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White Coat, Black Art on CBC Radio

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CBC Radio's Dr. Brian Goldman takes listeners through the swinging doors of hospitals and doctors' offices, behind the curtain where the gurney lies.

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CBC Radio's Dr. Brian Goldman takes listeners through the swinging doors of hospitals and doctors' offices, behind the curtain where the gurney lies.

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What an amazing show!

By ALittleChaotic - Apr 08 2019
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Excellent program, superior topics !

Great!!!

By Purllygurl - Oct 17 2014
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Very interesting, informative, and addicting. Can't stop listening because it's something real and honest for a change. I love it because it's things most people wouldn't normally talk about. Listen and you will learn in a really fun way.

iTunes Ratings

34 Ratings
Average Ratings
30
3
0
1
0

What an amazing show!

By ALittleChaotic - Apr 08 2019
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Excellent program, superior topics !

Great!!!

By Purllygurl - Oct 17 2014
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Very interesting, informative, and addicting. Can't stop listening because it's something real and honest for a change. I love it because it's things most people wouldn't normally talk about. Listen and you will learn in a really fun way.

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White Coat, Black Art on CBC Radio

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CBC Radio's Dr. Brian Goldman takes listeners through the swinging doors of hospitals and doctors' offices, behind the curtain where the gurney lies.

They taught me how to be a doctor

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Dr. Julia Orkin's life - and the course of her medical career - changed when she met a very special patient and her family in 2010.

Dec 20 2018

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Food as Medicine: Some doctors are prescribing a plant based diet to address a host of health ailments

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Tofurkey anyone? Two doctors in rural Newfoundland are teaching locals what they need to know about switching to a plant based diet. It's a win-win for their patients who ditch cod and salt beef in favour of tofu and broccoli. Not only are they losing excess pounds, they are also regaining their health.

Oct 11 2019

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After the Overdose Part One: The Forgotten Ones

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Dr. Brian Goldman travels to BC, and in the first of a two-part series tells the story of the men and women who are being largely overlooked in Canada's opioid crisis: Those who survive overdoses, but are left with permanent, debilitating brain damage. Authorites regularly track and release the numbers of people who die each month as a result of the opioid crisis, but they do not have a handle on those who suffer brain injuries. Dayton Wilson is one of the them. The 24-year-old Kamloops man took an accidental hit of fentanyl and was left with permanent brain damage that has compromised his ability to speak, his balance and left him with chronic pain. The once-aspiring musician now works part time as a custodian at a ski resort and recieves disability payments. He and his mother piece together the events that led to his overdose, and make the case that as the opioid crisis continues, patients like Dayton are being forgotten.

May 31 2019

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Doctors who champion low-carb, high-fat diets go against the grain

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Meet three doctors who eat a low-carb, high-fat diet, and find out why they'd like to see it more commonly prescribed to patients who are facing metabolic disease, even though some critics call it a fad.

Jan 11 2019

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After breast cancer and failed reconstruction, this mom found beauty by going flat

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Joanna Rankin, a 40-year-old Calgary woman, is not only a survivor of breast cancer, but of breast reconstruction that went wrong. She found emotional and physical healing in going flat.

Jan 18 2019

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Echoes of Gord

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This month marks three years since the announcement that Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip had glioblastoma, a terminal brain cancer.This week, Dr Brian Goldman talks to two people who were profoundly affected by Gord Downie and his illness: Dr James Perry, the Sunnybrook neuro-oncologist who treated Downie and Denis Raymond, an Ottawa social worker and teacher who also has GBM.

May 10 2019

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Measles: How did we get here? Bonus Podcast

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In this bonus podcast Dr. Goldman speaks to Donald G. McNeil Jr. a New York Times science reporter who unpacks how New York City ended up declaring a public health emergency over the measles, as well as revealing the factors at play in a worldwide resurgence of the disease.

Apr 11 2019

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Prescription for loneliness

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White Coat Black Art looks at ways of dealing with loneliness in seniors. We visit roommates Cara Duncan, 23 and Lesly Adamson, 92. Dr. Mayur Lakhani, a family doctor and president of Britain's Royal College of General Practitioners, talks about the social prescribing expert in his office who guides his patients to local community activities. Dr. Helen Kingston, another U.K. doctor, tells Brian about the Compassionate Frome Project, a plan to treat lonely patients in her hometown of Frome.

Apr 18 2019

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Dr May Cohen: “You have to be prepared to stand up and fight.”

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Dr. May Cohen is a member of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame and an Officer of the Order of Canada. Early in her career as a family doctor, Dr. Cohen fought for legal access to abortion, which she saw as a fundamental part of women’s health. She tells Dr. Brian Goldman about her experiences seeing a woman die after seeking an illegal abortion, and that the fight for women's right and access to safe abortion is never over.

