2020 year in review: Health & life
Mental Health

2020 Year in Review: Health & Life

I'll be doing a few year in review posts this week, and I'm starting off with what's happened in my own little bubble (not in the social distancing sense). While COVID was massive, it didn't have all that big an impact on my day to day life. I hadn't been well enough to work since… Continue reading 2020 Year in Review: Health & Life

Medicine wheel
Health & Health Care

What We Can Learn from the Medicine Wheel

Curve Lake Cultural Centre While we're used to looking through a Western lens at health and wellness, I think there can be a great deal of value in looking at other ways of understanding. The medicine wheel is used by certain North American Indigenous peoples to tie together culture, traditional knowledge, health, and healing. Traditionally,… Continue reading What We Can Learn from the Medicine Wheel

How does your local health system work? Icons representing different aspects of health care
Health & Health Care

How Does Your Local Health Care System Work?

i was talking recently with Luftmentsch of Vision of the Night about the health care systems in. the UK and Canada, and I thought it would be interesting to take a look at what a patient scenario might look like in particular health care system. Health care systems overview First, let's take a quick look… Continue reading How Does Your Local Health Care System Work?

Awareness Days, Seasonal, & Holidays

It’s World Toilet Day 2020

I first heard of World Toilet Day last year, when the theme was leave no one behind. I was reminded earlier today din a post by Philosophy Through Photography that today is World Toilet Day 2020, and the theme this year is climate change. It's been observed by the United Nations since 2013 in recognition… Continue reading It’s World Toilet Day 2020

Does your body need detoxing/cleansing? Or is your liver already on top of it?
Science, Pseudoscience, & Media Literacy

Do You Need to Detox/Cleanse?

Detox diets and cleanses are quite popular these days, especially if you're of the Goop-y persuasion. And while they might seem to make sense on an intuitive level, from a science perspective, is there anything to actually back that up? The "toxins" Commercial detox products tend to refer vaguely to "toxins" without actually specifying what… Continue reading Do You Need to Detox/Cleanse?

Does adrenal fatigue exist? - diagram of HPA axis
Health & Health Care, Science, Pseudoscience, & Media Literacy

Is Adrenal Fatigue Real?

The term adrenal fatigue was first used by chiropractor James Wilson in 1998, and became popular with a book he published in 2001.  I've written before about some of the quacky dabbling of chiropractors outside the neck and back pain issues we commonly associate them with.  You can probably guess from that alone where I'm… Continue reading Is Adrenal Fatigue Real?

Health & Health Care, Science, Pseudoscience, & Media Literacy

What’s This Curve We’re Flattening?

In the age of COVID-19, everyone keeps talking about flattening or bending the curve.  But what the heck kind of curve are they talking about? Epidemiology looks at the patterns of diseases across populations.  This is a fundamental part of public health.  Epidemiological curves, also known as epidemic curves or epi curves, are used to… Continue reading What’s This Curve We’re Flattening?

Spanish influenza epidemic poster from 1918
Health & Health Care, Science, Pseudoscience, & Media Literacy

Spanish Influenza: The Last Big Pandemic

Alberta Board of Health/Public Domain It was 102 years ago that the last major global pandemic happened, known as Spanish influenza, and in many ways, COVID-19 pales in comparison. The Spanish influenza pandemic that began in 1918 didn't actually originate in Spain; that's just where it was first publicly reported.  Its origins are unclear, although… Continue reading Spanish Influenza: The Last Big Pandemic

chiropractic spine logos
Health & Health Care, Science, Pseudoscience, & Media Literacy

Is Chiropractic What It Claims To Be?

Spine Logo vector created by roserodionova - http://www.freepik.com Let's say your back hurts.  You go to a chiropractor, over a few visits they crack a few joints, and that's all she wrote, right?  That's certainly what I used to think about chiropractic.  The thing is, though, there's some modern back cracking practice built on some… Continue reading Is Chiropractic What It Claims To Be?

Health & Health Care

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – The Facts

Note: This post has not been updated since March and thus some of the information contained here may not reflect the current state of knowledge.  Please refer to the World Health Organization or your local public health agencies for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19. Coronavirus has caught everyone's attention and emptied store shelves of… Continue reading Coronavirus (COVID-19) – The Facts