This week Brian and Jeremie sit down with Meredith. She is pursuing her Master’s at MSVU in Dietetics and her research revolves around weight bias in healthcare. We touch on the BS of BMI, set weight, intuitive eating and more. More importantly we touch the biases that fat people face in the healthcare system. To quote Meredith, "I can argue until I am blue in the face that fat people can be healthy (which they can!), but sometimes talking about health masks the real issue, which is that people of all sizes deserve respect and fair treatment, regardless of their health status." This is is a conversation made to make you think, but what we hope everyone takes from this one is that language and compassion are everything! For more info check out Merediths blog post over at www.sickboypodcast.com/blog
This week on Sickboy, the guys sit down with Ellie to talk about epilepsy and brain surgeries! They get to the heart of what everybody is wondering: when someone is having a seizure, do you or don't you stick something in their mouth?! And also, is it sadder when an animal is epileptic or a human? Ellie thoughtfully explains the intricacies of brain surgery and neuropsychology assessments and the boys are one step closer to getting their honourary medical degrees!
This week we have something extra special. We sat down with Dina, a palliative care social worker from Montreal, to discuss the gaps in the Canadian health care system. We talk about those who financially fall through the cracks when they or a loved one becomes sick, how the federal government can do better to support those who are vulnerable and steps you can take to feel safe and secure if sh*t hits the fan!
HUGE thank you to MP's Andy Filmore, Darren Fisher and Geoff Regan and to Bionova Executive Director, Scott Moffitt, for sitting in on this important conversation!
Brian, Jer and intern Lauren sit down to discuss the hot topic that is Coronavirus 2020. From the facts to misinformation to the panic induced xenophobia and racism being spread just as fast as the virus. If you take anything from this episode: Wash your hands and don't let children sneeze into your mouth.
We have a new member with us here at Sickboy Podcast! Our homegirl Lauren who has never gotten sick once... ever. *EYEROLL* But she did bust her face wide open falling down a flight of stairs so that's a start. We also talk about topics of the utmost importance in the world of medicine. Hair growing out of eyeballs, a doctor who syphoned pee-pee out of a grown man's penis on a flight (not a kink), and Canada's latest attempt to understand how MAID should be implemented!
Adam was your average hard-working good ol' Nova Scotia boy who grew up in the country and worked heavy machinery. Until one day a small yet unfortunate fall led to a spinal injury that forever changed his life. Chronic pain, 12-hour vomiting fits, internal organ problems, major corrective surgery. Adam has been through hell and back. And although his life will never be the same, he's found solace in his sweet little piggies. We dare you to tune in to this episode and not fall deeply in love with this man.
This week we sit down and chat with KP about their experience with abortion. No matter how many times the topic is covered it still manages to hurt our uterus'. But that phantom pain is NOTHING compared to the sh*t KP faced. We dive deep into next level abortion complications, being gay as a form of birth control (use protection folks), identity issues faced with non-binary people seeking help from the "women's clinic", and all the goodies in a post-abortion gift bag!
Recorded LIVE from the 2019 Bioport Conference at Pier 21 in Downtown Halifax, the fellas sit down with world champion paralympic swimmer Andrew Haley. As a child, Andrew had cancer twice and each time was given a 35% chance to pull through. Although he lost part of his right leg, he never lost his fight. Despite the long odds he fought and won and has used that same fight all his life. Andrew truly believes that anything is possible and shows audiences that with a lot of hard work and determination you can own your destiny.
This week on Sickboy, we sit down with George Kourounis. He is an adventurer, explorer, storm chaser and defier of death. George has made his living by going to the most dangerous places on earth, and catching it all on camera so people like you and I can experience it all from the couch. We talk life, passion, fear and death with one of the most interesting men on the planet.
What is a pelvic floor? What is a kegal? Why would anyone want to have an internal vaginal or rectal exam to explore what is happening with the muscular system within your pelvis? Well, you are about to find out! Stephanie Brown is a pelvic floor physiotherapist and her whole career has been dedicated to treating patients with all manner of issues related to that special area. 5 key functions of the pelvic floor include sphincter control, organ support, core stability, sexual function and blood/lymph flow. Get ready for a hardcore anatomy lesson with someone who knows the inside of vagina's and butt holes very well.
Have you ever thought about what palliative healthcare or end of life care looks like for someone who is homeless? This is Dr. Dosani's life's work. Naheed Dosani is a palliative care physician and the lead behind Palliative Education And Care for the Homeless (PEACH). The Toronto based physician sits down with the fellas to share some hella important stories. Destigmatizing stereotypes that are very real within the medical community. The importance and beauty of relationship-centred care. Perspective on what dying on the street is can be like for some. This episode is essential. What is a life worth? Listen with your ears and hearts wide open.
Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia. Clearly a mouthful for Jeremie. This week we sit down in front of a full house at the Dalhousie Medical School to hear all about Bridgett's experience with her struggles with her own mental health. Derealization and Depersonalization sound way worser than a bad trip in the woods. Always planning for the best exit on the highway sounds maddening. Flying?! Out of the picture - unless it's a seat at the back, a Boeing 737 or Airbus 320 and include a full bar of Xanax. But on the bright side, meditation has been a game-changer.
Ischemic Stroke folks. Say it all together now - ISCHEMIC. This week Sarah Jane tells us all about her brain blood clot that caused her to have a full-blown stroke. What does one do to fix this? Welp... the docs removed a flap out of her skull, stuck it in a freezer and proceeded to tinker on her thinker. After an extended period of time in a Coma, Sarah Jane woke and had a long rough road to recovery. TO top it all off, we might as well throw in a healthy dose of Ulcerative Colitis! With a new sexy raspy voice and a new lease on life this charming Newfoundlander is living her best life and brings the laughs in Sickboy's very first House Show on the road!
