New Saskatoon HIV hospice and therapy home coming in the fall


Sanctum, a new 10-bed hospice and therapy home for some of Saskatoon’s most vulnerable persons, plans to open its doors near St. Paul’s Hospital at the end of October 2015.

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Saskatoon Health Region dealing with system backlog

Capacity is the problem, not the severity of cases coming into the ER… hallway patients and pods are becoming the norm and it is compromising patient safety. We are in a crisis that is being ignored. We have a healthcare system that is hemorrhaging from multiple wounds and we are worried about what kind of flower arrangement and get well card we are going to send it (referring to Kaizen and Lean). If our health region isn’t treated like a critically ill patient (AND SOON) we will see patient safety issues and critical incidents more and more in the headlines. I’m calling a CODE BLUE!!!!

Global News

SASKATOON – The Saskatoon Health Region (SHR) is asking people to be mindful of other patients when going to city hospitals. Officials say, in some cases, it’s taking patients two days to be admitted because non-emergency cases continue to backlog the region’s emergency departments.

SHR announced Monday afternoon it is seeing an increase in emergency room visits compared to last year. All three hospitals are experiencing longer waits for those patients seen in emergency, admitted for hospital care and waiting for a bed.

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“This morning when we did our bed rounds, some of the patients were waiting up to 48 hours for their admission up to the units, which creates a backlog for those patients who are just waiting to see minor emergency-type things,” said Corey Miller, SHR integrated health services vice president.

People are being urged to…

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Jagged little pill: has the recovery narrative gone too far?

Some thoughts on the Mental Health narrative…..Why we still have to medicate what society can’t quite get a grip on…


I feel that in writing this post, which has been brewing for a long time, I am saying something that some might see as controversial. So let me start by making something clear. This post is not intended to criticise the work of the big charities – I am a proud member of Mind and Rethink Mental Illness and have undertaken both paid and voluntary work for both organisations. I have also volunteered for Time to Change and made a TTC pledge at last year’s Mind Media Awards. A huge amount of good work is being done on a daily basis to challenge public perceptions of mental health and to normalise discussions of the topic. Time to Change is entirely right to highlight just how peculiar it is that mental health stigma continues to loom so large given that a quarter of the population is thought experience some form of…

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Conscious Living- This weeks episode: Gardasil



I’ve been invited as a guest on Tonys show to discuss the Gardasil vaccine.  Click the above link to tune in or call into the show with your questions…

Vitamin D Proven More Effective Than Both Anti-Viral Drugs and Vaccines At Preventing The Flu

Lots of new research surrounding the benefits of Vitamin D…. in everything from Cancer to Flu prevention.


The risk of children suffering from flu can be reduced by 50% if they take vitamin D, doctors in Japan have found. The finding has implications for flu epidemics since vitamin D, which is naturally produced by the human body when exposed to direct sunlight, has no significant side effects, costs little and can be several times more effective than anti-viral drugs or vaccines according to research in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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Naked Mole Rats don’t get cancer.

Where do Naked Mole Rats get their Vitamin D?



For a fascinating glimpse of the very reclusive naked mole rat, WNPR reported on new research into this hidden creature, who spends its entire life underground.  Check out the video here.  It wasn’t uploaded as I just heard the report on the radio, but it should be shortly.

An interesting tidbit…they live to be approximately 32 (human) years old…striking in comparison to a normal rat, who only lives to be three.  There must be something more than meets the eye to that subterranean existence.  Researchers at the University of Rochester are studying the creature for links as to why they don’t get cancer…something about goo (I’ll leave you with that so you check it out)!

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