Rockstar Health & Fitness – Episode 5 ft. Hedley

November 23, 2011 by  
Filed under VIDEO

I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it!

Skee.TV presents Rockstar Health & Fitness, a new original Web series hosted by music industry executive & KIIS-FM yoga instructor Lori Rischer. Rockstar H&F features celebrities sharing their health, diet, and fitness tips. In this episode, Hedley frontman, Jake Hoggard, discusses how he balances life, music and health. The 9-episode Rockstar season’s all-star line up includes Kirsten Price, Kim Glass, Lala Romero, OneRepublic, Patrick Stump, among others. Check out next week’s episode featuring recording artist Kirsten Price. Created by Lori Rischer and Sera Roadnight. Produced By Skee.TV.

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Doctors, Apologies – People are People on Both Sides of the Border

May 1, 2008 by  
Filed under HEALTHCARE

Unlike the other work I do, this blog crosses the border, back and forth, between Canada and the US. You may not realize it, but our host, Hart and the HEN Network, is based in Canada. What I enjoy about my participation here is that it encourages me to think more globally than I typically do with my US-focused work. (thanks Hart!)

I explain all that today because news a few weeks ago about what the laws in Canada will allow, or not allow regarding the legal permission for Canadian doctors to apologize to patients for mistakes they have made, forced me to think of doctors and their apologies on a much broader basis.

You see — to this point, the question about doctors apologizing for their mistakes has never really been about right and wrong. The question has been about lawsuits. No matter where in the world a doctor harmed a patient, regardless of that doctor’s intention, the problem is never about the mistake or the mistake’s medical results. No, the question becomes one of whether the doctor can be sued, and how much money the lawyers will make in the process.

Let’s consider point of view for a moment:

When a patient has been hurt by the mistakes of a doctor, or if a patient has died and the family is left to grieve, then dealing with that hurt or grief happens first. But, like suffering from any error, we also look for places to lay the blame, as if finding the right target will help us handle the suffering better. THAT’s a basic of human nature — looking to offload our pain on to someone or something else. The next step is to expect that whomever we have blamed will at least own up to it — take responsibility for causing our pain and suffering.

And so (foolishly, perhaps) we expect an apology. An apology is the evidence that the doctor is taking that responsibility, and feels remorseful. Hearing a doctor say “I’m sorry” means we can now give up some of the pain and hurt because we know that the perpetrator has now taken some of that onto his/her shoulders.

[And, as an aside, please know that when I write this, I do so from my own experience. Having suffered a heinous misdiagnosis, and then, years later, having benefited from an apology. This is REAL personal, and very few people understand it as well as I do.]

From the doctor’s point of view — we can only imagine how difficult the situation is for them, because, until the past few years, doctors were taught never to apologize. Not only could they not apologize, they weren’t even allowed to disclose an error had been made! That was true in the US, Canada and other corners of the world. And yes, you know why. They could not apologize because that would give the patient or the patient’s family the evidence they needed to prove malpractice in a court of law. the policy even had a name, “Shut Up and Fight.”

Now, we know of course, for some doctors that was OK. We all know doctors with egos so large that there’s no room to admit they’ve made a mistake. THEY would never make a mistake! The problem was something the patient did wrong! Not only that, they don’t report other doctors’ mistakes either… they cover up for their colleagues, perhaps believing “there but for the grace of God…”

But for many doctors, and I believe the great majority of them, not being able to apologize was just as problematic for them as it was for the patient or his/her family. How do you sleep at night when you know you’ve killed someone, or caused them a lifetime of medical problems or debilitation? Being able to apologize would help them conquer some of their grief, too….

Then, just a few years ago, the University of Michigan did an informal study within its own academic hospital system, letting its doctors apologize for adverse events, and arrived at a startling (to them) result. The amount of money asked for in lawsuits dropped to one-third what it had been before.

Fast-forward — it’s six years later and — finally — doctors are being encouraged to apologize for their mistakes. On both sides of the US –Canada border. Mind you — it’s not for the cathartic or value-driven reasons — but for the money. More apologies = fewer lawsuits.

