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    Issue: 2016-03-17, PHOTO: kozzi.com

    Taking the Stress out of Learning

    My Learning Disabilities Association of Yukon colleague’s daughter will be heading to Greenland next month for the Arctic Winter Games. She is competing in snowshoe biathlon, an event that requires athletes to snowshoe as fast as they can, then... Read more

    Mar. 17, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-05-26, PHOTO: kozzi.com

    Gluten-Free to be You and Me

    I came to the Yukon in the spring of 2012 and that August I noticed a full page story in the Yukon News saying that more North Americans have gluten problems than once thought. Having been diagnosed Celiac more than 30 years ago, I was curious... Read more

    May 26, 2016

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Yukon Health & Medical Stories

  • Breathing New Life Into the Depressed

    Depression is part of the human condition. When it becomes persistent or disabling; when the world is black and white devoid of colour, it can be a wake-up call to transform the symptoms of depression from life-negating ones to life supporting. Read more

    Mar. 07, 2008

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    Issue: 2018-01-31, PHOTO: Pixabay

    All she is saying is ‘Give Feet a Chance’

    These feet were made for walking. It’s not just a song; it’s the basis for a lot of Jeddie Russell’s work at WalkOn Foot Care, Whitehorse’s new foot care clinic located in the log skyscraper. While the clinic might be new, Russell has spent many... Read more

    Jan. 31, 2018

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Health and Wellness Stories

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    Issue: 2019-05-29, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Not just a beautiful aroma

    Essential oils have been used for centuries in Ayurvedic practice, burial rituals, food preparations, the perfume industry and as part of traditional medicine in many cultures. Today, essential oils are once again becoming an important part of ... Read more

    May 29, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-05-08, PHOTO: Pixabay

    What do the letters “N-U-R-S-E” mean?

    In the 86 years since I was born, I’ve been admitted to nine different hospitals from Fredericton to Vancouver and from Whitehorse to Toronto. The causes were hockey, football, boxing, aging and sometimes just stupidity... Read more

    May 08, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-05-01, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Mother’s Day running, biking and walking

    Breast cancer is one of the top three diagnosed cancers in the Yukon. One out of eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives. These are the staggering realities of breast cancer... Read more

    May 01, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-05-01, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Self-care as a daily practice

    Living in today’s world can mean being bombarded by awful news about sexualized assault, microaggressions and violence in many forms. All this negative news can be frustrating, overwhelming and downright exhausting... Read more

    May 01, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-04-10, PHOTO: FreeImages.com

    Button up those denims

    Every little bit helps. That’s the philosophy behind Yukon Denim Day and the support that Yukoners Cancer Care Fund provides to individuals affected by cancer. Yukoners can purchase a Denim Day button at participating businesses and know that the... Read more

    Apr. 10, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-03-27, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Twenty defined techniques of violence

    The last five articles have informed the Yukon about the cycle of violence, as well as its categories, forms and foundations. This scourge generates a high level of suffering among its victims who, when possible, must distance themselves and seek... Read more

    Mar. 27, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-03-06, PHOTO: Kylie Campbell

    The dreaded ‘P’ word

    Yes, that’s right, I’m going to write it. The “P” word. That’s right. Period. (Not the little dot at the end of a sentence, but the one that affects half the population for most of their lives.) It’s funny how a word can make people cringe, even... Read more

    Mar. 06, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-02-27, ILLUSTRATIONS: courtesy of Serge Harvey-Gauthier

    The technique of violence

    The last four articles have described the Cycle of Violence, including its sweet honeymoon phase, its three categories (affective, organizational/professional and social), its four forms (psychological, physical, sexual and financial), as well as... Read more

    Feb. 27, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-02-06, PHOTO: courtesy of Serge Harvey-Gauthier

    The five foundations of violence

    The information regarding the Cycle of Violence in my past articles, including its three categories (affective, organizational/professional, and social) and the four forms of violence (psychological, physical, sexual and financial) would not be... Read more

    Feb. 06, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-01-23, PHOTO: courtesy of Serge Harvey-Gauthier

    The escalation of violence

    In the last two articles of this series, I described the four phases of the Cycle of Violence (accumulation, explosion, honeymoon, justification). The definition of violence highlights the central role of control over the victim(s)... Read more

    Jan. 23, 2019

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    Issue: 2018-12-05, PHOTO: courtesy of Serge Harvey-Gauthier

    Categories of Violence

    My last article discussed the four phases of the Cycle of Violence: accumulation, explosion, the“honeymoon phase” and the justification phase I refer to as “But, it’s your fault.” It’s an endless cycle unless the victim protects themself and asks... Read more

    Dec. 05, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-11-07, PHOTO: courtesy of Serge Harvey-Gauthier

    The escalation of violence

    All specialists dealing with the subject of violence agree that the majority of people only recognize physical forms of aggression such as conjugal or affective violence. Like the tip of an iceberg, it takes the form that we know best since it is... Read more

    Nov. 07, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-09-19, PHOTO: courtesy of Sophie Villeneuve

    Pelvic floor – Sorry, why are we talking about this?

    If I told you it is possible to move your tailbone by contracting your pelvic muscles, would you believe me? Indeed, not many people know about the existence of these muscles in the pelvis called “the pelvic floor.” To contract your pelvic floor... Read more

    Sep. 19, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-08-29, PHOTO: Gary Bremner Photography/courtesy of the T1D Support Network

    My Failed Pancreas ...

    When 22-year-old Mikka started feeling sick, she assumed it was the flu. She felt nauseated and was drinking water all the time. It wasn’t until her best friend commented on her weight that she became concerned. “You’re looking kind of thin,” she... Read more

    Aug. 29, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-06-06, PHOTO: Matt Jacques Photography

    Ride to Live, Live to Ride

    Whitehorse’s ninth annual Ride for Dad is happening … and you can help out. According to the Canadian Cancer Society, approximately 11 Canadian men died of prostate cancer each day in 2017. Approximately 58 men were diagnosed each day. This means... Read more

    Jun. 06, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-05-09, PHOTO: courtesy of Lynn Cheverie

    Nursing in the North

    Wow … where to start ... I’ve been a registered nurse for 24 years and have worked in four countries and in about 20 different positions, from frontline staff to director. The opportunities in nursing are endless. Nursing is a diverse profession... Read more

    May 09, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-05-09, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Picking our battles

    It was 1978 and I was on a medevac from Frobisher Bay (now Iqaluit) to Montreal with a premature baby in a transport incubator. We were flying on a Nordair scheduled flight as was normal in those days. Sadly, it was also normal for there to be... Read more

    May 09, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-04-25, PHOTO: courtesy of Chantelle Tarapaski

    Going green never looked so good

    In 2008, then 21 year old Chantelle Tarapaski, moved up to the Yukon from Vancouver, B.C. and decided to open her own hair studio. “I felt I needed a place that reflected my work and style, with more creature comforts,” said Tarapaski. “We work... Read more

    Apr. 25, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-04-11, PHOTO: Pixabay

    That’s a real pain in the back!

    Homo sapiens’ decision to walk upright has brought many benefits, but low back pain however is definitely not one of them. Most people will experience it at some point in their lives, either through lifting something incorrectly, a skiing accident... Read more

    Apr. 11, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-03-28, PHOTO: Pixabay

    What’s up with dry, cracked heels and feet

    Cracked heels and dry feet, like anything else, are never caused by one thing. Genetics and environment are two main causes. However, even though you inherited your mother or father’s feet doesn’t mean you have to have the same outcome... Read more

    Mar. 28, 2018

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