Thursday, May 21, 2015

Retraining the Brain with Dance!

Federico has dystonia, a neurological disorder that affects muscle control and strength.

He discovered that while walking in rhythm to Madonna's "Vogue" and then while dancing in general, his symptoms improved!

I love this so much. I also find that I can tolerate my Dandy Walker syndrome symptoms better to an extent while dancing and doing things in rhythm. Keeping my balance is less of a strain and I seem to understand my centre of gravity better while I dance. I'm not sure how it works or why. I think it's partly physics, partly strength training and partly pure joy, but I imagine there's also some neuroplasticity going on. As Federico says, "Sometimes you have to use the body as a tool to get to your brain."

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Federal Election - Addressing Socioeconomic Issues=investing in health of Canadians

Poverty and homelessness impact health and healthcare. Canada can do better to support those affected.

In preparation for the upcoming federal election, the great folks at the Canadian Association of Community Health Centres​ are calling upon all federal parties to address these social health issues by committing to taking these upstream actions and they need your help! Please sign these petitions and share them with your friends. It's a fast and easy way to make your voice heard.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Disability Advocacy in Easter Seals Thrive!

I am thrilled to share that Easter Seals has asked me to participate in Thrive, the charity's mentorship program, which helps young women with disabilities navigate issues in their transition into adulthood!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Posturing #RaceTogether Kicks Itself

Starbucks presently has a corporate social responsibility campaign that is supposed to get baristas to talk about race to their customers.

The hashtag is #RaceTogether and loads of people are using it on Twitter to call out the inequities within the company and express disgust that lecturing is the goal here instead of making changes to corporate social issues. It's the definition of a PR nightmare and, as a socially conscious person trained in public relations, I am dumbfounded that people thought this was a good idea.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

How Does Health Canada License Natural Health Products?

This CBC Marketplace story reveals that Health Canada's review process for natural health product applications is scientifically insufficient. A Health Canada license implies scientific credibility and I am very concerned that natural drug company claims can deceive consumers. Over-the-counter natural health products should undergo the same review process as pharmaceuticals.