Hope in Medicine Colourblind healthcare A genealogy of healing Sobodu’s Anatomy Racial bias in health care algorithms could be a driver of major disparities affecting Black communities Joy is Power Why History, Finance and Power matter in Medicine The Journey to Recovery To bury or not to bury The Wounds of My Motherland Scar Me Healing our Hearts TRAD VOL.10 Health and Healing Food Is Medicine


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Sobodu’s Anatomy:
An ode to Black Healers

In Health and Healing by Ola Sobodu February 14, 2021

I can imagine a world with no pilots, with no TV producers, with no presidents or prime ministers. But I can not imagine a world without doctors, without healers. Healing has to be one of those things that humans had to figure out very early in our evolution. So when I think about medicine, and being a doctor, I am in awe, that I am on the path to practicing a profession that is as old as humans. Am I even worthy to aspire to this vocation?

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Joy is Power

In Health and Healing by Kermeisha Williams February 14, 2021

The thing about the Negro solstice is that it was never about unlocking new superpowers. It was about cultivating the powers we always had.

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Why History, Finance and Power matter in Medicine

In Health and Healing by Chidinma Nwakalor February 14, 2021

You may have heard the phrase “turning blue”. In the case of a heroin overdose, some people’s skin and lips turn blue-purple due to a lack of oxygen in the blood. The medical term for this is called cyanosis. As I read an article on cyanosis recently, my hand fixed on my textbook, it dawned on me that my brown …

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The Journey to Recovery

In Health and Healing by Jumoke Alafe February 14, 2021

Whether in Mafikeng or in Hamilton, recovery is never easy. For South Africans it means facing national trauma, acknowledging the hurt, and forgiving others, including themselves. In order to build up the next generation and stop the cycle of trauma, the journey to recovery is one we must all take.


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    Healing our Hearts

    In Health and Healing by Lina Elfaki February 14, 2021

    Our heart beats an average of 2.5 billion times during our lifetime! It pumps blood up to our scalp and right down to our pinky toes. We should learn how to take care of it.

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    fate, fire and Somali calendars

    In Time by Sun Sheikh Hussein January 24, 2021

    I smell something burning. At the same time, fresh new snow falls, replacing the rainfall promised by man. There is an ineffable relief that Time keeps going and seasons reign in their spotlight when they are due. You’ll know where you are in time. Time locates the self in a myriad of revolutions tugging back and forth between day and …

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    Predestination and the problem of Freewill in Yoruba mythology.

    In Time by Ebukun G. Ogunyemi January 24, 2021

    The concept of Orí, and its significance to human destiny, within the context of Yorùbá mythology and beliefs, has received attention from African Philosophers and Yorùbá Literary Scholars such as Chief Wande Abimbola, Kola Abimbola, Ebunoluwa O. Oduwole, Oladele Balogun and many others. As Yoruba has expanded past the shores of Ife, expanded into neighboring regions, traveled around the world, …

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    But Where Does The Mummy Go?

    In Time by Sameh Helmy January 24, 2021

    I try very hard not to think of deconstruction. Like my eyes see more than what is not white, what is not Western or what is not material. Though it is necessary to shed what is not useful because, despite what we might think, by the time we’re aware of the world we already have solid notions of it. Life …

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    The Wounds of My Motherland Scar Me:
    A Nigerian-Canadian Perspective on National Trauma

    In Editor's Pick Health and Healing by Noroh Dakim and Sonia Igboanugo February 14, 2021

    Because national trauma is hardly discussed in the context of its effects on diasporans, we often experience a dissonance between the distress we feel as we watch our motherland bleed, and the unspoken message that we should not be as affected because we are far away from home. The lack of validation and under recognition of the impact of national trauma on the wellbeing and mental health of members of the diaspora is a huge disservice and quite frankly harmful.”

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    A most sacred plant

    In Editor's Pick Food by Donisha Prendergast December 20, 2020

    I love ganja, herb, marijuana, cannabis, weed, trees… whatever name the plant goes by in your world. I love everything about it. The colour, the smell, the taste, the texture, what it represents, how useful it is in the world, how it makes me feel, the ceremonious way I encounter it within Rastafari, the space that it brings me to.  …

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    Chapter 7: Why the spider spin’s its web

    In Door of Return Editor's Pick by Ewurama Brew November 8, 2020

    All the curry from her fingers rush into my nose. She was the peppers under her skin, and light as basil. All of her flowed into me as my nose swallowed the scents from her scarf. Her voice summons me to the places in between what is true, and what is possible. The living room became an auditorium, an arena, …


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