Being your own primary care provider
Jun30

Being your own primary care provider

When I started practicing almost 30 years ago, I realized all the nursing home patients were there because they didn’t know how to take care of themselves properly throughout their adult lives which resulted in disability and disease in later life. Not much has changed since 1988; here we are, at the beginning of the grey tsunami. Chronic disease is on the rise and there are not enough physicians to support the traditional disease...

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“Alternative Facts” to the Cause of Heart Disease
Feb09

“Alternative Facts” to the Cause of Heart Disease

Proposing alternative facts is quite common in many areas of medicine. There are scientists who debate on how to interpret research results as they develop. Given February is Heart and Stroke Month, I wanted to share my life journey lessons with you on the cause(s) of heart disease. In 1986, as a second year medical student at the University of Toronto, we completed our studies in Cardiology. We had great teachers, many of whom, I...

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Keeping New Year’s resolutions by retraining your brain
Jan13

Keeping New Year’s resolutions by retraining your brain

Committing to a New Year’s resolution challenges my ego every December. I tell myself, “I can do better this year.” Innately, I know the odds of ‘failing’ on my resolution are high, (as they say) but I’m determined to think differently in 2017. I’m attributing my change in mindset to a chance meeting with Dr. Bill Howatt, an expert in behavioural change. He taught me that I can ‘succeed’ so long as I begin to develop micro-behavioural...

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