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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The 1 Minute Protein Shake and Why it’s Important to Your Day
Apr28

The 1 Minute Protein Shake and Why it’s Important to Your Day

I’m not an advocate for skipping or drinking your meals. But a protein shake can augment your diet on those days you are in a rush and don’t have time to make breakfast. In addition, enhancing a healthy diet with extra protein can facilitate building muscle mass. Proteins come from both plant and animal sources. They provide the same amount of caloric energy as carbohydrates, but are not as readily stored as fats in your body. If we...

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Is fruit juice just as harmful as a glass of wine?
Apr10

Is fruit juice just as harmful as a glass of wine?

Fructose, found in fruit juice, is even more strongly linked to obesity and diabetes than glucose. Most cells in the body can use glucose for energy, but only the liver can metabolize fructose. Glucose can be used throughout the body for energy, but fructose solely hits the liver. When a large quantity of glucose is eaten, it circulates to your cells and the load is dispersed. This only leaves about 20% of the incoming glucose load...

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Eating Healthy – Help at your Fingertips
Mar10

Eating Healthy – Help at your Fingertips

Everybody deserves to take control of their health. The simplest way to achieving optimal health is to have a healthy diet and with so many options to consider, it’s hard to know where to start. I’ll share with you science based facts and some technology tips to help you achieve a healthy diet so you can perform and look your best at every stage of your life. As a physician, I’m increasingly concerned with the consequences of our diet...

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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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“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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