In sickness and in health


Some examples of my work on health, disease, and madness.


Untangling Addiction

Psychiatrist Marv Seppala helps drug addicts and alcoholics thread their way back to sobriety by leading them down a path to recovery he walked himself.

Portland Monthly, April, 2007.


A dose of realism on vaccines

Review of Vaccine, by Arthur Allen

The Oregonian, February 18, 2007.


By any other name

Euthanasia in Oregon: just don't mention suicide

The Economist, February 17, 2007.


Scars Fade, Memories Don't

Can survivors of torture recover from their traumatic memories?

Willamette Week, June 1, 2005.


The Deadly Cure

State health cops investigate surge of methadone overdoses.

Willamette Week, May 28, 2003.


Mercury Falling

How the Homeland Security Act innoculated drug makers against autism lawsuits.

Willamette Week, Nov 27 2002.


Sense and Sinsemilla

Is medical marijuana real, or is it just a great way to get over on the man?

Willamette Week, April 4, 2002.


The Truth is out There

Don't call them contrails--they're chemtrails, and they're part of an interplanetary plot...

Willamette Week, Sept 26, 2001.


The Girl from Electra

How Treva Throneberry convinced the world she was a teenage runaway--again and again and again.

Willamette Week, June 27, 2001.


Junkie Angel

Ex-dope fiends like Alan Levine may be Portland's strongest weapon in the fight against the needle.

Willamette Week, December 5, 2000.


The Guinea Pigs' Rebellion

Psychiatric patients flex their political muscle.

Willamette Week, Sept 1, 1999.


The Poisoned Well

A toxic plume of industrial solvent may have sickened thousands of workers at a Beaverton toy factory.

Willamette Week, Jan 6 1999.


Flesh and Blood

Health officials investigate outbreak of flesh-eating bacteria among Portland drug addicts.

Willamette Week, Dec 22, 1998.


Doctors for Sale

Welcome to the world of injury litigation, where every victim is a suspect and every twinge has a price tag.

Willamette Week, Nov 13 1996.


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