Just recently, New York and Virginia became the first two states to mandate that mental health become incorporated into school curriculums. New York passed a law for educators to teach material on mental health beginning from elementary school continuing on to high school. Virginia’s legislation intertwines mental health education with physical and health education for 9th and 10th graders. While these two states should certainly be ...

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As divisive as the gun debate can be, people on both sides of the aisle can usually find common ground on one idea: individuals with mental health issues shouldn’t be afforded access to guns. Sadly, this is usually where the conversation about mental health in America prematurely ends. After these laws are enacted, what do we do with these people? There is rarely any dialogue or follow up on how we ...

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The Los Angeles Times recently published an article chronicling the beginning of disgraced Dr. Larry Nassar’s career up to his disgusting acts of molesting young Olympic gymnast women. The author egregiously states,

Osteopathic medicine focuses on the joints, muscles, and spine. Historically, though, osteopathy -- its original name -- was closely associated with a set of esoteric massage styles that some researchers now consider ineffective or worse. For its part, ...

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“What’s a DO?” is something virtually every osteopathic medical student and physician have been asked at some point in their training. There is this public misconception that professionals who carry MD after their names are the only qualified people to medically treat their ailments. Any other degree is categorized as "alternative medicine" in their mental schema. Truth be told, DOs, or doctors of osteopathic medicine are just as qualified as ...

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Last month, thousands of medical students donned their white coats as they took their first steps into hospitals nationwide to begin clinical rotations. This marks an important transition from the classroom into an actual inpatient setting to demonstrate the knowledge they’ve accumulated over the past two years. For most students, this means pretending to hear and correctly identify heart and breath sounds while agreeing with whatever the attending says. During ...

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