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Homeopathic remedies in the Hispanic community.

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In the Hispanic community, homeopathic remedies have been passed down through generations. Whether it’s at the U.S-Mexico border or in South Tucson, visiting a folk healer or an herbalist can be commonplace in the Hispanic culture. A homeopathic remedy is an alternative medicine practice that uses natural remedies such as plants, animals and minerals. In many cases, remedies are similar to what pharmaceutical companies use. Patrisia Gonzales, University of Arizona professor in Mexican American Studies, focuses on indigenous remedies in the Hispanic community. Also an herbalist, Gonzales has found that using plant-based materials in home remedies have helped families thrive throughout the years. “There is this incredible ecosystems throughout what we call today Mexico and throughout the Southwest,” she said. “There are thousands of plants that people can use for home remedies. When the traditional herbs were outlawed, people started to...

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Holistic medicine, what you need to know

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  October 2016. Eduardo “Eddie” Estrada gently sips a beer and while closing his eyes. He takes a French fry and looks at his hand as he begins to remember. It’s September 2012. Estrada returns to the United States after a serving his country as a Hospital Man Third Class in Afghanistan. This is where it all began; the nightmares, the stress, the anger. “It started gradually,” said Estrada, “ When I got out of the military, I thought I was fine and didn’t have any transition problems but I came from a place that was very strict and everyone respected you.” Estrada deals with a mental illness, as do other 57 million Americans, a disease that affects the individual and the people surrounding them. Most patients are prescribed medications, but new strategies like yoga, meditation, dance and art...

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Arizonans ask for regulation rollbacks on taxes, water-use, hot dogs

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PHOENIX – Gov. Doug Ducey’s hotline for red tape tips is gaining more complaints than suggestions. Ducey promised to eliminate 500 regulations “that are standing in the way of job growth” by the end of the year, so he took his challenge to the people – or rather, the Internet. The governor set up Red Tape, an online service to crowd source recommendations from Arizona citizens on which regulations should be eliminated. In the first weeks of the program, the most commonly complained about issues were taxes and different water-use regulations, particularly how they effect the rural areas of the state. This doesn’t represent the wants of the state as a whole, though: only a couple dozen Arizonans recommended anything at all. Taxes, always the hot button topic in Arizona politics, were hot on the regulation rollback site. Why? “Taxation is theft,” the entirety of...

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Men slow to accept HPV treatment

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Some men do not even know they are killers. There are many misconceptions that say the human papillomavirus (HPV) only affects women, but men are certainly not in the clear. About one in four people in the United States are currently infected with some form of HPV, which is the most common sexually transmitted disease today. Forty-five percent of men and women are infected with HPV in the U.S., according to Dr. Janice Han, a doctor in the division of gynecologic oncology at Womack Army Medical Center, in Fort Bragg, N.C. HPV vaccination rates are higher in women than they are in men. In 2006, women were recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to get the Gardasil shot to prevent HPV-related cancers. Men, however, were not introduced to the vaccine until 2011, according to Dr. Elissa...

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Sanctuary movement: perception or power?

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Late in 2014, Francisco Perez Cordova left his Tucson office-turned-bedroom at St. Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church after 94 days in sanctuary. A year later, Rosa Robles left her sanctuary at Southside Presbyterian Church in Tucson after 461 days. Cordova had been detained when his brother-in-law reported a crime, while Robles had been taken in for a minor traffic infraction. Both were undocumented, both had called the United States home for decades and both had children they were separated from while in sanctuary. “This is his home and for some reason we don’t want to recognize that,” said Rev. Jim Wiltbank, pastor at St. Francis in the Foothills. Sanctuary cases like these occur throughout the U.S. — and more could arise after President Trump’s executive order targeting undocumented residents. His executive order denies federal funding to sanctuary cities, or cities that choose...

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Arizona’s fashion industry not just for cowboys anymore

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As the birthplace of the squaw dress, Tucson was once a major player in the fashion industry. During the height of its reign, Tucson was considered a place of major style influence, one to even match the likes of New York City or Los Angeles. The squaw dress was a major staple in the wardrobes of many women and maintained its coveted top spot for 20 years. But, as the famous saying goes, all good things must come to an end, and as the squaw dress declined in popularity so did the influence that Arizona had on the fashion industry. For many years, the Grand Canyon State has tried to revive its influence on the industry, and with many ups and downs along the way it seems that there finally may be legitimate plans to make that hope a...

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Child poverty in Southern Arizona runs rampant

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Children in Southern Arizona are more likely to be living in poverty than anywhere else in the state. This discrepancy has far-reaching consequences beyond simply a bad childhood, and is the primary reason for Arizona having the sixth worst poverty rate in the country. This is despite the fact that statewide, the rate of poverty in most metro areas is declining. A 15-year longitudinal study published by Cornell University in late 2016 showed that children raised in poverty were susceptible to a series of psychological distresses, spurred by the stress and environment, ultimately bleeding over into their adult lives. Tucson’s poverty rate has leveled out at 25 percent over the past three years, posing potential long-term effects. The Cornell study, authored by Gary Evans, a professor in human ecology and in the departments of design and environmental analysis, found research...

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Nogales nightlife thrives behind the fence

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Our taxi driver was supposed to be taking us a few blocks down the road for dinner. But we’d been in the cab, weaving around other cars, aggressively accelerating then quickly breaking for at least 10 minutes. “Almost there!” He would assure us over the blaring Spanish rap CD in the car stereo. The three of us were packed in like sardines, tightly into the back seat, exchanging frantic glances about the length of our ride. I invited the two nervous girls next to me to Nogales, Sonora, for a weekend getaway. We were curious about the culture and people, the entire lifestyle, beyond the border checkpoint. I didn’t know what to expect, but we definitely weren’t prepared to be surprised. Panic hadn’t truly settled in until the cab began to scoot along the on-ramp to a desolate two-lane...

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Homeless youth invisible in Southern Arizona

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They are the hidden ones living under a different roof each week. By no fault of their own, they are outcasts without a home. They are teens missing football games and school dances to work extra shifts to pay for another meal. They are poor and battling the world alone. “Homeless youth, is one of those things that sort of perplexes people,” said Kristyn Conner, director of development at Youth On Their Own, a dropout prevention program in Tucson. “It is out of sight and out of mind. With adult homelessness, you can see it. But with homeless youth, it is different because they aren’t actually living on the streets as much as their adult counterparts.” In its most recent report, the state Department of Education reported 28,391 enrolled homeless children and youth in grades pre-kindergarten through 12th grade....

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Arizona law enforcement might not back up Trump’s immigration order

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PHOENIX – Arizona law enforcement agencies mostly say they won’t participate in widespread immigration raids that target long-term undocumented immigrants no matter what President Trump’s new executive order says. The Phoenix, Tucson and Nogales police departments, and Yuma, Santa Cruz and Maricopa sheriffs say officers will not target long-term undocumented immigrants who have no violent felony offenses. Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels said his officers would not target people simply for being long-term undocumented, yet if they commit any crime officers will turn them over to immigration officials. An earlier version of this story stated his office would target long-terms whether criminal or not. He called after publication and said he never made that comment and to clarify his department’s position. Dannels said Cochise County pursues all lawbreakers equally. “We’re not going to just target the illegals,” Dannels said. “Those [who] break the state law, we...

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