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World AIDS Day: ‘Neither do I condemn you’

Tony Lobl

By Tony Lobl

One of the toughest things I‘ve ever done was pay several visits to someone dying of AIDS.

I was not with him in his final hours.

But I was in his company enough to witness the terror in his eyes as he was losing his battle with a disease that makes no distinction on the basis of sexuality or race.

That was a one-time experience for me - it hasn’t been repeated except in flashbacks. So I can hardly imagine the sense of loss that haunts those who have been deprived of several cherished friendships in this way.

This blog by Tony Lobl was published in the Washington Post on Nov. 30, 2012.

Brave new health

Anna Bowness-Park

By Anna Bowness-Park

Would you prefer to be controlled by fear or pleasure? This was an assignment given to my daughter when she was 15 years old. She was asked to read and analyze two fiction books: 1984 by George Orwell, where the world is controlled by fear, torture and surveillance; and Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley, where society is ruled by drugs, conformity and ultimate pleasures. Her task was to argue which regime was more successful in controlling its citizens.

Which would you choose?

This blog by Anna Bowness-Park was published in the Victoria Times Colonist on Nov. 24, 2012.

Longer, healthier living

Keith Wommack

By Keith Wommack

After examining what some believe leads to longer and healthier living, here are at least eight approaches I have found:

FastingCastrationA Mediterranean-style dietFaith in GodWild women and whiskeyLocation and incomeBeing marriedA positive outlook

Perhaps you have experimented with one or more of these? I’ve tried several. I’ll let you guess which ones.

The wide variety of these contradictory theories reveals the sweeping net society is casting in its search for lasting health. The theories also indicate an abundance of misinformation and fears about aging.

This blog by Keith Wommack was published on the Houston Chronicle on November 19, 2012.

Patients making medical decisions

Don Ingwerson

By Donald Ingwerson

An English chap by the name of Tony Lobl recently wrote an article published in the Huffington Post UK on a topic I’ve been excitedly exploring for years: patient-led care. The most intriguing aspect of his article was when Lobl described a future health care system as being patient centered. Instead of the medical/drug industry deciding what a patient needs, the patient of the future would be an active participant – being the final decision maker in what he or she needs. This seems like a natural outcome of much research I’ve been reading about. Here are a few trends from that research:

Patients have access to a health team – physicians, chaplains, and patients all working together, but the patient is the decision maker. (Templeton-funded GWish Project)

This blog by Donald Ingwerson was published on the Laguna Beach Patch on November 7, 2012.

Remembering who they are: Key to caring for Alzheimer's patients


By Tim Mitchinson

What do you do on Sunday afternoons?  Watch football?  Clean house?  While these are pretty common - recently individuals from all over the state decided to set aside their Sunday routine and walk for Alzheimer’s research.  This effort, called “Walk to End Alzheimer’s”, joined over 600 walks nationwide, raising funds and bringing awareness of the disease to others. Increased awareness and compassion can lead to new solutions for patients, caregivers, friends and families.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association over 5.2 million people have been diagnosed with this disease.  They also project that by 2025, 6.7 million individuals will be afflicted, and between 11 million and 16 million people by 2050. Many in the field consider this a pending Tsunami for our society.

And the impact on individual lives is nothing less. Caring for Alzheimer’s  patients can be draining on care givers.  The emotional and financial toll on families can be overwhelming.   According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “More than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care valued at $210 billion for persons with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.”  And these figures are rising significantly each year. 

This blog by Tim Mitchinson was published on the Naperville Patch on November 8, 2012

Choice not chance when health feels like a gamble


By Carey Arber

It can be confusing, disempowering and frightening trying to find the right healthcare solutions, especially if we’re not feeling up to the task. We may even feel that health is a gamble and that we’re lucky or unlucky according to the genes we’ve inherited.

Reports of conflicting research findings, warnings from media outlets and a myriad of advice* from professionals and sufferers alike about healthcare choices and medicines can send us into a tailspin.

One recent example is that of the benefits and dangers of cancer screening - breast and prostate – which have come under scrutiny by health professionals world-wide.

This blog by Carey Arber was published on the North Shore Times on November 9, 2012.

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