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The Top Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables

The Top Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables | Natural Health in Public Policy | Scoop.it
If you want to eat vegetables that have the most nutritional density, you should choose from this list of powerhouse fruits and vegetables.
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Consume these foods daily to reduce your health care bills!

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Oz Faces Tyranny of Evidence Based Medicine - Jacqueline Laurette Jones

Oz Faces Tyranny of Evidence Based Medicine - Jacqueline Laurette Jones | Natural Health in Public Policy | Scoop.it
Furor over Oz support for weight loss supplement ignores flawed research system. Experts question use of evidence-based medicine as the only standard.
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Simple Changes Could Make the ACA More Affordable and Stop the Next Civil War

Simple Changes Could Make the ACA More Affordable and Stop the Next Civil War | Natural Health in Public Policy | Scoop.it
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Finding an end to the constant conflict over the Affordable Care Act will require a new approach that addresses everyone's concerns.

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Making the 'Do-Nothing Congress' look great by comparison

Making the 'Do-Nothing Congress' look great by comparison | Natural Health in Public Policy | Scoop.it

By Steve Benen, The Maddowblog - Thu Nov 29, 2012 


In his second term, President Harry Truman condemned the snail's pace at which lawmakers actually got some work done, labeling it a "Do-Nothing" Congress. After all, the 80th Congress (1947-1948) only passed 906 bills over its two-year period.

 

The current Congress, by comparison, has passed just 196 bills, easily the lowest total since the U.S. House Clerk's office started keeping track. Consider the progress in chart form, which should drive home just how unproductive the 112th Congress (2011-2012) really is.

In fairness, I should note that the current Congress still has another month to go, and I suppose it's possible that there will be a flurry of progress and constructive policymaking. But given partisan differences and a shrinking calendar, I'm pretty comfortable with the notion that this will be the least productive of any modern Congress by a large margin.

 

This is not, by the way, the inevitable result of divided government (one party controlling the House; the other party controlling the Senate). There have been plenty of other Congresses, some quite recently, with a Democratic Senate and a Republican House, but their bill totals weren't nearly this anemic.

 

This is not, by the way, the inevitable result of divided government (one party controlling the House; the other party controlling the Senate). There have been plenty of other Congresses, some quite recently, with a Democratic Senate and a Republican House, but their bill totals weren't nearly this anemic.

 

When evaluating whether this is, in fact, the worst Congress ever, keep this tidbit in mind.

 

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Conservative group hits GOP lawmakers on farm bill energy 'boondoggles'

Conservative group hits GOP lawmakers on farm bill energy 'boondoggles' | Natural Health in Public Policy | Scoop.it

by BEN GEMAN, The Hill

 

The American Energy Alliance (AEA), a conservative advocacy group, is launching radio ads designed to put political pressure on House Republicans to abandon what the group calls wasteful renewable-energy subsidies in the farm bill.

 

The $80,000 worth of ads launching this week urge listeners to weigh in against the legislation by contacting three GOP supporters of the bill: Reps. Kristi Noem (S.D.), Steve King (Iowa) and House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (Okla.).

 

Congress is at it again, this time with a so-called farm bill, which was supposed to support our local farmers and our nation’s agriculture industry,” note the ads running in the three lawmakers’ states. “What Washington politicians aren’t telling us is that their bill gives away millions in taxpayer money for wasteful energy subsidies — another payday for Congress’s corporate cronies.”


The sweeping five-year bill contains support for a number of programs that aid rural biofuels producers, although the House version does not provide mandatory funding for the initiatives. The Senate’s bill contains $800 million worth of mandatory spending for energy programs. [MORE]


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SCOTUS Support for ACA Opens Doors to Alternative Medicine Access

SCOTUS Support for ACA Opens Doors to Alternative Medicine Access | Natural Health in Public Policy | Scoop.it
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6 Foods That Can Keep Your Brain Sharp - US News

6 Foods That Can Keep Your Brain Sharp - US News | Natural Health in Public Policy | Scoop.it
Stay mentally fit with these dementia-fighting foods.
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Reduce retirement costs by eating these foods to reduce chances of developing dementia. 

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Food Fight Ignores Purpose of Farm Bill

Food Fight Ignores Purpose of Farm Bill | Natural Health in Public Policy | Scoop.it
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Poor nutrition is a major factor that leads to long-term chronic illness and more than 75% of health care costs. Health care spending is 21% of the federal budget. But nutrition education is also on the chopping block.

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WATCH: Arianna And Mark Hyman Discuss Epidemic Of Chronic Disease

WATCH: Arianna And Mark Hyman Discuss Epidemic Of Chronic Disease | Natural Health in Public Policy | Scoop.it
At the global forum in Davos, Arianna spoke with Mark Hyman, MD, about the U.S.
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This is an excellent discussion about how you can overcome or avoid chronic illness!

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RELEASE: New Poverty Data Provide Crucial Information on Effectiveness of Public Policies and Offer Insights into Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

RELEASE: New Poverty Data Provide Crucial Information on Effectiveness of Public Policies and Offer Insights into Fiscal Cliff Negotiations | Natural Health in Public Policy | Scoop.it

by KATIE PETERS, Center for American Progress


Washington, D.C. — In response to the release of U.S. Census Bureau data on poverty and hardship today, the Center for American Progress released an analysis of how this new information should inform Congress’s approach to deciding the fate of many critical programs for low-income Americans during the year-end fiscal showdown.


In the analysis, CAP Poverty expert Melissa Boteach explains how the 2011 Supplemental Poverty Measure data show that public policy choices make a difference when it comes to lifting families out of poverty.


Refundable tax credits for working families lifted 8.7 million people out of poverty in 2011, and the child poverty rate would have been 6.3 percentage points higher without them.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program lifted 4.7 million people out of poverty in 2011. Without it, the child poverty rate would have been 2.9 percentage points higher.
The low-income home energy assistance program lifted more than 300,000 people above the poverty line in 2011.


At the end of 2012, though, the expansions to the earned income and child tax credits for working families—which kept hundreds of thousands of children out of poverty in 2010 and lessened hardship for millions more—are set to expire. Similarly, if Congress fails to act, the low-income home energy assistance program will be hit at the end of the year by automatic across-the-board cuts that would eliminate 734,000 households from help paying their utility bills. Without action from Congress, the millions of people who were lifted out of poverty by these successful public policies may be forced back below the poverty line. [MORE]


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Please Read the Health Care Reform Law or Be Quiet

Please Read the Health Care Reform Law or Be Quiet | Natural Health in Public Policy | Scoop.it

Too many people are talking and writing about something they haven't read.

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Amazon.com: Making Americans Healthier: Social and Economic Policy as Health Policy (The National Poverty Center Seriesin Poverty and Public Policy) (9780871547484): Robert F. Schoeni, James S. Hou...

Amazon.com: Making Americans Healthier: Social and Economic Policy as Health Policy (The National Poverty Center Seriesin Poverty and Public Policy) (9780871547484): Robert F. Schoeni, James S. Hou... | Natural Health in Public Policy | Scoop.it
Amazon.com: Making Americans Healthier: Social and Economic Policy as Health Policy (The National Poverty Center Seriesin Poverty and Public Policy) (9780871547484): Robert F. Schoeni, James S. House, George A.
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