Category Archives: Health

How British Dentists Created Heavy Metal Generation

At my first dental examination in North America the Montrealer with a deep knowledge of the ethnography of decay leaned back from my chair and holding his pick aloft declared, “You have British teeth.” His tone was grave, like a … Continue reading

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Forest Bathing

If we can bathe in sunshine or in glory or in misery, why not in a forest? I didn’t invent the expression: it’s from the Japanese (shinrin-yoku) who believe time spent in nature boosts health. Most people agree that gulping … Continue reading

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A Third Parent contributes her Mighty Mites (Mitochondria)

Two biological parents are enough for any baby, aren’t they? Maybe not: sometimes it’s better to have two mamas. The media have hyped a story that broke in September about a boy who was conceived by “mitochondrial replacement therapy.” His … Continue reading

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A Root to Cure Evils (Ginseng)

A police informant reported a horde of vegetable roots drying in the sun outside a home in Randolph County, WV. This is not the kind of news that makes headlines or pricks up ears, but to our friend, a law … Continue reading

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Who’s Afraid of Artificial Gametes (Eggs and Sperm)?

In the dystopic Brave New World of Aldous Huxley, he did not add artificial gametes to the bevy of reproductive technologies for replacing natural fertility in his future World State. Nevertheless, they might find a place one day for helping … Continue reading

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