Words Matter: Language And Symbols Have The Power To Shape Culture And Instigate Change

Labels can be useful. Without them we wouldn’t know what’s in file folders or cans, whether food contains ingredients we’re allergic to, or whether we should launder or dry-clean our clothes. But words, images, signs and symbols that describe and categorize people – that separate one group from another – are also labels. They can be positive, but usually they’re...

Since You Asked… What Can I Do To Boost My Brain Health? Your Grey Matter Matters!

Optimal Aging Means Good Brain Health
Brain health and healthy aging go hand in hand. We all want to live a long life, but with quality to our days, not merely quantity. This means taking action now to protect our brains so that as we age, we sustain the ability to remember, learn, engage, maintain a clear mind and enjoy life. Here’s how:  Exercise As...

Boomers “Reroute” To Bypass Healthcare Obstacles

It was a Wednesday in early summer 2017 when Tricia Ryan’s life changed forever.  The day before, the Toronto woman, who works as the director of food and beverage research at the Food Innovation & Research Studio at George Brown College, had visited her family doctor complaining of abdominal discomfort.  Ryan’s doctor sent her for an ultrasound, which revealed a mass...

Personal Stories And Solutions In Tackling Chronic Pain

From the physical aspects of pain to its mental components, to the social parts of one’s life that chronic pain affects, everyone’s experiences with chronic pain are different. Chronic pain is a very personal and individual experience.  I have rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and experienced chronic pain for years, living with varying levels of daily physical pain in my hands, wrists...

Sounding Off On An Age-Old Question – Is Midlife Crisis A Myth Or A Reality?

In his 1965 article “Death and the Midlife Crisis” for the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, Canadian psychologist Elliott Jaques coined the term “midlife crisis” to describe the period in which one grapples with their place in the world, their remaining years and what’s left to accomplish.  It quickly morphed from theory to ubiquity, taking root in popular culture as a...

Light Therapy and 7 More Ways to Brighten Dark Winter Days

Lori Dudley remembers thinking: “I just want to leave on a one-way ticket somewhere and not come back.” At the time, the 53-year-old Ottawa-area resident was experiencing severe fatigue, moodiness and a lack of motivation. The normally driven and energetic healthcare executive eventually recognized a pattern to these symptoms. They would hit her like a ton of bricks in...

Exciting Technological Innovations Transform Lives And Reduce Social Isolation

“Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.” —Mother Teresa No matter our age, we can all agree that one of life’s goals is to keep loneliness at bay. Yes, we are ultimately alone when we enter and leave this world, and some would argue we are alone in between, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we...

Sleepless And Cranky, One Woman Finds Relief For Menopause Symptoms With Medical Cannabis

At 51, Tracy Edwards (not her real name) quit sleeping. There were the two hours of tossing and turning at bedtime, followed by perhaps two hours of fitful rest, then the dreaded lying awake for two more hours, only to fall dead asleep just as the 7 am alarm was ringing. The hormone replacement therapy she had started a couple...

Fight For Answers: 10 Strategies To Master The Art Of Healthcare Advocacy

Ageism is pervasive in all aspects of our culture, and healthcare is not immune. Just ask Laura Fern, who for two years braved a host of increasingly debilitating symptoms, some of which fit with her existing medical conditions while others did not. With each baffling symptom came another medication (which Fern politely accepted), but few answers. Sound familiar? Finally, her...

White Coat Debate: Is Food Medicine?

The food-as-medicine debate has been around for decades, but research on the power of food to treat or reverse disease is pushing food centre stage as a formal part of treatment, on par with medications and other therapies. Most people agree food plays an important role in overall health and well-being, but how big a role does it play...