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InTouch Magazine

Lance Armstrong

Can We Stop Teen Smoking?

How to Live 365 Days a Year cover
I wrote a new introduction for the re-issue of the million-seller "How to Live 365 Days a Year."
First published a half-century ago, this book offers a view of the development of ideas about holistic healing and the broader context of health.

Kyodo TV
Kyodo TV
Taking the Pulse


Unless you're fluent in Japanese, you'll have to listen hard to hear my narration of this series on alternative approaches to preventing and treating cancer. In any case, the series will be airing only in Japan. The programs are being put on by Kyodo TV in conjunction with the Fuji Network. It was interesting travelling the US with a Japanese crew. Even though the director speaks little English (though certainly more than I know of Japanese,) we were able to communicate in the universal language of TV shoots.

Taking the Pulse  For more info link to TakingThePulse.org or
OPB (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
This pilot series, that first aired in June 2001, is in the process of being re-developed.

Why are we healthy... or not?  Why do we get care... or don't? 
Join us for a series of engaging explorations into how money, politics, beliefs and history shape and explain the often bewildering world of health and healthcare. And then... what we can do to try making things better.
Health Insurance. In the first half-hour we explore the current challenges and possible solutions facing the Oregon Health Plan. Then in the second half-hour, we look at the changes re-making the health coverage many Americans get at work.
Teen Suicide. Whispered discussions hide the toll of suicide. It's the second leading cause of death among Oregonians aged 10 to 24. Meet people battling youth suicide personally and professionally.

"With Every Breath"

Medical Detectives
The Learning Channel

These "Medical Detectives" programs are re-broadcast periodically on TLC.

When a young athlete gasps for breath and suddenly dies, doctors are perplexed. Then they are alarmed to learn his fiancee's funeral was being held just blocks away. She had succumbed to the same mysterious lung failure. Soon the entire region is gripped with fear that a lethal microbe could be drawn in "With Every Breath."

Also, you can watch for re-runs of  "Deadly Formula," which originally aired on TLC in November 1998. This mystery begins with the strange death of an infant boy. Suspicion turns toward his mother. Is it yet another horrific case of a parent murdering a child? Without any eyewitnesses, prosecutors turn to science for answers. 

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"InFlamed" about Tobacco
It seems obvious: smoking causes lung cancer, heart disease and other killers. Everybody knows it, so there’s not much else to talk about, right? Well, actually, the scientific link between tobacco and death is only the beginning. After all, if it really were that simple, smoking and chewing would have withered away and disappeared decades ago as rational people decided the risks just weren’t worth taking. In reality, tobacco use is hanging on to its number one position on the top ten list of preventable causes of death.
My regular column, "InFlamed," digs into the deeper issues of tobacco.
July 2002: George Harrison. Where was the anger over tobacco cutting off his music?
September 2002: Tobacco. There is so much to learn and so many lives at stake.
Coming soon: Tobacco Taxes. Good for smokers?
Coming soon: "Safer" cigarettes. Are they really?

A Chat with Lance Armstrong 
about surviving cancer. - May 2000
   In 1996, Lance Armstrong was diagnosed with advanced testicular cancer. Doctors gave him a 50-50 chance to survive. In 1999, Armstrong dominated the world's best bicyclists to win the 2,000-mile Tour de France. He spoke with me about his campaign to help other people with cancer to take an active role in their treatment. 
   The article was an InTouch cover story in the May 2000 issue. 

Can we STOP Teen Smoking? - Aug/Sept 1999

   Go to more information on anti-tobacco programs.
   The tobacco industry spends more than $8 BILLION each year to promote smoking. Each day 3,000 teenagers in the US begin smoking cigarettes.
   Can counter-advertising dampen the allure of tobacco? Florida has an aggressive media campaign selling "Truth," not smokes, to youth. After just one year, smoking rates among teens are beginning to drop.
   Media campaigns can provide "air cover" for broad-based anti-tobacco programs. But even though every politician says he or she wants to keep kids from smoking, effective tobacco control programs often come under intense political fire.


Gulp some GRASSHOPPERS?!?!?! 
Snack on a SCORPION?!?!?!
Yes, indeedy, I did. Watch for a repeat of the Halloween edition of PBS HealthWeek, during which I chowed down, while reporting about buggy recipes. If you think you'd never chomp on a cricket, watch my story, and you'll learn that you probably already have! 



Recent HealthWeek reports:

Preventing Teen Suicide
It's a hidden killer of our youth. Suicide claims more lives than murder; but stigma and fear obscure the toll, and too often delay action that could save a child at risk. 

Crohn's Antibiotics
An "incurable" disabling auto-immune disease may be curable after all, according to a small, but growing number of doctors and researchers. Crohn's disease can destroy the colon. Standard treatment just tries to control the symptoms, but some patients say their Crohn's disease was successfully treated with powerful antibiotics. 

Second-Impact Syndrome
It seemed like just a routine tackle, but then high school football star Brandon Schultz collapsed in a coma. A second blow to the head just days after a concussion sent his brain into a catastrophic cascade from which Brandon has never fully recovered. Simple guidelines for dealing with concussions could prevent many deaths and permanent brain injuries, if everyone followed them. 

Cash-Only Docs
   Some doctors with a hankering for the "good old days" are saying goodbye to HMOs and managed care contracts. Their patients pay with cash, check or credit card, and either deal with the insurance paperwork or shoulder the cost. But is it really good medicine? 

Deadly Hate: Gay Youth Suicide
Sound Surgery

Watch this space for schedule updates.

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