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Food Is Health

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  • The Human Palate

    Food Is Health

    Food is health. I’ve known it since I was a kid growing up in Wisconsin. My dad was diagnosed with diabetes when I was a baby. His disease was both hereditary—he’d grown up watching his father jab himself with a needle every day—and dietary. “I was overweight, by quite a bit,” my dad recently told me. “Probably one of my biggest downfalls was cheese—used to eat an awful …

  • Cultural Relativity

    To Tell or Not to Tell

    The lives of two South African sisters infected with HIV reveal the difficulties international aid organizations have grasping subtle cultural differences.