PTSD, Peacekeeping, and Politics by Adam Montgomery

(It’s an honour to have Dr Adam Montgomery share his thoughts on trauma, the military, and PTSD. You can read more of his work in a forthcoming book, The Invisible Injured: Psychological Trauma in the Canadian Military from the First World War to Afghanistan.) A bit of shameless self-promotion. Thanks @LucRichert for giving me the spaceContinue reading “PTSD, Peacekeeping, and Politics by Adam Montgomery”

Canada’s healthy-eating guide fights to stay relevant

Tis the season. Turkey. Stuffing. Mince meat tarts and more. Many of us worry about that extra helping during the holiday season. And so I was interested to read this on Canada’s story on the BBC site today! I was especially pleased to hear Dr Ian Mosby’s thoughts! He visited the University of Saskatchewan before IContinue reading “Canada’s healthy-eating guide fights to stay relevant”

NORTEP, Bodies of Education, and Family History.

The Northern Teacher Education Program (NORTEP) in Saskatchewan, Canada commenced in 1976 to facilitate access to teacher education and certification for northerners, particularly those of Aboriginal ancestry. It covers tuition costs, books, and a living allowance for students who have lived in the north for 10 years or half their life. By most accounts, itContinue reading “NORTEP, Bodies of Education, and Family History.”

Beyond Vape Fear

Richard Roope, of the RCGP, has recently released a report on e-cigarettes. Essentially, the Royal College of General Practitioners, the official channel for General Practice of Medicine in the UK, has given their informed recommendations to health professionals regarding smoking cessation and the use of e-cigarette. The recommendations: 1. GPs provide advice on the relative risksContinue reading “Beyond Vape Fear”

Gin, Beer, and Chicken: Hogarth’s Art and More

A new piece of art commissioned by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) re-imagines William Hogarth’s classic 1751 cartoon Gin Lane. It depicts a society preoccupied by junk food rather than gin. This is pretty amazing timing, considering this is the focus of my Disease and Society lecture this week! According to the BBC, theContinue reading “Gin, Beer, and Chicken: Hogarth’s Art and More”

Yoga Boys, Boys of Yoga

Back in August I wrote about ‘Manly Yoga’ and Bro-Culture. But, having been in the UK for a couple of months now, it seems that yoga for boys is also a thing. According to The Telegraph, we’ve seen the launches of Broga, a version of the practice adapted to suit our “macho” sensibilities, and, yes, DirtyContinue reading “Yoga Boys, Boys of Yoga”

Cocaine Fury

It was tight. It was very, very close. However, Colombians rejected a peace deal to end 52 years of war with Farc guerrillas, throwing the country into confusion about its future. With counting completed from 98% of polling stations, the no vote led with 50.23% to 49.76%, a difference of 61,000 votes. Not much. AccordingContinue reading “Cocaine Fury”

Cocaine and Colombia

The first line of a recent Washington Times story about cocaine in Colombia spells the country incorrectly. ‘Ninety-five percent of the cocaine sold on the streets of the United States today comes from Columbia.’ Don’t get me wrong, we all make mistakes. But c’mon. Really? Then, the rest of the article mixes the spellings. It’s weird.Continue reading “Cocaine and Colombia”

THE FUTURE OF UK MEDICAL MARIJUANA REMAINS BLURRY

BUT THERE ARE LESSONS TO TAKE AWAY FROM CANADA From 2014–2016, Canadian health authorities were forced to address the issue of medical marijuana, even as activist groups and industry sought to influence the decision-making process and its place in the medical marketplace. First, the system was privatized, then issues of use and access, not to mentionContinue reading “THE FUTURE OF UK MEDICAL MARIJUANA REMAINS BLURRY”

Vape Fear – Updated

November 25, 2016 – CBC NEWS Vaping, e-cigarettes to be regulated by Health Canada The federal government plans to regulate e-cigarettes to make vaping products less accessible to young people. “The proposed act amends the Tobacco Act to regulate vaping products as a separate class of products,” Health Canada said in a statement on Tuesday November, 22.Continue reading “Vape Fear – Updated”