Thank You for 20 Years

This last Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, The Reader crossed the 20-year mark for covering what’s become an incredibly vibrant, world-famous artistic community and for uncovering the news that the mainstream media misses. Cultural coverage and watchdog, alternative journalism have been our hallmark and it’s because you, our readers, pick up this paper every week and support our advertisers that we’ve been able to reach this monumental milestone. We can’t thank you enough!

We’re looking forward to another 20 years of doing the same, but obviously the times they are a-changing and we’ve been aiming to change with them.

First off, The Reader has branched out to cover our fastest-growing demographic and most dynamic immigrant community through its…

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Fight Hay Fever Now

Do you get those annoying springtime symptoms of runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing and wheezing that we lump into the big bag known as “hay fever”? And as spring turns into summer, those symptoms simply get worse? Well, don't feel too bad. The World Health Organization estimates that over 2.1 billion people on the planet suffer from the collective group of symptoms known officially as allergic rhinitis. And though we're just beginning to see the organized signs of spring with warmer temperatures and snow finally melting, now is the perfect time to tune up your body in order to avoid the natural reactions that come with the blooming of the buds in just a few weeks. There are many…

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The Matter of the Meat

Or is it the meat of the matter? Either way you slice it, America is hooked on meat. Regardless that a constant flow of research shows that our current habit of eating meat is linked to death by heart disease, cancer and fouls the planet, consumption is on an upward tear.

Just recently, a study involving over half a million people showed increased levels of meat intake increases mortality. The US is #1 in the world for meat consumption; Japan #73. And Japan is #1 in life expectancy while the US is #35. Coincidence? Hardly. Since World War Two, meat consumption has increased, not only in the United States, but around the world. We export over $10 billion…

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Born This Way? Hardly

Nature or nurture? The debate has raged for centuries, asking whether behavior is determined more by genetic coding or by influences during our formative years.

Back in the day, it was annoying to hear conservative pundits warn that marijuana and LSD “damage chromosomes.” Aside from being an obvious scare tactic to keep young people from experimenting with pot, I wondered how it could be so. Isn’t DNA etched in stone? I’m sure some kind of research or theory of the time, specious that it may have been, supported the claim. But I asked myself how does a natural herb break or damage the links of adenine, guanine, cytosine and thymine described by Francis Crick and James Watson? Since…

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News You Can Use: January, 2014

The Good

Mary Jane Juggernaut Keeps on Rollin’: On January 1, Colorado became the first place anywhere in the world to allow legal marijuana sales to anybody over 21 for any purpose. This thing is happening and it’s bigger than anyone imagined. Nebraska’s neighboring state has taken a giant leap. Actually, possession and use of marijuana by anyone over 21 was legal in Colorado as far back as December 10, 2012. It’s just that the operation of unfettered retail sales wasn’t legal until this month. There is a sea change upon us. Restaurants in Denver are now offering marijuana “pairing suggestions” on the menu, pairing grass varieties with particular dishes. If the legalized sale and use of…

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Knocking Alternative Medicine

Just because American medicine, with the exception of heroic interventions and emergency procedures, is terminally broken, doesn’t mean that just any alternative is automatically a better option.

In the past 40-odd years, Americans have gone so far down the path of embracing alternative therapies that the road is paved with radical, nonsensical variants undeserving of attention. Heartland Healing is supposed to be in favor of alternative healing arts. And in general, we are. But there is a cogent argument demanding closer inspection of therapies that appear to be making their mark just because they can be called “alternative”.

IFTTT Life isn’t as simple as computer programs. It’s simpler. I have a gadget that starts our 1960s-era coffee…

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Turn Out the Lights, or the Party’s Over

Lists are popular this time of year. Let’s persist. One thing prompted consideration of the types of pollution we endure as we traipse through our ecosystem. Even deniers claiming that climate change isn’t anthropogenic still endorse the scatological maxim: “Don’t shit where you eat.” Polluting is just that and we’ve been overachieving in the past hundred years or so. Here’s a list worth changing in 2014. Some may surprise you.

The obvious: Air, Water, Land, Chemical

Biggest air pollution offenders are coal-fired power plants, farting cows (seriously, the livestock sector is the largest contributor to greenhouse gases), transportation, agriculture. Tilling topsoil to grow corn for inefficient ethanol production causes more pollution than it saves and spraying toxins…

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