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The Universal Desire For Universal Health

The Universal Desire For Universal Health

You’d be hard-pressed these days, at least here in the U.S., to come up with a more divisive subject than universal health care, but probably just as hard-pressed to find a more universal desire than good health. Even if we can’t all agree on how it’s achieved, it’s still something we all want.

 
The good...

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The Preposterous Proliferation of Preconditions

The Preposterous Proliferation of Preconditions

According to Ivan Oransky, a medical doctor and former editor of Reuters Health, everyone reading this column is suffering from the universally terminal condition called pre-death. This assumes, of course, that everyone reading this article is actually alive.


Although said with tongue firmly planted in cheek to an audience of health groupies at the...

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Consciousness and Health
The Preposterous Proliferation of Preconditions

The Preposterous Proliferation of Preconditions

According to Ivan Oransky, a medical doctor and former editor of Reuters Health, everyone reading this column is suffering from the universally terminal condition called pre-death. This assumes, of course, that everyone reading this article is actually alive.


Although said with tongue firmly planted in cheek to an audience of health groupies at the...

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Consciousness and Health
Confronting the Terror of Failing Health

Confronting the Terror of Failing Health

In the midst of all the horror, outrage and despair surrounding the brutal attack at the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, one image stands out above them all: A crowd gathered at the Place de la République holding up an illuminated sign declaring, “NOT AFRAID.”

 
Not a demand for justice, as important as...

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Is There Such A Thing As Psychedelic-Induced Spirituality?

Is There Such A Thing As Psychedelic-Induced Spirituality?

Asked if they could envision a day when psychedelic drugs could or should be used to heighten an individual’s tendency toward empathy and compassion, both men sitting on a stage in front of a packed auditorium at Stanford University – one a research scientist, the other an accomplished neurosurgeon – responded with a convincing...

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New Year Revelation: Father Time Is A Liar

New Year Revelation: Father Time Is A Liar

Well-known bioethicist, author and former Obama administration advisor Ezekiel Emanuel rocked the Twittersphere recently, saying he’d rather not stick around until he reaches what most consider to be a ripe old age. “Seventy-five years is all I want to live,” he wrote in a widely discussed essay in The Atlantic.  “I want to...

Consciousness and Health
Are Brain Training Games Worth The Investment?

Are Brain Training Games Worth The Investment?

Every time the public radio station here in the Bay Area holds a pledge drive, you can pretty much count on them dangling a free subscription to Lumosity’s suite of online brain training games as a way to convince even the stingiest of listeners to make a donation. 


A clever ploy, especially when you consider...

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What Christmas Means For Our Health

What Christmas Means For Our Health

There’s a poignant scene in the animated TV classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas” where Charlie Brown, frustrated with the over-commercialization of the holiday, exclaims, “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?” To this, his trusty sidekick Linus responds by reciting the story of Jesus’ birth as described in the book...

Consciousness and Health
The Promise and Potential of Compassion

The Promise and Potential of Compassion

It would seem that over the years the widely accepted definition of compassion – that is, a feeling of deep sympathy coupled with the desire to alleviate the suffering of others – has been watered down somewhat.


Take the word “alleviate.” While alleviating someone’s pain might include the actual removal of it, it really just...

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Does Being Spiritual and Religious Make You Uncool?

Does Being Spiritual and Religious Make You Uncool?

The Ariel Atom is one of the quickest cars on earth, reaching a speed of 100 km/h in just under 2.5 seconds. Even faster is the time between when some people say “I’m spiritual” and “but not religious,” as if within those few milliseconds they might be mistaken for someone misguided, deluded or just...

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