Jun 14 2019

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Palliative care team helps the homeless die 'with dignity.' A healing circle helps them grieve

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After a homeless woman died of breast cancer, the doctors, nurses and shelter workers who helped to ease her final days gathered to remember her.

Mar 08 2019

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The dissident doctor who put women and children first

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You may not know Dr. Michael Klein's name, but if you've had a child in the past 30 years, he may have played a key role in how that baby came into the world. Klein was a pioneer in pushing the medical system to put the needs of mothers and babies first -- including exposing the fact that the episiotomy, a once-routine procedure performed on mothers giving birth was doing more harm than good. Brian speaks to him about his new memoir: Dissident Doctor: Catching Babies and Challenging the Medical Status Quo, and finds out how Klein's past as a Vietnam draft deserter whose father was blacklisted in the McCarthy era, led him to a revolutionary career in medicine. (Perhaps you've heard of his daughter...Naomi?)

Jun 29 2019

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The grieving circle: letting health care workers be human

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After a homeless woman died of breast cancer, the doctors, nurses and shelter workers who helped to ease her final days gathered to remember her.

Jul 12 2019

27mins

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CBD AMA

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Dr Brian Goldman pulls back the curtain of hype to examine the facts around CBD. He visits a medical cannabis clinic in Hamilton and finds out how easy it is to get CBD and who is taking it. Then two experts answer listeners' questions about CBD: Maddie Brown, an Ottawa-based medical cannabis consultant and a registered practical nurse; and M-J Milloy, a professor of cannabis science at the University of British Columbia.

Sep 06 2019

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Jay's tablet

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Jay DesMazes is bedridden with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). extremely limited movement; Using only eye movement and an ipad, DesMazes assembles words one letter at a time. Through his tablet, Jay tells Dr Brian Goldman about his life and abuse he received at the hands of nurses and health care staff.

Oct 25 2019

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The measles comeback

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Dr. Brian Goldman looks at the global spread of measles, what it means to Canadians, and how we went from believing the disease was cornered to a crisis point in less than 2 years. Brian speaks to Jayda Kelsall, an Ottawa cancer patient with up-to-date vaccines, who contracted the disease on a trip to the UK, and New York Times "plagues and pestilences" reporter, Donald G. McNeil Jr., who has traced the origins of the current outbreak in New York, and the resurgence of measles around the world.

Apr 12 2019

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Mothering, not morphine best treatment for babies born with opioid addiction

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Rooming in allows mothers who are dependent on opioids to bond with newborns experiencing withdrawal, a practice that research says is as effective as putting the infants in the NICU and giving them small doses of morphine.

Oct 31 2019

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A meaningful life

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Elizabeth Rathbun is one of more than 77,000 Canadians who live with Multiple Sclerosis. She shares her 30-year journey with the disease, and offers insight into what it's like to live with MS, and into the health-care system.

Feb 08 2019

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Poet, peer support worker and advocate: How Amy Willans remade her life after a mental illness diagnosis

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Amy Willans was a driven 22-year old nursing student, and a member of Canada's national precision skating team who was dating a university quarterback when she was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. Amy suffered from debilitating depression, delusions and paranoia, to the point where she had to be repeatedly hospitalized. This week, the published poet and acclaimed peer support worker from Edmonton talks to Dr. Brian Goldman about her journey to recovery and how she dealt with the stigma
ttached to the disease she's lived with for more than 20 years. The show features some of her original poetry.

Aug 03 2019

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How one doctor fought her bullies and won

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Halifax cardiologist Dr. Gabrielle Horne spent 14 years fighting to restore her reputation after she was bullied and bad-mouthed by supervisors when she was an up-and-coming researcher. She was eventually awarded the largest settlement in Canada for loss of reputation. While her story is extraordinary, it's not isolated. Recent Canadian surveys reveal 60% of medical students and 75% of residents report being harassed, intimidated or personally mistreated by someone in authority. This week White Coat, Black Art explores why doctors bully and what it will take to change the culture that allows it to happen, with insights from both Dr. Horne and lawyer Valerie Wise, who represents both doctors and their employers in disputes

May 03 2019

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A doctor takes on her bullies....and wins

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Halifax cardiologist Dr. Gabrielle Horne spent 14 years fighting to restore her reputation after she was bullied and bad-mouthed by supervisors when she was an up-and-coming researcher. She was eventually awarded the largest settlement in Canada for loss of reputation. While her story is extraordinary, it's not isolated. Recent Canadian surveys reveal 60% of medical students and 75% of residents report being harassed, intimidated or personally mistreated by someone in authority. This week White Coat, Black Art explores why doctors bully and what it will take to change the culture that allows it to happen, with insights from both Dr. Horne and lawyer Valerie Wise, who represents both doctors and their employers in disputes.

