Health

Prescription drug addiction: what you need to know

I became addicted to drugs in 1973, when I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. When I first consulted doctors with my symptoms, they didn’t know what to do with me. My disease was in its early stages...
Agave syrup: is it really healthier than sugar?

Agave syrup debate: health benefits and downsides

What do we really know about agave syrup? Is it actually healthier than white sugar?

BC implements new policies to prevent infections during flu season

Health authorities in British Columbia are acting on the advice of Dr. Perry Kendall, BC's Provincial Health Officer, and implementing measures to better protect patients and seniors from being...

Former BC NDP leader Carole James’ private struggle with her son's drugs and alcohol addiction

I was recently interviewed on NEWS 1130 radio here in Vancouver about the very touching story that has surfaced regarding former BC NDP leader Carole James and her son’s addiction.

Terror in Colorado: The Dark Knight of No Soul

I must admit, I am stymied. How could such a thing happen? How could somebody be so completely insane that he committed such a treacherous, deliberate, premeditated, totally horrendous act against...

Sir Elton John: A man of courageous moxie

This morning I listened to Elton John’s interview with Matt Lauer on The Today Show. This amazingly brave man spoke candidly about how he “squandered” (his word) many years of his life by giving in...

Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence Health Care work to change the course of “HIVstory”

Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence Health Care unveiled a bold new campaign today to stop HIV in Vancouver. CHANGE HIVSTORY makes Vancouver the epicentre of a movement that will change...

Prescription Addiction – in BABIES??

Lately, we have been seeing articles and videos in the news about the astounding increase of babies who are born addicted to prescription drugs. In each of them, there seems to be this underlying...

Uncomfortable in our skin

In Eva Wiseman's recent Guardian article, Uncomfortable in our skin: the body-image report, she asks, "Why do we hate the way we look?" Many answers are explored in the rest of the article: The all-...

What I learned on my spring stay-cation

  As a gift to myself on my last birthday, I decided to take some well-earned time off -- a whole week off. Because I was craving a low-key week that wasn’t totally stuffed with things to see...