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Western medicine has long been criticized as reductionist for what some perceive as egregious oversights in preventative or holistic care. As Americans, we find ourselves in a precarious situation. With the proliferation of health information online, we are bombarded with an array of diagnoses and prognoses, as well as screenings and procedures that we may or may not need at some point.

However, our insurance policies often cover only a portion of these screenings or, in many cases, none of the bill at all. This can present us with an unfair decision: to opt for fiscal health in favor of wellness. This year’s campaign trail and ongoing reform mandated by the PPACA, which is already enshrouded in confusion and controversy, will serve to ignite underlying healthcare debates already at the forefront of our collective consciousness. It will also, I predict, lead to the oversharing of some very personal information, with health ailments woven into the fabric of ordinary water-cooler conversations.

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