Social policies can create the conditions for good health
In a recent media article, Nova Scotia’s Health Minister, Leo Glavine, floated the idea that people should have to demonstrate healthy lifestyles before accessing our health care system, much like a bank assesses a customer for a loan.
Social policies must catch up with science
We are not our genes. The choices we make, from breakfast to bedtime, reshape our gene expression, moulding us into the people we are. Living an active life of purposeful activity with social support, eating nutritiously and sleeping well in a safe place to call home can reduce our risk of a host of diseases.
How an inadequate minimum wage is linked to poorer health outcomes — for everyone
At some point of almost every day in my office, I feel frustrated and powerless. At that moment, I find myself standing with my patient on the edge of a chasm: ill health lies in the crevasse below, good health lies on the other side. And we cannot, between us, build the bridge to get across. We know what that bridge looks like, but we do not have the materials to build it.