Radical Health

Bill Booth kindly invited me on to his podcast to discuss health and medicine. Bill is one of the founders of Radical Americas, an academic network for scholars and activists with interests in radicalism in the Western Hemisphere. Here I spoke with the #radical @WilliamABooth about health, medicine, science and death! Have a listen ifContinue reading “Radical Health”

Big Pharma Round-Up V (#Cannabis edition)

Any of this stock market record due to Big Pharma boost from Jeff Sessions new memo against people's right to legal cannabis? https://t.co/HQotfSGzAl — Martha Densmore (@Acubody) January 4, 2018 Big Pharma wanted to sell more opioids. Then this happened..#opioidcrisis #opioid @conradhackett pic.twitter.com/rpHxGDeytW Alternatives, such as cannabis *cannot* overdose and are *way less* addictive —Continue reading “Big Pharma Round-Up V (#Cannabis edition)”

Big Pharma Round-Up II

Here is a snapshot of the past week in Big Pharma news.  This is coming at you a little early because of the Christmas slowdown. Happy holidays. To kick off: The drug industry spent big! Threats to high drug prices prompted biggest lobbying/PR/advertising/influence-buying surge by trade group PhRMA in nearly a decade. We got theirContinue reading “Big Pharma Round-Up II”

Big Pharma Round-Up

A round up of the recent Big Pharma and FDA stories. Antibiotics in Farm Animals Drop: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2017/12/antibiotics-farm-animal/547904/ Teva Pharmaceuticals is being reshaped: Rebooting the FDA: https://www.politico.com/agenda/story/2017/12/13/fda-approval-alternatives-000593 On AstraZeneca: https://www.digitallook.com/news/broker-recommendations/astrazenecas-drug-pipeline-call-reinforces-barclays-top-pick-in-sector–3031953.html   Top 5 Stories of 2017: https://investingnews.com/daily/life-science-investing/pharmaceutical-investing/5-top-pharmaceutical-stories-2017/ FDA clears the Apple watch: https://twitter.com/jshemenski/status/941678777842757632 The FDA is going to go after price gouging: FDA head takes aimContinue reading “Big Pharma Round-Up”

Heroin in the hospice: opioids and end-of-life discussions in the 1980s

Which drugs should be available for people nearing the end-of-life and suffering pain? What are the limits of appropriate opioid use in modern medicine and within society? The story of heroin in palliative care during the 1980s remains largely untold, and it’s one thoroughly infused with politics, social values and cultural norms of the time.Continue reading “Heroin in the hospice: opioids and end-of-life discussions in the 1980s”

Harnessing the Fierce Energy of Counterculture

Mental health knowledge and practice was highly contested in the 1960s and 70s. Struggles over homosexuality and radicalism, drug use and replicable drug trials, were part of a unique countercultural moment. These were wild times. Transactional analysis, developed by Eric Berne and Claude Steiner, was also part of this fiercely energetic moment. In January 2017Continue reading “Harnessing the Fierce Energy of Counterculture”

Fracture

Playing soccer has been a hobby/passion/thing to do for the majority of my life. There’ve been no significant injuries to speak of. Until now. So let’s talk about ‘the knee’ and pain. A reckless and ridiculous challenge during my last game resulted in a minor fracture of the knee – and some major sit-on-my-butt time.Continue reading “Fracture”

Cancer controversies and traditional medicines

Today I write for the Saskatoon StarPhoenix and Regina Leader-Post. The story of cancer patient Ric Richardson, a Métis man from Green Lake, challenges us to think about patient autonomy, medical traditions and Saskatchewan health care. Just as crucial, his story forces us to reconsider the use and acceptance of traditional Aboriginal knowledge — notContinue reading “Cancer controversies and traditional medicines”