Naomi Shah's family was not exempt from these ailments. Ever since she can remember, her brother and father suffered from allergies and respiratory illnesses and while most of these often have a season, their symptoms persisted year-round.
I am struck by how art and politics seem to have traded places in Missouri. The documentary After Tiller represents everything that is messy and complicated about the world, while politics here seem to exist in a fantasy world.
At the recent 40th anniversary dinner of the UCSF Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at San Francisco's beautiful City Hall rotunda, a tablemate remarked "If the big quake hit now and this place collapsed, American health care would have to start all over."
The conversation regarding what constitutes the ideal diet for optimal wellness and longevity is an ongoing and exhausting debate. Experts from each respective dietary camp have a plethora of data pointing to their case for why their particular system is the gold standard.
Let's make 2012 the year we get smart about taxes, and tax less of those things we want more of, like jobs and income, and more of the things we want less of, like health damaging sugars. You can have your cake, just pay for it.