Category Archives: Health and medicine

Posts about topics of health and medicine, either the science or the practice.

Fighting faith based addiction recovery in BC

by | August 2, 2018

Alcoholics Anonymous and 12 Step Programs are religious. It shouldn’t be controversial to say as multiple US court rulings have concluded as much but following my new article in The Tyee calling for more secular recovery options, I’ve seen a series of comments saying we atheists should just get over all this “God” and “higher power” stuff.… Read more »

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BC health facility amalgamation would mean $20M gift to Catholic Church, no access to assisted dying

by | July 25, 2017

Looks like a couple of years ago there was concern that the only hospice in the region covered by Vancouver Island’s Comox Valley facility was Catholic-run, and so would not provide medically-assisted dying. There was going to be funding made available for 2 new hospice beds and it wasn’t clear who was going to get… Read more »

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Two Assisted Dying Court Cases

by | June 15, 2017

There are two assisted dying court cases working through the courts. They are both trying to pull the assisted dying in separate directions. Quebec Challenge On the one hand, you have people who want to have full control over their own lives. Two Quebeckers say the law is too restrictive, and they are worried: The… Read more »

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Doctors, you are not helping

by | May 19, 2017

It started innocently enough. A comment on Facebook from a patient about how homeopathy was helping them recover and the typical knee jerk reaction from the naive sceptic “Homeopathy doesn’t work”. The quick retort of “My doctor recommends it!” was quickly followed with “but none of the studies show homeopathy works and it is a… Read more »

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Is Catholic palliative care irreplaceable?

by | April 9, 2017

Martin Regg Cohn’s column in Saturday’s Toronto Star is headlined (in the print version) “Assisted death can’t be forced on doctors of faith.” He starts the piece by expressing sympathy for doctors who “entered the medical profession to save lives, not to take them,” then states the obvious point that a doctor’s belief should exempt her from… Read more »

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This is what I learned about Science Advocacy

by | March 18, 2017

To explain all nature is too difficult a task for any one man or even for any one age. ‘Tis much better to do a little with certainty, and leave the rest for others that come after you, than to explain all things Isaac Newton This is my first blog post for Canadian Atheist and… Read more »

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