Being Healthy Is Not the Same as Being Virtuous

‘Illness and disability are not ways to measure the value of a human life’

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There’s a huge difference between lifestyle counseling and selling a cure-all based on lifestyle change. The former makes you a health care provider, the latter makes you a grifter.

Substance use is highly stigmatized, to the point that widely supported, evidence-based therapies for opioid addiction are continually rejected by policy makers.

Dr. Michelle Cohen (@DocMCohen) is a family physician in rural Ontario and an assistant professor in the Dept of Family Medicine at Queen's University.

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