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It’s been a long while since I’ve posted an update, as I’ve experienced a significant personal loss that took my attention away from freelance writing for some time. Now I’m back to work, in some ways relating to the kids who are re-starting school this week. It’s a time of change and adjustments. So what did you miss? My monthly medical mysteries in Reader’s Digest, which I’d pre-written, continued to appear up until last month. And back at the end of last year, I wrote a story from the heart, “Stop Telling People with Disabilities They Might Be Better Off Dead,” that was published in the Toronto Star. I’m already working on new pieces for upcoming magazines, so you can look forward to more updates in this space.

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I’ve just reached the end of my monthly nutrition series for the website of Zoomer magazine. These stories have hopefully provided many readers with tasty choices that can better their health. You can read my final two articles – “7 Foods for Your Diabetes-Fighting Diet” and “Osteoporosis Month: 7 Foods for Better Bone Health” – online. If you’ve got your bones and blood sugar under control but want to know more about brain health, then flip open the print edition of Zoomer magazine instead. My article in the November issue, “This is Your Brain on Age,” shares 10 fascinating new findings about the longevity of your grey matter!

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Remember when I mentioned last month that I enjoy writing about food? I’m pleased to be working on a new monthly series for Zoomer magazine’s website that focuses on foods to enhance your health – and includes recipes to make your mouth water. This month (which also happens to be Alzheimer Awareness Month): “7 Foods to Boost Your Brain Health.” Salmon, pomegranate, berries, mmmm… What’s not to drool over?

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As I write in my opening paragraph: “One in five Canadians will experience mental illness at some point, and chances are good they’ll be on the job when they do.” If you have a mental health condition, how do you tell your boss about it? And should you? For insights from experts, check out my article “Should I Tell My Boss about My Mental Illness?” on the Canadian Living website.

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’Tis the season to pick up the December/January issue of Zoomer magazine, and feel inspired by a glimpse of what the near future will hold for medical treatments (“Making Medicine Better,” page 16). On the same page, I share news about a giant step forward in treating brain disorders (“Breaking through Barriers”). Worried about recent warnings about processed meat and cancer risk? Flip to page 32 of this issue to get the full story.

If you’re planning to host a lot of holiday guests this month, then you’ll surely want a quick guide for handling the most obnoxious of them, won’t you? Check out my article covering the “6 Most Annoying Holidays Guests,” now available on the Canadian Living website.

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Do you enjoy a hearty portion of food TV? If you serve yourself cooking shows on a regular basis, beware of the potential impact it can have on your BMI. You may benefit from a few insights and health tips in my new article, “Are Food Shows Causing You to Gain Weight?”, published on the Best Health website. And in the July/August issue of Zoomer magazine, I explore what it means when your partner has a mid-life crisis. Must it wreak havoc on your relationship… or might it bring renewal?

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I’ll bet that got your attention. I’ve started writing for The Mid, a humour site for parents who grew up in the eighties and are now raising their own school-aged kids. (Note: I should probably say “humor,” not “humour,” as this website is based in the U.S.) One of my first The Mid stories outlines the strategies I’ve been applying to try to keep my teenager from abusing drugs and alcohol. The jokes may be funny, but the advice is real! Check the story out here.

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Do you post photos of your kids on social media? Is it a brilliant way to keep in touch, or an extraordinarily bad idea? In the newest edition of Parents Canada magazine, I share my opinion about why I’m all for Facebooking your baby’s photos – as long as it’s done with thought and care. Read both sides of the issue here.

And if all that debate is making you hungry, head over to the Best Health website for my recent article on cooking oils. Which ones are healthiest, which ones are hyped, and how can you get the most out of the oils you’re using in the kitchen? You’re sure to learn something new here.

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If your pillow talk is usually something like, “Where’s all this hair coming from?”, then you’ll want to read my new article about female hair loss. The story, “Vanishing Act,” appears in the January/February issue of Best Health magazine. I talk about common causes of hair loss in women, along with treatment options. (You can read an online version here.)


Speaking of pillow talk – the fun kind, this time – you might also be interested in my story about sexual fantasies for Toronto’s NOW magazine. Thanks to a recent University of Montreal survey, we can say with confidence that those daydreams we think are weird… are actually weirdly common. Check it out here.

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I was delighted to be a part of Craig and Marc Kielburger’s “Brain Storm” column for The Globe and Mail. The co-founders of Me to We and Free the Children canvassed a few kindness experts – including me – about injecting more common courtesies into our day-to-day routines. They asked readers to weigh in, and the results were published in the newspaper’s January 2 edition. It was inspiring to read these ideas!


If you’re looking at ways to stay (or get) healthy in 2015, you might find a few pearls of wisdom in my latest stories on the Best Health website. In “8 Ways to Feel Full Faster,” you’ll read strategies for eating fewer calories – without feeling deprived of food. And in “10 Tips to Help You Recover from a Cold, Faster,” you’ll find a few tips for speeding up the course of a miserable cold (and preventing the next one).

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