Prevention

Canada Still Has A Chance To Reverse Its Diabetes Epidemic

Russell Williams | Posted 11.24.2016 | Canada Living
Russell Williams

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.

Pokémon GO Is A Public Health Victory

Dr. Meghan Walker | Posted 08.10.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Meghan Walker

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.

Use Marijuana Tax Revenues To Treat Related Public Health Issues

Bill Bogart | Posted 07.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Bill Bogart

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.

As We Legalize Pot, Let's Protect Our Kids

Bill Bogart | Posted 05.30.2016 | Canada
Bill Bogart

Legalization and regulation of marijuana in this country is a virtual certainty. The Prime Minister has promised it and polls enthusiastically suppor...

How A Healthy Lifestyle Can Prevent Chronic Disease

Russell Williams | Posted 05.02.2016 | Canada Living
Russell Williams

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.

Gentlemen, Know Thy Nuts (To Check For Testicular Cancer)

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 04.27.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

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.

Top 7 Ways To Reverse And Prevent Diabetes

Dr. John Dempster | Posted 11.20.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. John Dempster

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.

Boost Your Immune System in Time for Flu Season

Dr. Jennifer Pearlman | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Jennifer Pearlman

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.

What Every Canadian Should Know About Lyme Disease This Long Weekend

Dr. Meghan Walker | Posted 07.30.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Meghan Walker

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

Top 5 Nutritional Tips to Decrease Your Risk of a Heart Attack

Dr. John Dempster | Posted 05.01.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. John Dempster

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).

Back to School: How to Calm Students' Stress and Anxiety

University of Toronto News | Posted 11.10.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

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.

10 Everyday Ways to Lower Your Risk of Cancer

Prithwish De, PhD | Posted 11.09.2014 | Canada Living
Prithwish De, PhD

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.

Tired of Feeling Sick and Tired? It's Time to Start Juicing

Dr. John Dempster | Posted 07.31.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. John Dempster

Hodish warns that while the nutritional benefits of juicing far outweigh the hassle of preparing a freshly squeezed drink, it's still a lot of work. "Juicing is a task. It takes time," he says. To be more efficient, Hodish makes all of his juice in the morning -- it takes about one pound of produce to yield a single serving -- and stores it in mason jars to prevent it from oxidizing.

Sit Less, Live Longer

Dr. Sara T | Posted 06.16.2014 | Canada Alberta
Dr. Sara T

It is often hard to believe how different life is today for our kids than it was for us. Even though I am 41, I still have many stories that begin with, "When I was your age...". But the truth is when I was young, we walked or biked everywhere, we didn't have electronic devices beyond a Walkman, and you had to get out of your vehicle to get a coffee or lunch.

The Top Five Unhealthiest 'Health Foods'

Dr. John Dempster | Posted 05.31.2014 | Canada
Dr. John Dempster

Soy contains isoflavones which interfere with an enzyme that we need for T3 and T4 (Thyroid Hormone) production. A Japanese study at the Ishizuki Clinic found that just 35 mg of isoflavones per day caused thyroid suppression in healthy individuals in just three months which can lead to many problems including weight gain, malaise, loss of libido, and hair thinning.

Top 5 Dangerous Toxins Hidden in Your Home

Dr. John Dempster | Posted 05.20.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. John Dempster

I often mention that it is not about being perfect in avoiding every toxin -- this is an impossible task in today's world. However, it is important to be aware of toxic sources in your living/working space and reduce or eliminate as many as possible. Combining a reduction & detoxification strategy has never been more important than it is today.

Are You Getting The Top 5 Foods That Fight Cancer?

Dr. John Dempster | Posted 05.12.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. John Dempster

Turmeric is popular spice that is found in curries, etc. It contains enormous anti-inflammatory properties that can act as a natural 'fire extinguisher' to quench inflammation. Inflammation provides cancer cells an advantage to grow, thus anything we can do to reduce it will help reduce our risk of not only cancer, but most chronic disease facing developed nations today.

Myths About Bioidentical Hormones

Dr. Jennifer Pearlman | Posted 05.07.2014 | Canada
Dr. Jennifer Pearlman

Suzanne Somers seemingly reigns atop one of the most controversial issues in Women's Health; bioidentical hormones. A growing divide between conventional medicine and a Suzanne-inspired burgeoning alternative health industry, heightens the need to debunk the bioidentical myths and hype.

Is Your Body on Fire? Here's How to Reduce Inflammation

Dr. John Dempster | Posted 04.20.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. John Dempster

Did you know that most adults over the age of 40 are harbouring unwelcome and unwanted toxic metals in our body? Toxic what?? We have all been exposed to metals such as; mercury, lead, aluminum, cadmium, arsenic, etc. at some point from our environment. Common sources include paint & gas fumes, flames, vaccinations, fish, and dental procedures, etc.

7 Heart Healthy Tests That Can Save Your Life

Dr. John Dempster | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. John Dempster

Currently, one in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke (approximately 2,500 deaths per day). It is time for a functional medicine approach to treat and prevent heart disease. Here are my seven heart tests that can save your life.

Making Strides On World Cancer Day

Andrea Paine | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Impact
Andrea Paine

February 4 was world cancer day. For the average cancer patient or survivor, it brings up mixed emotions. It's not really something we want to think about, but we can't really help it, with all the newspaper and television headlines there to remind us.

The Politics of Bullying

Tad Milmine | Posted 02.04.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Tad Milmine

The last couple months have taught me a lot about youth, bullying and the politics of it all. As I tell the youth, I am "just a guy named Tad" and I am not an expert or professional on this topic at all. Having reflected on this recently, I believe it is safe to say that I do know a lot about bullying however, directly from the source ... the youth.

Tips for Staying Healthy During the Holiday Party Season

Lisa Borden | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Lisa Borden

Stay home when you are sick. It's the right thing to do for everyone, including you, because when your immunity is low you can pick up other germs more easily... yuck. Steep some tea, pour a bowl of soup, crank up the vitamins and rest, allowing your body to heal. Don't let stress undermine a quick recovery and try and enjoy your forced time out.

VIDEO: Top 5 Flu Fighting Remedies

Meghan Telpner | Posted 12.21.2013 | Canada Living
Meghan Telpner

You'd think by now we would be aware enough about "cold and flu season" to start acting well in advance to stay on our game -- our health game, that is. Whether you get the vaccine or not is your choice, but real prevention will always be your best defence. Today on Meghan TV, our functional medicine specialist Josh Gitalis shares his top five Flu Fighting Remedies.

An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cure

Joy Smith, M.P. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Joy Smith, M.P.

We all agree that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. An emphasis on prevention means that Canadians and their families will be less likely to live with the devastating effects of chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. These diseases are largely preventable.