By Joe Romano,
Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
If you were an English person whose time had come and you were to die today, your remains might well be handled by the largest consumer-owned cooperative in the world. It is simply called The Co-operative, and they operate food stores just as GreenStar does, but they also operate travel agencies, pharmacies, farms, clothing stores, auto showrooms and many other businesses, including funeral homes.
And while they offer home, life and auto insurance, the one business they are not involved in is health insurance.
By Dr. Karen Gellman
Most pet owners love their vets, especially ones who have helped them throughout the lives of their beloved animals. But, wow — how a trip to the vet has changed in the past twenty years! Modern veterinary medicine is following the same path as human medicine — innovative drugs, high-tech imaging and testing, genetic research, etc. Many of these advances are consumer driven. If owners know that a person can be helped by a particular treatment, they want it for their animal. Top veterinary clinics are now performing organ transplants, chemotherapy — all the amazing things you find in human hospitals.
Interestingly, though, recent human health care research is showing that many high-tech medical practices are not only less cost-effective, but have less successful outcomes than practices that use fewer tests, but emphasize better communication between doctors, and focus on the whole patient, rather than the test results. In conventional medicine, we have become slaves to statistics — treatments and prognoses are determined by published infection rates or survival percentages. This is intended to give a greater precision in predicting health outcomes. But if your own dog is diagnosed with cancer, what is more important — how correct your vet is on his survival time or maximizing his health so that his cancer can be a condition, not a death sentence?
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By Kristie Snyder,
Tompkins County is famous for its cloudiness. And it's quickly becoming famous for something else — renewable energy. Despite all those clouds, there's plenty of sun and wind, and more and more Tompkins residents are figuring out how to curb their fossil fuel consumption with a variety of sustainable energy approaches, from the tried-and-true to the purely experim...