  Nurses are soun...
Dismissing Mad Cow as a “Random Mutation”
MARTHA ROSENBERG
After the discovery of a mad cow in its herds, Brazil is experiencing what the US went through in the early 2000’s when three mad cows were found in its food supply: rapid, across the board boycotts of its exports. Japan, China, South Africa, South Korea and Saudi A...
Did Adam Lanza Have Lyme Disease?
JESSICA BERNSTEIN
As the nation has been questioning how Adam Lanza could have committed such an unfathomable act, mental health issues have been at the forefront of the discussion. However, knowing that Newtown is located in a highly Lyme-endemic area, many in the Lyme community recognize...
Mental Illness in the Workplace
DAVID MACARAY
I once worked with two schizophrenic men.  When I say “worked with,” I don’t simply mean I was employed by the same company as they, or that I vaguely knew them.  I mean that I had occasion to work side-by-side with each of them for several weeks, as part of a fiv...
An Alliance in Healthcare
CAL WINSLOW
In a giant step forward for California healthcare workers, two of the nation’s most militant unions have joined forces in the battle against Kaiser Permanente, the giant California based healthcare corporation. It is a battle of enormous proportion, one with implication...
How Human Rights Can Save Haiti
FRAN QUIGLEY
Last month, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced a new initiative to address the cholera epidemic in Haiti. The plan includes a variety of measures, most notably the building of desperately-needed water and sanitation infrastructure. This is not y...
Economic Plunder in Recent History
ROB URIE
In the mid 1990s Republican New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman ...
Pregnant Women are NOT Incubators!
DAVID ROSEN
One contributing factor to Pres. Obama 2012 reelection victory was that the Christian right shot itself in the proverbial foot over of the issues of rape and abortion.  The now (in)famous comments by a half-dozen Republican candidates regarding rape helped expose the fu...
Free Trade in Medicare
DEAN BAKER
Washington policy debates are chock full of rich people telling poor and middle-class people that they will have to tighten their belts. In fact, in the crazy upside down world of Washington this passes for “courage.” Cutting back Medicare is one of the favorit...