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Pretty? Ugly? Or both?

Many years ago I visited a couple living on top of a mountain in the wilds of Maine. The husband had the reputation of being somewhat eccentric — if I recall correctly he was building a garage out of beer

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Posted in Chronic illness, Women's health

The immunological price of social pain

Stress is one of those fuzzy psychological constructs. It is usually defined as a state of mental or emotional strain, and a chronically ill friend of mine used to call it the “dirty little secret of chronic illness.” Why? Because

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Posted in Autoimmune diseases, Chronic illness, Health care, Research

The dietary cure-all

Yesterday, over on HuffPost, Michael Pollan wrote the following, in an article titled “‘Food Rules’: A Completely Different Way To Fix The Health Care Crisis”: “Make no mistake: our health care crisis is in large part a crisis of the

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Posted in Chronic illness, Nutrition, Public health

Rethinking exercise

As a kid, I used to watch Jack Lalane doing jumping jacks on his morning exercise show. I would hop right up and join him, wondering why some people thought exercise was hard. Later on, I picked up a booklet

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There is nothing wrong with you

Continuing my series of literary retreads, here’s an essay that I wrote nearly five years ago. If you remember my comment last time about the various kinds of perdition faced by the chronically ill, you might have wondered what I

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Girl Diseases

Tis the season when TV networks rerun shows assuming that you’ll be out shopping or partying, and because just now I’m up to my armpits in the glories of the season, it occurred to me that perhaps I could fill

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