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Veterans shred uniforms to heal themselves through art

Tired of taking pills prescribed to suppress his pain, Zach Choate decided to wrestle head-on with the trauma that followed him home from Iraq. He began by using a razor to shred his Army uniform to bits.

“I’m hoping I come out of this a little more whole, a little bit more at peace,” . . . → Read More: Veterans shred uniforms to heal themselves through art

Bhopal gas disaster’s legacy lives on 25 years later

The immensity of the death toll would seem to demand silence, but nature is indifferent to suffering. As you walk through the derelict Union Carbide factory in Bhopal there is the sound of birdsong and the chirruping of cicadas. Sunlight streams through the trees, dappling the vines that creep over the rusting gantries, pipelines and . . . → Read More: Bhopal gas disaster’s legacy lives on 25 years later

Organic ‘has no health benefits’

There is little difference in nutritional value and no evidence of any extra health benefits from eating organic produce, UK researchers found.

The Food Standards Agency who commissioned the report said the findings would help people make an “informed choice”.

But the Soil Association criticised the study and called for better research.

. . . → Read More: Organic ‘has no health benefits’

Foreign Traditional Doctors Fake?

“Get back your lover in three days,” says a pamphlet by a foreign “traditional doctor” practising in Botswana. The doctor claims that he can fix marriage problems and divorce cases as well as bring back lost lovers.

No problem is too big for these foreign traditional medicine men. The doctor further claims that he can . . . → Read More: Foreign Traditional Doctors Fake?

Decision Favors Patients’ Right To Pharmacy Access

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a lower court was wrong when it blocked a Washington state regulation requiring pharmacies to sell “Plan B” morning-after pills.

In 2007, the Alliance Defense Fund, a Religious Right legal group, sued on behalf of a pharmacy owner and two pharmacists. They argued that the . . . → Read More: Decision Favors Patients’ Right To Pharmacy Access

The lifestyle to beat Alzheimer’s

Coffee drinkers will be clinking mugs in a toast to new research suggesting that just two strong cups of the black stuff a day can reverse the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. Dr Gary Arendash of the University of Florida showed that coffee not only helped to reverse symptoms in mice but also staved off production . . . → Read More: The lifestyle to beat Alzheimer’s

Why saints sin and sinners get saintly

To many, New York Gov. Eliott Spitzer’s fall from grace seemed to make no sense at all. But a new Northwestern University study offers provocative insights that possibly could relate to why the storm trooper of reform — formerly known as the Sheriff of Wall Street — seemingly went from saint to sinner overnight.

The . . . → Read More: Why saints sin and sinners get saintly

Miracle Quebec Baby’s Heart Cures Itself

By all accounts, Panagiotis Baltzis’s five-month-old heart was broken beyond repair.

But then something shocking happened – while attached to a mechanical heart and with a transplant seemingly inevitable, the little scrapper’s own ticker began to pick up the slack and started working properly again.

Doctors say young Panagiotis, just a few weeks . . . → Read More: Miracle Quebec Baby’s Heart Cures Itself

Consumers Warned of Web-Based Açai Scams

The Center for Science in the Public Interest is warning consumers not to enroll online in supposedly free trials of diet products made with the trendy Brazilian berry açai (pronounced a-sigh-EE). There’s no evidence whatsoever to suggest that açai pills will help shed pounds, flatten tummies, cleanse colons, enhance sexual desire, or perform any of . . . → Read More: Consumers Warned of Web-Based Açai Scams

Working within the spirit of voodoo

by ÁILÍN QUINLAN

VOODOO; the mere mention of it conjures up sinister images of zombies, ritual murder, cannibalism and dark spirits. So why is an Irish aid agency funding an Aids programme in the Caribbean which openly promotes the participation of voodoo priests? Deeply ingrained superstitions and cultural beliefs along with a lack of adequate . . . → Read More: Working within the spirit of voodoo