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Reading Time: 3 minutes As participants of all ethnicities support the Black Lives Matter movement en masse—taking a stand, speaking out against policy injustice—one must be woke and mindful of another invisible  public enemy that has senselessly taking black lives. Black Americans are dying of COVID-19 at a rate three times higher than white Americans reports The Guardian. Protestors […]

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Ready or not, the world is reopening after COVID-19 sheltering, so here are some tips inspired by acupuncture and Chinese medicine to accompany your masks and sanitizers. With over 37,000 acupuncturists in the U.S. and more Americans augmenting their health and wellness routines with the 2,500-year-old practice of the Chinese medicine, it’s no surprise that […]

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Reading Time: 7 minutes During the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a lot of press on potential drugs and vaccines with the potential to combat this novel coronavirus, but very little press on ways to boost your immune system and possible regenerative medicine options like stem cells. Most masks that the public are wearing are reactive and do not […]

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Reading Time: 3 minutes When I started my nursing career back in 2001, I was a mature student but I didn’t feel that way faced with individuals, families and communities during their most emotive times due to death and thereafter grief. Just two decades ago there “were” three types of grief: normal, absent, or delayed. So you were either […]

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Reading Time: 2 minutes Cannabidiol is extracted from the flowers and buds of cannabis or hemp plants. It does not produce intoxication; marijuana’s “high” is caused by the chemical tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). CBD oil has been shown to reduce inflammation, anxiety and offer relief to those suffering from both health challenges without the detrimental side effects of pharmaceuticals—no wonder we […]

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Reading Time: 2 minutes The isolation stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic hit us all in different ways. As a psychotherapist, I hear how relationships between spouses, and within families are tested. Even the relationship with the body is in jeopardy these days. I want to focus on the problems faced by adolescents in isolation. In the past, females primarily—but […]

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Reading Time: 5 minutes Disclaimer: These thoughts are based on my own experience and education in psychology I have received. They do not reflect the experiences or feelings of all trauma survivors. Control as a Trauma Response Growing up in an abusive home with all varieties of substance use, I was never short of trauma in my life. Few […]

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Reading Time: 5 minutes Back in the 1960s and 1970s, the word “deinstitutionalization” became a familiar term in America’s psychiatric world as per the government’s initiative to reduce the nation’s state psychiatric hospital population. The idea, supposedly, was to remove patients from inhumane conditions. What we ended up with, in many respects, was something even worse. Those with severe […]

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Reading Time: 3 minutes The COVID-19 outbreak is undoubtedly one of the greatest concerns of the global community right now. The World Health Organization officially declared the outbreak to be pandemic on March 11th this year. To date, the COVID-19 pandemic has been detected in almost every country worldwide with 2.6 million confirmed cases. Of that number, more than […]

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Reading Time: 4 minutes At the time of this post, I am on day fourteen into my fortnight of self-isolation after returning from the States to Toronto. My father passed away on March 11th. For those that have sent messages, I thank you for that. I’m still processing it. I haven’t really dug too deep into it. I get […]

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