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Medical Article: Viagra- The Happiest of All Happy Accidents?


Did you know that the discovery of Pfizer’s erectile-dysfunction drug Viagra was an accident? While testing a drug that expanded blood cells in the chest to relieve chest pain back in 1991, some patients reported getting erections as a side effect — enough of them that clinical researcher Ian Osterloh decided that this intriguing result merited more study, despite opposition from Pfizer’s staunchly conservative upper management, legislators, the medical establishment, and even the Catholic Church.

As David Kushner reports at Esquire, after getting approval from the FDA, the team wooed urologists to get the little blue pill into the hands of men the world over, making Pfizer a potent profit along the way.

In fact, it’s a miracle that it ever came to be at all. In addition to the people within Pfizer who were in an uproar over the “dick pill,” four major groups began rallying against…

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Cultural Genocide: Canada’s Indigenous “Boarding Schools” – commentary

The Most Revolutionary Act

Canada’s Darkest Secret

Al Jazeera (2017)

Film Review

This documentary concerns Canada’s infamous “boarding schools,” a program for indigenous Canadian children started in 1876 by Canada’s first prime minister John McDonald. Under this system, native children were forcibly removed (and in some cases kidnapped) from their families to attend religious boarding schools. The goal was to forcibly totally separate the children’s from their families’ native language and culture.

The government wanted access to mineral deposits on treaty lands. Rather than going to war with their indigenous population, they stole their children to extinguish them as communities and nations.

The last boarding school closed in 1996.

Most of the film consists of interviews with boarding school survivors. They talk of being forbidden to speak their native language, harsh beatings for minor infractions, a continuous diet of mushy oatmeal, lack of heating in winter and frequent sexual abuse. The death rate for…

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Child Abuse v Discipline—The Inference and The Difference – By Yvonne Sam

By Yvonne Sam

Each and every child has rights, the chief of which is the right to be respected.  Another such right is the one not to be abused. Do not get me wrong for I am not saying spare the rod, nor am I saying that discipline is unnecessary.  I am merely making the inference to point out the difference between discipline and abuse. Parents and caregivers had better grasp the inference and learn the difference, or they could find themselves becoming unwilling residents of the big house.

There are some who would immediately respond by saying “my parents beat me and I turned out OK”. And others may be saying “I got a fine cut tail and I did not die”. What I am simply saying is that you may have been abused, or damaged yet never knew it?      Continue reading

CANGO – Canada-Guyana Outreach Mission to Guyana – Report for October 19. 2018

October 19 at 10:24 PMThis Report has been prepared by CANGO

Yvonne, Cyril and Judy – part of the organizing team, have arrived safely in Guyana. Thanks to Roxanne Reece, Lawrence Kanhai, Anna French, Nadine Hing and the staff and crew at Fly Jamaica for helping us transport the wheelchairs, IV pole and numerous bags for the mission. We had a small glitch with customs when we arrived in Guyana, but eventually everything sorted itself out and after a few hours were transported to Georgetown accompanied by Delroy from the Ministry of P

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Notice : Limited Website Entries from October 20- November 9, 2018.

  • NOTICE: I will be on assignment with  CANGO – Canada Guyana Medical Outreach Mission in Guyana from October 20 to  November 9, 2018. Blog Entries and mail-outs will be limited during that period.


CanGo – Canada-Guyana Outreach Mission – 2017 Report

Canada-Guyana Outreach Mission Health Care for Guyana    2017 REPORT FEBRUARY TRIP TO GUYANA 2017 was a very busy year for Canada-Guyana Outreach Mission (CanGO).  In February, I traveled to Guyana to conclude some unfinished business with the Guyana Revenue Agency and to make dental arrangements for the children who will be having surgery in […]


Canada becomes second country to legalise recreational marijuana – BBC News

Customers Nikki Rose (centre) and Ian Power (right) with Canopy Growth CEO Bruce Linton (left) at Tweed in St John's Newfoundland, 17 October 2018

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Image captionNikki Rose (centre) and Ian Power (right) were the first to buy legal cannabis at Tweed in St. John’s Newfoundland, just after midnight on Wednesday

Canada has become the second country after Uruguay to legalise possession and use of recreational cannabis.

The nationwide market for cannabis opened on Wednesday at midnight amid lingering questions about the impact on health, the law and public safety.

Information has been sent to 15m households about the new laws and public awareness campaigns.  But there remain concerns, including about the readiness for police forces to tackle drug impaired driving.


First legal Marijuana sold in Canada at Newfoundland shops – CBC News

First legal “weed” sold in Canada at Newfoundland shops

Canopy Growth CEO Bruce Linton, left, sells the first order of legal marijuana to Ian Power at the Tweed store in downtown St. John’s. (Ted Dillon/CBC)

The first legal recreational cannabis has officially been sold in Canada.

In Newfoundland and parts of Labrador, which has a separate timezone from the rest of Canada, midnight comes earlier, and people were ready and waiting for marijuana to be sold to them over the counter.


Guyana: Questionable medical schools; too many C-Sections for mothers

Leonard Gildarie

Oct 14, 2018 – Kaieteur News – By Leonard Gildarie

What I am about to write will raise the hackles in especially hospitals, but then again that is the idea.

I am hoping that we can spark some debate and a look at the operations of especially our local, privately-owned hospitals. Many of them are getting away with murder.

I was browsing the online news of CNN on Friday and stumbled on a piece headlined “C-section deliveries nearly doubled worldwide since 2000, study finds”.

I was intrigued and then angered. And I will explain why.      Continue reading

Medical Research: Averting Black Fate—-Setting  the Record straight – By Yvonne Sam

Averting Black Fate—-Setting  the Record straight.

By Yvonne Sam

Long history of U. S Blacks being at the receiving end of medical abuse disguised as research.

Currently in modern day America there exists within the Black community an increasing trepidation and wariness with any type of health care provider and especially when they are taking something from the black population. Notably the Tuskegee experiment and other reported abuses against African American have contributed to Black people steering clear of medical research projects

Now in an attempt to overcome this deepening incertitude the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, is if only to reach its goal of gathering a diverse group of participants in South Florida engaged in a massive medical research study called “All of Us.” The latter-mentioned is the service mark of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and is a more vendible and trafficable name for what is known in the medical industry as precision medicine initiative       Continue reading

Caribbean: Jamaica and St. Vincent Join Marijuana Export Sector

St. Vincent to join marijuana export sector


Just about two weeks ago, authorities in Jamaica approved of the island’s first shipment of oil extracted from the increasingly trendy marijuana plant to be exported to markets in Canada paving the way for the island to earn valuable foreign exchange from its latest export product but not all of Jamaica’s neighbors are sitting back and are continuing to treat any engagement with cannabis sativa as criminal activity.

Governments and the medical sectors in Antigua, St. Vincent and others are also moving to develop medical marijuana industries both for local and international consumption.              Continue reading

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