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A Cancer Memoir that (Mostly) Gets It Right

I have rarely read a book that inspired so many different reactions, in such quick succession, as Heather King’s new memoir Stripped: At the Intersection of Cancer, Culture, and Christ. On one page, I would be nodding in recognition with gratitude for such skilled descriptions of what it feels like to confront our bodily frailties, [Read More...]

Not All Pain is Gain

Not all pain is gain. Pain is not always fixable. This is the truth. But it is not a hopeless truth.

The Problem with the Honey-and-Cinnamon (& Every Other) Miracle Cure

A post making the Facebook rounds claims that “a mix of honey and cinnamon cures most diseases.” Mix honey and cinnamon together and your arthritis pain will vanish, your lost hearing will be restored, the flu virus ravaging your body will be killed, and your eczema and ringworm will disappear! I know I should ignore [Read More...]

What We Can and Can’t Know About Our Babies Before They are Born

In using genetic screening to ensure that our baby would not inherit my painful bone condition, we understood that we could not control everything. But we could control this.

[Me & My Naturopath] On Being Unfixable in a World Obsessed with Fixing

A few weeks ago, I took a detour from my naturopathy focus to go see my orthopedist. My right knee (which I still thought of as my “good” knee, because unlike the other knee, it has never needed surgery) had become very painful, and I wante...

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