Posted By: Francis Koster Published: November 5, 2014

Healthcare Workers Role Model Slim by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. According to the CIA, we rank 51st in the world for life expectancy. [1] Citizens of the number one spot for life expectancy, Monaco, live on average 11 years longer than we do! Even worse, University of Wisconsin researchers announced in March that life expectancy …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: November 4, 2014

How to Help Poor People Deny the Tooth Fairy by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. In a recent column I told of my frustrations as I tried to help a struggling North Carolina friend with a toothache find a dentist. I shared my surprise at learning about how hard it is for working poor to get …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: November 4, 2014

Treating Obesity as the Result of an Addiction by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. When many of us see a child with Down Syndrome or other visible birth defects, we feel pity and a desire to help. But that is often not the reaction when we see a seriously overweight person. We leap to blame or …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: August 7, 2014

Heart-Stopping Facts Your Mother Wishes You Knew Copyright Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. Readers of my column know that I usually talk about solving national problems by local action. Today I will reverse that – we have a problem with too many local solutions and we need a national one. The reasons for that will break …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: February 27, 2014

Fixing a Painful Reality for the Working Poor - Lack of Dental Care by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. A few weeks ago a courteous 20 something young man knocked on my door and asked if I had any yard work he could do to earn money.   My garden needed to be made ready for spring, …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: November 25, 2013

Thinking Futuristically About Jobs by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. I am a big believer in the oath taken when sworn in to testify in court. It defines truth: "The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth". It rules out half truths, exaggeration, and downright lies. Pursuit of the truth is foundational to our …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: June 16, 2013

A Huge Opportunity to Birth Healthy Children and Lower Future Health Care Costs by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.  Each year in the United States around 6 million women conceive.[1] Around a million deliberately abort the pregnancy.[2][3] Another million or so miscarry.[4] Approximately four million children are born[5], and a shocking and rising number of those …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: May 5, 2013

How we can More Effectively Love on our Hospitalized Friends and Save Money by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.  Imagine your car broke and towed to the shop. The mechanics listened, poked, and prodded, and explained what your choices were, and the costs. You choose one, and agree to leave the car for repair. In a …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: January 13, 2013

 Broken Brains Can Have a Brighter Future by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. In the early days of America, communities used to burn alive people with broken brains just for saying unusual or unpopular things.  They called these sick people "witches," and those people died terrible deaths at the hands of their neighbors because they had …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: December 30, 2012

Asleep at the National Safety Switch by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. Three issues in particular threaten the future of our country - obesity, the national debt, and failing schools - are linked in an unexpected way. One solution can help fix all three. Obesity now affects one-third of our population. Another one-third of our population …

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