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Elephant Abuse at South African Elephant Park


Dr. Michael Omidi discusses allegations of abuse at a widely visited South African elephant park, as well as the realities of abused elephant behavior. The SPCA recently accused the South African elephant park, Knysna Elephant Park and its rehabilitation center, Elephants of Eden, of abusing and torturing baby elephants for the purpose of training them… Read More

New Study Finds Sleep Deficiency a Factor in Childhood Obesity


Dr. Michael Omidi discusses a new study that found sleep deficiency to be a significant indicator of whether or not a child will struggle with obesity. Sleep is essential to the health, growth and development of children; it is a safe bet that every major medical study has concluded and will continue to conclude this. … Read More

Wild Dogs Causing Outbreaks of Rabies in Poorer Countries


In developing countries throughout Asia and Africa, the stray dog population is causing not only diminished quality of life for humans (dogs attacking people and their pets and livestock), but also a significant threat of preventable disease. Dr. Michael Omidi discusses how packs of wild dogs are causing outbreaks of rabies in poorer countries, and… Read More

Prescription Drug Addiction & New Drugs Approved by the FDA


Dr. Michael Omidi discusses prescription drug addiction, as well as new and questionable opiates being approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Prescription pain killers are becoming as big a threat to the American population as any number of highly addictive narcotics.  While we might instantly know that anyone who uses heroin on a regular… Read More

Civic Duty Spotlight: Graham Fowler – 4th Grader from Fridley, MN


We are always thrilled to hear of young people reaching out to others in order to improve their quality of life.  Dr. Michael Omidi spotlights Graham Fowler, a 4th grader from Fridley, Minnesota who has endured a dire prognosis and still channels his energies towards charitable endeavors. A brave 10-year-old Minnesota boy with an extremely… Read More

Risk of Death from Colon Cancer Increases with Obesity


Dr. Michael Omidi discusses a new study that obese people who are diagnosed with colon cancer have an increased risk of dying. Obesity is considered a chronic health disease that can lead to many other health problems like diabetes and a heart attack. A new study found that obese people who become diagnosed with colon… Read More

In the Spotlight: Martha Ryan – Founder of Homeless Prenatal Project


Dr. Michael Omidi, cofounder of Civic Duty, spotlights Martha Ryan, the founder of San Francisco’s the Homeless Prenatal Project, a service that offers needed assistance to pregnant homeless women. How can a person mired in poverty, possibly addicted to drugs or alcohol and suffering from mental disorders possibly make her situation worse?  By becoming pregnant.… Read More

ADHD Steroids and Obesity May Share Link

          Recent studies have found that children who have been prescribed stimulant drugs for the treatment of Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder are more likely to suffer from obesity than children who have been prescribed non-stimulant medications or just behavior therapy.  In the following article, Dr. Michael Omidi discusses this newly… Read More

Chronic Pain & the Elderly


Dr. Michael Omidi discusses the onset of chronic pain in the elderly, and the fact that it can very often be treated, allowing the patient greater independence and comfort.  It is a very human trait to try to downplay pain and discomfort in order to spare our loved ones worry.  It is also very common… Read More

Overweight Older Women at Higher Risk for Immobility

Becoming gradually less active is all-too common as we age – we become sedentary, our hormone productions diminish and we might begin to gain weight.  Now, a recent study has found that overweight older women are at a disturbingly higher risk for immobility than thinner older women.  Michael Omidi discusses the study and the risks… Read More