Aug 17 2019

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'It was terrifying': Teen who collapsed after vaping is now sounding the alarm to her peers

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E-cigarettes were heralded as a means to help adult smokers quit. But a recent Health Canada survey found nearly one in four students in grades 7 to 12 have vaped. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, 47 people have died and nearly 2300 cases of vape-related damage have been documented this year. This week we talk to a Halifax teen who tells us how she and her friends started vaping, and how she ended up being treated by paramedics after routinely vaping the equivalent of 2.5 packs of cigarettes a day. Health authorities are not required to track those cases, but incidents involving much more serious lung damage have been reported, including the case of a US teen who required a double lung transplant. Dr. Hassan Nemeh, the surgeon who did that operation tells us what he saw, and what he thinks public health authorities should do.

Nov 29 2019

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Certain she was 'bound to die in addiction,' this mum is now drug-free thanks to mother-child rehab program

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Quebec-based residential treatment program helps mothers build their confidence and skills as a parent

Nov 22 2019

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From victims to advocates

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Dr Brian Goldman takes an unflinching look at how medicine has treated people with developmental disabilities, and what's being done to remedy the cruelty of the past.

Nov 15 2019

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Mind on Fire: A Memoir of Madness and Recovery

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Award-winning Irish author and playwright Arnold Thomas Fanning sits down with Dr. Brian Goldman to discuss his new book Mind on Fire: A Memoir of Madness and Recovery.

Nov 07 2019

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Inuit babies ‘don't have a lobby’: Doctor petitions to expand use of palivizumab against respiratory virus

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A petition based on research by Dr. Anna Banerji is calling for Nunavut to expand the use of an antibody to all Inuit babies to protect them against a contagious respiratory virus. But the territory’s health department says it needs “conclusive evidence” to change its policy.

Nov 01 2019

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Mothering, not morphine best treatment for babies born with opioid addiction

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Rooming in allows mothers who are dependent on opioids to bond with newborns experiencing withdrawal, a practice that research says is as effective as putting the infants in the NICU and giving them small doses of morphine.

Oct 31 2019

29mins

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Jay's tablet

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Jay DesMazes is bedridden with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). extremely limited movement; Using only eye movement and an ipad, DesMazes assembles words one letter at a time. Through his tablet, Jay tells Dr Brian Goldman about his life and abuse he received at the hands of nurses and health care staff.

Oct 25 2019

26mins

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Food as Medicine: Some doctors are prescribing a plant based diet to address a host of health ailments

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Tofurkey anyone? Two doctors in rural Newfoundland are teaching locals what they need to know about switching to a plant based diet. It's a win-win for their patients who ditch cod and salt beef in favour of tofu and broccoli. Not only are they losing excess pounds, they are also regaining their health.

Oct 11 2019

26mins

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Mentioning the unmentionable

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We’re making mention of the common yet often unmentionable problem: pelvic floor dysfunction. Close to 40% of older women are affected by pelvic floor disorders.

Oct 04 2019

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Crisis in Caregiving

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Canada’s healthcare system is maxed out. In response, 8.1 million Canadians have stepped into the breach to care for ageing family members and loved ones who are chronically-ill or disabled. That allows many with complex care needs to remain in their homes longer. But it's taking a toll. Donna Thomson is a caregiver advocate and co-author of the new book "The Unexpected Journey of Caring." She says families are reaching a breaking point. "There's a big difference between shopping for your mother every once in a while and setting up tube feeds and ventilators. The type of nursing families are expected to take on today is unprecedented and there is no upper limit." She cared for her mother until she died at the age of 96 as well as her son, who has cerebral palsy. During this election many caregivers are calling for a national senior's strategy that recognizes the work caregivers do, and which offers them meaningful support. How politicians respond will sway their votes, says Dr. Samir Sinha. As the head of Geriatrics at Mount Sinai hospital in Toronto, he says we are in a crisis of caregiving. He's talks to Dr. Goldman about why caregiving needs to be a priority on the election agenda and what caregivers most need from their government.

Sep 27 2019

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The Trouble with Lyme Disease

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Lyme Disease is on the rise in Canada. Despite this, it's not well understood by many physicians and the chronic version of the tick-borne disease remains a controversial diagnosis, making it difficult for patients to get treatment. In this edition, we hear from a a Kemptville, Ont.mother whose toddler got Lyme Disease this summer, medical experts on all sides of the issue as well as Jane Bailey, a Nova Scotia woman who had to leave Canada and spend $50,000 for treatment in the U.S. She's part of a vocal patient movement that's demanding more recognition of Chronic Lyme Disease and more aggressive treatment, which goes beyond the guidelines widely accepted in the medical community. At the heart of the issue is a difference of opinion between medical experts who take very different views of the disease. Dr. Brian Goldman unpacks how the so-called "Lyme Wars" developed and what can be done to help patients who've been caught in the middle.

