Why does the MS Society of Canada help promote unhealthy food?

2017-12-13T11:46:10+00:00

by Jennifer Sweeney This past year, the MS Society of Canada has embarked on a new fundraising strategy to appeal to “Canadians.” At first I thought it wasn’t a bad idea since the rate of multiple sclerosis is higher in Canada than anywhere else in the world. The intent was to challenge us to raise money to help research and to find a cure. Yet, the search for a cause seems to have taken a back seat to the search for a cure, much like the idea of conquering cancer. Coming soon is a day across the country where people are encouraged to eat fast food and one dollar for one type of burger sold will be donated to the MS Society. I didn’t support it last year and thought it was easy enough to ignore and suggest that people donate a dollar or more directly to the MS Society and spare the assault on their health. But this year, the promotion is even a bigger deal, along with a sadly-misguided long video showing people in wheelchairs and MSers in [...]

Why does the MS Society of Canada help promote unhealthy food? 2017-12-13T11:46:10+00:00

Dangers of False Reassurance & Hope

2017-12-13T11:46:10+00:00

by Connie Jorsvik Doctor Speaking with Patient --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis Statements of false reassurance and hope that patients hear all of the time from doctors and nurses but the only person they reassure is themselves.  These statements damage the health provider-patient relationship and have the potential of causing physical and emotional harm – and possibly death. To our nurses and doctors, we ask that you tell us the truth.  Please never again say: “Don’t worry.” “This is a minor problem – nothing to worry yourself over.” “You’re just being overly anxious about this.” “You’re being hyper vigilant.” “I would tell you if there was something to worry about.” “It’s a minor problem that will resolve itself.” If you are concerned about any health issue, you have every right to be concerned, and any of these statements should be a big red flag that you are not being heard or being cared for appropriately. As a cardiac nurse I heard statements like this dozens of times: “My doctor said there was nothing to worry about so I [...]

Dangers of False Reassurance & Hope 2017-12-13T11:46:10+00:00