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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Reading Time: 5 minutes The novel coronavirus is causing stress on so many fronts. It’s the uncertainty of so many unknowns that is raising the collective anxiety around the world. People worry about their own health and that of their loved ones, how to best take precautions and the possible impact of an economic downturn. The situation changes daily […]

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Reading Time: 12 minutes Many of us are trying to make sense of what is going on around us during the coronavirus crisis. Some of us turn to our spiritual beliefs and practices to fortify ourselves, and that may provide some solace. But our lives have been upended in a way that most of us couldn’t have even imagined […]

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