Fighting Words

In which writers rub you the wrong way with their unpopular but well-argued opinions on fitness, health, nutrition, what have you. Got something to get off your chest? Send your pitch to tonic@vice.com.

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Insurance Is Supposed to Cover Addiction Treatment, But It's Still a Nightmare

The barriers insurance companies place in the way of treatment are killing people.
Maia Szalavitz
12.10.18
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'Vegaphobia' Is the Dislike of Vegans

More and more people are on plant-based diets, and more and more people resent vegans and vegetarians.
Tani Khara
11.19.18
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Our Wellness Obsession Doesn’t Do Much For People Who Have No Access to Real Produce

True wellness is not just about the individual person.
Shayla Love
11.14.18
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Mom Culture on Instagram Is a Toxic Lie

“Perfectly imperfect” still implies a state of perfection.
Nadine Cheung
10.29.18
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Dan Bigg Is a Harm-Reduction Pioneer and His Overdose Doesn’t Change That

Bigg brought the opioid antidote naloxone to the streets. But today’s poisoned drug supply makes saving lives harder than ever.
Maia Szalavitz
10.24.18
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It’s Too Early to Celebrate ‘Progress’ on the Opioid Epidemic

Instead of taking credit for small wins, the White House needs to treat the drug epidemic like the public health emergency Trump said it was almost a year ago.
Ryan Hampton
9.20.18
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Brett Kavanaugh Is a Threat to Disabled People’s Rights

Kavanaugh’s record suggests he doesn’t recognize the inherent humanity and value of the disability community at large.
S.E. Smith
9.18.18
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I Would Have Started Heroin Recovery Earlier If I'd Had Access to a Safe Injection Site

There were no harm reduction measures available to me when I was in active heroin addiction. If there had been, I might have a different health outcome than I do today.
Ryan Hampton
9.5.18
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A Psychologist's Take on Why Online Therapy Isn't as Effective as the Real Thing

Opening an emotional can of worms over text is not the smartest idea.
Dana Charatan, PsyD
9.5.18
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The Trump Administration Wants to Block Cities' Plans to Cut Drug Overdoses

An expert explains why deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein's ideas are so misinformed.
Rob Stenzel
8.31.18
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Forcing Pain Patients Off Their Meds Won't End the Opioid Crisis

It might seem like a good idea to target the small number of people who use the most opioids, but a plan proposed in Oregon won't reduce the number of overdoses or new addictions.
Maia Szalavitz
8.21.18
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People Who Want Home Births Have to Jump Through All Kinds of Hoops

While giving birth at home is legal in all 50 states, midwifery regulations in some states limit families’ access to skilled birth attendants.
Kathi Valeii
8.8.18
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