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”

Ultrarunning: Nature and Native Americans

Mo Farah, you wuss! It’s time to take it to the next level with ultrarunning. Here’s an excerpt from “Beer, candy fuelled ultrarunner’s record-breaking race,” by Lindsey Crouse. *** At a time when “endurance running” no longer means mere marathons – and even 160-kilometre races are attracting the masses – Karl Meltzer, a former ski-resortContinue reading “Ultrarunning: Nature and Native Americans”

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”

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”

Sports and Sports Medicine in CBMH/BCHM

Do you have an Olympic hangover? Missing the thrills and excitement? You’re not alone. People are clearly pining for more of Bolt and Biles, Phelps and the Fijians. But fear not. You can get your fix in CBMH/BCHM. Back in 2011, the journal held a special issue on sports and medicine. The editors, Eileen O’Connor and PatriciaContinue reading “Sports and Sports Medicine in CBMH/BCHM”

‘Manly Yoga’ and Bro-Culture

Bromance. Brog-Hug. Brocation. Now ‘Broga.’ Yes, this is for real. According to Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Adina Bresge, “a growing global fitness trend has men ditching dumbbells for yoga mats in so-called Broga classes, a macho twist on the thousands-year-old practice that promises the same punishing workout — with a little added bliss.” In the UK and beyond,Continue reading “‘Manly Yoga’ and Bro-Culture”

Drug History in CBMH-BCHM

The Drug Policy Alliance, an organization dedicated to the promotion of drug policies based on science, compassion, health, and human rights, recently published an article entitled the “The Real History of Drugs.” The author, Tony Newman, asks “why are some drugs legal and some prohibited? Why do we arrest approximately 600,000 Americans each year for marijuanaContinue reading “Drug History in CBMH-BCHM”

The Weight of History/The History of Weight in CBMH/BCHM

Or, History has Heft: On Public History and Debates about Weight Loss ***** Trying to lose weight isn’t a new phenomenon. Consumers have long searched for a safe and effective approach to lose weight. At the same time, a strong debate persists about the genetic component of obesity, new scholarly sub-fields (see Fat Studies) are emergingContinue reading “The Weight of History/The History of Weight in CBMH/BCHM”

Vaccine History in CBMH/BCHM

Vaccine & Immunization History in CBMH/BCHM The roadway to effective, accepted vaccines in history is neither smooth nor straight. Vaccines naturally induce potent social, political, and economic responses. They raise questions about scientific authority and the production of medical knowledge. Even more, vaccines have challenged the physician’s influence over patient-consumer choice in the medical marketplace,Continue reading “Vaccine History in CBMH/BCHM”