Interview: Australian Vegan Chef Shannon Martinez

After finishing her third cookbook, the plant-based professional was diagnosed with cancer and embarked on two new endeavors

For over 20 years, Shannon Martinez has been cooking professionally, but it was a moment of good will—stepping into the kitchen of Melbourne pub the East Brunswick Club to make vegan food after the chef “went to the bank and never came back”—that started her on the path to becoming Australia’s plant-based poster girl. The owner and head chef of beloved restaurant Smith & Daughters …

Cancer Survivors Turn Radiation Masks To Art

According to Artsy, groups across the United States (and other nations) have taken radiation masks—mesh pieces molded to patents’ faces in advance of chemotherapy for head and neck cancer—and turned them into art. The groups are composed of artists, many of whom have survived cancer themselves. The results are striking, and carry an array of meaning: confrontation, reclamation, survival and more. In the process, awareness …

Medical Marijuana and Mesothelioma

Whether used as an alternative treatment or for relief from pain or nausea, people suffering from mesothelioma sometimes turn to medical marijuana. The intense vomiting that chemotherapy can induce is sometimes enough for patients to give up on the possibly life-saving treatment, which is just one of the many reasons a push for legalizing cannabis is so important in almost half the states in the …