Opioid Overdose Deaths and Sky-High Deductibles

July 13, 2018

Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the US. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, in 2015, more than 20,000 overdose deaths in this country were directly [...]

Danger Sign At The Speed Of Life

July 6, 2018

Last week I reported the news that deaths by suicide in this country are up 25 percent since 1999. According to federal data, deaths attributed to opioid overdose and alcohol abuse are now at the [...]

Suicide and The Loss of Life’s Meaning

June 29, 2018

The statistics are staggering and the recent high profile cases make them impossible to ignore. Deaths by suicide in this country are up 25 percent since 1999. According to the Center for Disease [...]

Robot Bees Are Coming — Be Afraid

June 22, 2018

Last week I discussed a movement now afoot — one that my wife Gena and I support — calling for the ban of certain agricultural insecticides known as neonicotinoids that scientific [...]

Pesticides and the Death of Honeybees

June 15, 2018

You might say my wife, Gena, has a bee in her bonnet. For a while now, we have been raising honeybees on our Texas ranch. We are among the estimated 115,000 to 125,000 beekeepers in the United [...]

When Saving Lives Brings on Medical Bankruptcy

June 8, 2018

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a debilitating, chronic condition that affects more than two million people worldwide. Its exact cause is unknown and its symptoms include paralysis, tremors, pain and [...]

A Price We Pay for the Things Medical Insurance Does Not Cover

June 1, 2018

The price of healthcare in the U.S. is the highest in the world. Yet, we as a nation are not getting our money's worth when it comes to affordable health care — far from it. Many folks [...]

What Elevates a Major Health Concern to an Emergency?

May 25, 2018

When categorizing public health problems, the word "epidemic" is often applied to emphasize those of great impact. It is no longer merely associated with the rapid and widespread advance of [...]

Major Depression and Anxiety Levels are on the Rise in America

May 18, 2018

Feeling a bit depressed or in a state of high anxiety? Do you have the feeling that you are not alone when it comes to being racked by such feelings? You may be on to something. According to a [...]

Walking All Over The Rights Of The Ambulatory Disabled

May 11, 2018

In a byline story published in 2017 in the publication Higher Ed, Valerie Piro recounts her experiences as an incoming college freshman exploring options among her top picks of colleges to which [...]

Seeking Answers To Medical Problems While Setting Pills Aside

May 4, 2018

As pointed out in a recent report by CNN's Erin Gabriel, color permeates all aspects of our lives. It shapes how we perceive the world and is an essential part of our cultural identity. Yet how [...]

Has the Opioid Epidemic Begun to Turn a Corner?

April 27, 2018

Wouldn't you know? No sooner do I come out questioning the effects of the recent commitment by policymakers and the medical establishment to upping the ante in addressing the nation's opioid [...]