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Alison Rose Levy is a journalist who has been in the major media for over twenty years. For two decades, she has covered the wide range of areas that affect health, such as food, the environment, health care, health science and research, activism, media and marketing of health, treatments, public policy, regulation, and legislation, and the health, drug, food, agricultural, and energy industries.

Alison hosts the radio program Connect the Dots on the Progressive Radio Network, featuring interviews with leading researchers, scientists, environmentalists, health experts, and authors. You can join Alison's Facebook page, Connecting the Dots for community, caring, insight, news, activism, and radio shows.

Formerly, a magazine Senior Health Editor, a prime time CBS News Producing Editor, a producer of PBS Public Affairs specials, and a documentary film producer for the Smithsonian Institution, Alison is the author of the upcoming book, What Ails Thee? The Forces Driving America's Health Decline, Alison has co-authored and/or written numerous health books, with health experts and scientists, including two New York Times bestsellers. She offers the free health and environmental insight and action ezine, the Health Outlook via her website, www.healthjournalistblog.com You can friend her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @AlisonRoseLevy

Entries by Alison Rose Levy

What Statins, Trans Fats, and GMOs Tell Us About Scientific Controversies

(48) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 10:35 PM

Climate denial has rightly led many to unilaterally embrace science as the last bastion of rational thought in an increasingly contentious world. But the question is: Whose science?

It's the role of science to provide the criteria for determining how our society regulates, monitors, and controls both health-promoting substances...

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Bagels and de Blasio: Can New York's Next Mayor Advance City Food Beyond Bloomberg?

(7) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 2:57 PM

"We have to thank outgoing Mayor Bloomberg for raising consciousness about the health consequences of what we eat," Jan Poppendieck, a professor at Hunter College reminded foodies and food activists attending "the Future of Food Policy in the Post-Bloomberg Era." The event, which featured NYC grass roots food organizations such...

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Woody Harrelson's Steps Forward to Eco-Entrepreneurship to Protect the Trees

(17) Comments | Posted June 24, 2013 | 11:02 AM

After years of living off the grid, and following a healthy and sustainable lifestyle, actor Woody Harrelson, decided to do even more for the environment. "There's a whole slew of environmental challenges facing us, from mountain top coal mining to fracking -- it's almost endless," he said.

With years...

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New York Health Professionals Call for Solid Science in Assessing Fracking's Health Risks

(5) Comments | Posted November 28, 2012 | 6:51 PM

The growing army of New York health professionals concerned about fracking's health risks have launched a new initiative and invited regional clinicians, researchers, and advocates to join them in assuring that the Health Impact Assessment (HIA) currently requested by Governor Cuomo and undertaken by the New York State Department of...

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Deepak Chopra's New Book, Spiritual Solutions

(2) Comments | Posted April 9, 2012 | 4:40 PM

Deepak Chopra speaks in a calm and steady voice, answering questions you didn't know you had. Steeped in knowledge, and emanating the assurance that everything is all right, he's a good person to know in times like these.

He has now written over 60 books, making him one of the...

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Deepak Chopra and Vandana Shiva Talk Seeds and GMOs

(4) Comments | Posted March 26, 2012 | 7:15 PM

When meta-physician, Deepak Chopra and food champion and ecologist, Vandana Shiva met before a live audience at his Love in Action series at DeepakHomeBase,
they had a good laugh over the Bullshit Award. Yes, that's right. Monsanto gave a Bullshit Award to Shiva. To Shiva, whom...

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Dylan Ratigan, Arianna Huffington, and Deepak Chopra Want Money Out of Politics

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2012 | 6:22 PM

"We are being bamboozled by lobbyists, it's time for democracy to be restored," Deepak Chopra told his guests, Arianna Huffington and Dylan Ratigan at a DeepakHomeBase (DHB) event this week. The topic? Getting money out of politics and ending corporate personhood, a theme central to Ratigan's new book,...

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Integrative Health Care: The New Military Strategy

(2) Comments | Posted December 9, 2011 | 8:38 PM

"Right now, veterans and their families are bearing the burden of the health impacts of a decade of war," Lt Col. Windy Hendrick, Air Force fighter pilot told the group gathered for the day-long seminar on Integrative Medicine in Action hosted by the Bravewell Collaborative. Working with the...

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Will New Yorkers Veto Cuomo's Fracking Guidelines?

(50) Comments | Posted December 2, 2011 | 7:27 PM

"If it's so safe, why does it need loopholes?" asked Barbara Lee Jackson, referring to the infamous Halliburton Loophole in the 2005 Energy Bill, which exempted the practice of hydraulic fracking from most environmental standards.

