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Co-Operating Burdens of Choice

Co-Operating Burdens of Choice

I remember a while back two articles were released in the New Yorker and the New York Magazine about reproductive medicine and the impact it has on our nation’s overall health care budget. Both articles approached the idea of aging mothers, fertility clinics, and premature birth sensitively and though different, both equally eloquent. What struck me most about each article was the element of choice, especially in premature birth. With medical advancements, a “viable” pregnancy (limit of viability) has shifted to 24 weeks gestation. Yet the survival rate, and then the complications and resulting disability rates are high.  The expecting family is…

Candace Pert

Candace Pert

    “Most psychologists treat the mind as disembodied, a phenomenon with little or no connection to the physical body. Conversely physicians treat the body with no regard to the mind or the emotions. But the body and mind are not separate, and we cannot treat one without the other.”  – Candace Pert A few weeks ago, I was editing an article on video games and consciousness. One of the quotes used by the writer was from Candace Pert: “When we are playing [games], we are stretching our emotional expressive ranges, loosening up our biochemical flow of information, getting unstuck,…

A Journey of Innovation

A Journey of Innovation

 Passage we love: From Wade Davis’ The Clouded Leopard. He is referring to George Mallory’s attempt to summit Mount Everest in the 1920s, and in a larger part, the human spirit that results in following one’s heart. It’s about passion and drive, never settling for what things are and how things are done. This defines innovation.

The Lives of A Cell

The Lives of A Cell

By Susan E. Williams Lewis Thomas slices the cell’s membrane open to reveal a vast ecosystem of interconnectedness, where mitochondria and other organelles that are descendent from other organisms co-exist and are co-dependent on our body’s native parts (see The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher.) He uses the cell as a metaphor for the earth and the interdependent connections that exist within. With that same microscopic technique of looking at a cell to help describe our social and political landscape, new health and fitness technologies are enabling us to get a closer look at our bodies, our emotions,…