Music soothes the injured brain

In treating Canadian soldiers returning from the First World War with psychological wounds, British musician Margaret Anderton discovered music does indeed have “charms to soothe the savage breast.” “Wood instruments,” she observed, “are particularly potent for a certain kind of war-neurosis because of their penetrating, sustained tone.” Anderton went on to teach the first...
  • The Sun Also Heals

    March 1, 2008 by Sharon Adams
    – ILLUSTRATION: ©Margaret Lee/www.i2iart.com Ancient Greeks used to pray to Apollo, the sun god, to stop epidemics and cure diseases. Turns out they weren’t far wrong: sunlight is vital to human health, as modern Canadians have learned to our cost. For a whole generation—on doctors’...
  • A Shot of Prevention

    January 1, 2008 by Sharon Adams
    Flu Shot Scott Page January can be the cruellest month north of the 49th parallel; it is the height of the flu season, during which up to one in four Canadians will get sick. Influenza and resulting bacterial infections kill roughly 6,700 Canadians each year...
  • Pets Liven Up New Veterans Residence

    November 6, 2007 by Tom MacGregor
    PHOTO: TOM MacGREGOR Staff and residents of the Kipnes Centre enjoy visiting Ramsay, one of two trained miniature ponies at the centre. Veterans in the new Dianne and Irving Kipnes Centre for Veterans in Edmonton may have trouble explaining to their families that there is...
  • ILLUSTRATION: SHARIF TARABAY It was Canada Day Eve, a special night for the soldiers at the main Canadian Forces Base in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Master Bombardier Bounyarattanaphon Makthepharak, fresh out of the shower after one of his gruelling gym workouts, was sitting down with his buddies...
  • The Quiet Fight: Retired Warrant Officer Terri Orser

    November 6, 2007 by Natalie Salat
    ILLUSTRATION: SHARIF TARABAY Retired Warrant Officer Terri Orser. “I didn’t tell anybody–for a long time. I was diagnosed way back when it was so taboo…. But I had it before that. I just didn’t know it.” As Terri Orser talks about getting diagnosed with post-traumatic...
  • The Quiet Fight: Testing The New Charter

    November 6, 2007 by Natalie Salat
    PHOTO: NATALIE SALAT Legion service officer Gerry Finlay, in Edmonton. It’s still early days in the life of the New Veterans Charter, but some initial assessments have crystallized since the government’s overhaul of veterans’ benefits and services took effect April 1, 2006. Reviews so far...
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