What the school pamphlets don’t tell you
My health column for the March issue of Today’s Vancouver Woman (formerly sharedVISION Magazine)
In the 2008–2009 school year, B.C. schools began providing the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine free to girls in grades 6 and 9. HPV is a sexually transmitted disease that typically has no symptoms and [...]
A sure-fire recipe for maintaining a top-notch ticker
My health column for the February issue of Today’s Vancouver Woman (formerly sharedVISION) magazine.
by Donna Barker
It’s February—the month marked by a sea of red hearts in store windows and skyrocketing sales of cards, flowers, chocolates, and diamonds that whisper, “I love you.” Even women [...]
(Hint: it’s all in the way you feel)
My health column for the January issue of sharedVISION magazine.
This month I have to renew my driver’s licence and, in so doing, share personal information about my body with bureaucrats. Hair colour: brown. Height: 178 centimetres. Weight: 59 to 68 kilograms, depending on the time of [...]
So stay warm, avoid stress, and nix chemicals
My health column for the December issue of sharedVISION magazine.
When I was a kid there were four seasons: spring, summer, autumn, and winter. I don’t recall when it was added, but for years now, as soon as Rita MacNeil’s holiday concert ads hit the TV, so [...]
Avoiding mid-life madness by being ‘good selfish’
My health column for the November issue of sharedVISION magazine.
If you’re over 45, odds are you’ve had a conversation that goes something like this:
Jane: “Did you hear Joe left his wife, bought a Ferrari, and got hair implants?”
Sarah: “You’re kidding! Did you know Mary quit [...]
Unblock your pathways and kiss fatigue goodbye
My health column for the October issue of sharedVISION magazine.
We’re a society of people who work hard, play hard, and ultimately, collapse hard. If there’s one thing most of us wish we could have more of, it’s energy. Certainly, the $5-billion (and growing) energy drink market attests [...]
Your inner cavewoman may be keeping you awake
My health column for the September issue of sharedVISION Magazine.
When I was a kid I was quite jealous of my mom. She was narcoleptic and could fall asleep anywhere and at any time (although not always by choice!). Myself, I fall asleep easily enough (OK, as [...]
But how often is too often, darling?
My health column for the August issue of sharedVISION Magazine.
I love road trips. But people travelling with me sometimes get frustrated by my frequent need to pull off the highway to empty my bladder. A golden retriever would be impressed with the number of roadside shrubs I’ve [...]
They lurk everywhere, from your toilet bowl to your cereal bowl. But is total annihilation the answer?
My health column for the July issue of sharedVISION magazine.
Once, when I was eight years old, I was sitting on the toilet and eating my favourite cookies. I had one cookie in each hand and the rest [...]
Rekindle the fire in your loins
My health column for the June issue of sharedVISION magazine.
Several years ago I was kvetching with two girlfriends about my non-existent sex drive. I’d been married for a decade, was having sex with my husband once every six or eight weeks, and was of the mind that if [...]