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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...