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Gates Foundation funds new institute to evaluate global health data

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 14 June 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1238

Wants versus Needs

We have four basic needs that must be satisfied: hunger, hygiene,
home, and
hope. Hunger requires a nutritious diet that eliminates all addictive
substances. Hygiene requires that our food, water, air, and home are free
toxins. Home requires safety, comfort, and companionship. Hope requires
freedom to be ourselves and pursue our unique talents. If we satisfy these

basic needs, we will not be tortured with endless wants or wars.

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

19 June 2007
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA