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Natural, nutrient-dense foods are known to help protect against, mitigate and even cure many chronic diseases, slow the effects of aging and promote longevity. They are able to do so by decreasing and controlling inflammation in the body, which is at the root of many ailments and a major contributor to premature aging.
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In family medicine we have a responsibility, a unique and critical role in helping shape the next generation. We are facing a crisis in primary care, and in medicine, especially in Ontario. Our system is not sustainable, wait times are increasing, patients are sicker but trust their doctors less, physicians are unhappy, burned out, and disenfranchised.
For years public health authorities have been sounding the alarm. But the tone has become more urgent in recent years -- with terms like "burning platform" and "crisis" increasingly used. This is having a profound impact on the health of millions of Canadians, and costs our health-care system billions of dollars per year.
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It had been a while since I had gone for such a long run. I love exercise, sports and movement, but the reality was, running felt more like an act of discipline than one of enjoyment. All of that changed when I discovered Pokémon GO.
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The money raised through those taxes will have more impact if it is used to support prevention and counselling than it will by becoming part of general revenues used for various purposes. Second, the taxes will more likely be supported by the public if they are used for these specific ends.
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Legalization and regulation of marijuana in this country is a virtual certainty. The Prime Minister has promised it and polls enthusiastically support it. The shift away from criminalization is taking...
We don't have to give up all our guilty pleasures to be healthy. By focussing on wellness and becoming our own health advocates, we can enjoy all of what life has to offer, the idea being that disease prevention is easier than treatment. The fact is that there are some very common sense things we can do to make wellness and health a personal priority.
Testicular cancer doesn't necessarily cause pain in the testicles -- that's why feeling for a hard lump or bump and looking for changes is the best way to find this kind of cancer early.
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There are a variety of different types of diabetes; however Type 2 Diabetes is the most common affecting 90-95% of all diabetes cases. Type 2 diabetes is almost 100% curable by making changes to your diet, lifestyle, and environment.
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With winter cold and flu season upon us, it is a good time to nail down immune-boosting habits to ward off the ills of winter time germs. Emerging research now suggests that diet, exercise, age, psychological stress and herbal supplements may have an impact on the immune systems ability to fight off assaults from invading microorganisms.
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While easily perceived as simply naïve, my tempered concern related to Malaria and Chikungunya were contextualized to a more pressing fear, much closer to home; Lyme disease. It is debilitating, it is poorly diagnosed and it is endemic in Ontario
If I were to ask you to choose between a Snicker's Bar and a bagel, which caused the biggest spike blood sugar when consumed -- which one would you pick? The glycemic index is a tool that measures foods for this exact reason, and yes certain breads such as bagels and other breadstuffs do actually score higher (GI=95) on this scale than this beloved Snickers candy bar (GI=51).
The heavy academic pressures so common today raise back-to-school stress like never before -- and it's not just high school seniors or university students who are feeling it right now. Parents can do a lot to help ease their children's anxieties around school. The key is to really listen, and let your child open up about their fears.
There are many factors we can't control that affect our cancer risk, like growing older, our genetic profile and having a family history of the disease. But the good news is that there is a lot we can control. It's as simple as making healthy choices every day and having policies in place that protect our health. Here are the top 10 ways to lower your risk of cancer.