Happy Halloween, and a Freaky Fen-Phen Article

Happy Halloween, everybody! The best part of the day is not the cute kids in their adorable costumes. Or the wild parties. Or seeing Michael Jackson’s Thriller over and over and over again. No. The best part has to be the treats. As I was casually munching chocolate bars with my coffee this morning (WunderbarContinue reading “Happy Halloween, and a Freaky Fen-Phen Article”

LSD is Back – And it’s Legit!

My colleague, mentor, and friend, Erika Dyck, is making waves on the airwaves. The topic is LSD, the focus of her excellent first book, Psychedelic Psychiatry: LSD From Clinic to Campus. She recently was interviewed in the U.S., but even more recently she was interviewed by the CBC here at home. The story can beContinue reading “LSD is Back – And it’s Legit!”

Cannabis Conundrum in Canada

I recently wrote on Canada’s changing medical marijuana laws for Alternet.org and a number of other sources. See below: On June 11, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Canadians with a valid prescription could take medical marijuana in other forms besides just a dried form. In short, the Supreme Court enlarged the definition ofContinue reading “Cannabis Conundrum in Canada”

Habitus and Drug Using Environments: Health, Place, and Lived-Experience

Where do we inject drugs? What do the actual places look like? Are they grimy? Or well-maintained? And, more importantly, what can we glean from drug-using environments around the UK? In Stephen Parkin’s new book, we get a sense of this – and so much more. I reviewed his 2013 monograph for Sociology of HealthContinue reading “Habitus and Drug Using Environments: Health, Place, and Lived-Experience”

It’s Time for Dr. Oz to Hit the Yellow Brick Road

Doctors should not be cheerleaders. They shouldn’t be flowery with their language about weight-loss treatments. And they sure as hell shouldn’t pitch miracle cures to the public. This is why Dr. Mehmet Oz must be exposed. He should be removed from his position at Columbia University and shown the Yellow Brick Road. He first cameContinue reading “It’s Time for Dr. Oz to Hit the Yellow Brick Road”

Lucas Richert wins book prize

I’m delighted to announce that my book on the FDA has won an award. Go to http://artsandscience.usask.ca/history/news/news.php?newsid=4913 to see the announcement. History Sessional Lecturer Lucas Richert Wins Book Prize Dr. Lucas Richert is the winner of the 2015 Arthur Miller Centre First Book Prize for American Studies. It was awarded by the British Association for AmericanContinue reading “Lucas Richert wins book prize”