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How to Object to an Abortion-Tainted COVID-19 Vaccine
Stacy Trasancos
National Catholic Register

Considering the COVID-19 vaccines available and the guidance being offered by church leaders on their acceptance, National Catholic Register takes the next step by offering suggestions on how you can persuade pharmaceutical companies to more rigorously apply ethical options in their biomedical research and development projects. Read...


acupuncture is part of  a radical addiction remedy in the bronx
Santi Elijah Holley
Atlas Obscura

Citing Juan Cortez, "When you think of acupuncture, massage therapy, Reiki, yoga, sound therapy, you think about a 'spa day,' you think about people that have money who are able to attain those services. Not poor people in the projects." Yet acupuncture is becoming a vital tool in the treatment of addiction and the marginalized, houseless, disadvantaged could use that "spa day" themselves. Read...


Voices from a small town in the early days of covid
Sören Steding

This is an anthology of thirty reflections, stories, and poems about the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 as it was experienced by members of the community of Decorah, a small town in northeast Iowa. The Decorah Community Writing Project asked for positive, hopeful, and humorous texts. We hope this chorus of voice will strengthen communities -- our own and beyond -- during this pandemic and show us ways to connect while being distant. We dedicate this collection to all in our community who provide help and care for people in need.

ISBN: 978-3982199474, 118 pages, $$12 softcover



Understanding how vaccines work
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

With the anticipation, hope, and perhaps a touch of anxiety, we're all looking forward to an effective vaccine against COVID-19. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has an information paper on how the immune system and vaccines work. Read...


COVID-19 Vaccine Myths
Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczayk, PhD, National Catholic Bioethics Center (Archdiocese of Saint Paul & Minneapolis)

This article debunks several of the popular myths going around with regards to the upcoming COVID-19 vaccines. You can learn more about the messenger RNA (mRNA) which is of particular interest right now. Read...


Viruses, Plagues, and History
Past, Present, and Future
Michael B.A. Oldstone

The overlapping histories of humans and viruses are ancient. Earliest cities became both the cradle of civilization and breeding grounds for the first viral epidemics. This overlap is the focus of virologist/immunologist Michael Oldstone in Viruses, Plagues and History. Oldstone explains principles of viruses and epidemics while recounting stories of viruses and their impact on human history. This fully updated second edition includes engrossing new chapters on hepatitis, Zika, and contemporary threats such as the possible return of a catastrophic influenza, and the impact of fear of autism on vaccination efforts. This is a fascinating panorama of humankind's longstanding conflict with unseen viral enemies, both human successes--such as control of poliomyelitis, measles, smallpox and yellow fever, and continued dangers--such as HIV and Ebola. Impeccably researched and accessibly written, Viruses, Plagues and History will fascinate all with an interest in how viral illnesses alter the course of human history.

ISBN: 978-0190056780, 512 pages, $19.95 softcover, Publisher: Oxford University Press


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Best Mattress Reviews 

Best Mattress Reviews is run by a review team of veterans from the mattress industry as well as journalists who have written extensively about sleep health and sleep products. We’re a Seattle-based crew where all those dark, rainy days really charge up our hypersomnia, and persistently lead us to the next cup of coffee. So, of all people, we understand the importance of a good night’s sleep, and how your mattress can help or hinder that. Our goal is to give you the knowledge needed to make informed decisions about what mattress is best for you, so that you sleep soundly.

Consumer Safety Guide

We’re here to help you get the answers you need about consumer and medical products. We want to educate the public and ensure consumers are informed about defective medical products, dangerous drugs, and high-risk consumer products. Our goal is to be your go-to online resource. We provide accurate, relevant information in one place, so it’s easy and convenient for you to know what risks you face. We give you information about which products and devices are safe and which ones are not – hopefully reducing your risk on a daily basis.

Drug Rehab Connections

We provide unbiased information reviewed by medical experts so our readers can make an informed decision on the next steps in their, or a loved one’s, drug rehabilitation journey. Drug Rehab Connections was founded by a group of individuals who know both sides of addiction. We know it from our personal lives as well as engaging and working with rehab and treatment centers. We are not a Treatment Center. Rather, We are a starting point to finding help for individuals and families battling addiction. We want to answer your questions—about drug rehab, the therapies available, treatment programs, and more—so that you are able to make decisions that can ultimately save your life or someone you care about.

Know Your DNA

DNA testing can be confusing; we’ve relied on experts and doctors to administer and decipher these kinds of tests since their invention. At KnowYourDNA we don’t just research consumer DNA tests; we order them, we use them, we explore how they work, and we give an unbiased review that completely avoids any unfounded claims or marketing mumbo-jumbo. We have no affiliations to any service we cover, we don’t get sponsored, we pay for the tests we take, and we have no obligation to anyone other than our readers. If that doesn’t sound like a pretty fair approach already, we have a secret that gives us an edge: KnowYourDNA is powered by the passion and expertise of trained geneticists and genetics


We believe achievements start with education and a commitment to small, daily choices. We create content that engages and informs, and we complement it with practical tools to make living healthy an easier and sustainable process.

Mattress Help

First off, to be absolutely clear: mattress companies do not pay us for these reviews, and all our content is unbiased and independently researched. We’re beholden to you, the consumer, and not a mattress company. We created with one goal in mind: to help answer sleep questions so everyone can have a better night’s sleep.

National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCB)

The National Catholic Bioethics Center, established in 1972, conducts research, consultation, publishing, and education to promote human dignity in health care and the life sciences, and it derives its message directly from the teachings of the Catholic Church. They provide resources on a variety of bioethics topics.

New Mouth

NewMouth is an informational web guide for those seeking dentistry, orthodontics, pediatric, and specialty dental care treatments and procedures. All content published on NewMouth is created by our team of journalists, researchers, and those experienced in the medical writing industry. All pages and topics on the website are fact-based and sourced from current scientific research, such as scholarly articles, dentistry textbooks, government agencies, and medical journals. This includes information provided by the American Dental Association (ADA), the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Project Know aims to inform parents and family members of those struggling with addiction, as well as addicts and alcoholics themselves, about the options available for treating addiction. With a library of original content, we educate in simple language. While is not meant to take the place of advice from medical professionals, who should always be consulted regarding issues of substance abuse or potential behavioral health disorders, we do provide overviews and offer resources that can expedite the process of familiarizing yourself with addiction, drug and alcohol abuse, dependency, treatment and recovery topics and options.

Recall Report

Recall Report was created to alert the public to the latest information on dangerous drugs and products. With hundreds of suspected or confirmed dangerous drugs and products on the market, the up-to-date information we provide on recalls, alerts, and side effects is vital to keeping your family safe.

Vision Center

Vision Center is an informational web guide created for those seeking eye surgery and other vision correction options. All content published on Vision Center is researched, written, and edited by licensed optometrists, experienced journalists, and other medical writers in the industry. All pages on our website are fact-based and sourced from recent scientific research, scholarly articles, textbooks, government agencies, and medical journals.


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