Category Archives: Health

Health Care, Public Health Stuff

POEM: Genocide Joe

Monday mourning. Last week President Joe Biden spoke of being hopeful about a ceasefire deal in Gaza. I must confess, I scheduled posting this last week, expecting the likely outcome of genocide unabated and genocide Joe abidin’ his time. I … Continue reading

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Starving Palestinians — How Compassion Ate Gazans

President Biden’s posed compassion and the U.S.-Israeli genocide of Palestinians in Gaza is starving the civilian population. The generations-long military occupation, the 16-year blockade on Gaza, and the current months-long bombing campaign has created a crucible of death in Gaza. … Continue reading

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POEM: Anew Year

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Anew Year Father time Mother patience Bring it on Anew year Out with the owed Be gone with grudges And woe to overdo In with the knew Refreshing awe that hold dear Embracing fully that near And … Continue reading

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POEM: Only-ness

This poem emerged from an observation that I made that “Loneliness is the shadow of individualism.” Loneliness is an epidemic in America, the most individualistic culture on earth. This poem goes out to anyone who has ever felt “only,” that … Continue reading

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POEM: Take a Collective Breath

This poem is a rare combination of my life as a poet and a public health worker. This poem juxtaposes the personal option of some to choose organic food but the collective difficulty of choosing clean air. Some times we … Continue reading

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POEM: In Hospitable Missive

This poem was inspired by Israel’s official denial of any responsibility in the missile attack on a Palestinian hospital which resulted in the deaths of hundreds of patients, health care workers, and refugees desperately seeking what was hoped to be … Continue reading

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POEM: The Hypocrites Oath

This poem is a parody of the “Hippocratic Oath,” an early version of medical ethics best known for its precept of “do no harm.” Of course, American health care is a minefield of doing harm, adept at both undertreatment and … Continue reading

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POEM: Lilliputian Vampires — Ode to Bed Bugs

Earlier this summer, at an air bnb, we were hit by a bed bug infestation. Bed bug bites are characterized by three bites in a row, and I had a couple dozen bites strewn over my body. Some bites were … Continue reading

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POEM: The Muse

This poem is about the muse striking when she sees fit, or knot. The pandemic was quiet a dry spell for my poetry, partly because my time and creative energies where engaged in my public health radio show. Still, I … Continue reading

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POEM: Blue Light Unspecial

This poem is a bout blue light from electronic devices that stimulate our brains, and not necessarily our souls. Blue light interferes with falling asleep.  Blue light is an evolutionary newcomer dominating our nervous system, in contrast to night skies … Continue reading

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POEM: Skip to the Loo, My Darling

Our prisons are filled with people with poorly treated substance use disorders, mental health issues, and the homeless. Prisons and jails are terrible places to deal with these issues. Incarceration is expensive, ineffective, and dehumanizing for those suffering these conditions. … Continue reading

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POEM: Mother Earth Riffed

I have literally cried for daze with wildfire smoke in my eyes. I pine for the daze where the earth on fire was largely a metaphor. This poem was delivered from purgatory. Mother Earth Riffed We live (sic) In a … Continue reading

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FREE POSTER: Scientists have narrowed down the origin of the COVFEFE-19 virus to either a raccoon virus or Oompa-Loompa virus

Please enjoy this FREE anti-Trump POSTER: Scientists have narrowed down the origin of the COVFEFE-19 virus to either a raccoon virus or Oompa-Loompa virus.

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POEM: What Cannot Be Forest Upon Mother Nature

What Cannot Be Forest Upon Mother Nature As man expired His last Once agin Mother Nature breathed in A parent excrement Concrete and steel Leaving not Even a scratch In geologic time Merely having caught a cold Cold virus Feverish … Continue reading

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Benefits of Immunizations – Just for the Health of It radio show

Below is the script for my public health radio show on immunizations.  You can listen to the half-hour immunization show here.  You can listen to the most current and all previous shows at the archive for Just for the Health of … Continue reading

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INAUGURAL Public Health Radio Show on WAKT, 106.1 FM Toledo — Just For The Health of It: Medicare For All and Toledo Democracy Day

After years in the waiting and making, I am proud to announce the inaugural show of my public health radio show, Just for the Health of It,  on WAKT, 106.1 FM Toledo (ToledoRadio.org). Just for the Health of It brings you new … Continue reading

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Feminist POEM: Me Too — Now A Brand Knew Whirled Of Daughters

They rise from along history Yet much more so from her story As tectonic plates ready to serve up Unseen Earthquakes From a thousand generations reserved in silence Now a brand knew Whirled of daughters A raze of sisters A … Continue reading

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Free Political Poster: HISTORY – Rinse Repeat – Negro Man, I AM A MAN, Immigrant Children, I AM A CHILD

As is often repeated in history, “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” And we are neck deep in shampoo, as we rinse history and repeat it. The iconic image of a black man holding … Continue reading

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FREE POLITICAL POSTER: Judge Kavanaugh covers Trump – I’ve got your back, that is, backside – “We should not burden a sitting President with civil suits, criminal investigations, or criminal prosecution.”

Prez Donald Trump is all about Donald Trump. The Don picks a perfect cabal member to cover his ass from the Supreme Court bench. Judge Brett Kavanaugh has demonstrated huge judicial deference to expansive executive power. In tribute to this … Continue reading

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Testimony for National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service — END DRAFT REGISTRATION

I prepared the below testimony to present at a public meeting in Chicago before the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service, a commission created by Congress to deal with questions of draft registration, most specifically, whether to end … Continue reading

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