This month's issue



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The Sun Interview

Living Medicine Stephen Harrod Buhner On Plant Intelligence, Natural Healing, And The Trouble With Pharmaceuticals

by Akshay Ahuja

“The world is alive and aware and wants to help you. People often talk about saving the Earth, but how many times have you experienced the Earth saving you?”


Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

My Left Eye

by Stephen J. Lyons

“I wait uncomfortably in an inclined chair in my eye surgeon’s office, wearing a bib as if I were about to get my teeth cleaned. I wish.”


The Good Patient

by Lisa Gray Giurato

“The day I arrived, I was subjected to a battery of tests, including inspection by a bevy of endocrinologists who were fascinated by my rare illness. They examined me the way my grandfather might a prizewinning pig at the state fair.”


Haole Boy

by Philip Kelly

“I would never be a true Hawaiian, of course. But, Lord, how I tried. I ate poi, learned to speak pidgin, and threw myself into the sea and the sun.”


Miracle Cures!

by Alison Clement, Sparrow, and Poe Ballantine

Three astounding tales of illness and recovery


Christmas, New York City, 1979

by Ellery Akers

“I’d broken up with my boyfriend, and my sister had broken up with hers and sprained her ankle.”


Stars And Moons And Comets

by Beth Alvarado

The mysterious orbit of love



The Dog Watched Television

by Faith Shearin

Readers Write


by Our Readers

On the subway, in a mine, at a gas station


In This Issue



A Short History of Medicine
2000 BC: “Here, eat this root.”
1000 BC: “That root is heathen, say this prayer.”
1850 AD: “That prayer is superstition, drink this potion.”
1940 AD: “That potion is snake oil, swallow this pill.”
1985 AD: “That pill is ineffective, take this antibiotic.”
2000 AD: “That antibiotic is artificial. Here, eat this root.”

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Letter to the Editor

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