Seeing No Good Treatments, A Doctor Tried Something So Crazy It Might Just Work

The best medicine can come in the most unfamiliar form.

Seeing No Good Treatments, A Doctor Tried Something So Crazy It Might Just Work

Dr. Gary Bloch sees a lot of patients. Many of them have far more than their health to grapple with. Many live below the poverty line. Many have stressful living arrangements. At a certain point, Bloch realized that his medical training only prepared him to deal with part of the problem.

The problem is that the treatments he was prescribing were suited to address disease. There was another factor that both made diseases worse and prevented treatments from working well.

He was approached by the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty and was asked to do something crazy, so crazy it might work. He started prescribing a different medicine.

And it worked ... for a little while, until the government changed the rules on their welfare program and prevented Bloch and the coalition from prescribing income. That didn't stop him from finding more ways to help.

As he learns more, Bloch continues to advocate for policy change. He encourages other physicians to do the same, work together to provide support for their patients, and follow-up and follow through on their treatments.

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Davina Agudelo was born in Miami, Florida, but she grew up in Medellín, Colombia.

"I am so grateful for my upbringing in Colombia, surrounded by mountains and mango trees, and for my Colombian family," Agudelo says. "Colombia is the place where I learned what's truly essential in life." It's also where she found her passion for the arts.

While she was growing up, Colombia was going through a violent drug war, and Agudelo turned to literature, theater, singing, and creative writing as a refuge. "Journaling became a sacred practice, where I could leave on the page my dreams & longings as well as my joy and sadness," she says. "During those years, poetry came to me naturally. My grandfather was a poet and though I never met him, maybe there is a little bit of his love for poetry within me."

In 1998, when she left her home and everyone she loved and moved to California, the arts continued to be her solace and comfort. She got her bachelor's degree in theater arts before getting certified in journalism at UCLA. It was there she realized the need to create a media platform that highlighted the positive contributions of LatinX in the US.

"I know the power that storytelling and writing our own stories have and how creative writing can aid us in our own transformation."

In 2012, she started Alegría Magazine and it was a great success. Later, she refurbished a van into a mobile bookstore to celebrate Latin American and LatinX indie authors and poets, while also encouraging children's reading and writing in low-income communities across Southern California.

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Biden is a devout Catholic who considered becoming a priest in his youth. He rarely misses mass, holds a rosary while making critical decisions, and often quotes scriptures. When asked about the bishops' decision Biden said it is "a private matter and I don't think that's going to happen."

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