Rebecca Zaritsky

<i>Fresh Voices</i>: Rebecca Zaritsky on Open Access, Euthanasia, and Mental Health

Fresh Voices: Rebecca Zaritsky on Open Access, Euthanasia, and Mental Health

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03/31/2018

In this episode of Fresh Voices, Opinions Editor Sienna Brancato talks with Rebecca Zaritsky about her recent entry to her column, “Open Access.” The article discusses her grandmother’s death, which leads into a conversation about her experiences with the American public health system, her thoughts on assisted suicide, and chronic illness. Rebecca’s column, “Open Access: On…

Open Access: Ties of the NHS to Mental Health

Open Access: Ties of the NHS to Mental Health

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03/13/2018

I spent my spring break in London this year—seeing family, mostly, but also doing embarrassing tourist stuff like taking pictures with the guards in front of Buckingham Palace. On a bus tour, the guide extols the virtues of the National Health Service (NHS), Britain’s socialized healthcare system. “It was set up for the people,” he…

Open Access: Veganism and Science

Open Access: Veganism and Science

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02/10/2018

For the first two years I was vegan, I didn’t get a flu shot. I also believed that eating too much protein would lower the pH of my blood and give me cancer, and that if I ate enough raw vegetables, I could cure anything. I don’t like to talk about that period of my…

Open Access: Accepting the Grief of Chronic Illness

Open Access: Accepting the Grief of Chronic Illness

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01/28/2018

I was first introduced to the social model of disability during a freshman year writing seminar focused on disability. I read pieces from paralyzed men who believed that disability-causing illnesses or injuries, called “impairments,” were not problems, but instead, the problem is society’s refusal to accommodate them. They called for wheelchair ramps and elevators rather…

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