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Health & Healing

Healing a broken system.

Why Punish Pain? Why Punish Pain?
by Gabor Maté
A hit of compassion could keep drugs from becoming a crime problem.
Restoring Lives: Now That’s Justice Restoring Lives: Now That’s Justice
by Patrice Gaines
Forty years since prison, Patrice Gaines still fights to get free.
From the Gulf, a Cry for Help From the Gulf, a Cry for Help
by Sue Sturgis
The public health crisis caused by the BP oil spill has received little media attention, and even less government help. Gulf Coast residents are trying to change that.
“The Single-Payer Train Has Left the Station” “The Single-Payer Train Has Left the Station”
Wendell Potter, a health insurance executive-turned-critic, on what Vermont's new law could mean for American health care.
The Adventures of a Stubborn Grandmother The Adventures of a Stubborn Grandmother
From StoryCorps, a funny, poignant interview between a strong-willed woman, her son, and her granddaughter.
Vermont’s Bill: Is it Single-Payer Health Care? Vermont’s Bill: Is it Single-Payer Health Care?
by Ida Hellander, MD
A question and answer session with Dr. Ida Hellander helps demystify Vermont's new health care bill.
Saying Goodbye: What Do We Teach Kids about Death? Saying Goodbye: What Do We Teach Kids about Death?
by Shannon Hayes
Shannon Hayes: When we shelter ourselves and our kids from the realities of death, what else might we be sacrificing?
The Teatime Series The Teatime Series
by Betty Udesen
How backyard hummingbirds gave a healing photojournalist a new lens on life.
What to Pack for Disaster—And What to Leave Behind What to Pack for Disaster—And What to Leave Behind
by Rebecca Solnit
Rebecca Solnit: When disaster strikes, don't forget your compassion and critical thinking—but leave your panic, cliches, and stereotypes at the door.
Humane Meat? No Such Thing Humane Meat? No Such Thing
by Sunaura Taylor
Should we eat animals? My disability gives me a unique view on the oxymoron "humane meat."
How Happy Was Your Meal? How Happy Was Your Meal?
by Madeline Ostrander
Autistic scientist Temple Grandin thinks like an animal—in pictures—and she's using it to get more humane treatment for cattle.
Our Animal Selves Our Animal Selves
by Linda Hogan
All around us are radiant species. What can the first peoples teach us about restoring our relationship with animals?
A Little Meditation Goes a Long Way A Little Meditation Goes a Long Way
by Jason Marsh
A new study offers the strongest evidence to date that meditation can change the structure of your brain.
A Better Approach to Health Care A Better Approach to Health Care
by Margaret Flowers, MD
As the current health law comes under attack and our national deficit continues to grow, single-payer plans are gaining more and more interest.
Just the Facts: Should We Eat Animals? Just the Facts: Should We Eat Animals?
by Alyssa B. Johnson
We can feed the world and still eat meat—but only a little bit.
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