computer model of a cholesterol molecule, looking like a long cluster of balls

Cholesterol the unknown healer

If you think ‘bad’ or ‘high’ cholesterol contributes to heart disease, you have been deceived by the marketers of a mythical disease. The so-called ‘bad’ … Read more

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Educating doctors

DRUG BUST – The people’s briefing note on perscription drugs by Alan Cassels. A few years ago, I was invited to be the guest on an Ottawa radio talk show, the topic being something I was well familiar with, a book I co-wrote called Selling Sickness. The book explores how the pharmaceutical industry influences regulators, physicians and patients in order…

A circular spread of 100-dollar bills superimposed over an image of a barrio hillside of colourful but dilapated shacks.

Money, meaning & mayhem

A memorable book about money sparks memories of an in-flight conversation by Geoff Olson • Back in 1998, I was sitting on a plane at … Read more

strawberries, blueberries, blackberries on a heart-shaped bowl

Resolutions for life

If you could gain a decade or more of healthy years to your life, wouldn’t you grab the chance? “It’s the simple things that can make the biggest difference,” says Heart and Stroke Foundation lecturer Dr. Clyde Yancy, adding that up to 80 percent of premature heart disease is preventable. His prescription for more quality years of life: follow these seven simple steps to embrace your best health potential.

Open-hearted communication

UNIVERSE WITHIN by Gwen Randall-Young • Imagine a kindergarten class about to have “show and tell”. Every student in the class has a hand up … Read more

Portrait of Director Agnieszka Holland

Going underground

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead • There have been many movies about the Holocaust. So much so there is a fear that filmmakers’ constant … Read more