Category Archives: Health

The Need For Vaccines

Vaccine deniers are increasing in number in Canada and the US; countries that have not seen the major impact of preventable diseases in a couple of generations. In some parts of the world, people are not so fortunate. Polio was … Continue reading

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Organic food consumption and the incidence of cancer

There are a number of reasons people support or grow food they call organic. One of the ones often articulated is the cancer causing chemicals that are in the food. However, this argument is dependent upon there actually being a … Continue reading

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All Trials Legislation Passes in EU

There have been many serious criticisms levelled against pharmaceutical companies for hiding negative results and promoting dubious claims of efficacy and safety of the drugs they manufacture. They have been able to get away with this at least partly because … Continue reading

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Measles in PEI

Measles is making a comeback in the Western world. As of March 25, 2014 the list includes 228 cases in Chilliwack BC, 10 in Saskatchewan, as well as outbreaks in Ottawa, Toronto, Manitoba, and PEI. The news out of my home province … Continue reading

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A few cancer myths

It would be virtually impossible to catalogue all the myths that abound on the causes and treatments for the diseases we collectively call cancer. In the tradition of making top ten lists, Oliver Childs writing at Cancer Research UK takes a … Continue reading

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Bloodletting in the 20th Century

  I’ve always thought of bloodletting, also known as phlebotomy or venesection, as a practice that had died out by the end of the 19th century. However, a discussion with my mother last week opened my eyes a bit. We … Continue reading

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Measles on the rise

The people who are against vaccinations are causing a resurgence of measles. In an article in The Daily Beast, physician Russel Saunders outlines his concerns about the unnecessary rise of cases in New York. Most patients recover after an unpleasant … Continue reading

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The Breastfeeding Debate

Breastfeeding is a surprisingly controversial subject. Some women are bullied and essentially accused of abuse for not breastfeeding their children. Other women wean their children at 6 years when they go them to school, or are chastized for breastfeeding in public. … Continue reading

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Negative Health Impacts of Prejudice on Sexual Minorities

In a recent speech by Ellen Page she announced her identification as gay (in case you somehow missed it, the video of her speech is here and the transcript here). During her speech, she spoke about the difficulties that members … Continue reading

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The Opiate Effect: A Documentary on Drug Addiction

Opiates are a powerful tool in the management of severe pain. Unfortunately, for some people they have extremely negative effects that can be devastating to individuals and families. The stigmas and legal issues involved make difficult treatments even more difficult. … Continue reading

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