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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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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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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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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