1. A Tale of 3 Health Care Systems...

I have had experience as both a patient and provider in three different locations: Canada, the USandA, and Belize in Central America.

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2. Christmas Sucks

Some people love Christmas – the cards, the lights, the decorations, the music. Some people hate it- the cards, the lights, the decorations, the music.

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3. Thanksgiving in the Banana Republic of Belize...

I have been asked if Thanksgiving (Canadian or American) is celebrated in Belize. Well indeed there is a Thanksgiving tradition in Belize . It began in 1507 when conquistador Juan Maria Tuco Ramirez (centre pointing) landed just north of what is now Hopkins…

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4. Updates

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5. Fate

At about 7 pm on an otherwise peaceful Sunday evening I was treated to a blood curdling howl from the hallway. Upon arrival my 15-year-old senior cat Porkchop was flaked out apparently immobile. Upon a cursory inspection, I noticed by virtue of a keen medical eye, that he was paralysed

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Philosophy and the Czech Republic

Philosophy and the Czech Republic

Back in the day I decided that my education as a liberal intellectual could not be complete without some courses in philosophy and so I signed up for a few through the University of Waterloo correspondence program.

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Of Salamanders and Mexicans

Of Salamanders and Mexicans

There are a group of residents in an Ontario town that are opposing the building of a nearby quarry. Quarries as we all know are for construction as in gravel, rocks, sand: generally the stuff of capitalist expansionism.

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Tragedy in Belize: Part Two

Tragedy in Belize: Part Two

Back in my forensic days I interviewed several murderers and one serial killer. Most were guilty of anger impulse crimes often committed under the disinibiting influence of alcohol and the courts

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Tragedy in the Banana Republic of Belize

Tragedy in the Banana Republic of Belize

A Canadian lady and her American boyfriend recently vanished after leaving a bar in Corozal Town in Northern Belize about 9 miles from the Mexican border. It is sad news that the couple was recently found deceased in a sugar cane field.

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Zen and the Art of Plumbing

Zen and the Art of Plumbing

Long before watching Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino I learned that one could fix nearly anything with a few basic tools: duct or electrical tape, wire, pliers, caulking, and WD 40. In addition, a correct Zen attitude is required.

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Allan Seltzer MD FRCP MRCPsych

I am a retired general psychiatrist with 40 years experience in psychopharmacology and cognitive as well as psychoanalytic psychotherapy. I am board certified in Canada and the U.K. I have worked in several jurisdictions, hospitals, and institutions in Canada as well as the USA and Belize C.A. My patients have ranged in age from 3 to 96 and cover the broad spectrum of psychopathology.

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