The EPA and Trump Administration Allow a Comeback on Asbestos Manufacturing

The Environmental Working Group estimates that more than 12,000 people die each year in the US from asbestos exposure and 255,000 people all over the world. The most significant toll is on the people who have to work with asbestos on the job, accounting for 90% of the total number of deaths.

Health hazards regarding this mineral emerged 40 years ago when it became known that asbestos causes mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and cancer of the larynx and ovaries.… [Read more]

Up Close and Personal with the Mexican Elections

This summer, I got the chance to work remote in Mexico. I am staying with my family in Guadalajara, a large city in the state of Jalisco. While I had been expecting to enjoy life in Mexico, including the food, the activities, and the company of my wonderful family, I had not realized until the week that I left that I would be there to witness an historic election.… [Read more]

Preventative Healthcare and the Affordable Care Act

Despite efforts by members of the Republican party and President Trump to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), this legislation is still in effect. However, some changes are on the way, which may have major impacts on those enrolled in ACA-based insurance policies. Perhaps the most notable development involves the individual mandate, which requires most Americans to keep a minimum level of health coverage or else face a tax penalty.… [Read more]

American Anti-Intellectualism and Social Inequalities in the Age of Trump

We live in the age of Trump. What this means will vary from individual to individual, but for every person who thinks he represents straightforward business, there is another that believes he represents an affront to American intellectualism.

Perhaps it’s because of comments like this, spoken by Trump at a campaign rally in 2016:

“You know, I’ve always wanted to say this—I’ve never said this before with all the talking we all do, all of these experts, ‘Oh we need an expert’—the experts are terrible!”

Nicholas Baer, Harper-Schmidt Fellow in the University of Chicago’s Society of Fellows at the rank of Collegiate Assistant Professor in the Humanities, mentions as much in his article, “American Idiot: Rethinking Anti-Intellectualism in the Age of Trump.” He draws heavily upon the work of Tom Nichols, a book titled The Death of Expertise.… [Read more]

The Rise of Fake News and How to Avoid it

The New York Times recently reported that Donald Trump said he did not use vulgarity to describe Haiti and African countries late last week. Yet according to lawmakers, some confirm the comments the president made in a meeting regarding immigration reform and others “do not recall” the comments referring to these countries as “s***holes”. This story will likely remain a “he said” “she said” debate until another prevalent or infuriating news article surfaces and steals its glory.… [Read more]

The Opioid Crisis Proves Failures in Current Leadership

Ex-DEA whistleblower Joe Rannazzisi recently shocked the nation during an interview with 60 Minutes in which he revealed that America’s opioid crisis exists and is “fueled by” the greedy actions of the pharmaceutical industry and Congress.

“His greatest ire is reserved for the distributors, some of them multi-billion dollar Fortune 500 companies. They are the middle-men that ship pain pills from manufacturers, like Purdue Pharma and Johnson & Johnson, to drug stores all over the country,” explains 60 Minutes correspondent Bill Whitaker.… [Read more]

Donald Trump Really Might Be a Sociopath

It’s been a trend since the beginning of the 2016 election — medical professionals expressing their concerns about the health, both physical and mental, of our now Commander-in-Chief. From a distance, he’s been diagnosed with everything from clinical narcissism to being a full-fledged sociopath. Is it possible Donald Trump is truly a sociopath?

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How Will States That Want to Legalize Marijuana Be Treated Under Trump?

Marijuana legalization has been a hot topic in the US for decades, however it was only during the Obama period when states began to legalize its use for recreational rather than medicinal purposes, with states like Washington and Colorado opting to try and find a way to make cannabis a legal commodity. Since those revolutionary moves, more and more states have voted to make recreational marijuana legal, including California, Nevada, Florida and Arizona, who all passed the vote on election day.… [Read more]

Ai Weiwei: Setting the Mark for Trumpist America

“Turn nothing into something – make a drawing, make a mark. Connect with others through this space of imagination. Look at other people’s drawings and share them with the world. Be part of the growing community to celebrate how creative expression transcends external borders and internal constraints. We are in this world together.

Ideas, wind, and air no one can stop.” -Ai Weiwei

The power of words, language and art have been a venomous tool in protest for ages.… [Read more]

What Do You Think Would Fix Global Healthcare? Here Is One Suggestion

There is no question about the fact that healthcare is broken in the United States and really has been for many years. It was largely on the issue of unaffordable healthcare that Obama won the presidency in 2008, and it is still largely due to an unaffordable and broken healthcare system that led Donald J. Trump to victory in 2016.… [Read more]