So often, the humanities are positioned on the opposite side of the spectrum as medicine. The two are thought to be entirely separate disciplines, with creativity aligning with humanities and arts, and rationality and structure aligning with medicine. This is far from the truth, and even further from the ideal. A successful medical professional incorporates creativity in just about every aspect of their patient-facing interaction, research, and treatments.

Even the foundation and history of medicine is based on creativity and innovation. It is a field that is continuously striving to move forward and needs thinkers who are innovative and unafraid…

In today’s day and age, the medical system focuses on treatments of illnesses, ailments, and diseases. Preventive care and medicine is by no means the standard or even widely practiced. Instead of being proactive, we are highly reactionary. This mode of medicine is so deeply ingrained in our society. It is normal to go to the doctor when you are sick and to seek medical advice when you are ill. However, it is far less normal to be attentive to disease prevention and taking care of yourself routinely to ensure further wellness.

A common form of preventative medicine that many…

Often, those who are not within the medical field confuse psychology and psychiatry, psychologists and psychiatrists, and the responsibilities and functions that come with each title. More frequently than not, the two are conflated in their duties and the ways in which they work with a patient. In this article, I wanted to go over some basic differences between the two positions, as well as how they collaborate to work together.

At the very barebones level, psychiatrists are able to prescribe medications to patients and manage the aspect of their treatment that involves medication. Psychologists, on the other hand, are…

The DSM, also known as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, is a text produced by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) that offers criteria and classification for mental disorders. A considerable benefit of this text is that it also provides common language and systems for psychiatrists, other physicians and psychologists to refer to their patients, and thus simplifies communication between medical professionals as well.

In 1917, the brainchild for this document began to develop between the American Medico-Psychological Association (the name for the APA until 1921) and the National Commission for Mental Hygiene. This idea began to come…

Hepatitis B was first discovered in 1965, by Dr. Baruch Blumburg who detected its presence in blood samples. It was discovered by accident, during a study to identify genes that result in susceptibility to certain diseases. This accidental discovery led to a significant medical breakthrough and resulted in a snowballing of research and studies to be conducted in the future surrounding the virus and its causes and consequences.

Often, hepatitis B is not entirely understood or conflated with other types of hepatitis. It is a severe liver infection caused by a virus that can be transmitted through infected blood and…

An Unquiet Mind, by Kay Redfield Jamison

An Unquiet Mind is a tremendous book that is a multi-pronged examination of both research and medical discussions surrounding Bipolar Affective Disorder. It pairs this with the first-hand experience of Kay Redfield Jamison, who was diagnosed in college. Jamison writes about this disorder partially from the perspective of a psychiatrist and researcher, someone who has dedicated her life to reducing the stigma surrounding the disorder and understanding further in scientific terms. On the other hand, it describes her own catastrophic lows, self-destructive highs, and what it looks like to find a model of…

At many times, business and healthcare may seem to carry opposing ideologies. Broadly, the business field is stigmatized as functioning with the sole goal of earning money; this, of course, is an incorrect stigma, and one that is true only in businesses operating with ulterior motives. Healthcare, on the other hand, is viewed as mainly a system focused on social purpose and helping individuals. However, the two share a surprising amount of overlap in values when they are run properly and successfully.

Creativity sits at the focal point at the overlap between the two. It is imperative to be creative…

It is imperative that we work to take care of the earth and create environmentally safe ways of operating no matter what field you are in or where you are geographically located. Here are a few tips for working toward a more environmentally friendly model of business:

Reconsider Your Energy Options

Consider shifting your building to a green-energy option. This, depending on how much property you are using, can be a leviathan of a task that requires time and a large budget upfront. However, it is one that pays off in more ways than one. Switching to solar power or…

Often, the field of business and the concept of creativity are viewed as incompatible. Business implies decisions, statistics, networking, and a range of other descriptors, but is infrequently associated with creativity. Even when it comes to subject separation is schools and universities, the two rarely collide, creativity instead becoming a defining characteristic of those studying the humanities, while those studying business are perceived as serious and definite.

This lack of association, however, is not only entirely misconstrued, but is also in fact opposite of reality. Creativity is arguably one of the most important facets of becoming a successful entrepreneur and…

PTSD, the acronym for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, is a disorder that can develop in those who have experienced a traumatic event. Commonly, it is associated with veterans deployed in wars. However, it can affect any range of people, soldier or not, who have experienced a traumatic event.

PTSD emerged at the forefront of American psychology during World War I and World War II, but this is not the earliest that it has been recorded in literature and historical accounts. Matthew J Friedman, MD, Ph.D., the Senior Advisor of the National Center of PTSD, believes that early demonstrations of PTSD…

Michael Varenbut

Michael Varenbut is on the Board of Directors at LiquiMedLock Inc.http://michaelvarenbut.ca/

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