Seven Tips for Cultivating Happiness


Happiness can be defined as a sustained state of well-being, a sense of fulfilment and contentment that lasts over time. For many of us, feeling truly and completely happy is a daily challenge, one that can seem nearly out of reach in the darker moments of our life. But whatever hardships may come our way,… Read more »

The Liver, the One Affected by Your Drinking


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The liver is an amazing organ, it alone fulfills more than 300 essential vital functions. It is the vitamin reservoir at our body’s disposal. The liver is a bona fide filter, recuperating and eliminating numerous toxins. It’s even capable of regenerating itself. However, after abusive and recurring alcohol consumption for example, the liver may be… Read more »

The Short and Long-term Effects of Alcohol Consumption


Excessive alcohol consumption is a public health issue because it creates multiple social and health problems. In a 2012 report, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that alcohol was the third most important factor in mortality and morbidity in developed countries after smoking and high blood pressure.   Alcohol-Linked Issues Alcohol is a psychoactive substance… Read more »

International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking


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The United Nations (UN) estimates today that more than 240 million people in the world suffer from illicit drug use. This represents 4.7% of the world’s population. It’s in light of this that the UN has decreed June 26th, as the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.   Why Have a Day Dedicated… Read more »

Long and Short-Term Effects of Cannabis


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While a few states in the United States have already made the leap, like Colorado, California, and Oregon, the bill for the legalization of cannabis in Canada was tabled and will be in effect on October 17, 2018.   It’s a hot topic at the moment. The legalization of cannabis is already raising a few… Read more »

The Addiction Cycle… and How to Break it!


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The Addiction Cycle Addiction to something, whether it be to cigarettes, alcohol, other drugs, or to certain behaviours (shopping, gambling, pornography, etc.), is hardly ever experienced as something pleasurable by a person who suffers from addiction, but rather, as a form of enslavement. Consuming substances, or chronically repeating a behaviour, is no longer a choice… Read more »

The Great Dictator Returns : Let’s Love Ourselves!


Let's Love Ourselves

Frank Gjata, inspired by the famous Great Dictator Speech written by Charlie Chaplin in 1940, wrote this speech imagining what message Chaplin might deliver to us if he were alive today. It’s been a long time since I addressed you, a very long time. It was a dismal time. I shared with you how greed… Read more »

Humanity in Nursing



My Strong Interest in Mental Health and Addiction I can still remember that morning in August 2014. For several weeks, I had been looking for a job that would fit my interest in mental health and substance abuse. I had been getting refusal letters every day, competition among nurses being so fierce. But that day,… Read more »

Effects and Harms of Cannabis: Misconceptions among Youth


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Cannabis is the most commonly used illicit drug among Canadians aged 15 to 24, and is more commonly used by youth in Canada than in any other country, according to a study done by UNICEF (2013)[1]. Even more alarming is the fact that many Canadian youth are not properly educated about the effects and harms… Read more »

From Pot Smoker to Lamplighter


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It all began very innocently… I was fourteen when I smoked my first joint. I lived in an outlying region and it was our way of having fun among friends on the weekend. During the week, I studied hard, I got good grades, I was into sports and I had a good social life. I… Read more »