FROM Barbara Giesser
Can a vegan diet help treat multiple sclerosis? Last year, when she was just 23 years old, Carmen Johns was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. MS is a degenerative disease that slowly, and permanently, damages the central nervous system. There is no known cure. There are drugs to treat the symptoms, but the side effects can be harsh. So Carmen’s mom, journalist Maria Bustillos, decided to investigate. She looked into a lot of academic studies and discovered one that seemed deceptively uncomplicated….and effective: a simple vegan-plus-fish diet could dramatically relieve MS symptoms. The study took place in the 1950s but few doctors today either recommend this diet or even know about the study behind it.
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.