Posts in category "Health"

Make No Mistake, Nurses are Fighters Too

Make No Mistake, Nurses are Fighters Too
By RA Monaco It is no surprise that nurse-advocates are on the front lines of a myriad of social justice issues—prevention of illness, promotion of public health and protection of the planet is in their professional DNA.  “It’s an immediate and short-term threat to planetary civilization” warned University of Washington professor Peter Ward, Ph.D. while... Read more »

A Cure for Ageism: Facebook

A Cure for Ageism:  Facebook
By RA Monaco There are plenty of reasons health conscious people—particularly younger Facebook users—should make it a conscious habit to avoid internalizing today’s unsettling culture of ageism.  To start, having negative stereotypes about older adults has been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and, in later years heart attacks according to a 2009... Read more »

No One Over Fifty Left

No One Over Fifty Left
By RA Monaco “Middle-ageism” has become a stereotype that threatens to diminish the value of a whole—even younger—age class.   A person known to me as a director of a large corporation headquartered here in Chicago casually mentioned that since the nation’s claimed financial recovery in 2009, they had no one over fifty left on their... Read more »
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Music: A Most Uncommon Gift

 Music: A Most Uncommon Gift
By RA Monaco It was a cornet for playing music, so I thought, yet it inspired empathy, built confidence, honored fallen heroes and saved lives, including my own. It was a cornet that became a window into the minds and hearts of the indigent and their families whose disenfranchised cultures were oppressed and ignored.  It... Read more »

POLITICKING CONTRACEPTION

POLITICKING CONTRACEPTION
As a father of three, the most impetuous being my 15 year old daughter, Plan B emergency contraception offers me a modest sense of assurance that our lives will not be unexpectedly complicated by her youthful and probable sexual self exploration. Putting the moral politicking and naïve policy making aside, this dad will deal directly... Read more »

The President’s proposed annual budget is a betrayal of “We, the people”

The President’s proposed annual budget is a betrayal of “We, the people”
The President’s offer of preemptive concessions on Social Security is not merely deluded it is a second term betrayal confirming that he has joined the “looting class.”  With his lips still moist from the empty words of his Inaugural Address, he is sending seniors to the dumpsters and America on a course off the retirement... Read more »
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Medicaid: The Tension Within

Medicaid: The Tension Within
Medicaid, the primary mechanism by which long-term health care is funded in America, is under assault on multiple fronts.  Collectively, our humanity as a nation is about to be tested by the potentially unpleasant, politically driven choices of funding care for the poor and nearly poor—far too often framed as the slothful underside of our... Read more »

Christian Faithful Given Moral Endorsement for Divorce of Alzheimer's Spouses

Christian Faithful Given Moral Endorsement for Divorce of Alzheimer's Spouses
September 26, 2011 Televangelist Pat Robertson provoked both angry and dismissive responses after giving a moral endorsement for divorce, when a spouse with Alzheimer’s disease is “not there” anymore.  During a 700 Club broadcast this week the conservative Christian leader said, “I know it sounds cruel, but, if he’s going to do something, he should... Read more »