Sep 23 2019

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How med schools are finding more diverse students

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Seeking a new generation of doctors who may connect with their patients better because they come from similar financial and social backgrounds.

Sep 12 2019

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CBD AMA

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Dr Brian Goldman pulls back the curtain of hype to examine the facts around CBD. He visits a medical cannabis clinic in Hamilton and finds out how easy it is to get CBD and who is taking it. Then two experts answer listeners' questions about CBD: Maddie Brown, an Ottawa-based medical cannabis consultant and a registered practical nurse; and M-J Milloy, a professor of cannabis science at the University of British Columbia.

Sep 06 2019

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Part-time doctors defend their work: 'It doesn't make us any less valuable'

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Not a lot of doctors expect to work part-time while in the throes of a demanding medical school education. But more are choosing to do so after they graduate. It's estimated that 15 percent of Canadian doctors work part-time. Some do it because they want to, others need to, as a means of coping with stress that's inherent in the job This week, Dr. Brian Goldman speaks with two part-time doctors who explain their choice.

Aug 30 2019

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Life with MS: Challenges, losses, but also purpose and 'deep joy'

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Elizabeth Rathbun is one of more than 77,000 Canadians who live with multiple sclerosis. She shares her 30-year journey with the disease and offers insight into what it's like to live with MS and the health-care system.

Aug 23 2019

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A doctor takes on her bullies....and wins

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Halifax cardiologist Dr. Gabrielle Horne spent 14 years fighting to restore her reputation after she was bullied and bad-mouthed by supervisors when she was an up-and-coming researcher. She was eventually awarded the largest settlement in Canada for loss of reputation. While her story is extraordinary, it's not isolated. Recent Canadian surveys reveal 60% of medical students and 75% of residents report being harassed, intimidated or personally mistreated by someone in authority. This week White Coat, Black Art explores why doctors bully and what it will take to change the culture that allows it to happen, with insights from both Dr. Horne and lawyer Valerie Wise, who represents both doctors and their employers in disputes.

Aug 17 2019

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The Hospital Food Fix

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Bland, boring...and beige. It's how a lot of patients describe the meals they've been served in hospitals. But there's a serious side to those gripes. Dr. Goldman speaks to Joshna Maharaj (Josh-nuh MUH-huh-raj) a chef and food activist who has helped to overhaul menus in hospital kitchens and cafeterias, taking them from what she calls "miserable monochrome" to locally sourced and delicious. Dr. Goldman also visits the Childern's Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa where they are tackling picky-eater syndrome among their young patients by offering room service. And we drop in on a cooking class where the chefs are future physicians from the University of Toronto medical school, who are making a hands-on connection between good food and good health.

Aug 10 2019

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Poet, peer support worker and advocate: How Amy Willans remade her life after a mental illness diagnosis

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Amy Willans was a driven 22-year old nursing student, and a member of Canada's national precision skating team who was dating a university quarterback when she was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. Amy suffered from debilitating depression, delusions and paranoia, to the point where she had to be repeatedly hospitalized. This week, the published poet and acclaimed peer support worker from Edmonton talks to Dr. Brian Goldman about her journey to recovery and how she dealt with the stigma
ttached to the disease she's lived with for more than 20 years. The show features some of her original poetry.

Aug 03 2019

27mins

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Going flat

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Joanna Rankin was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 32. She had a double mastectomy and then breast reconstruction. Her implant surgery was plagued with infection and complications, and ended with an emergency removal of one of her implants. Joanna ultimately decided to give up the entire implant procedure and go flat. Edmonton journalist Alex Zabjek who has been a friend of Joanna's since they were children, tells the story in a documentary. Host Dr Brian Goldman talks to Dr Angel Arnaout, a Surgical Oncologist at Ottawa Hospital who explains why cancer surgery and breast reconstruction are so closely entwined, both in medical procedure and in our culture.

Jul 26 2019

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Defying limits in space and healthcare

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Canadian astronaut and ER physician Dave Williams speaks to Dr. Brian Goldman about what it took for him to achieve success. As he recounts in his book "Defying Limits: Lessons from the Edge of the Universe" he almost dropped out of school and didn't become a doctor. And at each stage of his life he faced challenges that he had to overcome to achieve success. Learning from failure he says is the key to success.

Jul 19 2019

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