Things Are Good: Yoga Might be Better Than Medication for Back Pain

Yoga can be an effective treatment for back pain according to new research. Before you sign up to any random yoga class for your back be sure to check what poses are actually good for you. The research team involved yoga instructors who specifically identified yoga poses and routines that are gentle on the back ...

Cowichan Conversations: For the countless Canadians humiliated by anti-gay policies, healing can finally begin

Svend Robinson was Canada’s first openly gay MP. He is now based in Geneva with The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. Originally published in the Globe & Mail Read more…

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Caring for a Patient in Pain Who Can’t Speak

What does pain look like in a person who cannot speak?  Most often with Nicholas, it looks like this: When his smile suddenly turns to a ‘stricken’ look, we know that Nick is in pain.  There are other signs too – sweaty palms and feet, high heart rate, staring, not responding in his usual way, ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Am I An Abuser?

All this talk of torture in my last post got me wondering about the most awful times of pain and suffering in our own Nicholas’ life. When Nick was small, he had a surgical procedure to correct gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD.  The procedure was called an ‘open full-wrap fundoplication’.  Sometimes words like water-boarding or ...

Those Emergency Blues: Those Nortriptyline Blehs

Nortriptyline, according to Wikipedia, is a second-generation tricyclic antidepressant (TCA) marketed as the hydrochloride salt under the trade names Sensoval, Aventyl,Pamelor, Norpress, Allegron, Noritren and Nortrilen. It is used in the treatment of major depression and childhood nocturnal enuresis (bedwetting). In addition, it is sometimes used for chronic illnesses such as chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic pain and migraine, and labile affect in some neurological conditions. A few weeks ago I had a fall (when it comes to ...

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Humor: an evolutionary explanation

Humans have evolved to have a sense of humor — sorry, most humans have evolved to have a sense of humor because it helps us deal with: the vast indifference of the universe the crushing knowledge of our own mortality … Continue reading →