Coral reefs take up less than one percent of our oceans, yet provide a home for a quarter of all ocean life. Unfortunately, the continued existence of these reefs, including the Great Barrier Reef, is in peril from overfishing, pollution and climate change. In the new May issue of OWL magazine, I tell kids how they can help protect the world’s coral reefs.

Also on newsstands is the May issue of Reader’s Digest. This month, my tips for toenail fungus appear on page 30. Enough said!


I heard many disturbing personal stories as I researched my newest Zoomer magazine article, “Welcome to Zombieland.” For years, antipsychotic medications have been routinely and liberally used off-label in nursing homes to try to control the disruptive behaviours of residents with dementia. Problem is, the drugs carry serious risks for this population, and they aren’t even that good at eliminating many of the so-called problem behaviours. Side effects can include falling, infections, even stroke and death. Not to mention an unsettling sedating effect. Happily, initiatives are spreading across Canada to reduce the unnecessary use of these medications, replacing them with strategies that are less dangerous – and work better. Find out more, starting on page 56 of this month’s Zoomer.

You’ll find the April issue of Reader’s Digest magazine at your favourite store’s checkout counter. Flip inside for a heads-up about some everyday bad habits that could be causing serious damage to your teeth. My article is called “Weapons of Mouth Destruction,” and while I’d love to take the credit for that title, I can’t! What I can take credit for, however, is presenting some practical advice for improving your long-term dental health.

Psoriasis doesn’t always affect only skin; it can also cause inflammation in your joints. In a brief bit in Reader’s Digest’s March issue, I tell readers how psoriatic arthritis can be treated to slow down the joint damage. I’ve also written a new article for the Canadian Journal of Medical Laboratory Science. This one explores a versatile and expanding profession: combined laboratory and x-ray technologist. Training as a CLXT can mean you have more options when it comes to finding your place in the healthcare field.

Last but not least, you may be interested in my most recent blog post on my 50 Good Deeds website. In this post, I explore the motives of the many different people I’ve interviewed for magazine articles over the years. Their willingness to put their often very personal stories in print is almost always driven by great generosity of spirit. They know that by sharing their story, they may well be helping others who walk the same path. Inspiring! Check it out here.

In the February/March issue of Glow magazine, you’ll find my new story on weird and wacky health and beauty trends. When celebs tout these trends on Twitter or Instagram, it can be tempting for their followers to try them out. But these superstars are known for their movies or their music, not their medical degrees. That means you shouldn’t take their word for it! Want to find out if cryotherapy is uncool, or whether your ladyparts need a steambath? For this story, I examined five wellness trends to find out just how effective – not to mention safe – they really are.

Can You Dig It?

A new year, a new look ahead! In upcoming weeks I’ll be busy writing for a mix of magazine and corporate clients on a variety of projects. It’s also award deadline season, which means we freelance writers are all thinking about which of our 2016 articles, if any, to put forward for consideration. In the meantime, are you (or your kids) interested in an in-depth look at the ways modern technology can help us uncover our ancient past? My youth-friendly feature, “Can You Dig It? High-Tech Archaeology,” has just been published in the January/February 2017 of OWL magazine.

My latest health feature for Reader’s Digest appears in the magazine’s December issue. In this article, “The Invisible Epidemic,” I take a look at headache disorders – surprisingly common, sometimes severe, and drastically undertreated. If you’re plagued by frequent migraines or other kinds of headaches, find out how small changes in your day-to-day life may lead to a big reduction in head pain.

Also on newsstands is the November/December issue of Parents Canada magazine, in which I share my opinion for the magazine’s “Touchy Subject” column (yet again, as this is my third time writing for this page!). The question I address here is: “When someone else’s kids are acting up, do you step in to discipline?” Get my answer here.

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