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End of Omega

It once held a position of highest esteem
as the alpha and omega of supplements.

Thrown at you as omegas three, six, nine
until the six and nine got slightly tarnished.

Now it’s down with omega three, last star
still shining in the heart-supporting trinity.

Kicked in the pants for its encouragement
of prostate cancer. Take it and it looks like

you both win and lose and who can predict
what gets fingered as the next huge threat

to your health? Will they ever be finished?
Get prostate cancer fighters right for once?

Come clean and confess there may be none?
Declare every single supplement a misuse?

Meanwhile till their guns blaze again, back
you go to curcumin and pomegranate juice.


The Walnut - September, 2013

The big news, aside from it being Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, is it’s also election time.

The campaigns are done, the politicking and verbal sparring, too. Come out to the association’s elections on Sept. 19 and vote.

Even vote more than once. We won’t tell.

Members Meeting, 17 October 2013

7:30 Steering committee members Lionel Burns and Eddie Acheson summarized the PCRI conference they recently attended in Los Angeles. Here's their presentation:

Members Meeting, 19 September 2013

Dr. Morrison thanked by Chuck Graham, PCCN Ottawa

Several new people volunteered to help out.

Dr. Tricia Morrison described two studies at The Ottawa Hospital—one on Lymphedema by Dr. Roanne Thomas, and her own on The Experiences of Work During and Following Cancer. Slide decks describing these two studies are available for viewing or download, below.

Member Meeting, 15 August 2013

Informal gathering to get to know each other, talk about our experiences.

Questions to ask your Doctor

The following is a partial list of questions (suggested by PCCN Toronto) that you might want to ask your doctor. Some of them may not apply to your situation and there may be others that you want to ask. Take your list to your appointment and if possible, take someone with you or record the consultation.

A Real Holiday

Those glossy dazzling travel brochures
never do it for me. They always drumbeat
exotic cruises, faraway islands, big cities.
Mountains of cheap travel destinations.
a trip to be remembered for your lifetime.

Not quite what I want. So here I sit staring
at my baffled travel agent and demanding
a booklet on PSA escapes. A real holiday!
No requisition forms and no blood samples.
No doctor appointments. No PSA numbers.

And how long would you like to get away?
Easy, I shout, a few months, maybe a year.
My travel agent looks me straight in the eye.
Why that’s bloody irresponsible! Think of it.
You could do serious damage to your health!

As our tantrums fade, she agrees to help me.
Give me your medical emergency numbers.
We need to plan. Sure, I say, here they are.
She vanishes and returns with her cellphone.
It’s your doctor and he wants to talk to you.

Member Meeting, 18 July 2013

Informal gathering to get to know each other, talk about our experiences.


The Walnut - July and August, 2013

Summertime and the living is easy...

Please note that this issue is for both July and August.

The Walnut’s editorial stiffs, er, staff are bound by union rules not to do anything constructive for two months. Mind you, some would say this is a consistent theme.

Have a wonderful and restful summer. See you in September! (Wasn’t that a song, too?)


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