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Doctors to the Rescue

Dan E. Burns University of North Texas Press PDF

Doctors to the Rescue

“I practice three kinds of medicine,” said Dr. Constantine Kotsanis,

gesturing, “right, left, and center. On the right, drugs and surgery.

On the left, energy fields, prayer, and spiritual healing. The center is nutrition, tests, amino acids, pharmaceuticals when you need them.

What kind of treatment do you want for Ben?”

Dr. Kotsanis was an integrative physician and a founding member of Defeat Autism Now!, a society of doctors who pioneered the biomedical approach to treating autism. We had come to enroll Ben in a study that later would become part of the Defeat Autism Now! biomedical protocols, designed to help recover autistic kids.

“We live in a marvelous age,” said Dr. Kotsanis. “Libraries at our fingertips. Cell phones in our pockets. Airplanes to France, Athens,

Madrid. Call anybody, go anywhere.” He looked at me. “So who pays”? He turned around and pointed to Ben. “He pays.”

Dr. Kotsanis’s argument was that toxic waste in our air, food, and water had reached a critical threshold. Autistic kids were canaries in a coal mine. The difference between organized crime and organized medicine was one of degree. HMOs were driven by greed, doctors in the pocket of the drug companies. But no one was blameless.

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CHAPTER 24: Speak Up for Justice More Thoughts on Advocacy

Daley-Harris, Shannon Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Private charity is no substitute for public justice.

— MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN,
FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT
OF THE CHILDREN’S
DEFENSE FUND

“To stay quiet,” wrote author and political activist Arundhati Roy, “is as political an act as speaking out.” Why is it that we tend to keep quiet on political topics instead of speaking up for what we think is right? Are we afraid of offending others or of being criticized? Do we feel like it wouldn’t make a difference? Is the whole legislative process too confusing or intimidating? Do we think we need to know more before we speak up?

“It is not the kings and the generals but the masses of the people that make history.”

NELSON MANDELA, SOUTH AFRICAN
CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER AND FORMER
PRESIDENT OF SOUTH AFRICA

What if we just decided to do it: to speak up and speak out on the big issues that affect our nation and our world? What if we determined to be powerful voices for the end of poverty in our day? What if we embraced our power?

Hour by hour, day by day, each of us can act to end poverty and instill hope for tomorrow. Reaching out and taking action through hands-on service makes an immediate difference. Giving money, goods, and time all help improve 190lives close at hand and around the world. As valuable and needed as these forms of action are, advocacy is one of the most important things we can do in our work to overcome poverty. Changing the world and ending poverty require that we speak out about injustice and advocate to create more-just systems, policies, and practices.

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13: Scientific Strength in Rice Improvement Programmes, Varietal Outputs and Adoption of Improved Varieties in South Asia

Walker, T.S. CABI PDF

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Scientific Strength in Rice

Improvement Programmes, Varietal

Outputs and Adoption of Improved

Varieties in South Asia

S. Pandey,* Ma. L. Velasco and T. Yamano

International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Manila, Philippines

Introduction

Rice is the staple crop of South Asia. The Green

Revolution resulting from the spread of improved rice varieties and associated technologies, such as irrigation and fertilizers, led to a rapid growth in rice production over the past six decades. This has resulted in improvements in food security for growing populations and in poverty reduction throughout the region (Hazell, 2010).

A key ingredient for the success of the

Green Revolution has been the development of improved rice cultivars. International and national rice breeding programmes have developed a large number of improved varieties (often known as modern varieties or MVs) during the past six decades. A productive breeding programme that generates a continuous flow of improved varieties is needed to overcome existing and evolving constraints to growth in rice productivity.

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CHAPTER TWO: Early development and the developmental matrix

Aleksandrowicz, Dov R.; Aleksandrowicz, Malca Karnac Books ePub

The twentieth century, heralded as “the century of the child” (Key, 1911), lived up to that name. The past decades have witnessed a growing interest in the study of children in general and infants in particular, reflected in an expansion of developmental studies. Volumes have been written on child development, and prestigious journals devoted to the subject are being published. The exponential growth of scientific data necessitates a re-assessment of psychoanalytic theory of emotional development. The early developmental theories formulated by Freud (1905, 1915) and his students, as well as those of most later psychoanalytical writers, were, by and large, inferred from reconstruction arrived at during the process of psychoanalysis of adults or older children. Mahler, Pine, and Bergman (1975) were the first psychoanalysts to conduct systematic observations of infants and toddlers. Studies conducted more recently by psychoanalysts such as Stern (1977, 1985) and Shuttleworth (1989) attempt to integrate data from systematic observations of infants and toddlers with data derived from adult or child analysis and are, therefore, more valid empirically than earlier studies. Even so, the subjective experience of the preverbal infant eludes our investigative tools, and theories of early emotionaldevelopment are based, at best, on extrapolation and conjecture, and at worst on fantasies and projections of the adult patient or of the investigator. In spite of these limitations, systematic observations of the infant's behaviour, of his emotional expressions, and of his response to his caregivers provide us with valuable data that have greatly modified our early views on emotional development.

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Chapter 12: A Few Conclusions

Richard F. Selcer UNT Press PDF

Chapter 12

A Few Conclusions

Immersing oneself in a subject allows a writer to take certain liberties, one of which is drawing certain conclusions. I would be presumptuous to claim to completely understand the black experience, but I can make some observations about what I have learned.

One of the big differences between the black community in the past versus now is the message they hear from their own. Back in the early twentieth century, local black leaders preached the gospel of “selfsufficiency” and “self-dependency” as the path to success; today it is about empowerment, affirmative action, and political activism. The message delivered then, in particular from the pulpit, was, “Don’t be angry, don’t be hatin’; pull yourself up by your bootstraps and make a success of yourself!” And with that message came a big dollop of a thank-you to all the white people who had “helped and encouraged the negro to rise.”

Those messages would never fly today, but in 1905 and 1921 they were applauded by black audiences.1

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