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April 3, 2009
Times are tough, and everything is uncertain. Our McMansions are being foreclosed on, Hummers repossessed, and just when some of us think we've been spared from unemployment, our companies announce another round of layoffs. While I've written before about ways to manage your economic stress, I've decided I, personally, need to find a new outlook—a way to calm myself down and lower my blood pressure and stress hormone levels.
So I called physicist and systems theorist Fritoj Capra, author of one of my favorite books, The Tao of Physics. It was a bestseller back in the 1970s and makes fascinating parallels between subatomic particles—which behave according to the uncertainty principle—and East Asian religions like Buddhism and Taoism, which emphasize the interconnectedness of people with one another and all things in nature. I begged him to impart some scientific wisdom to help me feel calmer in the face of all this uncertainty.
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April 1, 2009
In response to my recent post about the government deciding to take a closer look at cases of paralysis that occurred after Gardasil vaccination, I received comments and E-mails from several devastated mothers whose daughters became ill for no apparent reason in the days and weeks after getting the vaccine, which protects against the cervical-cancer-causing human papillomavirus (HPV).
Here's a sample:
- "My 21-year-old daughter, Chris, got her third shot of Gardasil on June 3, 2008," Emily Tarsell wrote me last week in an E-mail. "She was found dead in bed 18 days later. She was a healthy, bright, talented young lady who played on the tennis team at Bard College where she would have graduated with honors this year."
- "My daughter developed epilepsy since being vaccinated, and when I share her experience with people, most doubt the connection," Nina Kenney wrote in an E-mail.