You Say Naturopathic, I Say Naturopathic

I’d been involved in naturopathic medicine, as a student, a clinician, a professor, and a conference attendee for almost a decade before I noticed it. I was listening to a talk by Joseph Pizzorno at CCNM about gastrointestinal health and detoxification, and one of the things I found most striking wasn’t the content of his presentation (as great as it was) but his pronunciation of the word “naturopathy.” At first I assumed it was pronounced differently in the US – this hypothesis seemed plausible enough. But it dawned on me that I had heard this pronunciation before by Canadians too, but only by a handful of NDs who graduated in the 80s. And then I considered the semiotic implications. […]

By |September 25th, 2011|Philosophy|2 Comments
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Nature in the City

Last Sunday, K’s agenda for the day was to move Ducky from the bathtub to a pond. Despite Ducky’s existence as a phthalate-free bath toy, I couldn’t disagree with K when he stated that ducks actually live in ponds not in bathtubs, so we trucked out to the Evergreen Brick Works to bring Ducky to […]

By |August 19th, 2011|Nature & Culture, Philosophy|2 Comments


A couple of weeks ago, I was catching up with a friend, sitting on the lawn of Osgoode Hall, enjoying the shade of a maple tree and good conversation. We were talking about the practical philosophy course I teach at the college and a concept that often comes up in class – balance – balance between professional and personal, but also balance within one’s self. As a healthcare practitioner, striving for balance proves ever more salient when thinking about the proverb “physician, heal thyself.” So when she asked me, “What do you do for self-care?,” I could have cheekily answered that I plan lunch dates with friends that include some amount of time connecting with nature, even in downtown Toronto.

The truth is I haven’t always been as good as I’d like to be at taking care of myself. […]

By |July 13th, 2011|Philosophy|1 Comment