My name is Gabrielle. I’m a Canadian operating room nurse from Ottawa, currently living and working in Switzerland. I’m also a mom, a runner, a yogi, a foodie, a bit of a perfectionist and new to meditation.

The operating room is a fast-paced place, where I learned rigor, empathy and grasped the value of knowledge.

I love reading medical research studies, health statistics, and medical news… so I was very surprised (and inspired) by the recent survey which revealed that a third of the most common cancers could be prevented through lifestyle changes (improved diet, physical activity, and body weight). Chronic diseases are accountable for 70% of all fatalities and about 75% of the US medical bill. The fact that, in 2005, nearly 50% of North-American adults had, at least, one chronic illness, really saddens me.

However, there is hope, lots of it: it is estimated that at least 60% of the chronic disease could be prevented by eating a healthy diet, managing stress levels, limiting alcohol intake, quitting smoking, increasing physical activity and ensuring sufficient sleep.

So, the mission of my blog/platform is to create a place where you can come and find health research and medical news, whether conventional or complementary, in a simple and direct form. Moreover, this will allow you to take more informed decisions and formulate smart questions when in the doctor’s office. I am convinced that a more health educated population is a healthier, more empowered population ready to take action when needed, and in charge of their own lifestyle choices.

We have to know ourselves better in order to be able to point out what’s wrong when in front of a healthcare practitioner; therefore, we have to take action and educate ourselves. I strongly believe that a more integrative (mind, body, and spirit) approach to healthcare is a necessity, today.

We need to take responsibility for our own health, lifestyle and wellbeing; in order to come up in our lives empowered, loving and available. When we don’t feel well, we are not fully present to embrace all the beauty, the choices, and the complexity in our lives.

So, I feel ready for this amazing and challenging journey!

Are you?