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Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: Health
November 15, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Eating disorders: Parents can help kids understand body image

I wish to applaud Carrie Dennet’s article, “How to help a college student with an eating disorder” [Health & Fitness, Nov. 9.] As Dennet explains, “An eating disorder isn’t a lifestyle choice or an example of an extreme diet.” It is, in fact, a mental-health condition and a public-health concern. Thanksgiving break is a…


Comments | More in Health | Topics: Carrie Dennet, eating disorders, public health

October 30, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Pregnancy and careers: Bearing children is a woman’s job

Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times

I’ve been on both sides of this story [“The fears of balancing pregnancy and a career,” Opinion, Oct. 25]. I delayed marriage and childbearing for my career (I’m a surgeon). I was blessed beyond belief with marriage to a good man in my late thirties and three healthy children soon thereafter.

My maternity leaves were a real burden on my associate. The work of a surgeon doesn’t just go away because a mother is at home bonding with her baby. Someone has to pick up the slack. And in this case it was my already hardworking


Comments | More in Health | Topics: child care, Lisa Lynn Sowder, maternity leave

October 28, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Death with Dignity: Don’t deny others relief

In response to the letter “It is unethical” [Northwest Voices, Oct. 26], I would simply say, “Tell that to the suffering ALS patient, doomed to die an extremely horrible death, who can’t even avail themselves to ending their misery because they wouldn’t be able to self-administer.” People who are going to die in this…


Comments | More in Health | Topics: Brittany Maynard, Death with Dignity, Doctor-assisted suicide

October 26, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Doctor-assisted death: It is unethical

In Froma Harrop’s column about Brittney Maynard and the “Death with Dignity” law, Harrop failed to explain the ethical battle that physicians face and how the law is fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role as healer [“ ‘Death with Dignity’ law is least slippery slope,” Opinion, Oct. 21]. Upon graduation from medical school, most physicians…


Comments | More in Health | Topics: Death with Dignity, Froma Harrop, Michael Scott

October 20, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Fund local public health to combat all communicable diseases

Not one city in Snohomish County is contributing a dime toward ensuring our public-health system is strong and ready to respond to health situations that impact us all [“Fund Public Health — Seattle & King County, for much more than Ebola response,” Opinion, Oct. 13]. Communicable diseases such as tuberculosis and the emergence of…


Comments | More in Health | Topics: Ebola, public health, Public Health — Seattle & King County

August 27, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Let students sleep in for better education results

More sleep leads to better education The new school year once again revives the controversy over school start times [“Pediatricians’ Rx for school: Later start lets kids sleep,” News, Aug. 25]. Recent articles in The Wall Street Journal and Seattle Times refer to data showing start times earlier than 8:30 a.m. have numerous negative effects…


Comments | More in Education, Health | Topics: education, health

July 30, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Prop. 1: Support parks to promote healthy lifestyles

Seattle voters will have a great opportunity to provide continued support to our parks [“Proposition 1 enrages, divides Seattle parks supporters,” Opinion Northwest, July 24]. Proposition 1 will create a Park District for our city, which is a proven way to deliver stable, sustainable funding for our parks, sports fields, and community centers. Parks…


Comments | More in Health | Topics: Anne McTiernan, health, obesity

July 10, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Hobby Lobby ruling: A strike against gender equality

Chris Charbonneau, in her guest column “Hobby Lobby ruling puts bosses’ values ahead of a woman’s health” [Opinion, July 6], makes excellent points about the discriminatory actions of corporations like Hobby Lobby and the Supreme Court’s subsequent endorsement of them. Specifically, Charbonneau points to the backward absurdity of an employer’s (now constitutionally authorized) ability…


Comments | More in Health | Topics: birth control, Chris Charbonneau, contraceptives

July 7, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Hobby Lobby ruling: Employees should just seek employment elsewhere

With our nation’s birthday upon us, I am reminded of the importance of our freedoms. While our constitutional rights and the laws that uphold them are complex, I can’t see the Supreme Court deciding the Hobby Lobby case any other way [“Justices put mistaken faith in Hobby Lobby contraceptives ruling,” Opinion, July 1]. One…


Comments | More in Health | Topics: birth control, contraceptives, Hobby Lobby

July 6, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Hobby Lobby ruling: We’re still fighting over control over women’s bodies

The recent Supreme Court decisions of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and McCullen v. Coakley are awash with hypocrisy [“Justices put mistaken faith in Hobby Lobby contraceptives ruling,” Opinion, July 1]. So, women making private medical decisions aren’t due the same protections from harassment provided by a 35-foot buffer zone that is used at…


Comments | More in Health | Topics: birth control, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, Hobby Lobby

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