Vaping and Teen Health

After news reports of teens suffering severe lung damage from vaping in recent weeks, there has been a focus in the media about the risks of this new way of ingesting nicotine. Vaping is “less dangerous” than smoking, but this is a bit like saying one alligator is less dangerous than 3 alligators – it’s…

Summer View

This is a picture of my favourite summer view, at home. This is my view when I am sitting on my back deck, looking up through the summer banners and through the tiny green leaves and tangled branches of the Sunburst Locust tree to the sky. When I am looking up like this, it reminds…

Lie-In

This summer I went to see the Bed – In for Peace 50th Anniversary Celebrations at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal. This celebrates a period from May 26, 1969 until June 2, 1969 when John Lennon and Yoko Ono protested the Vietnam War and rose awareness for Peace by staying in bed at the…

The Best Holiday with Your Kids

I am writing this for all those parents wondering what to do in these final three weeks of summer with their kids. Research has shown that the best experiences to promote kids and teen’s mental health are outings in the natural world. Summer is one of the best times in the northern hemisphere for outdoor…

Public Health and Cannabis Edibles

Health care providers who work with children and youth – and veterinary health care professionals – are beginning to be concerned about the cannabis industry’s approach to cannabis edibles. As I have written previously, I had hoped that the approach to the legalization of marijuana would be mindful of public health and both provincial and…

Resources for Parents on Marijuana

Since cannabis has now been legalized in Canada and 33 American states, many parents of teens are seeking resources to assist them in their conversations with their own adolescent children. I have completed some research on various easily accessible resources and wanted to share these, along with some thoughts as to why I like them.…