"Nowadays, television writers don’t even joke about domestic help; they mostly avoid the subject. American viewers may be inured to sex and violence, but they are oddly sheltered on issues of class. People are accustomed to the heightened reality of shows like “The Bachelor” or “The Voice,” and not the reality of how life actually works."
‘Devious Maids,’ With Ana Ortiz, on Lifetime - NYTimes.com
"Years ago a friend of mine had a dream about a strange invention; a staircase you could descend deep underground, in which you heard recordings of all the things anyone had ever said about you, both good and bad. The catch was, you had to pass through all the worst things people had said before you could get to the highest compliments at the very bottom. There is no way I would ever make it more than two and a half steps down such a staircase, but I understand its terrible logic: if we want the rewards of being loved we have to submit to the mortifying ordeal of being known."
I Know What You Think of Me - NYTimes.com
"Much of what we’re learning about the microbiome’s role in human metabolism has come from studying “gnotobiotic mice” — mice raised in labs like Jeffrey I. Gordon’s at Washington University, in St. Louis, to be microbially sterile, or germ-free. Recently, Gordon’s lab transplanted the gut microbes of Malawian children with kwashiorkor — an acute form of malnutrition — into germ-free mice. The lab found those mice with kwashiorkor who were fed the children’s typical diet could not readily metabolize nutrients, indicating that it may take more than calories to remedy malnutrition. Repairing a patient’s disordered metabolism may require reshaping the community of species in his or her gut."
Say Hello to the 100 Trillion Bacteria That Make Up Your Microbiome - NYTimes.com
"…You’d be hard-pressed to find a major illness without a logo, a wearable ornament and a roster of consumer-product tie-ins…“These campaigns all have a similar superficiality in terms of the response they require from the public,” said Samantha King, associate professor of kinesiology and health at Queen’s University in Ontario and author of”Pink Ribbons, Inc.” “They’re divorced from any critique of health care policy or the politics of funding biomedical research. They reinforce a single-issue competitive model of fund-raising. And they whitewash illness: we’re made ‘aware’ of a disease yet totally removed from the challenging and often devastating realities of its sufferers."
Our Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer - NYTimes.com
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