My Soapbox: Opinions and Editorials

As I developed this blog, I started to find it more an more difficult to stay “objective” and more and more my own opinions starting to colour the posts. I make no aplogies for this, but thogt it would be useful to try to segregate these posts from the “regular” blog posts.

This is no doubt a bit of a moot point – I have not shied away from opinions in ANY post – but this section has the ones that I consider to be mostly “editorializing”.

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Allowing Fear to Dictate Cancer Treatment Decisions

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  Last week saw the publication of a study on ductal carcinoma in situ. It engendered a lot of mixed messages as I wrote about here.  Following on from that study, also last week (August 27, 2015) the New York Times published an Op-Ed piece from Dr. Lisa Rosenbaum entitled, Let Fear Guide Early Stage Breast-Cancer Decisions. A version of this same article was printed in the New York edition with a similar, but slightly …

     

And We Wonder Why Patients Get Confused…

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How often have we heard people lament about the inherent contradictions in cancer research? How often do people throw up their arms and say “I don’t know what to believe anymore”. Too many people harbour the feeling that whatever some study shows today will be contradicted by a study published next month and so on and so on. What too many folks fail to appreciate is that this is actually science and research working as …

     

Sparking the Imaginations of the Next Generation of Scientists

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Did you know that there is a Canadian educational CHARITY that has the largest student reach of ANY youth education organization, museum or science centre in Canada? And that it has been a going concern for over 25 years? And that over that period of time it has reached over SIX MILLION students right in their own elementary school classrooms? I am talking about Scientists in School, which may well be the very best Canadian …

     

Pay No Attention to that (Dr.) Oz Behind the Curtain

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Almost two years ago on these very pages I wrote about Dr. Mehmet Oz and how I felt that his celebrity, and the incessant need to ‘feed’ that celebrity, was driving him into quackery and snake oil sales. I was scarcely alone in this view – one has but to Google “Dr. Oz huckster” or similar term to see that most of us who believe in science and evidence are not among Dr. Oz’s huge …

     

Scientists in School: A Wonderful Charity You Need to Know More About

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From time to time I have written a post that is not strictly about cancer or cancer research. This is one of those times. I have written blog posts in the past talking about some very smart and incredibly inspiring and creative kids into whose hands the torch of future (cancer and other) research will no doubt pass. I wrote about Jack Andraka for example and about Adam Noble both of whom tell us that keeping …

     

Dr. Robert Bell to Become Ontario’s New Deputy Minister of Health

Earlier this week I was very surprised, yet extremely pleased, to learn that Dr. Robert Bell, President and CEO of the Toronto-based University Health Network (UHN) was going to become Ontario’s next Deputy Minister of Health. On March 26, 2014 Bob posted the following public message about this appointment/transition on his UHN site: Although it would be disingenuous of me to suggest that we are close friends, I have known Bob for over 20 years …