Dr. Joel Kahn: The 1 Minute Health Booster

Great culinary health tips.

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As a cardiologist dealing with patients suffering from hardening of the arteries and other diseases of poor nutrition and inflammation, I suggest that you would be wise to buy the following three traditional spice combinations and use them liberally as one of the easiest ways to boost your nutrition. I prefer organic spices purchased within the last 12 months. Throw the old moldy ones away.

1. Apple Pie Spice
In my home, this bottle gets used in smoothies, on cereals, in coffee, and on fruit. This powerhouse mix usually has cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and nutmeg. By sprinkling this tasty and sugar-free mix on your food and drink you can boost the antioxidant level of meals tremendously.

Antioxidants work to reverse the “rusting” and aging effects of stress and toxins on your arteries and other organs. In a study of more than 3,100 food items, cloves were the top antioxidants among…

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Molly Fisk: American Riddle

Wow, it’s great to recognize yourself in somebody else’s poem.

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When you can’t figure out how to stop

the war in Iraq, much less how to make

enough money to pay your mortgage,

moving the hundred and eighty dollars

from savings back into your checking

account as if that will help — when it’s

all you can do to acknowledge the actual

world and not lose yourself half the afternoon

in People Magazine where the movie stars

revolve like frosted cakes in a glass case

at the old Lady Baltimore bakery

on Throckmorton, before your home town

became so chic none of the kids

from your high school could afford

to live there — when you’re so tired

of reinventing yourself you want to lie down

on the road, right on the double yellow line

in front of your driveway, exactly where

two of your cats have been killed and wait

for someone to run you over but with your…

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Colin Beavan: What Happens When Men Say #MeToo, Too?

When I started reading this, I was thinking, “Oh, come on!” But damned if he didn’t win me over by the end. Reminds me of James Baldwin’s challenge to whites to focus their attention on what it is about them that made–and makes–them need to create and perpetuate the category “nigger.” To paraphrase Beavan, “White? What is going on that causes some of you to act this way?”

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As a self-identified feminist man who has survived abuse, I wonder how and if I should participate in the conversation.

There was the man giving 16-year-old me a ride on a motorcycle. There was the 30-something woman who used to drive teenage me to my addiction support group. The male newspaper editor who stopped commissioning my articles. The male mentor. The married landlady. The female magazine editor. All groping, pressuring, harassing, abusing.

Most importantly, there was the girlfriend of a friend of my mother’s who took 14-year-old me to an abandoned shed and took my virginity, leaving me isolated and lost and silenced because she was part of the network of adults who were supposed to be my supports.

Our culture does not do enough to teach boys to think there might be anything wrong with these things. I didn’t understand for years, until a therapist gently explained power dynamics…

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Abby Zimet: Miss Peru Beauty Queens Go Rogue

Maybe there’s some value in beauty pageants after all…

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Contestants in the Miss Peru 2017 beauty pageant read out facts and statistics about violence against women in Peru instead of the traditional measurements of bust and hip sizes in an effort to draw attention to the mistreatment of women.


Talk about resistance in unlikely places. Facing horrific rates of violence against women – the week before, the hashtag #PeruPaisdeVioladores (Peru Country of Rapists) was trending – the contestants for Sunday’s Miss Peru beauty pageant flipped the script in their introductions, with each replacing the usual grotesque reciting of her measurements with grim statistics on domestic violence. The protest came in the wake of skyrocketing stories of assault and violence: An estimated 7 out of 10 women, many young, are said to experience some form of abuse, putting Peru second only to Bolivia in South America. Last year, after a video that recorded a naked man dragging his girlfriend…

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Video: Suzanne Simard — How trees talk to each other

Plants communicate; I wonder what their grammar is like.

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“A forest is much more than what you see,” says ecologist Suzanne Simard. Her 30 years of research in Canadian forests have led to an astounding discovery — trees talk, creating harmonious social lives over vast distances. She describes the “world of infinite biological pathways that connect trees and allow them to communicate, and allow the forest to behave as if it’s a single organism. It might remind you of a sort of intelligence.” This intelligence is shared not only by trees but by all of the beings that live in and among them.

If you’d like to learn more about the language of the forest, you might want to read The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben.


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Laura Bridgeman: What Whales Have to Teach Humans About Capitalism

Guardian ad litem for whales? Great idea, but we need to expand it.

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Any accounting of the commons without acknowledging the presence and interests of others will lead to their continued destruction, to our human detriment as well.

The International Whaling Commission meets every four years to decide the future of the whales. That is, it decides which nation will kill how many, and for what reasons (commercial, subsistence, “research”). Stakeholders from around the world are engaged, from whaling and non-whaling nations alike.

Notably absent in these discussions on the future of whales, are the whales themselves. But this is not just because they would have a hard time fitting into the conference room. It’s an intentional omission, since whales are a part of the commons: that great, amorphous void which we draw individuals out of, pour refuse in to, and in which lives the nameless, faceless “biomass” that we refuse any real legal or political consideration on a categorical basis. According to…

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Marc Jampole: Trump is changing America

It’ll be interesting to look back at this column a couple of years from now–and especially in 2020, if, God forbid, this maniac is running for re-election. By then, these forecasts will probably seem mild compared to the incredible swath of devastation that more than three more years of Trump–and Republican domination–will inflict.

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Trump may be living in the past with his ideas and policies, but they are 100% 21st century GOP.

It seems as if the pace of Trump Administration abominations is accelerating. Every day Trump’s soldiers issue another decree that hurts the economy, harms our future potential, endangers our population or curtails the civil rights of a group or all of us. Meanwhile, Trumpty-Dumpty sets verbal dumpster fires all over the place as a distraction: Most recently he has picked fights with the Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, a distinguished if unchangeably rightwing Senator, his own Secretary of State, the trigger-happy dictator of North Korea and the National Football League.

These reality TV shenanigans claim most of the news, while Trump’s troops continue to reset the long-term course of U.S. policy in civil rights, the environment, foreign policy and energy policy. Just take a look at what has happened in…

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