An article from Psychology Today caught my attention as of late, as the headline reads “Is having an only child really child abuse?” I did a quick skim of the article, though the topic of the article is what prompted me to discuss it here on my blog. First off, allow me to say that … More Is raising an only child abusive?
Three in five wild coffee species are on the brink of extinction, thanks to climate change, disease and infestation, and deforestation, a Wednesday Physorg article said. A tremendous amount of coffee is consumed daily – over two billion cups, to be exact. However, the coffee industry is entirely reliant on the wild varieties grown in … More Could coffee become extinct?
An article in the St. Catharines Standard, originally from the Canadian Press, likely has some motorcycle aficionados questioning the longevity of the classic rumbling sound of a motorcycle. Harley-Davisdon Inc. is adding a new bike to their lineup – an electric one, expected to appear across 20 Canadian dealers, including one in London, Ont. by … More Harley-Davidson is going electric
A new commercial from Gillette, a well-known men’s hygiene company, is creating quite a stir across social media platforms as of late. The advertisement, titled “We Believe: The Best Men Can Be” is a short-film style commercial that makes reference to patriarchy, toxic masculinity, and the #MeToo movement regarding non-consensual sexual harassment, assault, and violence. … More Way to go, Gillette
Some may say I’ve been on a bit of a mental health kick here on my blog as of late, but, quite honestly, that’s absolutely fine with me. Mental health is a topic that requires discussion and exploration, and what better way to spread awareness to reduce the stigma surrounding it than by making a … More Maintaining mental wellness
Watching television with my parents the other night, I was pretty taken aback, in a good way, with an advertisement from Bell Canada for their #BellLetsTalk campaign. I tried to find the commercial we saw on Youtube but wasn’t able to. Hopefully, my brief description will help you to visualize what we saw. The ad … More Prioritizing mental health
Driving home from work a couple of days ago, I was listening to the radio broadcaster discuss a new addition to Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. What is this new addition, you ask? None other than a medical man cave. Man Cave Health is “is working to save lives and preserve the quality of men’s lives … More Medical man caves?
Scrolling through my Twitter newsfeed the other day, I stumbled across a post from PETA that thoroughly pissed me off (no, I do not follow PETA on Twitter, don’t worry). The post was linked to an article titled “‘Game of Thrones’ Star Jerome Flynn: Reject Cruelty, Go Vegan,” and since I am a huge Game … More Recognizing misleading animal activism (cough, PETA, cough)
Brock University, and former professor, David Schimmelpenninck, have caused quite a stir as of late. Schimmelpenninck encountered scrutiny in 2016 when a CBC news investigation revealed that “Brock had warned a former student to keep quiet about an internal investigation that determined Schimmelpenninck gave her alcohol and tried to force himself on her sexually,” a Monday CBC article … More Brock University controversy
Body shaming is, unfortunately, a rather integral component of social media today. Just the other evening, I was watching a video posted to Instagram, by a male, scrutinizing a woman for her physical appearance. The comment section was absolutely topic, and reading such hurtful, awful words encouraged me to recognize how sad it is that … More Why are we still body shaming?
I’m not a huge fan of insects. I recognize their purpose and appreciate their contributions to our ecosystems and animal kingdoms, however, I do my best to stay out of their way and simply let them do their thang. They show me the same courtesy, for the most part. The act of consuming a bug … More Should you be eating bugs?
An article by Mauro Gatti recently surfaced on my timeline, and its intriguing title, “I’m Honestly Fed Up With All The Bad News So I Illustrated The Best News Of 2018 (And Recent Years)” caught my attention. The world is a terrible place, and most times, we read and see news depicting horrific and disturbing … More Here’s to celebrating good news
Eating disorders are hell on their own, but dealing with one during the holidays adds an extra emphasis of anxiety that most people are unfamiliar with. While I have been in remission of my own eating disorder for a couple of years now, I still have thoughts that arise almost daily, attempting to convince me … More Dealing with an eating disorder during the holidays
The significance of acknowledging transgender identities has always been apparent to some, but an article published via MedicalXpress highlights its significance even further. The New York Times published a story in October titled “‘Transgender’ Could Be Defined Out of Existence Under Trump Administration.” Depicting efforts from the Department of Health and Human Services, the story addressed a … More Stop denying transgender identities
McDonald’s has announced its plan for a “phased reduction” of antibiotic use in their beef products. The announcement came on Tuesday, a Phys.org article said. The chain detailed its three-stage process in which it will conduct a study “of its top 10 beef sourcing markets of current antibiotic use in livestock and by 2020 establish … More McDonald’s to reduce antibiotic use in beef
The largest prehistoric snake on record was discovered in Colombia, a Phys.org article said. The article was published in 2009, but considering I do not recall hearing about this insane discovery, I thought it would be neat to resurrect the topic here. Scientists recovered fossils of a 60-million-year-old South American snake in 2009. Named Titanoboa … More A 2,500-pound snake? Nope.
