All posts in "Health"

#1158 They brought sockeye salmon back to the river

By Cathryn Wellner / October 31, 2014

A few years ago the Okanagan Indian Band was hosting a food security event at the En’owkin Centre in Penticton, British Columbia. Dr. Jeannette Armstrong welcomed us to her traditional territory, and then she did something we colonizers would never do to kick off a conference. She introduced her grandson, a 9-year-old boy who had […]


#1153 Muscular dystrophy slows their bodies but not their love

By Cathryn Wellner / October 20, 2014

They were both in wheelchairs when they met. Muscular dystrophy had weakened Margaret “Muffi” Lavigne and Chris Plum. The incurable disease had put them both in wheelchairs and in hospital. But in the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain, Connecticut, they found love. Thanks to Good Night Margaret, a New York Times documentary, we […]


#1151 A vaccine against addiction, crime and despair? And it works.

By Cathryn Wellner / October 15, 2014

You are a single mother, trying to prepare dinner for your three-year-old daughter. You have worked eight hours and commuted another two. You are exhausted. You ask her to pick up her toys, and she erupts, screaming and kicking and refusing to comply with a simple request. Every time she is angry or frustrated, she […]


#1146 Dear future mom, I have Down syndrome and a lifetime of love to give

By Cathryn Wellner / October 10, 2014

The worried mother’s letter to CoorDown, expressed a fear I’ve heard many times from pregnant friends: “I’m expecting a baby. I’ve discovered he has Down syndrome. I’m scared: what kind of life will my child have?” CoorDown, a national organization for Italians with Down syndrome, hired the advertising agency, Saatchi & Saatchi, to create an […]


#1137 This food bank will not accept crap food

By Cathryn Wellner / October 1, 2014

When I first moved to Kelowna, British Columbia, I joined the nearby Curves gym. I enjoyed the circuits and the camaraderie. What I did not enjoy was the gym’s food-bank drive. I was horrified to see boxes and cans of “food” heaped high, headed for the food bank. The “food” gathering in mounds was so […]


#1133 Atul Bhide builds toilets that changes lives

By Cathryn Wellner / September 27, 2014

Recently I began subscribing to The Better India, one of many sources of good news that flow into my inbox. That’s how I learned about Atul Bhide. I feel very grateful to him. First, some context for my gratitude. According to The Times of India, a staggering total of 626 million people in that country […]


#1123 Fashion for the one- and no-breasted woman

By Cathryn Wellner / September 17, 2014

Whether sexualized or service oriented (think infant feeding), breasts are a significant part of a woman’s identity. When cancer takes one or two of them, we can feel diminished, adrift, identities as carved up as our bodies. Enter Monokini 2.0, “a touring photographic exhibition that challenges what is considered beauty in a female body.” If […]


#1120 One-woman dynamo fights for women in conflict zones

By Cathryn Wellner / September 14, 2014

Amnesty International calls Afghanistan “one of the worst places to be a woman”. The statistics are appalling. Among them: 87% of women in Afghanistan experience domestic violence The average Afghan woman won’t live to see her 50th birthday Only 16 per cent of peace agreements in the last two decades have contained a reference to […]


#1115 They killed his daughters, but he refused to hate

By Cathryn Wellner / September 9, 2014

Born and raised in Jabalaia Refugee Camp in the Gaza Strip, Izzeldin Abuelaish was determined to become a doctor. His parents had lost their land to Israelis in 1948. Life in the camps was rough. After absorbing everything he could in refugee camp schools, Abuelaish was awarded scholarships for medical studies in Cairo and London. […]

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