You Can’t Cheat the Sleep Gods
Feb24

You Can’t Cheat the Sleep Gods

Even in the most developed countries, we remain deprived of one of the most important things – sleep. We think we can run on less sleep, but I beg to differ. It’s restorative for many processes such as wound healing, immune system functioning and important for memory and mental processing. Sleep is critical for hormonal balance especially hormones like serotonin and dopamine which are both important in maintaining good mental health,...

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Walking our Bell Let’s Talk Campaign
Jan25

Walking our Bell Let’s Talk Campaign

It’s Bell Let’s Talk Day and today, I am joining the conversation. I’m so happy that we’ve been able to increase Canadians’ awareness around mental illness thanks to BELL’s “Let’s Talk” initiatives. Certainly, we need to be more empathetic and sensitive to the inner struggles of so many Canadians who suffer every day from a mental health issue. At the same time, I wonder out loud as a preventative medicine doctor, what else we...

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Are you a “Weekend Warrior”?
Jan13

Are you a “Weekend Warrior”?

In a study published this week in JAMA Internal Medicine Journal, researchers in England found that “Weekend warriors” — adults who perform the recommended amount of 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous activity in one or two sessions per week — were found to have a risk of death from all causes about 30 per cent lower than inactive adults. To give you some context, moderate intensity activity would cause you...

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What is 7-Eleven and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital doing together?
Dec05

What is 7-Eleven and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital doing together?

Over the weekend, we found out that from now until January 3, 2017, the convenience store chain, 7-Eleven, is running a fundraising campaign to benefit children suffering from cancer and other deadly diseases with the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 7-Eleven says they will donate 11 cents from each large Slurpee they sell in the U.S., up to $200,000 (1). Cancers linked to overweight and obesity include colorectal cancer, liver...

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Ice-Cream for Breakfast? What you need to know…
Nov24

Ice-Cream for Breakfast? What you need to know…

Professor Yoshiko Koga from Kyorin University claims that eating ice cream for breakfast improves alertness and mental performance. How does he know this? He conducted a clinic trial with multiple subjects that were given three tablespoons of ice-cream when they woke up. He found that “subject’s brains exhibited an increase in high-frequency alpha waves, which are connected to enhanced alertness and reduced mental irritation”(1). The...

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