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Don’t Give Up on Haiti

These are trying times - wars overseas and terrorist threats at home, a miserable economy, a health care system in crisis and Washington politicians behaving with more pettiness and self-interest than squabbling two year olds – well, it’s just plain disheartening.

This week a patient of mine lumped Haiti’s problems in along with all those others I just mentioned but I begged to differ. Haiti is neither a governmental nor political problem – it is a humanitarian one. It is not our governments’ problem to solve, it is our own as individuals. We can save Haiti by not giving up on her. Read this post to see how.

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Help Haiti and Help Yourself – Make a Long Term Commitment

The devastating natural disaster in Haiti has gripped our hearts and minds. Many are suffering without water and food while suffering injuries and the loss of family, loved ones and shelter from the elements. Those people’s circumstances are utterly unimaginable. Please donate money NOW and plan to keep on giving in the future.

Recovery will not be quick. Read this post to help you think through how this disaster can help you help others and help you help yourself.

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Asbestos - Have You Been Exposed?

The folks at Asbestos.com and Mesothelioma Help.org contacted me to ask me to give you a heads up about mesothelioma, an environmental cancer.

If you are like me, when you hear “asbestos” and “mesothelioma”, you think of those TV commercials for lawyers asking you to call them if you know have been exposed. Why all those ads?

There are 30 billion dollars (that’s billions, not millions) in trust funds put aside by companies that either manufactured or used asbestos-containing materials to care for victims of asbestos exposure. That’s a lot of incentive for lawyers!

FULL DISCLOSURE: Both of these sites are owned and run by lawyers. I have received no compensation for publishing these links. I have checked both of these sites out and they seem offer high quality information and resources. I am posting these links for information purposes only. I would like to hear from readers if you are ever solicited by the lawyers that run them. That is not how we roll here at Maverick Health.

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Intelligence of Crows

There are rare moments when people and their ideas just rock my world. This 10 minute video, published on the TED website, did just that. Thank you, TED for doing what you are doing and for sharing your content so freely. And thank you, Joshua Klein, for showing us the intelligence of crows and asking, “Why not turn a longstanding rivalry between man and crow into something that profits both species?“ Check this out - it is fun!

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