Dallas Morning News Voices Columns

‘Just say no’ is not enough

June 3, 2011

I am tired of hearing there is no money on federal or state levels for things like education, health care and birth control. There’s plenty of money to carry out a 10-year assassination campaign on Osama bin Laden, a man whose death I’m not sure is impacting my life. And there’s money to subsidize crops like corn and soy. Those growers are making money hand over fist. But there’s not enough money for children. READ MORE >>

Stuck in the middle on health care debate

July 22, 2011

For the first 37 years of my life, give or take, the costs of health care didn’t really affect me, nor did I understand them on a universal level. I was privileged enough to have a major medical policy all my life, until I got divorced.

So, being a healthy “young” woman at low risk for disease, I got a catastrophic policy. Just in case I broke something or “needed a kidney,” I joked on the phone with the representative who was helping set up my policy. That was last December. READ MORE >>

Online commenters should just be themselves

September 23, 2011

A few years ago I started a blog about yoga and vegetarian cooking. When I was diagnosed with cancer, it became about my journey through treatment, kept mostly for my friends and family. Some other people have happened onto the site, though, and the response has mostly been positive. I have gotten many comments about how my writing has helped them process their own cancer or that of a friend. READ MORE >>

Why live a healthy lifestyle when you get sick anyway?

April 1, 2011

I thought that if I ate healthy foods, exercised and generally took care of my mind, body and spirit that I had a guarantee of future health. But, just like the stock market, past performance is no guarantee of future results. On Feb. 28, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. In the excruciatingly long time between my tests and my diagnosis I compiled a list in my head of all the reasons I could not possibly have cancer. READ MORE >>

Make informed childbirth choices

February 3, 2011

After having three children of my own and watching countless friends have countless babies, I have realized that the U.S. system of childbirth is horribly flawed. We perform more than two times the number of Cesarean sections as the World Health Organization recommends as necessary.

Not coincidentally, we have one of the highest maternal mortality rates of any developed nation. You are more likely to survive pregnancy if you live in Greece or the Czech Republic than in the U.S. And private for-profit hospitals have a higher Cesarean rate than nonprofit hospitals. READ MORE >>

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