Can Pinterest help people suffering from chronic pain?

If you’re a Pinterest user, you can likely attest to just how useful this social media platform can be in a variety of ways, whether it be for recipe inspiration, home decor advice, or fitness regimes. Apparently, though, Pinterest can be used for a lot more than lifestyle reasons. In fact, a recent study from … More Can Pinterest help people suffering from chronic pain?

Why aren’t we helping women with endometriosis?

Endometriosis is hard enough to deal with. But, even worse, women who suffer from this condition face a multitude of barriers and obstacles in finding help and relief from their suffering. Affecting roughly 10 per cent of reproductive-aged women (approximately 200 million women and teenagers globally), endometriosis is “a systemic, inflammatory disease that occurs when … More Why aren’t we helping women with endometriosis?

Promoting self-love

It can be difficult to recognize things about ourselves that we appreciate, or love. I would argue that because we are socially conditioned to seek out our flaws and the flaws of others, a social construction that is perpetuated through social media, print media, and visual media, we fail to consider that there are things … More Promoting self-love

Steven Tyler opens Janie’s House for abused women

Whether or not you’re a fan of Aerosmith’s frontman, Steven Tyler, you may be as pleased as I am to learn that he recently opened Janie’s House, a facility intended for abused and neglected girls in Memphis, Tennessee, an NBC article said earlier this month. The chosen name, Janie’s House, comes from the band’s 1989 … More Steven Tyler opens Janie’s House for abused women

Not feeling like yourself? That’s okay, me neither

Today’s post differs slightly from the typical content I discuss here on my blog, but I think it’s important to draw attention to the topic. As of late, I’ve been feeling pretty bland. Down might be a better word for it. I don’t wish to use the term depressed as I haven’t been properly diagnosed, … More Not feeling like yourself? That’s okay, me neither

Can walnuts help with depression?

This is nuts, ladies and gentlemen. Findings from a recent epidemiological study suggest that “consuming walnuts may be associated with a lower prevalence and frequency of depression symptoms among American adults,” said a Eurekalert release, originally from Edelman Seattle. Researchers involved with this study assessed participants for depression. They discovered that “depression scores were 26 … More Can walnuts help with depression?

What does sleeping have to do with your genes? A lot, apparently

Ever find yourself wondering why your sleeping habits are the way that they are? Perhaps you sleep like a rock, and a tornado couldn’t even wake you. Or maybe you’re a light sleeper, and find it difficult to ever get a restful night’s sleep. Night owl, morning person, or somewhere in-between, it turns out that … More What does sleeping have to do with your genes? A lot, apparently

Food for thought: does what you eat influence your memory?

Who knew that what you consume on a daily basis could affect your memory? Well, Ajuriel Willette, an assistant professor at Iowa State University in the department of food science and human nutrition, along with his team of researchers, proved just that. Willette and his team unveiled a satiety hormone through research that could lower the … More Food for thought: does what you eat influence your memory?

Helping someone with a mental illness

We’re all relatively familiar with the level of stigma that surrounds mental health. For whatever reason, society, over the years, has convinced the majority of the population to be afraid of discussion pertaining to mental health, and in turn has resulted in many tragedies and silent sufferings. Mental health can definitely be a difficult thing … More Helping someone with a mental illness

Medical man caves?

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?

Recognizing misleading animal activism (cough, PETA, cough)

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)

Hacks for eating gluten-free in restaurants

Whether you’re willingly gluten-free or it’s due to dietary reasons, for example, sensitivities or allergies, going out for dinner can be a bit of a struggle. You do a quick scan of the menu, struggling to recognize something, anything, you can consume without triggering an onslaught of diarrhea and pain, but your options are limited. … More Hacks for eating gluten-free in restaurants

Dealing with an eating disorder during the holidays

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

McDonald’s to reduce antibiotic use in beef

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