Category: health care

Atul Gawande's "Being Mortal" - Making Informed Choices About Death

December 15th, 2014
For those of us who periodically consider the growing prospects of our mortality, Gawande has written a very informative and sensitive little book on how to navigate these often deep and troubling waters when it comes to health issues. For starters, as… more »

Facing One's Mortality According to a Famous Doctor

December 8th, 2014
A fanous American oncologist, Ezekiel Emmanuel, recently went public on the CBC concerning his views on death. The good doctor categorically stated that seventy-five would be a decent age to depart this scene. You should seen the backlash on that one. H… more »

Should the College of Pharmacists Have the Right to Ban Cigarette Sales?

October 21st, 2014
The argument here is an old one: the College, an elected body of officials overseeing the administration and distribution of pharmaceuticals throughout BC have the right to prohibit the sale of cigarettes in all pharmacies. While more than half of small… more »

Limits to Pot Use

September 30th, 2014
Finally, a heavy-weight organization has weighed in on the issue of reforming marijuana laws in this country. The Canadian College of Family Physicians has finally gone public on this controversial subject by laying down recommendations for its membersh… more »

The challenges of living as a disabled senior

September 13th, 2014
I recently met a man who was diagnosed with lumbar kenosis or degeneration of the spinal column a number of years back. He had an operation to correct it and that is where his health experienced an even greater setback. The procedure to install a rod in… more »

Good News From the Doctor!

August 19th, 2014
This pst Monday I visited my friendly retinal surgeon, Dr. Erasmus, at the Royal Jubilee Hospital. I had what looked like a small retinal tear in my left eye. This is a condition that occurs with myoptic people like myself where the retina is thinner th… more »

Another Scary Moment

August 17th, 2014
I woke up this morning with very little to worry about: after all I am retired with each new day full of promise and excitement. After I had finished my morning blogging, reading and meditating I got ready to go out to do some lawn bowling at the club.… more »

Meeting Old Friends in Particular Straits

August 3rd, 2014
It was never intended to be this way: meeting old friends just as we were about to disembark from the Spirit of BC ferry yesterday afternoon as it pulled into Swartz Bay. We had caught the 3 PM sailing, with the possibility of meeting up with my sister… more »

Update on My Foot!

July 16th, 2014
The deep muscle massage is working. Up to twenty minutes of using the golf ball on the heel of my left foot for the past two weeks, along with the wearing of a compression sock when I go out for a walk or light run and the pain is starting to ease consi… more »

Anosognosia: Another Look at a Mental Disorder

July 9th, 2014
Somebody high up in the provincial health care system recently told me that many people under her care who suffer early onset dementia also are afflicted with anosognosia or the inability to mentally appreciate that there is something physiologically or… more »
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