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Don’t forget the hungry

The first lady, Michelle Obama, announced an initiative to end childhood obesity within a generation. With obesity rates in children greater than 30% we face a challenge more daunting than terrorism. Obesity has been linked to diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. You can be certain that if we do not tackle this problem our national […]

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The poor will always be with us

The poor will always be with us

To paraphrase Thomas Jefferson, the pursuit of liberty requires happiness which further requires health. You cannot be free unless you are healthy and happy. As Americans we all share these rights. Poor behavioral choices are the greatest contributors to poor health, not lack of healthcare. We’re talking about, among other things, poor educational opportunities, poor nutrition,, and […]

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End Poverty to Become a Healthier Nation

End Poverty to Become a Healthier Nation

The department of housing and urban development announced that when women were relocated from the projects to wealthier neighborhoods the incidence of obesity and diabetes was significantly reduced. This is a no brainer. Link There are 5 determinants of overall health: personal behavior, social factors, healthcare, and the environment. Among the 5, inadequate healthcare accounts […]

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End Poverty To Become A Healthier Nation

To paraphrase Thomas Jefferson, the pursuit of liberty requires happiness which further requires health. You cannot be free unless you are healthy and happy. As Americans we all share these rights. Among the 5 determinants of overall health, personal behavior, social factors, healthcare, and the environment, healthcare accounts for only 10% of premature deaths, yet it […]

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A Real Death Panel

I wanted to share a post by my Doctors for America colleague, Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman,  “Arizona, like many other states, has a budget shortfall and is making deep cuts to social services to balance their budget. The Republican controlled Arizona legislature passed a bill this past spring that was signed into law by the governor prescribing […]

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