How do you know?
All our lives we have learned what we think and what we believe to be "the truth". We've heard things like Bill Gates being the richest man in the world, the Earth being the third planet from the sun, and for a considerable amount of us, that there is a god or greater force, and that we will die. But there are also a number of things that we have learned by experience, we have two hands, if we jump we will come back down, if we get cut we will hurt. But the thing is how do we know these things are true? Because someone told us so? Because we think that's what will happen because of experience? How do we know that'll stay the same? "Because of the laws of physics!" someone will say. "Because it always has!" someone else will say. But what makes the laws of physics so unbreakable? Because they stayed the same before? Just because you flip a coin 5 times and it's heads all 5 times does that mean it will be heads again?
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- Upstreamism tasks health care professionals to combat unhealthy social and cultural influences that exist outside — or upstream — of medical facilities.
- Patients from low-income neighborhoods are most at risk of negative health impacts.
- Thankfully, health care professionals are not alone. Upstreamism is increasingly part of our cultural consciousness.
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- The nation's sixth-largest drug distributor is facing criminal charges related to failing to report suspicious drug orders, among other things.
- It marks the first time a drug company has faced criminal charges for distributing opioids.
- Since 1997, nearly 222,000 Americans have died from prescription opioids, partly thanks to unethical doctors who abuse the system.
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