Are cell phones a health hazard?

Is there any health hazard caused by sleeping with your phone near head? Apart from discomfort if you lie on it, or disrupted sleep if it rings, no, at least as far as is known right now. Concerns about the possible effects of electomagnetic fields have not been substantiated conclusively through research so far. That…

Vitamin Supplements: Worthless or Essential?

Not too long ago experts were urging us to take vitamin supplements since we don’t get enough nutrition from the foods we consume. Now the latest studies claim that supplements do nothing for our health. What are we to believe? Citing results from studies without providing the actual context for the studies doesn’t prove anything….

The Skinny On Sugar Cravings

Concern among the general public and scientific communities about obesity has resulted in the development of all kinds of diet aids: low fat this, low carb that.  On the low carb side of things, we’ve seen a proliferation of sugarless sweeteners being touted as the way to satisfy your sweet tooth without packing on the…

Prostate Cancer Screening: The Role of PSA Testing

It’s prostate cancer awareness month and prostate screening has been making news recently.  One of the standard screening tools, the PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test, has come under scrutiny.  Some experts advise that the test should be dropped, others say it still has value.  Who’s right?  If we drop the test, does this mean that men…

Asbestos: An Indefensible Export

Ever since its link to cancer and lung diseases was established, asbestos has been in the news on a recurring basis.  Recently, concerns have been raised about why Canada continues to engage in the trade of this dangerous substance. Asbestos was first discovered in North America in the province of Quebec in 1860.  By 1898,…

Healthy Skepticism

From time to time, I get asked about health information that is circulating in emails on the internet.  Some examples include: drinking 4 glasses of water at the beginning of the day will cure disease; take an aspirin but don’t lie down if you think you are having a heart attack; several major brands of…

22 Billion Reasons To Make Workplace Stress Go Away

My brother, sharp guy that he is, recently shared a brief article with me that comments on the costs of workplace stress. We all know that stress can undermine health.  It won’t surprise you that workplaces have been found to be a significant source of stress.  This article put Canada’s cost of work-related stress at…

Vitamins and Minerals: When Enough Is Not Enough

NDs in Ontario have been criticized for wanting to maintain the status quo with respect to their scope of practice, and some so-called “experts” have ignored aspects of the scientific process, in which studies are vetted for their limitations, in order to twist the findings of those studies to support a call to action against…

Flying Pigs and Affordable Healthcare

No matter where you live, affordable healthcare has become an area of concern, discussion and debate. Whenever healthcare costs come under scrutiny, there seems to be a coincident increase in the number of “concerns” expressed by the conventional medical community about natural or traditional (read “less expensive”) forms of healthcare.  I don’t think that’s a…

Sustainable Healthcare

Healthcare costs are a big deal.  We all want timely access to the best possible services; most of us object to how much that costs. In an editorial on the various approaches taken in the United States and elsewhere to manage these costs, Arthur Caplan notes that obesity has become the lightening rod for our…