Controversy regarding the widely-known Christmas song, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”, has a lot of people sharing their somewhat heated opinions across social media as of late. In case you haven’t heard of this controversy, people are upset with certain lyrics in the song that implies male patriarchy and female submission/oppression. Prior to the onset of … More Baby, it’s … getting real heated outside?
Findings from a recent study examining over 100 sea turtles of all seven species, across the Atlantic, Pacific and Mediterranean oceans, are rather disturbing. Published in the journal Global Change Biology, the study was conducted by researchers from the University of Exeter, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, and Greenpeace Research Laboratories, a CNN article said. Over 800 synthetic particles were … More We have a serious plastic problem
If you’ve never heard of lungworms, don’t panic. I hadn’t either, at least not until reading a release from Cision, originally from the Canadian Animal Health Institute. Most pet owners have likely heard of worms in general before; heartworm, tapeworms, intestinal worms, etc. Lungworms, however, are a form of a new parasite that has developed … More What the heck are lungworms?
Hang on to your hats, folks; an article via MedicalXpress discusses a topic some of us often dream of – a gene that could protect from obesity while consuming as much food as desired. When RCAN1, a single gene, was removed in mice, and the same mice were given a diet high in fat, they … More Could this gene prevent weight-gain while eating as much as you like?
Have you ever withheld information from your physician that you knew you probably should share? Well, apparently Americans do so frequently. “Between 60 and 80 percent of people admit they avoid telling their doctor details that could be relevant to their well-being,” a MedicalXpress article states. A study conducted by senior researcher Angela Fagerlin, chair … More A majority of Americans are lying to their doctors
An article from EMBO, re-sourced by Eurekalert, offers some potentially promising news for those of us who are intolerant to gluten, or, more seriously, celiac. Celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that can seriously damage the intestinal system, can appear in genetically pre-disposed people, however, it is triggered via environmental factors, the article explains. “When people … More A solution for gluten?
An article from Queen Mary University of London reports some rather alarming findings pertaining to skin cancer. Data originating from the UK skin cancer database has unveiled that there are over 45,000 “cutaneous squamous cell carcinomas (cSCC) every year in England, 350 per cent more than previous estimates suggested,” the article states. Squamous cell carcinoma … More Skin cancer is (very much) on the rise
An article from Reuters by Anna Mehler Paperny should, in my opinion, serve as a warning to Canadian citizens. Titled “Hate crimes in Canada jump 47 percent in 2017,” I think it’s safe to assume that you get a good idea of the article’s contents when you read the headline. The 47 per cent increase … More Hate crimes in Canada are on the rise
I often tell people who are not involved with the ag industry that it’s one that stands on its own. It’s completely unique and dynamic in its own, independent way. It’s difficult to explain the sense of interconnectedness that exists between ag folk, but I’ll give it my best shot. I have lived on our … More Interconnectedness in the ag community
An article published via Eurekalert discusses a study conducted by Jama Pediatrics in an attempt to understand how common eating disorders are amongst children. Upon initial thought, most of us likely assume that eating disorders and children and two things that are not intended to be affiliated with each other. The Jama Pediatrics study, however, … More How prevalent are eating disorders amongst youth?
I’m not going to lie and say that I don’t dabble in Black Friday savings, because I do. And I damn well enjoy it. Who doesn’t find satisfaction in saving significant amounts of money on something you’ve been eyeing for a while? An article from Folio explains what it is about Black Friday deals that feels … More Why do Black Friday deals feel so good?
An article posted on The Conversation addresses a difficult topic to tackle; sexual abuse and assault towards elderly people, specifically women. A disheartening topic for sure, but also one that demands recognition and acknowledgement in hopes of preventing these occurrences from occurring. The article outlines research that was published in Legal Medicine that looked at 28 forensic medical … More Addressing sexual assault amongst elders
An article from the University of Copenhagen proposes a question I’m certain many of us have once pondered; is going gluten-free really better? More and more folks are choosing to cut wheat out of their diets, yet many aren’t allergic or intolerant to gluten. Perhaps some do so in hopes of bettering their overall health … More Is no-gluten really better?
The relationship between social media and body image is one I have revisited on several occasions, on here, on a project I did for university, and for one I completed in college. Despite my frequency in dabbling with this topic, it continues to spark conversation. And not in a good way. An article from York … More Social media impacts how we see our bodies, but not in a good way