She was one of over a hundred members of the public, who waited on...

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Is New York's Governor Opening a Pandora's Box?

(29) Comments | Posted November 28, 2011 | 5:57 PM

"New Yorkers shouldn't become unwilling data points in a mass health experiment, " says Sandra Steingraber, the ecologist-biologist author of Raising Elijah and Living Downstream. "I want to be able to tell the 3,300 people diagnosed with cancer today, and the 3,300 people diagnosed tomorrow, and the next day, and...

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Occupying the Delaware: Fractivists Call for Responsive Governance

(16) Comments | Posted November 23, 2011 | 5:57 AM

According to a recent Forbes magazine article, Aubrey McClendon, the CEO of Chesapeake Gas, and the chief proponent for fracking, consumes $20,000 bottles of wine. Like many CEO's, he travels by corporate jet. Yet in an employee memo, McClendon felt himself bested by the citizens calling for water and health...

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Holding Hands to Surround the White House: Environmental Leaders Speaking at Green Festival L.A. Urge Action

(9) Comments | Posted November 5, 2011 | 7:43 PM

"It's game over for slowing climate change, if we proceed with the Tar Sands XL Keystone Pipeline." So says Bill McKibben of 350.org quoting NASA scientist James Hansen. In a rousing talk McKibben gave to the attendees at Green Festival L.A., (which took place...

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Will Sustainable Farms Survive in Flood-Prone New York?

(6) Comments | Posted September 20, 2011 | 2:02 PM

Even without grokking the science of climate change, it's obvious that novel weather events have increased around the country and the world. Thanks to Hurricanes Irene and Lee, at summer's end, torrential rains swept the Northeast region, flooding the areas where New York's food comes from. In these upstate regions...

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As Fracking Crosses the Delaware, Deepak Chopra and Mark Ruffalo Talk Fracking, Water, Energy, and Health

(64) Comments | Posted September 19, 2011 | 6:48 PM

Last week, Deepak Chopra invited Mark Ruffalo, a well-informed advocate of water defense, to dialogue with him about fracking, the fast-forward gas drilling practice that has colonized 23 states thus far. Chopra and Ruffalo met before a studio audience at DeepakHomeBase, (the new social media salon co-launched by...

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Deepak Dialogues With Activist Celebs: Mark Ruffalo, Fran Drescher and Russell Simmons

(9) Comments | Posted September 14, 2011 | 4:37 PM

Being an activist celebrity is a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, some people secretly question whether you have sufficient expertise to weigh in on weighty matters. On the other hand, many issues of urgent social concern don't get attention without a star attached to the cause.

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News Coverage Vs. PR: Is Fracking a Panacea or a Ponzi Scheme?

(31) Comments | Posted July 15, 2011 | 2:59 PM

How to separate fact from fiction in evaluating fracking, the new and burgeoning next phase fossil fuel proffered by the gas and oil industry? Although recent New York Times stories covering the economic side of the fracking equation provoked the gas industry to cry "foul," and accuse the Times of...

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How To Spot A Fraud Guru

(84) Comments | Posted June 30, 2011 | 9:23 AM

By now, most people know that in his so-called "sweat lodge," James Arthur Ray disrespectfully borrowed traditional Native American sacred practices for use in his endurance boot camp, in order to produce "abundance" in the gullible participants. Two of those participants died. Like many, I feel sad for the families...

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Connecting the Dots: Atomic Bonds And Human Nature

(9) Comments | Posted June 8, 2011 | 10:00 AM

On the day of the rapture that never happened, I interviewed Lynne McTaggart on my radio show, "Connect the Dots." The author of the new book, "The Bond: Connecting Through the Space Between Us" (Free Press, 2011 ). McTaggart told me that she wrote "The Bond" because "We're in crisis...

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Joaquin Phoenix, Donna Karan, and Salman Rushdie Urge Ubuntu at Urban Center

(1) Comments | Posted May 20, 2011 | 11:40 AM

If there are any people on earth who can teach us about the lessons learned from living in an unjust society, while seeking every opportunity to reinstate core human rights and caring values, it's the people of South Africa.

A group of South Africans, and their friends and supporters...

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Connecting the Dots: Novel GMO-Based Bug Threatens U.S. Food Supplies

(10) Comments | Posted May 16, 2011 | 3:20 PM

A newly discovered pathogen, visible only under an electron microscope, is destroying plants and undermining the health of livestock -- thereby posing a deadly risk to the U.S. food supply, a senior plant pathologist warned USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.

In a January 2010 letter to Vilsack, (a...

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