ICYMI: Poetry In Solitary Confinement And The Naturopath Whistleblower

ICYMI Health features what we’re reading this week.

This week, we’re reading up on situations that aren’t always what they seem. We spent time with the beautiful profile of a prison inmate-cum-poet, written by one of our colleagues, and with the story of a naturopath who became disillusioned with her profession after discovering disturbing practices by her peers.

And, on a lighter note, we fell in love with a preview of British composer Max Richter’s soothing eight-hour piece, entitled ?”Sleep?,” an album designed to help its adult listeners do just that.

Read on and tell us in the comments: What did you read, listen to and love this week?

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Reginald Dwayne Betts Jr. describes his transition from prison inmate to celebrated author.

I had never thought about poetry as a way to communicate. I never thought about it as a way to talk about things other than love.

When Britt Hermes got her naturopathy degree, she realized others in her field were doing a huge disservice to seriously ill patients — they were using vitamin C IVs to treat cancer patients.

I remember saying, ‘She’s very sick. She has a giant liver, and other concerning signs.’ Even after I had this conversation with the naturopathic doctor, the ND decided to see the sick patient anyway. She recommended some nutritional therapies. I later found out that this patient actually had liver cancer.


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Researchers test whether disrupting children’s early visual biases could prevent social biases from forming later in life.

‘If you want to reduce implicit bias … provide experience with the other-race group,’ Quinn said. ‘In particular, experience that promotes perceiving members of the other-race group as distinct individuals with unique identities.’

British composer Max Richter’s eight-hour album “Sleep” is designed to help listeners nod off.  

This may not be the smartest thing to listen to at your desk if you have any interest in staying awake the rest of the afternoon. 

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A striking photo series depicting the complex relationship women have with the orgin stories of their scars.

I embrace my burn fully now and think she’s beautiful and intriguing and mysterious.

Bio-hackers are using open-source DIY technology to help make gynecology available to underserved populations, such as undocumented women and sex workers.

We understand our body also as a technology to be hacked, from the established ideas of gender and sex, to exploring the capacity to start researching ourselves, to find our own ideas and technologies, to help us be free, autonomous and independent from the system.


Megan Rosenbloom is the director of Death Salon, a group of academics, musicians, artists, historians and death professionals who gather to celebrate death as a natural part of life. 

If you think about it, talk about it, engage with the ideas, learn things from other cultures, you might be able to pick out things that you like — things that make you feel better about this process that everybody has to go through. 


The medical community is speaking out about the use of deadly force in a hospital setting after an unarmed patient was shot by off-duty police officers in Texas.

‘There’s no purpose for a gun even being in that setting,’ she said. ‘Instead, you have to keep things safe by having enough staff and being willing to really listen.’


Pop music, which is engineered to trigger a dopamine response, is so predictable that the feeling is short-lived.  

When the music is so predictably similar, ‘the dopamine response will quickly diminish. It’s why people love improvisational music like jazz — it’s different every time.’


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