Jeremie is finally out of the hospital and gives us a full recap of how his lungs decided to crap out on him while on a small vacation down in Boston. From terrifying his young nurse to full-on anxiety attacks to the nasty sounds of Picc lines there are tons of things to dig into. Then the fellas have a very real and very important conversation with Kim Steele -director of government and community relations from CF Canada - about Trikafta, a new disease-modifying therapy that treats the most common CF genetic mutation. This life-changing med exists, but to get it in the hands of Canadians who need it is a challenge, to say the least.
Ever heard of Lipodystrophy? If the answer is no, we aren't surprised. It is a VERY rare disorder. Lipodystrophy refers to a medical problem where there is an abnormal distribution of fat in the body. Doesn't sound like a huge deal, but trust, it's no walk in the park. As our guest this week, Sonia, puts it "You're about to open pandora's box". We learn how this bizarre disorder comes with a ton of comorbidities - liver failure, heart failure and beyond. A disorder so intense that it took both Sonia's mother and sister's life. Sonia is still kicking though and killing it!
The boys are hungover and Jeremie has completely lost his voice (and is likely at the beginning of developing the nasty pneumonia that took him out a couple of weeks ago.) But that won't stop them from shooting the shit with their new friend Kae about life with Muscular Dystrophy. From owning your illness to the lack of accessibility we deeply explore what life is like for a young woman who is progressively losing her physical independence and living life to the fullest while she's at it!
Remember Adam? He was on the show back in May. He had no pulse. He had a machine pumping blood through his body. He needed a heart....bad.
This week he's back, live from Calgary, Alberta...and he's got a brand new heart! Let's talk about it.
This week on Sickboy, the guys sit down with New York Times bestselling author, Neil Pasricha, to chat about life, positivity, perspective and RESILIENCE.
"We are lucky. For most of us, famine, plague, economic depression, and other life-threatening catastrophes are the stuff of history books. We’re living in an era with the highest-ever rates of longevity, education, and wealth. Cars drive us home as our phones entertain us before we arrive to food delivered to the front door. We have it all!
But there’s just one side effect. We no longer have the tools to handle failure...or even perceived failure. When we fall, we lie on the sidewalk crying. When we spill, we splatter. When we crack, we shatter.
We are turning into an army of porcelain dolls.
A rude email from the boss means calling in sick. Only two likes on our post means we don’t have friends. Cell phones show us we’re never good enough. Yesterday’s butterflies are tomorrow’s panic attacks. Record numbers of students have clinical anxiety. And what about depression, loneliness, and suicide?
What do we desperately need to learn?
RESILIENCE. And we need to learn it fast."
We explore this and many other ideas in this incredibly thoughtful and eye-opening conversation with our new best friend, Neil Pasricha.
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This week on Sickboy we sit down with Stormy in front of a live audience at the Rio Theatre in Vancouver! If you've ever been wondering what Jenga, Starbucks, and brain bleeds have in common, than this is the conversation you've been waiting for! We dive into the challenges of living with seizures and a serious connective tissue disorder, all while trying to keep Stormy from turning into a total bro. Did we succeed? You decide.
This week we cap off our Vancouver studio recordings with a very special guest. Anonymous Poet and New York Times best selling author Atticus. We spend an hour talking about tapping into our creative side as a form of therapy. The shift in views on male vulnerability. Social media's effect on society and much more!
Check out Atticus' new book The Truth About Magic on sale now.
Meaghan's life has been consumed by Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Wracked with anxiety her life has been a rollercoaster to say the least! Sitting down with a few dumb dumbs from Halifax on a podcast for tens of thousands doesn't help. Whenever she "screws up" she must "reset". From throwing out all of her belongings to deleting her email address and starting a new one to avoiding social situations and dating her illness is a massive mountain to climb. Meaghan was admitted at an OCD clinic (at the same hospital as seen on Girl Interrupted) where her OCD scored a 40/40 in terms of severity. Yikes.
We've landed in Vancouver and we learn all about the world of Neurofibromatosis Type 1 with Alison! A curious little genetic disease full of fascinating symptoms. Babies with swollen tongues and oversized heads. Coffee stained skin. Bulging/blind eyes. Shrinking brain tumours. Alison has been through it all! But it doesn't keep her from having a radical sense of humour!
Ankylosing Spondylitis set Katie on a life path that she never would have imagined. She developed her arthritis at 19. Something that a lot of us may not realize but, young people get arthritis and it can be super serious shit. This week we learn about the adventures of an archeologist, that arthritis is like... 100 different types of illnesses, how to turn a crying baby off (spoiler alert, it has to do with warm milk straight from the source) and how diet can seriously change a person's life.
A hurricane blew away our abilities to publish an episode for a few days but now that life is getting back to normal let's dive into a hypochondriac inducing, hella confusing, mega-complex diagnosis. Mast Cell Activation Syndrome is an absolute shit show. And that doesn't even begin to describe how tough it was for Angela to get diagnosed! Finish off your storm chip rations and put on your thinking caps. This week is a doozy.
#basicbrian. Be sure to include the hashtag on your insta story. THIS WEEK we go deep into the world of depression and anxiety with our new friend Heather. Having a baby is a lot. Having a baby and sinking deep into the depths of postpartum is a lot more. Heather has struggled for years and had a few close calls with attempts of taking her own life. Thankfully she's still with us and is making a difference within her community by spreading awareness and tearing down stigma around mental health!