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Common Surveillance Tactics Used by Insurance Companies

Common Surveillance Tactics Used by Insurance Companies

If you’ve filed a claim for long-term disability, you may be wondering if the insurance company will begin spying on you to make sure your claim is legitimate. The short answer is that maybe they will, but there is a lot more to it than simply spying on those who submit claims.  Insurance companies do have to battle fraud, though oftentimes their surveillance findings are incomplete or biased. And although undercover surveillance may seem unethical, it is actually legal if performed correctly. In an effort to protect yourself, it’s essential to know what the most...
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What does Joker have to say about mental illness?

What does Joker have to say about mental illness?

Joaquin Phoenix has received nearly universal acclaim for his award-winning turn as Arthur Fleck – aka the Joker – in one of the most talked-about movies of 2019. Under the direction of Todd Phillips, Joker showed audiences how an aspiring stand-up comic slowly grew into the titular supervillain after a long struggle with mental illness. Yet despite the warm response to Phoenix’s performance, the reception to the film itself has been far more uneven. That’s particularly true with regards to Joker’s controversial depiction of mental health. Fans of the film view it as an...
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The Dangerous Pseudoscience of The Goop Lab

The Dangerous Pseudoscience of The Goop Lab

Since Gwyneth Paltrow started Goop in her kitchen in 2008 – it began as a newsletter – the actress, celebrity, and self-proclaimed health guru has come under serious scrutiny for the practices she preaches. From NASA healing stickers and apitherapy to $15,000 24-karat gold vibrators and vaginal steaming, Paltrow has made some outrageous claims about what you need to live a “healthier”, and overall better life. At the heart of Paltrow’s intentions seems to be the desire to help people, women specifically, get more in touch with their bodies and their power....
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Post-Settlement – Life After Post-Concussion Syndrome

Post-Settlement – Life After Post-Concussion Syndrome

When Sara, 40, slipped on the ice last winter while skating with her family, she hit her head. She blacked out for a few seconds and woke up feeling dizzy and nauseated. Her family took her to the emergency department where they ran some tests and found out that she had a concussion. It didn’t seem too serious at first, so she pushed herself to get back to her normal routine almost immediately. Within a day she was getting violently ill at work, suffering splitting headaches, and often lost track of what she was saying mid-sentence. She had developed post-concussion...
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Keeping Up With The Kardashians and Disability in Television

Keeping Up With The Kardashians and Disability in Television

There’s a long history of problematic representation of persons with disabilities in film and television. From being portrayed as villainous or helpless (see Darth Vader and Tiny Tim) to being used as inspiration fodder or the butt of a joke (Forrest Gump), persons with disabilities have often been used as plot devices rather than being portrayed as human beings. However, despite this long-standing trend, things are changing.  Arguably one of the best television shows of all time, Breaking Bad, did wonders for representations of people with disabilities with the...
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Why Are We Lonely and What Can We Do About It?

Why Are We Lonely and What Can We Do About It?

More than 37 million people are living in Canada, yet many Canadians have never felt more alone. The Angus Reid Institute and the Cardus think tank collaborated on a recent study that found that an astonishing 23 percent of the country experiences extreme loneliness and social isolation. That isolation correlates with many negative side effects that can have an impact on every area of a person’s life.   “Social isolation and loneliness are a symptom of our culture’s obsession with personal autonomy, leaving us living life as ‘I’ instead of ‘we,’” said Cardus...