Kapil Khatter
Writing at illgotgains.com, Kapil Khatter is a practicing family doctor in Ottawa, Canada with more than a passing interest in health policy.

As executive director, Dr. Khatter transformed the volunteer Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment into a professional non-profit with paid staff. He co-founded the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care and was an original board member of US-based Health Care Without Harm.

Dr. Khatter moonlighted as a policy director for environmental organizations and as senior technical expert on the Government of Canada's Chemicals Management Plan capacity building project. He has served as a Canadian delegate in international environmental negotiations and on many thrilling government committees looking at health, health care and the environment.

Winner of the College of Family Physicians of Canada Environmental Health Award and the Nicole Bruinsma Memorial Award for Environmental Leadership, Dr. Khatter is currently an associate editor at Open Medicine and Past President of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment.

Dr. Khatter is married with children and slowly starting to like living in Ottawa.

Entries by Kapil Khatter

Obesity Is Not the New Tobacco

(8) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 1:25 PM

There are those who say obesity is the new tobacco. It's not.

I understand the argument. While tobacco companies and others like asbestos producers have long gathered top prizes for most toxic products sold, most hospital patients created, most lives shortened prematurely, obesity is becoming one of our greatest killers....

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Canada Should Put Restrictions on Acetaminophen

(8) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 5:47 PM

Acetaminophen (Tylenol, Tempra, Anacin) is the top-selling over-the-counter painkiller, available without prescription since the 1950s, yet there have long been serious questions about its safety. The drug has what is called a "narrow therapeutic window," meaning the amount that might harm you is not that much more than...

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How The Trans-Pacific Partnership Will Literally Kill Us

(6) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 7:01 AM

There is a new generation of trade agreements, of economic agreements like the bold new Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), that have many of us less than excited, concerned instead about their vast potential to handcuff elected governments and give corporations more power.

It is hard to trust anything created...

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Who Paid for Your Doctor's Opinion?

(9) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 12:57 PM

It would be nice to think your doctor prescribed you that new drug based only on the science, based only on those dry journal articles they fine-toothed after the children had gone to bed. But according to experts on "publication planning," your doctor also has to contend with

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The Chemicals Obstetricians Are Speaking Out Against

(8) Comments | Posted June 21, 2013 | 5:05 PM

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of the United Kingdom says pregnant women should make an effort to avoid exposures to chemicals in consumer products.

Their new report, intended to guide health care professionals, takes a careful, patient-focused approach, advising a reduction in the use of paints,...

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What Do We Do When the Antibiotics Stop Working?

(25) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 12:01 PM

Gonorrhea, tuberculosis, staphylococcus -- you didn't want to get them before, and you definitely don't want them now. These are some of the not so pretty faces of today's antibiotic resistance, of today's untreatable diseases.

And worse is yet to come, say prominent experts. They warn of a...

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Baby Formula Ads Disguised as Education Can Be Deadly

(21) Comments | Posted January 21, 2013 | 4:37 PM

Formula can kill. I know that's harsh, but it's true. Like medications, formula can have side effects, namely a sick child, and sometimes a seriously sick child. An international code barring the advertising of formula exists for just that reason, yet formula companies around the world continue to...

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The NRA Stands Behind Guns, Not Gun Owners

(54) Comments | Posted December 28, 2012 | 11:46 AM

The National Rifle Association (NRA) doesn't speak for gun owners, not even for its members. The NRA speaks for gun makers and gun sellers. And the message is simple: buy more guns.

For many, the name NRA brings images of commandos and vigilantes, of survivalists and trophy hunters. People see...

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Can You Trust the Health Check Logo on Your Food?

(2) Comments | Posted December 12, 2012 | 4:23 PM

Photo by Richard Johnson

The Harvey's fast food chain has some burgers that are actually good for you according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. The foundation's Health Check program puts reassuring-looking check marks on grocery and restaurant...

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The Myth About Brand Name Drugs

(7) Comments | Posted October 29, 2012 | 12:00 AM

There is an ongoing campaign to convince health care providers, decision-makers and the public that generic medications cannot be trusted and that if you want the real goods you need to pay the brand-name price.

Yet another patient told me this week that she was switched from an affordable...

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