Society’s Happiness Is A Serious Business

Society’s Happiness Is A Serious Business

Clearly, happiness is serious business. But what does it have to do with health? Well, not surprisingly, quite a lot. In fact, the two are in many ways almost the same thing, and each helps to predict the other. Happier people live longer lives in good health, while good health is a key factor contributing to happiness; what makes us happy makes us healthy, and vice versa.

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Who Killed Alternative Medicine in 1910?

Who Killed Alternative Medicine in 1910?

From a young age I was fascinated by medical technology. When I was about 7 years old, in 1956, a very old lady next door was using an antique electric muscle stimulation tool on her leg muscles which were stiff. She said it made her feel better. I was fascinated as a child to see her leg muscles pulsing from the electric field. When I asked our family doctor what that electric stimulation tool was about, he told me it was all “quack medicine” that did nothing at all.

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Good mental health needs good start in life

Good mental health needs good start in life

Not only is poor mental health costly to manage, it also represents a large burden of human suffering and loss of human potential and — to the extent it is preventable — a tragic societal failure. So it is good to see that, finally, we are beginning to pay attention to improving the mental well-being of the population.

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Locals Find Arthritis Solution

I started suffering from arthritis pain in my early 20s during my hippie days in the late 1960s. After suffering for 34 years from arthritis, I was unable to walk two blocks without extreme pain in 2009. But, the pain disappeared completely in 2010 when I started... Read more

We are being marketed to death

But let’s face it, the purpose of marketing is to persuade us to buy more of their products — why else would a business spend all that money? And therein lies perhaps the greatest danger. Because marketing feeds into and supports the dominant narrative of growth, it stimulates us to want and need more products, more “stuff.”

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If we want to save lives, control alcohol

This is not going to make me popular with my beer-drinking, Morris-dancing friends, or with a lot of other people, I imagine, but we need to put higher taxes on alcohol and implement other proven policies that make it less accessible and less glamorous. This is the conclusion one must come to on reading the report on alcohol harm in Canada just released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information and a 2015 report by Canada’s chief public health officer.

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Values-Driven Leadership

Values-Driven Leadership

I am a values-based leader who demonstrates common good values hoping to help individuals and organizational leaders to create meaning and purpose for themselves and the people they work with.

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The new public-health entrepreneurs

The new public-health entrepreneurs

There is a lot of money to be made from making us ill. The No. 1 example is the tobacco industry, whose products, if used as intended, are bound to make us ill. But close behind it is the food industry, which for years has been selling us both too much food and the wrong sorts of food.

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The Power of Community

The Power of Community

Having recently attended the Harnessing the Power of Community for Change workshop, jointly sponsored by the newly formed Greater Victoria Acting Together for The Common Good and LeadershipVictoria, I left inspired knowing there is a local group providing training to... Read more

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