Health Quotes

Peace equals public health

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Stark longed for a time when the key cooperative principle of one person, one vote wasn’t considered radical. Democracy was messy and complex, but it was exactly what this paranoid country needed. “You have to overcome that thinking if my plan is going to work…”

[Read more]

Our body is a machine for living. It is organized for that, it is its nature.

Friday, January 22nd, 2010
Napoleon on horseback

“I can neither taste nor smell,” he remarked, sniffing at his glass. “This cold is tiresome. They talk about medicine – what is the good of medicine when it can’t cure a cold! Corvisart gave me these lozenges but they don’t help at…”

[Read more]

And to my doctor – let evidence of the worth of your efforts be the life I live.

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

All quotes on Quote Snack since April 28th have been from the writings of cancer survivors. I’m extending it until the end of May, with a hearty helping of…

[Read more]

Once you’re on to yourself, there’s an implicit responsibility to change for the better

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

But I frankly couldn’t have lost the weight without all that soul searching or whatever you want to call it: navel-gazing, self-actualization, a fantastic voyage up your own butt – yes, to the heart of darkness! The dream of self-improvement is integral to the American…

[Read more]

Addiction, although cunning, baffling, and powerful, has within it the seeds of self-knowledge and a better life

Monday, May 11th, 2009

Addiction to alcohol and other drugs is at the heart of many of the world’s most difficult human problems, from crime and AIDS to health care costs and highway safety, from decreased productivity to family breakdown. Of all the many causes of these modern dilemmas, the one that is…

[Read more]

Every extra pound tells a story.

Friday, May 8th, 2009
vanilla ice cream sundae

Much of my weight gain came from a misguided attempt to soothe myself with food in the wake of surgery, chemo, and radiation; you can’t blame a cancer survivor for clinging to the Ben & Jerry’s lifeboat. I well knew that estrogen-rich…

[Read more]

Florence Nightengale has morphed into Vampira.

Friday, May 1st, 2009
Hospital at Scutari

Health care costs are sucking the blood out of the economy, for one thing. Consider poor General Motors, once America’s flagship corporation and now sinking under the weight of its employee health benefits – which account for at least $1,500 of the sticker price of each new vehicle. As GM proceeds with mass layoffs, other companies thrash…

[Read more]

It’s necessary to have a purpose in life.

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

It’s necessary to have a purpose in life. I would say that those who eventually end up taking drugs, that becomes their purpose, in an absence of any other purpose. So number one is to have a purpose. It can be different at different times in your life, as I see in my own life. Take good care of that purpose. Let that be your guide.

[Read more]