But in this case, it’s win-win for patients, doctors and the hospitals or other organizations involved in mistakes. Patients get the relief that comes from off-loading some of their pain to the apology. Doctors and others involved get the relief that comes from addressing their value systems and their need to offload some of their guilt by apologizing.

Now the laws are following the studies. Many states in the US, and now several provinces in Canada are allowing doctors to apologize without fear that their apologies will affect lawsuit outcomes. And yes, it seems that fewer lawsuits are being filed.

So yes. Everyone wins when a doctor is allowed to apologize. Well, except for the lawyers. Fewer lawsuits would mean less work for them, I suppose.

Well. OK. Maybe that means the ability of doctors to apologize is even sweeter?

Learn more about doctors and apologies for adverse events at Sorry Works.

Arthritis in Canadian Aboriginal Population

March 13, 2008 by  
Filed under ARTHRITIS

Among aboriginal people of Canada, severe forms of arthritis are five times more common than the rest of the Canadian population.

According to age-adjusted figures from Statistics Canada’s 2000 Canadian Community Health Survey, five per cent of off-reserve aboriginal people are affected by severe auto-immune arthritis that restricts their ability to work or participate in the community, compared to one per cent for non-aboriginal people.

Cheryl Koehn of Vancouver-based Arthritis Consumer Experts, a national advocacy and educational group, says these numbers are even more surprising considering the median age of the aboriginal population is younger (27 years) than the general population (38 years), according to the Statistics Canada 2001 census.

In fact, the prevalence of arthritis in reserves are even higher, according to other studies.

Genetics are more to blame as is the lifestyle of this people. More like the case of diabetes in this population group.

The rates for all types of the disease range between two and 2.5 aboriginal arthritis-sufferers for every non-aboriginal.

Dr. Dianne Mosher, a rheumatologist at Dalhousie University, says genetics are at the core of the high rate. As many as 70 per cent of the aboriginal population carry a gene that is associated with rheumatoid arthritis.

The news comes as no surprise to Shelley Henderson, health director at Campbell River’s Kwakiutl District Council health centre. The centre, which serves 10 tribal communities making up a population of about 3,000, assessed chronic conditions in the community in 1998 and found that arthritis topped the list.

Making the matter worse, is I guess the availability of treatments and treatments that might or might not be readily available for this population.

Find more details from The Windsor Star.

The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Quebec Division, Pays Tribute to Three Quebecers at the Opal Awards Dinner

March 22, 2006 by  

MONTREAL, QUEBEC–(CCNMatthews – March 21, 2006) – The fourth Opal Awards Dinner, named for Evelyn Opal, the founder of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada (MSSC), was held on Wednesday, March 1st, at the Sheraton Centre in Montreal. This prestigious awards ceremony pays tribute to the outstanding achievements and social commitment of three Quebecers. This year’s Opal Awards Dinner raised $451,100 in donations and services for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Quebec Division. The money will be used to support research and services for people with multiple sclerosis and their families.

Robert E. Brown, President and CEO of CAE Inc., received the highest distinction of the evening, the Grand Merit Opal Award, for his career achievements and philanthropy.

The Opal Ambassador Award was presented to Robert Gervais, President and CEO of Pre2Post Inc., for his commitment to the MSSC. He has been a member of the MS Leadership Awards selection committee since 2002 and currently chairs this committee. It is because of Robert Gervais that the MSSC has been able to expand its visibility within the business community.

Nathalie Brouard, a Partner, Tax Services with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, received the Tribute Opal Award in acknowledgement of her courage and leadership. A volunteer with the MSSC since 1998, Nathalie Brouard formed what has become the number one team in the Super Cities WALK for MS, raising over $110,000 to fight the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis.

Multiple sclerosis is the most widespread neurological disorder among young adults in Canada. It mainly strikes between the ages of 15 and 40 and there is no cure. Some 12,000 Quebecers have MS.

For more information on the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Quebec Division, see the Web site at .

A division of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada – Registered Charitable Organization No. 10490 2523 RR0001

Source and Photo will be available on CP picture wire.


Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Quebec Division
Isabelle Laplante
Communications Coordinator
(514) 849-7591 or 1 800 268-7582

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