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The Importance of Challenge
by Ronald D. Whitmont MD – New York City

children playing tug-of-war game

It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled. ~ Mark Twain Following the news can be extremely discouraging. From the top of our society down, it seems that we are living in a world that no longer values honor, justice, truth or science. The government, which used to […]


It’s Not Just “Going With the Flow”
by Sky Nelson-Issacs

I believe we are creatures of flow. Flow is natural to each of us in our own way. At a party we may feel engrossed in a conversation and want the rest of the party to disappear, or we may naturally feel the ending of the conversation when one person goes to refill their drink. […]


The Best Rejection
by Alan Cohen – Hawaii

heart surrounding human figure

When composer George Gershwin was developing his career, he contacted his esteemed role model Maurice Ravel and asked if Ravel would take him on as a student. Ravel, familiar with Gershwin’s work, rejected him, replying, “Why become a second-rate Ravel when you are already a firstrate Gershwin?” A true teacher does not inculcate students to […]


Getting Fish, Birds and Amphibians Out of Experiments
by Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C.

research lab

More than 100 million animals are used in experiments in the United States each year. But that’s just an estimate, because 90 percent of those animals including birds, fish and amphibians, are not formally counted. That is because the Animal Welfare Act— the only federal law designed to regulate the use of animals in laboratories— […]


Long-Term Wireless Exposure at School …
by Fay Tsamis – Long Island, NY


Wireless technologies have proliferated inside our educational system in recent years adding to the already $60 Billion Tech Ed industry. Concerns from lower test scoring to more serious matters like wireless health risks have been raised by many throughout the world. Here’s what the experts have to say about it. In a letter addressed to […]


What on Earth Should a Loving Parent Do When a Child Asks to Play Football?
by Jeff Victoroff, M.D.

boy with football

Football is child’s play. Sure, a few thousand adults play football once in a while. Several of them even appear on TV. But more than two million children play football every season. Is that a good thing for our children? Is that a good thing for our country? Organized sports can be great for kids! […]


“You are what you eat” How Many of Us Understand What That Really Means?
by Donna Martini – Oyster Bay, NY

In 1998 I answered a call from the principal of my daughter’s grammar school. He claimed she was acting aggressively in class. When I asked him to elaborate, he said, “Your daughter is biting children!” Horrified and without explanation, I promised to take her to therapy and swore it would never happen again. After gleaning […]


Children’s Spirituality: A Forgotten Identity? by Leda Anagnostopoulos – NY

child praying

So often we hear the term spirituality in today’s conversations. A “new age” word that is bantered around and yet there are still many of us who do not understand exactly how the term is defined and its greater meaning. Even more so, when we speak of children’s spirituality we seem to be at a […]


Can the Vaccination Issue Bring Left and Right Front and Center? How the Body Politic Can Emerge From a “Pharmaceutically Induced Coma” by Steve Bhaerman – Santa Rosa, CA


The truth shall UPSET you free. ~ Swami Beyondananda My cosmic comic cohorts in the Firesign Theatre said it in their 1974 comedy record: Everything You Know Is Wrong. Boy, were they right. And that’s even truer when you are convinced everything you know is right. Take the “anti-vaccination” movement— or rather the anti-anti-vaccination movement. […]