Complementary Medicine and Alternative Therapies

It’s time to start using the M-word
It’s time to start using the M-word

The secure growth chambers at CanniMed. To prevent contamination, anyone entering the growth area must shower, and wear supplied clothing, footwear and hairnets. Credit: CanniMed Ltd. In many ways, Marion Albaum of Toronto, 38, is your typical Canadian mom. She cheers ...


Solving the pain puzzle?
Solving the pain puzzle?

The November 2013 “Pain in Canada fact sheet” published by the Canadian Pain Society states some hard facts summarized under the heading Pain is Poorly Managed in Canada. These facts include: Canadians are left in pain after surgery even in our ...


Acupuncture turns addict into a believer
Acupuncture turns addict into a believer

Ed Dowdall was one of first patients at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre to be offered auricular acupuncture as an alternative therapy for addictions or mental health issues. Ed Dowdell can’t remember a time when he wasn’t on something. He started ...


Music therapy and patient-centred care
Music therapy and patient-centred care

Sarah Pearson MMT, works as a music therapist. I know exactly the moment that I decided to become a music therapist. That moment was at a hospital, where I was the patient. I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when I ...


A new dimension in cancer hope, healing and wellness
A new dimension in cancer hope, healing and wellness

The personalized Cancer Exercise program at Wellspring improves physical functioning, fatigue management and overall quality of life for people living with cancer. Nothing can ever prepare one for a diagnosis of cancer. The emotional, psychological and physical impact is often ...


Mindfulness: The quiet revolution
Mindfulness: The quiet revolution

There is a quiet revolution going on at Hamilton Health Sciences. The weapon of choice? Stopping and breathing. Andrea Frolic, director of the office of clinical & organizational ethics at Hamilton Health Sciences, leads a group of staff members through ...


Music care at end of life brings many benefits
Music care at end of life brings many benefits

Jane gives the gift of music to Goerge at Lakeridge Hospital. Sounds of music may be most profound at the end of life when all other senses are shutting down and the melodies are not only distinguishable but spiritually sustaining. ...


Promoting Workplace Wellness at Runnymede Healthcare Centre
Promoting Workplace Wellness at Runnymede
Healthcare Centre

Runnymede’s Larry Florou, Senior Director, Human Resources hosts a BBQ for the hospital’s 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony with his team (from left to right): Amrita Tiwari, Human Resources Partner, Alison Tam, Human Resources Assistant and Susan de la ...


Doctor’s music is medicine to patient’s ears
Doctor’s music is medicine to patient’s ears

Dr. Jill Wiwcharuk, emergency physician at Brantford General serenades patient Pat Kuyper Dr. Jill Wiwcharuk, an emergency physician at Brantford General Hospital in southern Ontario still clearly recalls her ‘aha moment.’ She was sitting on a bed overlooking the rice paddies ...


Mindfulness as medicine at St. Michael’s
Mindfulness as medicine at St. Michael’s

A straightforward, low-tech treatment offered at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto has provided relief to thousands of chronic pain sufferers across Ontario. It’s not a drug, although it does need to be taken regularly – once-a-week for several weeks. It’s ...


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