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Heartland Healing

Death for Profit

Heartland Healing

Crystal Reality

Doctor Mysterian

A series of short predictions

Doctor Mysterian

The Bed Dream Time

Heartland Healing

GMO Shell Game

High Cholesterol? Think It Through

Vince Gironda’s point of view wasn’t mainstream when he told me about eggs in 1985. In that era, eggs were vilified as a nutritional no-no. Vince preached differently, that eating eggs had nothing to do with serum cholesterol. That was in direct contradiction to what doctors were touting at the time. With heavy influence from the drug industry, the medical establishment had published serum cholesterol thresholds,...

Over The Edge

Climb Every Mountain

After a season like this, you have no choice but to look with admiration at the Iowa State sports fan. 

Life is, indeed, different for Cyclones. Unlike your typical Nebraska Cornhusker, there is no burning anxiety leading up to and following Saturdays in the fall. Iowa State fans seem satisfied merely fielding a team and are pleasantly surprised when that team walks off the grid iron with a win. Sure, there are...

Grab Your Nuts this Christmas

Holiday season swells with junk food treats. Sugar cookies, fudge, candy canes, fruitcakes and more. But amid the high-fructose corn syrup, chemical colorings and trans fats, there is a healthy option. It’s nuts.

Botanically speaking, true nuts are the fruit of the plant order known as Fagales, which includes most common trees. Most the nuts from that group of plants are correctly called tree nuts, including...

Over The Edge

A Commitment to Paper and Ink

If you didn't read the publisher's note, please go read it now. It gives the whys behind The Reader transitioning from a weekly newspaper format to a monthly magazine format. The shift in publication calendar in January means the end of the longest-running alternative weekly newspaper in Omaha history.

I make it sound bleak. In fact, the change will be looked upon as an improvement by many. Moving to monthly will...

News You Can Use, November 2014

“We aggregate so you’ll cogitate.”

The Good

Europe Says No to GMO A couple high profile GMO labeling initiatives narrowly failed at the polls this month. There was, however, a sparkle of good news about the anti-GMO movement. The European Union’s Environmental Committee determined that member countries of the EU have the legal right to ban GMOs in basically any way, shape or form. The approved text would entitle...

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